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I've always been a crafter and grew up in a crafting family, so it's really a part of who I am. I've been a doll maker and designer since the mid 1990s, but am always trying new things.

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The Candy Keeper ~ 5 dolls/one pattern!

from Blue Heron Dolls
(9) Name: 'Sewing : The Candy Keeper ~ 5 dolls/one pattern!
The Candy Keeper ~ 5 dolls/one pattern! Girl
The Candy Keeper ~ 5 dolls/one pattern! Scarecrow
The Candy Keeper ~ 5 dolls/one pattern! Annie
The Candy Keeper ~ 5 dolls/one pattern! Witch
The Candy Keeper ~ 5 dolls/one pattern! Santa

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Use your sewing machine
  • Do a little hand sewing

Pattern Description:

This is a fun and easy project is designed to be made from woven fabrics. Instructions include several variations. The bowl is made from a plastic gallon milk jug, covered and lined in fabric - a great way to recycle. Use contrasting or complementary fabrics. The eyes are simple buttons, the mouth is embroidered. There are three head styles included in the pattern: a head with a slightly exaggerated chin (appropriate for the witch or scarecrow), the basic round head (good for Annie or Scarecrow), and a head with the profile nose (for the Santa and Girl) - with some light needle sculpting. There are two hand types. One template has fingers - with the finger divisions to be stitched by hand or machine. The other template is for a basic mitt hand. Use almost any fiber for hair: raffia, yarn, wool locks, mohair, jersey weaving loops, silk leaves or flowers, knitted eyelash yarn, etc.
The finished doll may be further embellished with lace, ribbons, buttons, or seasonal decorations.


  • Plastic 1-gallon milk jug
  • Plastic-backed freezer paper
  • Thin quilt batting
  • Polyester fiberfill stuffing
  • Woven fabric and matching thread:
  • Arms/head: 1/3 yard or fat quarter flesh-colored fabric
  • Body/sleeves: 1/3 yard print fabric
  • Bowl/liner: 1/4 yard total
  • Smaller pieces of fabric / felt for accessories and features (refer to pattern)
  • Hair (depends on doll): raffia, yarn , doll wig, eyelash yearn, silk flowers or leaves, jersey weaving loops (red, for Annie), wool locks, etc.
  • Two black buttons for eyes: 12-14 mm diameter
  • Assorted buttons and ribbons to embellish: jute/twine, wired seasonal garland
  • Embroidery floss (black, white, red, brown - varies per doll)
  • FrayCheck or similar anti-ravel product
  • Clear acrylic matte spray fixative
  • Powder blush
  • Colored pencils - light brown, red
  • Micron or Zig pigma pen, black and/or brown
  • Glue: hot glue and white/tacky glue
  • Upholstery thread or dental floss for jointing
  • Tissue paper and/or water-soluble stabilizer to sew yarn hair / witch nose
  • Pen with disappearing ink
  • HeatnBond (R) or similar product for felt nose
  • 12-inch white chenille stem for Witch's hat

You Will Also Need:

  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Paper scissors
  • Small ruler
  • Felt pen (like Sharpie)
  • Iron
  • Hemostats
  • 7-inch sculpting needle
  • 5-inch needle
  • Smaller needle for hand sewing / sculpting
  • Knitting needles if knitting eyelash yarn hair

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