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Thread: Comfort Dolls - Scraps for Good

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    Comfort Dolls - Scraps for Good

    I had posted a topic called Scraps for Good, which talks to the Sew News project of making Comfort Dolls for battered women's shelters.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...d-t189233.html

    Thought I would share a few of my small ladies before I ship them off to their new owners.
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    Nice of you to make these for the shelter. Do you not put mouths on them because women hesitate to talk about abuse??

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    I copied off the pattern and ready to make some dolls. What did you use to make the eyes? I'm thinking of trying a permanent marker. Hand embroidery is tough with arthritic hands and fingers. Am planning to send mine to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation along with the clothes I make for toddlers and stocking cap-bootie sets for babies. Thinking these dolls would serve as toys for the kids too.

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    Great way to get maximum benefit for your scraps! Dolls are really cute but simple. Thanks for your generosity, inspiration and for sharing.
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    To answer both Joy and Gladygirl - no idea about the lack of mouth - the originator of the pattern did not put one on. I am guessing it won't matter?

    I used a permanent marker for the eyes. A Sharpie would probably work fine. Its not so much my fingers but my French Knots are just TERRIBLE! Its the one embroidery stitch I could never master....

    Take a look at the blog or Flickr - there are a lot of dolls there and quite a bit of license taken.

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    Just a little note for anyone who may want to help with the dolls. Including even a small monetary donation to help with the postage is always welcomed, if you can. Having worked with numerous non-profits, postage is always a killer!!
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    How awesome, what a great project for such a needdy cause. thank you for sharing
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    What a great project! I don't know of anything like this here in the UK. Thanks for sharing

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    What a great project! I don't know of anything like this here in the UK. Thanks for sharing
    Hi, Maybe you could get one started! There are battered women everywhere, and I am sure there is a shelter in the UK.
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    Awe, so cute, and for such a good cause!
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    Kathy you are correct about starting a project in UK - Pat Winters started the Comfort Doll Project back in 2007 and it was taken on by Brenda Hutchings at SewNews I think in 2010. One person DOES make a difference! YEAH!

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    do you need scraps? I have buckets full of them pm me with your address

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gladygirl View Post
    I copied off the pattern and ready to make some dolls. What did you use to make the eyes? I'm thinking of trying a permanent marker. Hand embroidery is tough with arthritic hands and fingers. Am planning to send mine to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation along with the clothes I make for toddlers and stocking cap-bootie sets for babies. Thinking these dolls would serve as toys for the kids too.
    I looked all over and couldn't find the pattern. Can you post a link? I'm thinking this would be a cute idea for our Project Linus group. Thank you in advance.
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    I would love to help but like vickig I cant find the pattern.
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    Is there a link for the pattern?
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    sorry thought I had the link posted - duh! Here you go.
    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...pFFI37FP0WXFxg

    or if you google 'Operation Comfort Doll - SewNews' the PDF will come up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JNCT14 View Post
    sorry thought I had the link posted - duh! Here you go.
    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...pFFI37FP0WXFxg

    or if you google 'Operation Comfort Doll - SewNews' the PDF will come up.
    Thank you so much.. these are just too cute.
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    So sweet! Thanks for the link.
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    Thanks. looks easy enough.
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    Reginalovesfabric is very generously sending me scraps for the dolly dresses. If anyone needs some to make the dresses, please PM me and I will send to you. First come first served.

    Regina - thanks so much for that!

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