Basic Skills Necessary:
- Sewing straight seams, back-stitching (and when to use) with a sewing machine.
- Ability to adjust length of stitch on your sewing machine for a gathering and satin stitch.
- Using hand-sewing to attach snaps.
- Some experience with basic hand embroidery stitches (blanket stitch, back stitch, whip stitch), as well as how to separate embroidery floss and thread a needle.
- Pressing with an iron to fold in seam allowances.
- Add seam allowance of your choice to pattern when indicated.
- Some experience using fusible interfacing is helpful, but not required.
This is a mega pattern--over 125 color pictures and 41 pages, including 13 pages of templates. Let me walk you through what you can make:
A slew of felt dolls with range from 3 to 7 inches, Including special babies, which come with their own carrying case, bottle, and removable diapers. The last part of the pattern is a house pillow for your felt family. The clothes on the clothesline are removable (so you can dress your babies!) The back of the pillow has a pouch to store your dolls--or to tuck them in for an afternoon nap!
The doll pattern is intended not as a mean to create dolls just like the ones shown, but rather as a means to create your own doll family.
This pattern is intended for the home sewer. If you would like to make anything from this pattern and sell it, whether it be at a craft booth or personal online shop, you are welcome to use this pattern as long as you credit Snugglebug University for the design (no mass production though, please). If you have any questions at all with this pattern, please just contact me at snugglebuguniversity(at)gmail(dot)com.
Sizing / Finished Measurements:
- Dolls range from 3 to 7 inches, pillow fits a 16 inch square pillow form
- A sewing machine (with a regular presser foot) is helpful, but not required for making the felt dolls. Only a few of the doll clothes are made with the sewing machine, and the rest are sewn completely by hand. A sewing machine is more necessary for the baby "bed" part of the pattern, and house pillow.
- Needle for hand sewing.
- A very sharp pair of embroidery scissors, for cutting out small pieces of felt precisely.
- Regular fabric scissors for cutting fabric, and regular paper scissors for cutting out the paper patterns.
- Water-soluble pen for marking the facial features (alternatively you can use a pencil).
- A tool, such as a thin dowel, for turning and stuffing the dolls.
- Iron (for attaching fusible interfacing.)
You Will Also Need:
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- For the doll and baby carrying case: Wool-blend felt for the felt dolls and most of the clothes. If finding the colors you need is difficult, you can dye your own wool-blend felt (instructions provided) Powered fabric dye (optional, see above) Scraps of light-weight fabrics (e.g quilting cotton) for the doll jumpers and skirts, and two 8.5 x 11 " pieces for the baby bed carrying cases Small 8.5X 11" piece of batting for baby bed carrying case Ribbons/buttons for embellishment Double fold bias tape for skirt waistband Small fragments of fusible interfacing Small (approximately 1 inch piece) of Velcro for baby bed carrying case Two snaps for each baby diaper Embroidery floss thread for sewing machine Small amount of poly-fil to stuff your dolls
- For the house pillow: Three 16 inch pieces of fabric, one of which is white for the pillow front 16 inch pillow form A black fabric marker (or permanent marker) Fabric scraps of lightweight fabric for applique, interfacing, plus felt scraps for the clothes backs Velcro fastener for attaching clothes to clothesline Thread for sewing machine