I’ve had a lot of questions about my latest Feel Better Friends project so I thought I’d dedicate a post just for questions and answers.
Q. What is it all about?
A. Feel Better Friends are handmade dolls stuffed with love and well wishes. I came up with the idea when I saw a picture of a little girl, Berkeley who was battling cancer holding her American Girl doll. Like most little girls who have this popular doll Berkeley was “twinning”, or dressed identically with her doll. There I was looking at a photo of this brave little girl who was proud to be going wigless to her doctor’s appointment that day and I couldn’t help but wonder if she would like for her doll to be able to go wigless too. It was then that I decided to come up with a handmade doll created just for her with a wig and matching clothes that could go wigless too! I had so much fun making Berekley’s doll that I decided to make more dolls for other children suffering illness who would like the comfort of a Feel Better Friend doll custom made with their own likeness and characteristics. You can read more about the Feel Better Friends project and how it all started here.
Q. Who makes the dolls? Can I help?
A. As of right now it’s just me (Shanon from Shanonigans) making the dolls, but I am working on writing up the doll pattern and I have a group of volunteers waiting to make the dolls and deliver them to kids. Yes, we could always use more volunteers! If you would like to help make Feel Better Friends dolls join the facebook group called Feel Better Friends Doll Makers or email me.
UPDATE: volunteers have started making the dolls too…yay! and the FBF crochet doll pattern is ready….double yay!
Q. How are the dolls made? What do they look like?
A. The dolls are crocheted and some of the clothes are hand sewn. While the basic doll is the same, each one is custom made specifically for each child to represent the child’s characteristics and features. Below is an example of the first Feel Better Friends doll created for Berkeley. More photos of dolls will be added here as they are created.
Q. Is there a doll pattern available?
A. I am still working on writing the pattern up but hope to have it available soon. There is currently a draft of the pattern available under the ‘files’ tab in the facebook group, Feel Better Friends Doll Makers. In the meantime you can follow any of the following resources to find out when the completed pattern is available: Shanonigans facebook page, FBF doll makers group, in my ravelry store or here on the blog.
UPDATE: The FBF doll pattern is ready for everyone to make dolls for kids in need! You can find the pattern for free in my ravelry shop here.
Q. How are kids chosen to receive a FBF doll? Can I request a doll?
A. Dolls are given to any child with any major health condition that is either serious in nature or somehow makes the child feel ‘different’ than other kids. Each doll request is determined on it’s own whether a doll can be created for that particular child. If you would like to request a FBF doll please fill out the doll REQUEST completely and send it to the specified email address along with the requested photos of the child. If you have any questions about your particular request please email me here.
Q. How long does it take to make a doll and have it delivered?
A. The amount of time spent on each FBF doll ranges depending on the amount of details involved but most dolls take between 10 and 20 hours. Due to the number of dolls on the waiting list it can take several days to several weeks before your doll is produced. Please allow 6-8 weeks for production and delivery. If you are in need of a rush please explain your situation in the doll request form and we’ll do our best to have it to you as soon as possible.
Q. How is Feel Better Friends funded?
A. Feel Better Friends are completely 100% donated dolls, time and labor. These dolls are created with love and made possible by donations from people like you. Read below to find out the different ways you can help and to find out which way best fits you.
Q. How can I help?
A. The Feel Better Friends project is based completely on donations. We appreciate any way you can help. Monetary donations can be accepted through our go fund me page found here. If you would like to help make the FBF dolls please join the facebook group here. If you would like to donate yarn and other supplies please email me here. Finally, you can also purchase a Mini-Me doll with 100% of the donations going to the FBF project making it possible for us to make more dolls for more children. Thank you for your support!
Q. What are Mini-Me dolls?
A. Mini-Me dolls are adorable dolls created with the likeness of a child or an adult and are made with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Feel Better Friends project. This is a way to make a donation and receive your very own doll. Samples of the dolls are shown below or can be found here. To order a Mini-Me doll please visit Shanonigans facebook page or email me here.
Other questions? Feel free to email me here and I will get back to you as soon as possible!
All the best,