From Grandma with Love………Claira the Pig

I knew my mom was working on something special for Matilda’s 2nd birthday, but when Matilda opened up “Claira the Pig”, I could not believe my eyes.  Total and complete adorableness! 

This pig doll is named “Claira” and was made from Heather Bailey’s pattern “Claira and Clancy Pig Dolls“.  Mom put her own twist on the pattern with her use of fabrics, trims and buttons.  The details in this doll are amazing!

I am in love with the eyes and the little eye lashes.  Also the sweet flower next to the ear is another special detail that makes this doll one-of-a-kind.

The doll pattern comes with boy and girl clothing options which makes it a great gift for a boy or girl.  The long, skinny legs with the bloomers are totally adorable.  I could seriously eat this doll up!  I didn’t get a picture of it, but the arms are attached with buttons so they can move up and down. 

Matilda is one lucky little girl because mom made the clothing for this doll from Kate Spain’s “Terrain” line that has yet to be released – she is SO cutting edge.  She used some fat quarters from the bundle that she picked up at the sample spree at quilt market.  This fabric will be released in September 2011.

As you know, I just love handmade gifts and this one is no exception.  I really should have taken a picture of Matilda with Claira because the doll is quite large and is 3/4’s of her size.  I love seeing her walking around with Claira’s long skinny legs wiggling around.  Matilda has added Claira to her nightly sleeping buddy collection along-side Elmo and her little lamb.

Hmmmm, wonder if Mom will be making one of these for little man too once he arrives?  I think Claira might need her Clancy!

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  1. Total adorableness. The color combo is stunning.

  2. Oh my goodness! How adorable! She has got to be the cutest little piglet I’ve ever seen!

  3. How cute! What a fun gift.

    My mom made a bunch of bunnies in the 90’s, this would be right up her alley! 😀

  4. Clara is adorable! I love the fabrics your mom combined!

  5. You mom did such a great job! What a memorable gift! I’m sure she loves your daughter sleeping with it and carrying it around.

  6. What a great creation … to be cherished in days and years to come.

    I am humbled and happy to see “Terrain” on your mother’s lovely work.

    Claira’s beautiful, prim ease and open ears reminded me of this passage from the “Tao of Pooh”

    “Lots of people talk to animals,” said Pooh.
    “Not that many listen though.”
    “That’s the problem.”

    I bet Matilda loves listening to Claira, her Mom, and Grandma, and everything around that expresses so lovingly. 🙂


    Kate Spain
    Fairfield, CT

  7. Very cool, well done grandma

  8. WOW! This is too adorable for words. I LOVE!! Very lucky little girl.

  9. um grandma is AWESOME!!! That is just the cutest thing…my granny used to make me patchwork scottie dogs and do you remember those block rabbits (i’m prob showing my age) anyway they had a block of wood in them and they had big stuffed legs and cute little jumpers and you sit the block on a ledge or table and the legs just hung down…i loved those things! Little Ms. Claira brought back some nice memories 🙂

  10. What a lovely gift of love for Matilda! She will have this forever. My favorite part is Claira’s little bow on the top of her head. 🙂
    What I’D like to know is how Miss Savannah dealt with this… If I were her, I’d say, “Hey, where’s MY Claira???!!!” 😉

  11. Oh my gosh! That is just adorable. Please tell your Mom her long lost granddaughter (mine) would love this little doll for her birthday as well which is in about 2 1/2 weeks. LOL Your Mom really is wonderful. I remember a little outfit she made not long ago too. You are SO lucky. And your little girl.

  12. I love the details of the little eye lashes…too cute.

  13. So cute! I love this pattern. I have made a couple myself, but your mom really went all out with the details.