August 15, 2011
Make It : Plus Baby = (Doll) Family
Posted by Silke Stoddard
Remember when I said I couldn't wait to make a baby doll for my cousin!? Well, Ronja was just born, and I'm so happy for her sweet parents (and now I have a reason to make another doll). I made a baby doll with a bunting body rather than with legs. It is pretty much the same instructions as the other ones (except a bit faster to make), but I still photographed the steps for you below and you can get the template for the body here. If you get stuck, you should reference back to the original. Choose a fabric that is washable (babies love to suck on the little hands of these dolls) and cotton yarn for hair. Then enjoy your new family member! Congratulations, Hannah, Otto, and Ronja!!!!
1 proud mom and dad dolls
2 trace pattern onto doubled fabric, lining up with fold
3 this is what it looks like cut
4 cut 2 2" squares and a 3 1/2" x 7 " long strip (ribbing going up and down the long side) of cotton jersey
5 pin and trace a rounded edge on top of strip for the head
6 sew together, trim excess on rounded head, cut notches under arm
7 place a 2" diameter ball of wool batting onto 3 strips 2" x 7" wide. place small balls of batting inside squares and tie off for hands
8 fold strips over ball and stuff inside head. form top of head to be firm and smooth, adding more bating if needed. tie off at 'neck' and sew shut at bottom
9 stuff head / neck pieces inside neck opening of body, gather fabric with one row of running stitch and blind stitch on tightly
10 add more stuffing through arm openings, distribute evenly, stuff hands inside opening and blind stitch onto body the same way you did head
11 place glass head pins for placement of eyes. Embroidery hair on with cotton yarn. Then embroidery eyes and mouth. Sew a small running stitch from under the arm straight across front and back and pull gently to gather. Secure with a back stitch.
12 Worth all the labor !
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