I made dolls for Hannah's first birthday last month. I made dolls ( plural) because making two was easier than dealing with a jealous older sister. Truthfully the idea of making a mermaid doll came from Maya's interest in The Little Mermaid so it seemed only fair for her to get one too. I wanted to make a doll that could be a mermaid or a little girl. I drew my own pattern and my first run wasn't exactly what I wanted but I was able to re-draw the pattern to make something I think is pretty fabulous. I really want to make a few more to keep around for birthday gifts and such but I haven't had a chance.