Sunday, 20 July 2008

Fairy angel.........

I decided to make a softy for a little niece......first she was going to
have a bear and then it was going to be a cow but when she came to visit the
other day she saw Fairy Girls "fairy angel" and that is what she wanted......
Then I had to make a pattern up.........very interesting..........and when I
went to bed on Friday night I was cursing it but when I finished it up
yesterday morning things went well and I was very excited to have been able
to work out a pattern and make it up myself.........with a few modifications
along the way this is what I ended up with.......now the other niece wants
one.......with a few changes to make it easier for me......I will be brave
enough to make another one......bit fiddly but she was worth it in the
end....... does anyone have a quick easy way to turn the arms and legs out..........that was the worst bit for me...........

I have one very happy niece......

.........take care til next time.............
.......Chookyblue..........

41 comments:

  1. Wow! She looks great! Good on you for creating her yourself. I turn things inside out with wooden spoon handle or that great little handle turner you bought me. Now when will the pattern be available?

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  2. Very cute, well done. What about a chop stick to turn out the arms and legs.
    Jodie

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  3. She looks just like the original, well done. I love that she is smiling. She's sure to be treasured.

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  4. What a gorgeous softie!! I use a chopcstick too for turning.

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  5. Cute doll!! I use a thick straw (like the ones from McDonalds) and a chopstick. You can turn really small arms and legs with these two little tools!

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  6. Very Cute I use a pencil to turn inside out and to fill arms and legs.lucky niece to have a special aunty like you.
    Hugs Mary.

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  7. she is very cute I love her hair
    I use a knitting needle it works for me
    hugs Beth

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  8. Can see why you have one happy niece she is so very cute...

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  9. You can get turning tools - I have never been able to figure them out though. I just turn and poke and prod and swear a bit and it all works out in the end.
    She is scrumptiously cute - I love her hair!

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  10. Cute fairy angel Donna! I use chopsticks as well.

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  11. Lovely angel. I'm sure she will be well loved.
    I bought a turning tool. Just pop the right size tube into the piece you want turned, poke with the piece (it's sorta like a knitting needle) until it comes out the other end turned right side out. Voila, in seconds it's done!

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  12. You've done a great job, she's lovely! I esp love her hair.....
    Bec xxx

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  13. Loop turner saved my life! If you google it you get both made of steel and plastic, I have both but I find the plastic one difficult to use. You can see it here http://www.createforless.com/Dritz+Loop+Turner+10+1/2/pid14053.aspx

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  14. She's awfully cute. Great job designer her yourself.

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  15. Hey Donna! What a cutie your angel turned out to be! Yep, turning arms and legs is one of the most frustrating parts of making bears and dolls. I either: use a pair of long/pointy-nosed pliers and slip them down the arm or leg to grip the fingers or toes, then pull it back out. OR: I kind of tuck the toes or fingers in just a little using the pointy pliers, then push it through with a broken cotter-pin turner - very specialised tool! Tee! Hee! Hee! I tell students of my workshops that the shopsticks that are tapered are handiest if they don't have a cotter-pin turner handy! Have fun! Bear Hugs! KRIS (Tag Along Teddies)

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  16. She is pretty - what a nice auntie you are. I use the blunt end of a knitting needle usually.

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  17. well done - that is so cute and I am sure your niece will really treasure it.

    I have a thingy that I use to turn fiddly bits. It has a hook on the end and you grab it and then pull it out. Have no idea what it is called but I do use it alot.

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  18. What a gorgeous little 'Fairy Angel'! You made a great job of it!!

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  19. Great job...I'm sure she will be loved...Yep turning legs and arms is a pain....we had a Japanese exchange student stay with us and she gave me some very beautiful chop sticks which are my most favourite turning tool.

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  20. Lots of advice, Donna, hope something helps. I used to use surgical tweezer-like thingos, forget what they are called. never mind - you have created a little cutie and made one little girl very happy!
    Hugs - Lurline.

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  21. Wow she is beautiful. I think a straw would work.

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  22. Donna, l use turning tools, which you insert into leg and then poke into the tube and its all over in a blink of an eye :-)) just a little tip, brown pigma pen makes a softer face.
    Sandra

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  23. Realy a cute little angel. Your niece must be realy happy. ;-)

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  24. What a cute little fairy!
    I often use to sew a thin ribbon in the end, when you're done sewing, you can just pull the ribbon to get the right side out. When I'm not using the ribbon, I often use a food-tweezer. You put it in to the tube, crab the end of the tube and pull out...

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  25. Hello, Chooky! Just love your fairy angel...she turned out wonderful! I especially love the wild, slightly crazy hair (is that yarn?) I use a long, slender cooking chopstick for turning sometimes--works a treat. Thanks for stopping by my place! :o) Happy week to you & yours...

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  26. Very very nice this angel.........
    ciao ciao

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  27. How sweet. What a lovely, friendly face.

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  28. She's adorable Donna! I think she should have an extra dress out of that cute pig fabric LOL.

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  29. No wonder your niece is happy, Donna! What a sweet fairy doll. I'm sure she has become your niece's favourite!

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  30. Hi Donna. Very cute angel. I use the end of a thin paintbrush and push startingfrom the closed toe down inside the leg and its usually pretty easy!

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  31. Especially cute Fairy Angel sitting on the Tankstand Chookyblue... Adore the *Do !!!

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  32. Hi Chooky,
    How lucky is your niece, the little angel you made her is so yummy & cute..now wonder she loved it. How are the lambs going. We have had some big frosts here so you must be really feeling it up your way.
    Hugs Shelley

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  33. You are very lucky to be an Aunty. Oh what I would make if I had neices or nephews. I'll have to wait to be a Granny one day.

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  34. Very cute. The last bear/doll combo I began (it is alas a UFO due to the fact that it requires dressing) but they had a wonderful gadget to turn arms and legs our with. I bought one immediately as I could for see all manner of uses. I also have, from dressmaking years, a long silver type stick with a sort of safety pin in the end which you clip into the inside and it holds firm while you turn it inside out. I imagine they are still available in haby areas and the former one in bear making sites.

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  35. She's lovely...I didn't read all the way through so this might be a repeat, but I'm a nurse and I use a long hemostat to turn the little bits. It works like the needlenose pliers someone mentioned, except you don't have to worry about losing your grip on the end, because they click closed and stay clamped on the bit you clamped onto until you undo them at the end. I think you could find some on ebay.

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  36. Very cute little angel ... reckon you're are favourite auntie now.
    I use a pencil to turn through arms and legs. Grab a bit of fabric at the stitched end and push down over the blunt end of the pencil to pull through. I only found this out earlier this year. Saves heaps of time and frustration.
    Christine

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