I love to make my Kit, Chloe and Louise dolls squishy and soft. I think of them as my baby dolls. They’re chubby and toddler like with wide cheerful faces and they give great hugs. The stiffer, more tightly woven your fabric is the less it will give and it will give more structure to your shapes. And that will totally work for this doll design too. It will make the dolls a little easier to dress and a little … More
Want a shortcut to finishing your doll’s face? If you’re not making your toy for a small child (buttons = choking hazard!) you can save time by using buttons for the eyes. It’s tricky to get the look right but I find if you use a two-hole button you can sew through with contrasting thread to make a cute glint in the eye. Sewing onto a wider or offset circle of white felt can also help it read more as … More
This hooded cape is full lined and fits most Wee Wonderfuls dolls, Make-Along Dolls, Make-Along Animals, Kit, Chloe and Louise and would fit but be a little roomy on the new smaller Elsa doll. The pattern pieces can be downloaded here, Hooded Cape Pattern
Step 1: Cut the pieces out of the cape fabric and the lining fabric. My lining is faux shearling and the cape is wool tweed.
Step 2: With right sides together, sew the hood … More
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.
UPDATE: I now have an Amazon shop page where I’ve collecting some of my favorite dollmaking supplies.
Starting with the bodies, the key to body fabric is a tight weave (so no stuffing oozes out) … More
I did order these Clover fork pins I mentioned and I love them! They’re perfect for using as hair pins to set super long yarn doll hair into all sorts of hairstyles. Of course they’re for display only, not play because they’re pins but they’re also great for holding a complicated hair-do into place so you could sew it down.… More
Tiny, cozy sweaters knit for handmade dolls, it doesn’t get much cuter than that! Please enjoy this knitting pattern for a cardigan for the Make-Along doll. It is knit in sock yarn with size 2 needles. Tiny, but not too crazy small. 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 be knit in the … 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