I am so excited to be part of the Petit à Petit Urban Jungle Animal Doll pattern tour with a group of wonderful ladies! Celina, the talented designer behind Petit à Petit + Family, has designed the coolest dolls just in time for holiday gifts. Make sure to grab your copy and join the Jungle Party! There is also a fun Instagram giveaway happening; you can find the details for that at the end of this post.
I was so inspired by the dolls I saw that I jumped at the chance to join the tour. These are some of my favorites that Celina has created, so much detail and style! When deciding which doll to make, you can review all 5 Crews, each Crew containing 3 dolls, or you can buy the bundle that includes all 15 dolls. The bundle is a great deal, and you can make endless gifts with this pattern for years to come.
I decided to sew a raccoon from Crew 1 that includes: a Fox, Raccoon & Deer. My youngest was a raccoon for Halloween this year, and she wore a fur dress (fabric purchased at Harts Fabrics in Santa Cruz). I slightly modified the Cocoon Dress from Heidi & Finn for her costume. For Halloween, the plan was to have raccoon face makeup, but we ended up with more of a mouse/kitty face. I think just being a fur animal was good enough for her. This weekend we headed out to the local Christmas tree lot and she asked to wear her costume again. I thought it would be a perfect place to grab a few photos. She wasn’t really in the mood to take pics, but my other kids know the drill and stepped in to help me out. The big kids have already requested dolls, and they are excited to design their own. Celina has super cute coloring pages that you can download and get inspired.
These dolls are a generous size and include a t-shirt and pants. There are other cool outfit options, and I used the overall pattern, which I modified to become an overall skirt. I always keep the scraps of my favorite fabrics, and I was so pleased to be able to use this Cotton + Steel linen canvas.
For the doll, I used mostly wool felt, which is so soft and some polyester felt, which isn’t as soft but totally works. I didn’t have enough felt to do the whole body so I mixed it with a thin pinstripe shirting and I love the patchwork effect.
To layer the eye pieces, I used my favorite double sided fusible, Pellon 805 Wonder-under to easily piece them together. I love how the layered look gives such dimensions. Some of the dolls have hand embroidery details and the eyes could have been done by hand as well. For the sake of time, I used my machine and I’m still happy with how they turned out.
This is such a great pattern and comes together with great instructions. I also think it’s a bit easier to sew than other dolls because the scale is so large, so if you haven’t made a doll before, this is a good pattern to try. Your little and big kids are sure to love a doll created just for them with loads of personality.
To celebrate this tour, there is also a fun giveaway happening on Instagram. Make sure to head over to enter to win this great prize package!
– The Urban Jungle Animal Doll pattern bundle (this includes 15 animals + the Basic Clothing).
– All of the Petit à Petit patterns.
– $25 Gift Card to Chalk and Notch Patterns
– 1 pattern of your choice from Paisley Roots
– 1 yard of Christmas fabric from Emily of Enjoyful Makes
Dec. 6th: Made by Sara | Chalk and Notch
Dec. 7th: Little Cumquat
Dec. 8th: Buzzmills | My Cozy Co | Gaafmachine
Dec. 9th: Paisey Roots | Lily & Woody | Little Seren
Dec. 10th: Sewing Like Mad | Just Add Fabric | Enjoyful Makes