Patchwork Kit-Kat

I made a new Kit-Kat doll from my Make-Along Animals pattern and did a little tik-tok video while I did it. Which is a little harder to do now that Phoebe has abandoned me for school. Since I’m having all the quilty feels these days I decided to make a sort of patchwork version of Kit-Kat. Kitty is made up of 3 fabrics. Normally I do a solid for the body, a print for the head gusset and another solid … More

two tone blond make-along doll

Any yarn can be used to make hair for a handmade cloth doll like the Make-Along dolls… bulky, dk, sport… wool, acrylic, roving, mohair. Whatever you like to achieve the look you’re going for. It’s also fun to use a few different yarns together. Here I used two very similar shades of a golden yellow and it gives her a great full head of sunny blonde hair.

For this doll I pulled the yarn from both balls at the … More

Body fabric for Kit, Chloe and Louise dolls

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

Button Eyes

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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

Free Pattern: Hooded Cape Pattern & Tutorial

Free Doll Hooded cape sewing patter

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

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.

UPDATE: I now have an Amazon shop page where I’ve collecting some of my favorite dollmaking supplies.

BODY FABRIC:
Starting with the bodies, the key to body fabric is a tight weave (so no stuffing oozes out) … More