December 11, 2012Countdown to Kitschmas – Gingerbread Family!
This week I decided to dig into a vintage Bucilla kit I’ve been hoarding for awhile – this cute as a button family of Gingerbread dolls!
I love love love these vintage kits! Why don’t they make stuff like this anymore?
For some reason I had it in my head that since this was a kit, this would be a quick little thing to whip up. Hahahahahahahahahahahahah! No such luck for Betty. This project, while easy, was pretty time consuming. It took a few hours alone just to cut out all the many many pieces, some of which were tiny and fiddly. Then there was the hours of sewing, both by hand and machine. And the turning of the straps, good Lord. Turning straps is enough to turn even the most serene person into a mental patient. By the way – a little friendly advice from your old pal Betty. Do not google “turning tricks.” Make sure to put “sewing” and “straps” in there. You are welcome. (In my defense it was VERY late and I wasn’t thinking clearly!
After about 10 hours work, if you can believe it, I was looking at a surprisingly adorable family of gingerbread dolls! I kind of love them. Their crazy outfits crack me up.
And ultimately, all the little finishing details are worth it. I think they look like they took time to make and hopefully will be around for quite some time.
However, I do think the furry fabric the bodies are made from make them look a bit like the 1970s interspecies relatives of Mr. Snuffleupagus.
These dolls are destined to be the prize in a scavenger hunt that will begin in Little Betty’s advent calendar this week. I hope she likes them!