Earlier this month I finished a very special collaboration project – a cloth children’s doll that my sister-in-law designed! Mariposa is a young girl from Mexico, who wears a brightly-colored traditional dress. Her name means “butterfly.”
Mariposa will be part of the next issue of my sister-in-law’s magazine!
My sister-in-law runs Treehouse Magazine, a nature magazine for kids. She’s an illustrator, and sometimes features drawings of her two daughters in the magazine. Mariposa will be a gift for my youngest niece, and also a part of the next issue, “The Great Monarch Migration.” My sister-in-law requested that Mariposa be hispanic and wear a traditional Mexican dress, as monarchs migrate each year to Mexico.
Mariposa is completely handcrafted, just like my art dolls.
Mariposa is hand-stiched, with soft-jointed arms and legs. She’s made from snuggly cotton flannel, and her hair and stuffing are made from natural wool. I love her button eyes! Her other facial features are embroidered, to keep them kid-safe.
Mariposa’s traditional dress is sewn in bright colors and trimmed with two different types of ribbon, as well as cute bobbly lace. Underneath her dress, she wears red cotton bloomers and a matching camisole.
I’ve considered adding more children’s dolls to my Etsy shop.
For a while now, I’ve been trying out different prototypes of cloth children’s dolls with the intention of someday adding them to my Etsy shop. Creating Mariposa was great practice for this possibility, and I’m really happy with the way she turned out. This is an idea that I hope to continue to work on and develop.
The Great Monarch Migration is coming soon!
When Mariposa’s issue of Treehouse Magazine is out, I’ll share it here, so that you can take a look at all of the awesome activities and illustrations.