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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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from Blue Heron Dolls
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Verity

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • sewing
  • painting
  • stuffing

Pattern Description:

I love making dolls with a vintage feel. My "Verity" cloth doll pattern has been available as a traditional paper pattern since 2008. The detailed instructions (17 pages worth) include lots of illustrations and photos.

Verity is to be made from a good quality woven fabric like tightly woven muslin. She stands about 18 or 22 inches tall - two sizes are included in this pattern. Wire armature strengthens and stabilizes her neck. Her face is needle sculpted. She has sewn, stuffed and attached ears. Her face, neck, upper chest/back and lower arms are painted with layers of "Messy Mix" (dollmaker Helen Pringle's recipe), gesso, and acrylic paints. Her shoes are painted in acrylics, with paperclay heels. Her facial features are painted in acrylics and shaded with colored pencils, powder blush, and pastels. Her hair is Tibetan lamb on the hide, made into a wig and glued in place. Her hands are a realistic mitt design, with hand-sewn finger divisions. Verity's clothing is removable. She is intended for display or very gentle play.

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  • 1/3 yard good quality woven muslin for doll
  • 1/8 to 1/4 yard woven fabric for legs
  • 1/2 yard woven fabric for dress
  • scrap of striped fabric for neck insert
  • 1/3 yard woven fabric for bloomers and collar
  • 1/4 to 3/8 inch elastic for waist
  • 1/8 yard fabric for bow and waist tie (optional)
  • OR 1/2 and 1 inch wide ribbon
  • 16 inches of lace for bloomer cuffs
  • 14 inches narrow lace for body (optional
  • 20 inches of narrow (1/8 inch to 1/4 inch ribbon, bias middy trim, etc. for collar
  • 20 inches of narrow (1/8 to 1/4 inch) ribbon, bias, middy trim, etc., for collar stripe (or make narrow tubes of woven fabric for stripe)
  • 2-3 small snaps to attach collar
  • 304 small buttons or snaps for dress back closure
  • 2 wooden beads ~ 5/8 inch or 14-16mm diameter, with 1/8 inch hole
  • thread to match all fabrics
  • plastic-backed freezer paper
  • 16-18 inch length of stiff wire like clothes hanger for armature
  • white floral tape
  • polyester fiberfill
  • 9X9 inch piece of Tibetan lamb on the hide, dyed, for hair
  • acrylic paint: off-white, eye color(s), black, browns, lip color, boot color(s)
  • white gesso
  • Creative Paperclay or other air-dry clay
  • modeling paste AND acrylic gel medium
  • colored pencils: white, browns, grays, lip color, etc.
  • soft pastels - "portrait" colors (browns, blue, white, etc.,) for optional shading - apply with cotton swab or small stiff fabric paintbrush
  • powder blush, cotton ball
  • paintbrush: 10/0 or 5/0 spotter, liner or round
  • 1/2 to 1 inch wide brush to apply gesso, etc.
  • glues: Fabri-Tac, white tacky glue, glue stick (optional)
  • off-white nylon upholstery thread or other strong thread or dental floss
  • #7 or #9 John James Long Darner needle for sculpting (or similar)
  • 5-inch long doll sculpting needle
  • air-soluble pen
  • acrylic matte spray fixative (like Krylon or Dick Blick)
  • pigma pen (Zig, Millenium, Micron), size 005 or 05, black (optional)

You Will Also Need:

  • basic machine and hand-sewing supplies
  • fabric and paper scissors
  • pinking shears
  • small and large hemostats or other stuffing tool
  • iron
  • light box (optional)
  • large screwdriver and pliers
  • small and large safety pin
  • sand paper
  • large brown paper grocery bag
  • hair blow dryer (optional)
  • small lidded container