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Christmas Fair Signs

It was time, I decided, to get involved in something. We’ve been living here in Foxborough for a little less than a year and a half. I’ve made a few friends from church but other than that all I really know is that I can walk to the CVS, the post office, and the library. Oh, and recently, I also found out that the dentist’s office is just an easy walk away. Maybe going to the dentist isn’t something to be whooping about but for a non-driving person like me, it’s a convenience!

But I digress.

Early this year, there was a notice in the church bulletin from the Christmas Fair committee that they were welcoming anyone interested in getting involved. I told myself then, “There you go, you can do this.”

The Christmas Fair will be on the weekend of November 11 and 12. So far, all I’d done was to sew some table runners with seasonal prints on them. Betty, the lady in charge of Handmade Treasures Booth, provided the fabric and even had them all cut to size. All I had to do was sew the edges.

Last week, she asked if I would like to make signs for our booth. Of course, I would! I had been itching to use the Cricut and I had so many ideas for signs made of cut paper.

I decided to do some image searches for ideas and came across a stuffed doll. It was painted and decoupaged. Sewing it was a cinch because the stitching was done just on the outer edges, like a silhouette. This was a cute project for sure.

The link to the source led me to Stampington and Company’s Somerset Place. I did a quick read and knew I had the beginnings of my Christmas Fair signs!

First step was to paint the fabric with gesso. I had some leftover canvas from the bags I make. This one’s all wrinkly because I washed it. I know better now.

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Then I penciled in the general shape of the doll. I used acrylic paint thinned enough so it was like watercolor and did some washes to shade the head and neck. I also used watercolor pencils to add a bit more color. The hair was dabbed on with a firm-bristled brush. I painted in part of the dress only so I could keep the shape visible for the next step.

Painting the Doll

I didn’t have the kind of tissue paper that was used in the instructions but I did have some paper napkins with a Christmas print. I removed the second layer of the napkin and decoupaged the printed layer onto the doll’s dress, making sure I didn’t put glue outside of the dress.

Decoupaged Napkin

It was a rainy day when I did this so it took the Mod Podge a bit longer to dry. Well everything took longer to dry so I worked on a few other things in the meantime. When it finally felt dry, I peeled off the excess paper carefully.

Time to sew! I put another piece of canvas behind the painted one and sewed around the shape twice as suggested. Of course I forgot to take a photo of that step so the one below shows the doll after I’d stuffed it. I had to move the stuffing around a bit to get it shaped right after I took this shot.

Sewn and Stuffed

The original instructions were for the bottoms to be sewn just like the sides but I needed my doll to stand so she could hold up a sign. I cut out two ovals from a board–it’s that sheet on the left under the twine.

I used the first oval to push in the stuffing. I also used hot glue to stick the bottom edges of the doll onto the oval. This was something I made up as I went along, by the way, so I’m quite sure there are better ways of doing this!

Anyway, I covered the second oval with leftover canvas and again used hot glue to stick it to the bottom of the doll. It was just a matter of matching the shapes. It worked pretty well although I didn’t like the way the joined edges looked. There was a bit of a gap that gave an unfinished look. That’s where the twine came in handy!

Finished Bottom

She's all done!

More twine, tiny wooden clothespins, the sign, and she’s ready!

Ready For the Fair

I have a few more to make. Some of the signs will have to be really be just regular 2D ones but this one’s a keeper!

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