The Projects You Never Want to Do

***UPDATE*** Tutorial can be found HERE.
For info about our family’s story, go HERE.
I’m going to have a tutorial for you tomorrow for how to make your own Memory Doll.  And the reason why I had to make this for Charlotte has a long explanation so I thought I’d just go ahead and do that now and get it out of the way ;-).
There is (or should I say was?) a non-profit group that gives free “Daddy Dolls” to children of fallen U.S. soldiers. Someone mentioned this to Charlotte and she immediately begged me for a Daddy Doll of her very own, and of course I said yes. I contacted the group in July and got a response that basically said that due to economic struggles it might be a while before I received my order. So I waited, and waited.  I tried to get in touch with them but the links on their web page are all broken. I checked their Twitter and the last entry is from October and it literally says “Poop.” Seriously guys. That’s all it says.  Which is funny because that’s exactly what I thought when I saw that. 
Sooo, long story short, I had promised my baby girl a doll of her father, and I knew it wasn’t coming from that source. So I looked into buying one and they are about $30 and I wanted to get one for Gabe too! $60 is just not in my budget, so I decided to Mom-up and make them.
I did this using Spoonflower, but it took me a while to figure out how to make the picture the size that I wanted and how to order it correctly. That’s why I’ll have the tutorial for y’all tomorrow. I know that you probably know how to make a 2 sided doll, but the tech stuff can be tricky!
The fabric came weeks ago, but I finally got the balls to sew the doll together yesterday. It was supposed to be a Christmas present but someone found out about it and I had to give it to her!
People often ask me what they can do to serve others who have suffered a loss like ours, and this would be a great project for that purpose. Charlotte is pictured with her “Daddy Dan blanket” which was provided to us by Operation Kid Comfort, but would also be something great to make for a child who has suffered a loss.  It has 12 squares with pictures of him on them, which you could also do using Spoonflower.
Tune in tomorrow for the tutorial!  Thanks so much for reading 🙂

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23 thoughts on “The Projects You Never Want to Do

  1. tears and hugs for you friend. it is so good to see her so happy though. i love that you’re sharing this so we all know how to help others in a meaningful way, who have endured this as well.

  2. Aw, what a tough job you have. It looks like it means a lot to your daughter. I’ll be back to see your tutorial. I’ve been seeing a lot of spoonflower projects lately and recently ventured into my first one with a friend (she did the hard work!)

  3. Alida,
    What a sad and beautiful story. How wonderful that you can make something so special for your children to cherish. My mother died this past November and my daughter misses her so much. You’ve inspired me to create one of her Grandma Jane and her Grandpa Geo to help ease her sadness and remind her of their love. Thank you for sharing your story and your creativity. Bless you.

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