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Make It : A Wee Wonderfuls World

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We're pretty big on Dreamers Into Doers around here, which is why I'm so happy to present Hillary Lang today.

A librarian on maternity leave, she started Wee Wonderfuls as a way to document her creations and connect with the crafts community. What started as a blog has grown into an online business and a book. From traditional button-joint bears to topsy-turvy dolls, this is a lovely read and how-to guide on the practice of doll-making.

Lucky for us, Hillary has generously agreed to share the Mermaiden pattern. Not only is it sea-inspired, it uses my favorite technique of free-motion quilting. Isn't her corduroy hair just great?

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Hillary writes, "Mermaiden was the last project I did for the book and it turned out to be one of my favorites. For inspiration I was trying to recall all my favorite toys as a kid and I remembered these great pocket sized plastic mermaid dolls I had as a girl. They had long brushable hair and these cute little chubby mermaid bodies. They were so sweet and lovable, not really glamour gals like the mermaids in play these days. My daughter Phoebe loves her non-glittery mermaid and the fact that she's not really waterproof doesn't stop her from carrying her to the pool in the pocket of her coverup!"

For full instructions on how to make your own Mermaiden, click here. Need help with tracing patterns or cutting them out? She's got you covered.

P.S.: There is also a cute book trailer that Hillary and her husband put together, which can also be seen on the STC Craft blog.

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