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.
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
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
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!
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
The apron dress is a bit peek-a-boo in back so I made up this quick pair of lacey bloomers for Miss Make-Along to wear underneath. I used the pants pattern piece from the Pajama Party pattern and cut it down to shorts length and cut it out from a thrifted lace top. I finished the edges with my serger and ran a line of elastic thread shirring along the waist and the leg openings. It came together super fast. (Elastic … More
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.
I use this stitch to join pieces when handsewing projects from wool felt
And here are the embroidery stitches I use…
to outline eyes, stitch eyebrows and mouth
fill in eyes or other shapes
to start embroidery on a stuffed doll if you don’t want to hide your knot
these stitches are good … More
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 the features with a water soluable marker. I use 3 strands of embroidery floss to embroider the features. … More