HOW TO MAKE… AN HEIRLOOM DOLL
Q Medium weight cotton fabric in a skin tone, 26 x 30cm (10¼ x 117/ 8") (Fabric A) Q Patterned cotton fabric, 17 x 55cm (6¾ x 215/ 8") (Fabric B) Q Blue muslin fabric, 20 x 58cm (77/ x 227/ 8") 8 (Fabric C) Q Pale yellow muslin fabric, 10 x 70cm (4 x 275/ 8") (Fabric D) Q Grey jersey fabric, 15 x 20cm (6 x 77/ 8") (Fabric E) Q Grey felt, 10 x 20cm (4 x 77/ 8") (Fabric F) Q Pink felting wool Q Matching sewing threads Q Elastic, 20cm (77/ 8") Q Embroidery thread in brown and pink Q Embroidery needle Q Two wooden buttons, 1.5cm ( 5 /8") diameter Q One white plastic button, 1cm ( 3 /8") diameter Q Soft toy stuffing Q Needle felting tool Q Large sponge Q Knitting needle Q Erasable fabric marker Q Blusher Q Cotton bud This girly is throwing out serious fashion blogger vibes. With her candy-coloured top knot, satchel, and impeccable layering, she looks like she’s prepped to grab a coffee and head off on a colour walk.
We love that she’s an up-to-date take on an heirloom doll – made for keeps, but utterly in style. Use your favourite modern prints to create her garb, or gather scraps of special garments for a meaningful make. How about creating a mini-me version, personalising the clothes, hair and accessories?
01 Using the templates on page 99, cut two body pieces, four arm pieces and four leg pieces from Fabric A. Pair the pieces with right sides (RS) together and sew using a 0.5cm ( ") seam allowance, leaving the tops of the arms and legs and the bottom of the body open.
02 Snip small notches from the seams as required for ease of turning out. Turn all of the pieces RS out using the knitting needle. Using the image as a guide, draw on the eyes and eyelashes with erasable fabric marker.
03 Fill the pieces with soft toy stuffing, then fold the raw open edges of the body and arms to the wrong side ( WS) by 1cm ( 3 /8").
04 Pin the legs inside the body, as shown, making sure they are equal lengths, then sew them in place.
05 Sew the arms to the sides of the body, securing them with the wooden buttons, as shown.
06 Using the image as a guide, stitch on the eyes and eyelashes with brown embroidery thread and the mouth with pink thread.
07 For the hair, place the pink felting wool on the sponge and create a parting by going through the centre with the felting needle 15-20 times, as shown.
08 Next, wrap the felting wool around the head, as shown, positioning the parting at the back of the head, then begin twisting it into a neat top knot.
09 Using the needle felting needle, work around the head, poking diagonally to fix the hairstyle. Without forcing the needle, poke the top knot to attach it.
10 Using the image as a guide to placement, apply blusher to the doll’s face with a cotton bud.
11 Fold the two long edges of the Fabric B rectangle to the WS by 1cm ( 3 /8") and press in place. Fold the top long edge of the rectangle to the WS again by 1.5cm ( 5 /8") and press. For the hem, fold the bottom long edge to the WS by 0.5cm (¼") and press.
12 Fold the Fabric B rectangle in half along the length with RS together, aligning the two short edges. Pin the two short edges, then sew using a 1.5cm ( 5 /8") seam allowance. Finish the raw edges with zigzag stitch to neaten, then press the seam open.
13 Sew the two long edges folded in Step 11, using a 0.5cm ( 1 /8") seam allowance for the top edge. For the bottom edge, sew with a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam allowance and leave a 2.5cm (1") gap to thread the elastic through. Cut the length of elastic in half, then attach a safety pin to one end of one piece and thread it in through the gap, along the 1cm ( 3 /8") channel created. Overlap the two ends of the elastic and sew, then sew the gap closed.
14 To create the underskirt, cut a 17 x 55cm (6¾ x 215/ 8") piece from Fabric C, putting the offcut to one
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