Hey there! My name is Megan and I'm the sewing, pattern making girl behind Dolly Henry. This is my blog, where I share my own creative adventures and hope to meet fellow fabric enthusiasts. I also design and sell sewing patterns through my online boutique, alongside a beautiful collection of clothing and dolls. Thank you for stopping by!


Miss Hazel 2017 Pageant Sewing Competition

On December 12, a special little Deer turns 1! That's right, it's Hazel's birthday and she wants to have a little party. Firstly, as any good mother would, I will reflect upon Hazel's first year.

She burst into the world last year, and though she was created many months before her pattern release, I'm counting her pattern launch date as her official birthday because that is when the joy that Hazel brought was first shared with everyone. I casually published Hazel's pattern, with no plans to embark on a pattern making spree. I just wanted to share Hazel with you!

Her pattern enjoyed unexpected success, and Hazel has flown to so many different places, all over the world. These destinations include the USA, the UK, South Africa, Germany and New Zealand. The joy I felt seeing others make my design sparked off the inspiration to publish a further five patterns this year (Croissant to be published soon) and early in the year I knew how I wanted to celebrate Hazel's first birthday.

I thought how amazing would it be to see all the Hazel's from around the world at the end of the year? And the idea behind the Miss Hazel Pageant was born.

To celebrate Hazel's first year as a pattern, together with Hazel's sponsor the gorgeous Cassie from Sew Stitching Happy, we are holding a Miss Hazel 2017 Pageant. Cassie has provided a gorgeous fabric bundle featuring 12 fat quarters as the grand prize and she will also have exclusive fabric bundles in her store for making your own Hazel doll, that Hazel helped her curate!

The pageant will be held on Instagram and is open to Hazel's all over the world, past and present. Have I sparked your interest? Read on for the details on how you can enter!

1. To be eligible to enter the pageant, you must make or have made a Hazel Deer doll using the Dolly Henry Hazel Deer doll pattern. Hazel and Hazel's outfit needs to be in accordance with the pattern, so the pageant is fair. This means she needs to be wearing the original bonnet, cape, dress, and socks design as depicted in the pattern. If you wish to knit a cardigan using the official pattern by Say! Little Hen that is allowed too. She does not need to be wearing all her clothing and accessories, however, please make sure any clothing she is wearing is from the sock, cape, cardigan or dress pattern provided. Minor edits and embellishments to the clothing are accepted. Your creativity and choice of materials within these guidelines is up to you! Any Hazel made in the past year may also be entered, in accordance with these rules.

2. A maximum of three Hazel Deer Dolls is allowed per entrant.

To enter the pageant, post a photo of each entry separately on Instagram with the hashtag #misshazeldeer17 and caption the entry with the following: "Miss Hazel Pageant 2017 by @dollyhenryau Sponsored by @sewstitchinghappy - My Hazel Deer Doll is called (put her name here) and she lives (her location) Her special talent is (whatever special talent your doll possesses)"

3. You must be following both @dollyhenryau and @sewstitchinghappy on Instagram

4. Entries are open from October 14th 2017 and close midnight November 14th 2017 AEST. Five finalists will be chosen by a guest judge. From the five finalists, a grand winner will be chosen. The grand winner will be announced on November 18th 2017 via Instagram. The grand prize is a 12 piece fat quarter fabric bundle from Sew Stitching Happy, the official pageant sponsor and a handmade Hazel sized sash and crown from Dolly Henry.

5. The remaining four finalists will be put up on Instagram for the People's Choice Award - an honorary position. The winner of the PCA will be chosen via a voting system on Instagram. The PCA winner will receive a $25 pattern voucher to the Dolly Henry store, valid for 6 months.

T & C’s
This competition is open to International Entries.
The competition closes November 14th 2017 Midnight AEST.
The winners will be announced on Instagram on November 18th 2017.
Only 3 entries are permitted per person. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram. Winner will need to claim prize within 24 hours of announcement or the prize will be redrawn. No exceptions. Dolly Henry is not responsible for the delivery of items offered in this giveaway - each host is responsible for the delivery of their own item. Hosts are not responsible or liable for any loss or damage that occurs during transit. Prizes may not be exchanged for money or vouchers.


Q: Where can I purchase a Hazel Deer pattern?

A: You can find both digital and paper versions of Hazel's pattern in the Dolly Henry store.

Q: I'd like to enter but I don't have an Instagram account?

A: That's fine! You can easily open an account with Instagram here.

Q: If Hazel's birthday is in December why is the pageant being held now?

A: December is a busy time for little Deer, Hazel is one of Santa's favourites and she is too busy helping sew and deliver presents in December to participate in her pageant.


  1. I love Hazel's birthday celebrations and can't wait to see all of the gorgeous Hazel Deer from around the world!

    1. thank you Sarah! I can't wait either! It's going to be so much fun! :-)

  2. I'm so looking forward to making my first Hazel!! Thanks for doing this!!

    1. Hi Cindy!! Thank you so much, I really look forward to seeing your Hazel doll! Megan xx


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