Sprinkles was always the first one in line when the ice cream truck rolled around the corner. With a quarter in her hand (I know ice cream off a truck is not $0.25 anymore - but let's go back to that sweet time when it was) she excitedly picked the Cherry Chip ice cream pop covered in chocolate and got a free warm pretzel. Everyday she tried to pick a different ice cream and liked them all, but if you asked her, she would say "anything with sprinkles on top, is my favorite".
She was always decked out in her favorite playtime summer dress (the one with sprinkles all over it of course) her comfy Mary Jane's and little bows around her perfect pig tails. After her ice cream was all gone, she skipped and played hopscotch along the boardwalk until the sun was setting and it was time to go in for dinner.
As soon as I saw Boardwalk Delight, I knew I had to make a little doll that was obsessed with Ice Cream. Sprinkles is that little girl.
I was so grateful Dana asked me to make something for her Boardwalk Delight Lookbook. I loved the fun and playful vibe of Dana's new fabric line and love that it brought back awesome memories of running down the beaches and boardwalks of Long Island, N.Y. when I was younger. It reminded me of the days when guys walked past us carrying coolers filled with novelty ice cream and sodas. (Do they even do that anymore?) It's the perfect fabric to remind you that when you see the ice cream truck coming through your neighborhood for the first and last time of the summer...you make memories and buy ridiculously expensive ice cream, because our children will be grown way too soon and summer will be over before you know it.
How I made the Sprinkles Doll:
I have posted some other tutorials (Queen Phoebe Bunny Doll, Bubbles) that can show you how to make the dress on her. I used my Kid Giddy Sizzix Doll die for her head, body and hair. I used my Kid Giddy Sizzix Fox die for her arms and legs, as well as her socks and mary jane's.
Her collar and bloomers (which you can't fully see in the pic above), were made using my new Kid Giddy Sizzix Doll Clothes die. The quick belly button is a must when making your new dolls with clothes.
I love sharing a new tip, trick or tutorial with each new doll that I make...so if you want to make some little socks for your dolls, you can do so using my quick and easy tutorial below. This tutorial will work with the doll leg/foot piece as well as the fox leg/foot piece as shown in the pics.
Step 1: Begin by cutting out 4 leg/foot pieces. Trim to desired length. If you want to add a cute edge, do so after cutting the sock pieces from the leg/foot areas on the die so you can be sure they are all the same length. I decided to add a little cotton lace detail on the top edge of the socks (because that is how socks always were back in the day). You can do a rolled hem instead or use some other fabric trim. If you do, be sure that you put the right sides together, so the seam of the hem or edge is showing as shown below.
Step 2: Stitch the top 1" - 1 1/2" on the sides. (TIP: I used a thinner old t-shirt material for these socks and used a serger. If you are using quilters cotton, a simple straight stitch will be sufficient.)
Step 3: Turn the sock right side out (according to the top area) and sew the remaining raw edge of the sock from one side around the toe, and up to the other side.
Step 4: Turn the sock right side out again (according to the bottom portion of the sock).
Step 5: Fold down the top edge of the sock. All seam allowances are hidden and the socks go on and off easily. Perfect for kids learning fine motor skills.
Her Mary Jane shoes were made using the same leg/foot piece on the Fox die as were the legs and socks, just cut, trimmed and top stitched accordingly. If you are making a doll using the doll legs, you can do the same thing, just eye ball it as I have done, and add a little strap and button.
For more information or to find out where you can get some of Dana's new fabric, visit Dana's website (link above) or the Art Gallery Fabrics site. For more information on my Kid Giddy dies with Sizzix, please visit Sizzix.com where you can find projects and videos to help you make your own special soft toys.
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading all about Sprinkles as inspired by Boardwalk Delight.
Disclaimer: I received fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics to design this doll with. Opinions are my own, and there are no affiliate links. Thank you.