Sew Your Own Dolls – Book review!

Sew Your Own Dolls – Book review!

Sew Your Own Dolls – Book review!

April 5, 2017 | Crafts | 7 Comments

You guys! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I have been looking forward to sharing this!
This week my darling friend and super talented stitcher, Louise Kelly’s book went on sale…and SPOILER ALERT it is amazing & y’all are going to love it!!

Now, I am a super lucky gal to already have a custom-made Lou Loves This Doll all of my very own, so  when anticipating this book, I already knew that this collection of wee felt characters would be utterly brilliant, and WOW this book does not disappoint!

There are 25 dolls to make each one more delightful than the last! If you are new to doll making, or indeed even stitching, then fret not my friend! The first section of the book gives a full overview to all the supplies and tools that you will need to create your own dolls, and not only that there is a full rundown of the techniques that are used in each of the dolls with clear step-by-step illustrations to help you along the way. Even down to how to embroider your dolls name onto her wee dolly pants – because, yes, that is important!

The next section is dedicated to the construction of the doll, which will see even the most novice stitcher through the process, and more experienced stitch folks and dressmakers will be able use this basic body construction to go off and create a whole tribe of their very own bespoke characters!

My very favourite thing about the whole book is that it captures Louise’s wonderful imagination and inside are a whole world of characters just jumping off the pages ready to be made! Each doll has a very vivid character from Edie with her boho style and Mia set for a day at the seaside to Halloween-ready Maeve, and artist Zara…you will be hard pressed to pick a favourite.

Although, someone might want to mention to sweet Ruby that my wee Laura doll has her eye on handsome sailor Noah!

You guys, this is one amazing book and I just know that you are going to love it!

To celebrate the book hitting the shelves I have one copy to giveaway to a lucky Made Peachy Reader…all you have to do is leave a comment below sharing why you’d love to win this book! Winners will be picked at random and announced on the 14 April! Good Luck!









Sew Your Own Dolls by Louise Kelly, £12.99, published by CICO books is available to order over on Amazon!



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    April 6, 2017

    What a darling book! It reminds me of a article I saw somewhere about some starry fashion designer – possibly Tom Ford? – who makes amazing maquette/prototype dolls with miniature versions of couture outfits he designs as part of the process. The wonderfully stylish faces on Louise’s dolls reminded me of them – oh for such fabulous eyes!
    It would be unbelievably cool to be able to make extravagant little dresses etc for them – but what looks so great about this book is that it would give someone like me with zero dress making skills the ability to have a go at super cute little dresses and add still add customising touches which I would love to try.

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    Carol Wilson

    April 12, 2017

    Wow what amazing character these dolls have. I make clothes and have made other dolls, but these are so characterful. I would love to win.

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    April 12, 2017

    Ah! I’ve loved Lou’s designs for years and I can’t believe she finally made a book with her gorgeous designs. All of her little dolls are so adorable!
    If I won her book I would definitely spend a lot of time sewing little cuties for people. I think that it would be nice to try to sew a few for different children’s charities if I got quick enough at it. I think it might be comforting to many of the children that are sick & hopefully cheer them on. 🙂

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    April 12, 2017

    I’d love to win this book to give to a friend! I already have a copy and love it so much. <3

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    Charlotte Mitchell

    April 12, 2017

    I am a glass maker, silversmith, sewer and craft nerd! Love a new challenge and been dying to try these dolls out for size. They are absolutely gorgeous! i have been planning on ordering one of the books but would be even better to win one (cough cough, I’m a poor student!)
    Your review has only made me more excited to have a bash at making these dolls for my friends and their babies!
    Keep it up and please pick me ❤

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    April 14, 2017

    I left a comment a couple days ago but it looks like it didn’t post??
    I really enjoyed your review and I’ve been following loulovesthis for a really long time. Her skills with adorable crafts never cease to amaze me! I would love to have this book to try making some of my own adorable dolls. I would love to make a few for my little ones and if I get good enough it would be great to make a few for children’s charity! 🙂

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      April 14, 2017

      Oh no! Now my old comment showed up. . .😣😩

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