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Friday, 22 April 2022

Raffle prize for the Dolly Jolly

In preparation for the Dolly Jolly event which Janet has organised in May, I've been doing some sewing recently, using fabric I won on the raffle at a Sasha Celebration Weekend a few years ago: a pile of patterned fat quarters in shades of blue and yellow, plus some plain fabric. One piece of floral fabric was used to make an Easter bonnet with a matching outfit (including using the Ted Menton pinafore dress pattern), in the challenge posed by Gael S in one of the Sasha Facebook groups. I finished the bonnet and the outfit just in time for Easter day. We were in York for the whole weekend, so the photos I took of Florence with her Easter treats were in the little patio garden of the AirBnB we were staying in at the time. 

Florence models the Easter bonnet picnic outfit on Easter Day in York

The Easter bonnet trimmed with white roses, miniature buttons and ribbon

The Easter bonnet fabric is a delicate floral pattern in blues and yellows with a touch of green

The Easter bonnet tied under her chin with yellow ribbon

The Easter bonnet / picnic outfit includes a sleeveless shirt, knickers, Ted Menton pinafore dress and the Easter bonnet

The other part of the sewing I hadn't quite finished before we drove to York on Maundy Thursday, and required my sewing machine plus the iron, so I left it at home to finish when I returned. It is a double sided Sasha doll sized picnic rug.

The Dolly Jolly picnic rug side A

The Dolly Jolly picnic rug side B

The food pattern fabric used as the centre piece on each side was quite a large piece of Mary Engelbreit fabric which I had bought a few years ago, three patterns of which I used to make a dress for my younger daughter when she was 10. It seemed right to use this fourth piece in a picnic rug. 

I had been gathering items for this raffle prize for a few weeks - two hamper baskets, the miniature tea set, the Sasha sized tumbling tower blocks and I raided our Sasha toy collection for the remaining items of fun games to play on a picnic (frisbee, bat and ball, foam football). The larger hamper basket had no lining, so I lined it with some of the food pattern fabric, the smaller basket had red and white check lining but I ripped that out and replaced it with pale blue and white check lining instead, to match the picnic rug.

The mini picnic hamper containing the tea set and mugs in their boxes

The mini picnic hamper containing the tea set (sellotape still on the tea pot lid) and mugs

The lined larger hamper basket containing the picnic games and the mini picnic hamper

Florence, her shoes and socks are NOT included in the raffle prize. 

Everything in the raffle prize fits neatly inside the larger basket. This will be a special raffle prize at the Dolly Jolly event during May 2022 (in England).

Florence wearing the Easter bonnet outfit,
with the picnic rug, tea set in its mini hamper,
picnic games and the lined hamper basket to carry the prizes.


NeverUschi said...

Wow! There will be someone lucky and very happy with this prize.

Dorothy In PA said...

What lovely raffle prizes. I am sure they will make someone very happy.