HOW TO MAKE… AN HEIR­LOOM DOLL

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

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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