I’ve blogged about them several times already, but let me say it again:  I love me some Dolly Donations!!  Their mission is to provide a bit of comfort in the form of handmade cloth dolls to needy children around the world – children in poverty, children who have been orphaned, or children experiencing crisis.  Their current drive is sending dolls to orphans in Haiti.  You can read more about the current drive and the children it benefits here.

Because we believe so much in Dolly Donations, we’re issuing the Craft Gossip Dolly Donation Challenge!  How many dollies can Craft Gossip readers create in just one month?

If you’d like to participate, set a Dolly Donation goal for yourself.  It can be 1 dolly, 3 dollies, 5 dollies, or more.  Don’t worry if you’re still a beginner sewist.  The dolls are simple to make , and there are patterns available over at the Dolly Donations website.  (They also have tutorials showing how to add some fun details.)  The basic doll pattern has “clothes” stitched as part of the dolly body.  If you want to make removable clothing, I’ll be posting a tutorial/pattern for a dress for a girl doll, and a t-shirt and shorts combo for a boy doll.

Personally, I pledge to create at least 5 dollies for the Craft Gossip Dolly Donation Challenge.  How many will you make?

You can mail your completed dollies to me.  (I’m not so keen on posting my home address out here for all the world to see, so just drop me an email at sewing@craftgossip.com and I’ll send you my address.)  I’ll keep them safe and sound until the end of the Dolly Donation Challenge, at which point I’ll take a lovely group photo and send them on from there.

We’ll keep the Craft Gossip Dolly Donation rolling throughout the month of July.  If you have any questions about our challenge, please give me an email at sewing@craftgossip.comDeadline for mailing the dollies to me is August 7, 2010.  I can’t wait to see how much we can do!!

[photos and buttons from Dolly Donations]

[tags]sewing, charity, dolly donations, doll, dolly, children, challenge, craft gossip[/tags]

By Anne Weaver


13 Comments so far

  1. Jennifer on July 2, 2010 1:52 pm

    Wow! I’ve never seen this group before (I’m new to craft gossip), but this post just made me cry. Weird, I know, but 14 month old has recently developed a love affair with her own dolly, and having experienced her attachment, and the comfort she gets from hugging that dolly (“dah-dee” in her words) makes me so excited to spread some of that dolly loving to kiddos who really need such a hug. Thanks for posting this! I’m headed to their website now!

  2. Sarah on July 2, 2010 6:23 pm

    Thank you so much Anne! You’re a star!

    Happy Sewing!

    Dolly Donations: Sending Love, 1 Dolly at a Time!

  3. Free pattern: New soft dolly pattern at Dolly Donations · Sewing @ CraftGossip on July 2, 2010 7:39 pm

    [...] a casserole carrierTutorial: 4th of July flag t-shirtsTutorial: Fabric envelope with elastic band Join us for the Craft Gossip Dolly Donation Challenge!Tutorial: Soft baby toys with velcro tabs for attaching to a bassinetTutorial: Quick but cute [...]

  4. Update: Craft Gossip Dolly Donation Challenge · Sewing @ CraftGossip on July 10, 2010 8:14 am

    [...] 1 down, 4 to go…  Last night I completed the first of the 5 dolls I pledged to the Craft Gossip Dolly Donation Challenge.  [...]

  5. Free pattern: Superhero gear for Dolly Donations dolls · Sewing @ CraftGossip on July 15, 2010 7:33 am

    [...] of my pledge for the Craft Gossip Dolly Donation Challenge was to create a shirt and pair of pants for the boy [...]

  6. Lookie what came in the mail: First batch of Dolly Donations!! · Sewing @ CraftGossip on July 24, 2010 7:41 am

    [...] what came in the mail yesterday – a box full of happy Dolly Donation dolls.  Suzi from Heber Springs, Arkansas sent them in to our Craft Gossip Dolly Donation [...]

  7. Update: Craft Gossip Dolly Donation Challenge · Sewing @ CraftGossip on July 25, 2010 11:13 am

    [...] It’s another faceless dolly made by yours truly for the Craft Gossip Dolly Donation Challenge!  Actually, the reason I’m showing the picture isn’t because of the dolly, it’s [...]

  8. Free pattern: Sundress for the Dolly Donation girl doll · Sewing @ CraftGossip on July 26, 2010 7:37 pm

    [...] pledge for the Craft Gossip Dolly Donation Challenge was to create 5 dollies for Dolly Donations, along with a pattern to create an extra clothing item [...]

  9. Update: Craft Gossip Dolly Donation Challenge · Sewing @ CraftGossip on August 25, 2010 7:44 am

    [...] at what arrived in the mail on Saturday!  A box full of sweet dollies for our Dolly Donation Challenge!  They were made by Pam in Fairview, North Carolina.  Check out the paisley fabric she used for [...]

  10. Update: Craft Gossip Dolly Donation Challenge · Sewing @ CraftGossip on August 27, 2010 8:46 am

    [...] These dollies will go to children living in the Hope Village orphanage in Haiti.  Want to make some of your own dollies to donate?  There’s still time!  Read more about the dolly drive. [...]

  11. kay on August 27, 2010 7:08 pm

    what is the due date of the dolly drive?

  12. anneweaver on August 28, 2010 5:53 am

    Kay, If you want to participate through Craft Gossip, I’ll need the dollies by September 7. However, you can also send them directly to the person who is collecting the dollies for Hope Village, and I believe that deadline is later in the fall. Thank you for your interest in the dolly drive! –Anne

  13. Dolly Donation Challenge update: More dollies! · Sewing @ CraftGossip on September 8, 2010 4:02 pm

    [...] from Kansas City, KS sent this pair of dollies in for our Craft Gossip Dolly Donation Challenge.  Aren’t the adorable?  I am LOVIN’ the yarn hair pulled into [...]

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