dollmaking supplies and where to find them

For those new to dollmaking where to get the supplies can be daunting. But really you should be able to find everything you need at your local fabric/craft store if you want to get started straight away or online if you’re a planner.

BODY FABRIC:
Starting with the bodies, the key to body fabric is a tight weave (so no stuffing oozes out) and no stretch. For my patterns you will not be able to keep the doll’s shape if … More

hair pins

I did order these Clover basting pins I mentioned and I love them! They’re perfect for setting this gal’s super long mohair hair into all sorts of hairstyles. They’re definitely impractical. They’d be great for holding a complicated hair-do into place so you could sew it down. I like them just for playing though. Maybe for a doll for older kids or an art doll, definitely one that wouldn’t see any play because the pins would come loose. Not sure … More

Free Cardigan knitting pattern for Make-Along and Elsa dolls

free doll cardigan knitting pattern

Tiny, cozy sweaters knit for handmade dolls, it doesn’t get much cuter than that! Please enjoy this knitting pattern for a doll cardigan. It is knit in smaller needles with sock yarn to fit Make-Along dolls and bigger needles and DK weight yarn for Elsa. It is a different version than the sweater I replicated from my great grandmother’s pattern which involves a lot of seaming. This one is knit from top down in one piece and sleeves can … More

holiday making & wee wonderfuls patterns

makealong dolls and sweater patterns at wee wonderfuls

Hi all! So… what’s everyone sewing this holiday?! I have started on a number of projects to bring handmade dolls & patterns to the site and the shop and I’m hoping I’m on the right path but please let me know if there’s something else you’re interested in!

doll knitting patterns at wee wonderfuls

I will have the cardigan and overalls outfit ready for Make-along next week and am hoping to squeeze in one more before Christmas. I was thinking a fancy dress up outfit but … More

basic stitches for dollmaking

Hi friends! Here are some stitches I use to make dolls and stuffed animals.

I use the ladder stitch to attach my stuffed doll parts together.
ladderstitch-joining-alt

ladderstitch-closing-alt

I use this stitch to join pieces when handsewing projects from wool felt
whipstitch

And here are the embroidery stitches I use…

to outline eyes, stitch eyebrows and mouth
backstitch

or
splitstitch

fill in eyes or other shapes
satinstitch

to start embroidery on a stuffed doll if you don’t want to hide your knot
knotlessstart

these stitches are good … More

embroidering an eye

How-to Friday. No, not really a thing. But it’s Friday. Maybe I’ll remember next week to post another. 🙂

A quick run through of embroidering the face on a cloth doll… I embroider my dolls’ faces after I’ve stuffed the bodies and sewn down the yarn hair. I prefer placing the features after everything else is in place. I use pins to mark spots for eyes and nose, using a tape measure to center on the face. Then I draw … More