There was never any question in my mind that I would make this doll for April 15th. One year ago today, our family lost an incredibly wonderful and talented women, my mother-in-law, Emme. She meant so much to so many people and she was one of the most talented individuals I have ever known. Emme loved crafting so much and she loved to make these dolls. She taught all of us how to make them over twenty years ago. She loved yellow and blue, and at last big birthday bash, I made yellow rose cookies as the favor for her party. Today, in her memory, I’m sharing this special doll I have made to honor her.
I tore my house apart last week frantically trying to find my notes and pattern for this doll. Lo and behold, it’s almost as if Emme was guiding me to it! A little research uncovered that these wonderful dolls, made from Paper Twist, are based on the original creations of a gentleman named Bill Palasty. With the basic doll instructions, you can let your imagination run wild and create all kinds of amazing and gorgeous paper twist dolls! We’ve certainly done that, a lot, over the years. I think it’s just what Mr. Palasty intended.
I’ve included the basic instructions and the skirt template below. Download the Microsoft Word directions document and the skirt PDF template. Don’t be scared by the detailed instructions. This doll is very easy to make and so much fun! I decided to make a smaller version for a Girl Scout event one year and made about 75 dolls in a month! Save the patterns – I will be sharing some other dolls throughout the year, perfect for holidays and gifts. All basic materials needed are included in the directions.
To go along with the directions, I’m sharing some photos of the process.
Attaching the arms.
After the arms and sleeves, we make the bodice.
The skirt is made in two sections – the underskirt and the petal overskirt.
You can add lace, ribbon or fabric to the bottom of the underskirt. I used pre-gathered cotton lace in cream. Either doll hair, Spanish moss or excelsior can be used for the doll’s hair. I like to use Spanish moss.
Give the doll a sweet, little face!
I made a little bouquet of yellow roses for the doll’s hand. There are six roses, one for each of Emme’s grandchildren.
I made a little pearl necklace, put some roses on a straw hat, because Emme loved to garden and for the final touch, a little flag that says “MOM”, which I outlined with Perfect Pearls in yellow.
I was a very lucky lady to have been blessed with such a wonderful mother-in-law. She will be forever missed, but the many things she taught and shared with all of our family will live on, I pray, for generations. Emme, we love you and miss you! This doll is for you.
I hope I have inspired you to try one of these beautiful, paper twist dolls as a gift for, or in memory of, a special mother in your life. Thank you for allowing me to share this with you today.
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