Past Projects: Pin Dolls

Now that summer’s here and I’m spending so much time outside, I’m not getting nearly as much knitting, spinning, or sewing done. So today’s project is one I completed a few years ago but never got around to sharing.

Mouse pin dolls by Kit Dunsmore
Mouse pin dolls by Kit Dunsmore

These pin dolls are little figures 2-3 inches tall that I made by hand as thank you gifts. Each one has a safety pin on the back so the owner can wear it on a jacket. Some of them stand up and can be displayed on a shelf.

Pin dolls (poodles and peacock) by Kit Dunsmore
Pin dolls (poodles and peacock) by Kit Dunsmore

For each critter, I had to develop a pattern from scratch. Some took more than one try before I liked how they turned out. Once I had the basic pieces, I could put them together in different ways to change their expressions (the rabbits are a good example).

Rabbit pin dolls by Kit Dunsmore
Rabbit pin dolls by Kit Dunsmore

I loved making these. They took time: small is not necessarily fast. But getting to embellish them with different fabrics and beads made the process enjoyable.

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