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Pick the right pattern and a fabric you love, and with a little time and effort, you’ll be creating a wearable item and there will be no looking back!
Make this beautiful dress for her to wear to the Easter Egg hunt. Just think of the photo opportunities to go along with it!
I used super soft flannel fabrics that I prewashed in a non-bio laundry detergent and wool felt for the face and hair. I deliberately chose soft fabrics for this toy, because this is going to be given to a baby.
After selecting my fabrics, I hand drew a little doll shape on a piece of paper. I used a ‘keyhole’ design which meant I avoided having to worry about arms and legs! Keeping the shape simple is a great way to make this an easy project, plus I think the finished doll is particularly huggable!
After sketching a keyhole design I was happy with, I pinned the pattern to my fabric and cut it out.
I wanted to embellish my doll but I didn’t want any small parts that could be a danger or choking hazard to an infant. I decided to stitch lengths of bright ric rac to the front of the doll.
I then sketched a little face and hair onto paper which I used as a template for cutting the wool felt.
I stitched the eyes and mouth features by hand with embroidery floss. Using French knots for the eyes is much safer than using buttons. I hand stitched the hair to the face using small stitches, then stitched the whole face to the front of the doll on my machine.
Being more than a little obsessed with bright ric rac, I pinned more around the entire outside of the front of the doll and stitched it down through the center.
I then pinned on the back doll fabric and stitched it to the front, using the stitching line of the ric rac to guide me. I left a 3” hole at the bottom of the doll for turning and stuffing.
After turning the doll right sides out and pressing it with an iron, I stuffed the doll with craft fiberfill. I topstitched the hole closed.
I think this doll is a cute little character and I’m sure it would make a good friend for a little child.
Soft flannel fabric
Small amount of wool felt
Ric ric in various colors
Hand sewing needle and embroidery floss