Toni’s Thanksgiving

My Toni doll likes to dress up for holidays and get her picture taken. Since she didn’t have a pilgrim outfit, I had to improvise on something that would look good in an autumn setting.

Toni doll in gold outfit with Pilgrims
Toni in her autumn finery with 2 Pilgrims in their traditional attire.

After she saw how severe the traditional Pilgrim clothing was, she was glad to opt for something a little more glamorous. I had a gold scarf that draped nicely, so I teamed it up with a wide ribbon with autumn flowers on it.

If that a hijab? It could be considered that, or it could be a mantilla like those popular in 1942 for evening wear or for brides. Mantillas were of lace or chiffon and draped over the head and sometimes the shoulders.

Mantilla or hijab in gold
The subtle glimmer of gold in her head and shoulders wrap shows off her strawberry blonde hair.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Toni’s Easter Bonnet

A few weeks ago, I tried my hand at hat making. I cut up an old straw golf hat of my husband’s and came up with a basic bonnet suitable for the country-style dress my Toni doll had.

Now with Easter coming up fast, I reworked the hat for a smoother looking back. Yes, I used a glue gun for that. then I added some ribbons and lace to fancy it up a little more. Here she is, Toni doll in her revamped Easter bonnet.

I have a huge stash of lace and ribbon so I need to use it more with Toni’s outfits. Just this week, I found this batch of micro-spools with miniature rickrack and slim ribbons. It was just a dollar for the whole bunch. How could I resist?

Does your doll have a special outfit for Easter? Pose her prettily with some spring flowers or a bunny and share your photo in the Facebook group: Toni Doll’s Fan Club.

Toni’s Spring Bonnet

I mentioned Easter in my last post and my Toni doll started immediately badgering me for an Easter bonnet. Since I’d been intending to attempt some hat making, I told her that I’d try to make a spring bonnet. After all, Easter is still 6 weeks away.

Perhaps later, I can add some flowers to it and tell her it’s an Easter bonnet. Luckily, my husband just discarded two golf hats that he no longer wanted. I snatched them before they made it into the trash.

Here are the first steps in my millinery effort. I had in mind sort of a Jane Austen style of hat like you would see in Regency times. An online search turned up a great selection when I clicked for it to show images.


It looked like the light-colored straw hat that I was about to cut into would be just what I needed. I’m hoping that I can get 2 or 3 hats from it. Those might be in a different style though.


Once I had a piece cut from the larger hat, I tried it on my doll to see what needed adjusting. The brim was okay and framed her face well but it seems like I should have been more generous in cutting the part for the back.

By folding in the back part and stapling it, I achieved a reasonable shape. Then I stapled ribbon down from each side of the brim for tying under the doll’s chin. The staples don’t show much with the texture of the woven straw.


The band on the hat is what was there originally. I could glue on a pretty pink ribbon to match her dress and then for Easter add some flower clusters or a pretty bow. Instead of stapling, one could hot glue the ribbons used to tie under the chin. I get impatient and want immediate results, so just grabbed the stapler.

Toni doll in her Jane Austin style bonnet (tutorial)
Toni doll in her Jane Austen style bonnet