For the past few weeks I’ve been cleaning and redressing dolls for our big sale at the Op Shop. Some of them required a bit of work, cleaning ink marks or tidying hair but fortunately most just needed some clothes. We had a few doll outfits amongst our donations and as we have lots of baby clothes I also took a few of the smallest newborn outfits for the larger dolls. Add a donated high chair or a cot and there is a nice little package that should make some child pretty happy.
The Cabbage Patch girls did not need a lot of work. One had curly hair which I didn’t want to spend a lot of time resetting so I just combed the worst of the tangles out. They came partially dressed and I was able to find a pair of baby pants which were only a little bit big on the one in the photo. The other one has a proper CPK dress on.
We often get Baby Alive dolls donated. This one still talks and I found a little dress for her and tidied her hair. I can’t remember whether this one had been inked. I think she had but only with something that washed off with water. I didn’t research the other doll so I can’t tell you who she is.
I brought this bunny bag home to wash as it had some dirty marks on it and had the bright idea of making it into a bed for one of the smaller dolls. I cut a piece of foam for the mattress and the furry rug is cut out of a piece of old material I had in my stash, once part of a furry jacket I think.
A donated high chair and a donated outfit that looked brand new made this baby very happy as you can see.
Baby Born had been inked but came up pretty well with a clean. The newborn sized suit is a bit big but in a cute way. This Baby Born has the correct colour eyes, not like my poor pink-eyed baby. The new mother will get a potty, clean nappy and change of clothes too.
I have saved my favourite fix for last. We had this fabric carry cot that has been sitting around the shop for ages. I took it home and made a mattress from a foam offcut and a sheet from a piece of an old cot sheet from the shop. An old dolls pillow was recovered with an embroidered gingham tray cloth and we added a baby blanket and quilt from the shop. This larger baby looks great in newborn baby clothes although the hat is a bit big for him. The whole thing cost us practically nothing but it looks terrific.
I’m quite pleased with my efforts but I still have several dolls waiting to be redressed ready for our next sale next month.