Wow that title is a mouthful!
A few months back, while checking out the local Hancock Fabrics, I found a whole shelf of these really cute doll making kits. They had a fairy, a ballerina, a princess and a mermaid, but I didn't end up buying one. I've been thinking about them ever since! Well, last weekend, my husband and I stopped by there again and I decided that this time I wasn't going home without one. After all how can I buy these for the little girls in my family if I don't test one out first? Right?! Right.
It took a while but I finally decided on the mermaid!
Love the packaging for this! You just open the box and everything is in this little bag:
Here is everything that come in the box. I'm not going to list it all now but I'll tell you more about each piece later on! Note: Ignore all the white fabric on the table. My husband was working on something and I didn't bother to move it all!
It comes with a very nice instruction book and another sheet with the instructions in like five or six other languages. I know I saw at least French, Spanish and German on there!
Like I said the instruction book is VERY nice!
It also had a picture of their other doll making kits:
Let's take a look at the doll now:
It has two velcro strips on the back of it's head. Those are for holding the yarn wig on, which I found really cool.
The only similar doll I have is Addy's Ida Bean.
Making the wig was pretty easy.
Once the yarn is all wrapped around you just slip it off, tie it in the middle, fold it in half and cut the ends.
Next it was time to put her flower on.
The flower just got glued onto her head/hair.
The bracelet and the necklace were really easy to make.
The kit came with three colors of scaly fabric:
Here are all my pieces cut out:
You start by making the fin and then you use double sided sticky tape (provided) and slowly build the tail in layers, from the bottom up.
Here is my finished tail:
The last and easiest part was drawing her face. Luckily they give you this cute little template:
Here she is all done:
Last but not least I got to fill out this cute little birth certificate:
Melusine, which is one of my very favorite legends, but she just seemed like an Ondine to me.
I don't have a picture of Kanani with her yet because it's been dark and raining all week, but I'll get that sometime soon. She is pretty long, especially with the fin, but I still think she looks fairly proportional. Kanani loves her so I'm happy!
All in all I really enjoyed this kit! I only have a few criticisms. I wish they had given me a touch more yarn because her hair is a little thin in back. My biggest criticism is the fact that the kits only come with a white cloth doll. I would have liked the option of other colors! I probably won't be buying another one for myself because of this. Unbleached muslin gets boring after a while. I probably will be buying them for gifts this Christmas though because this was FUN and pretty easy! I seriously want to try making my own doll now! That probably says a lot about this kit. It's one thing to enjoy doing it with the kit but this really inspired me to go beyond it and make my own. We'll see how that turns out!
I hope you enjoyed this look at a really neat doll kit! Till next time!