I have designed a simple doll that beginners will be able to complete. I have called her Lily!
Erasable Pen for marking face details (I used a PILOT Frixon Ball – available at supermarkets in Australia)
3. Using an erasable pen, trace the face details onto the front of the doll matching your centre points.
To start the embroidery, take 2 strands, tie a knot and start with your knot at least 4″ away from the start (a waste knot – thanks Jenny).
- eye outline – backstitch
- eyelashes – single stitch
- eye – blanketstitch
- nose – backstitch
- mouth – backstitch
10. Now turn it over and trim back to the doll shape.
13. Trim the side stitching off and then snip up in the middle of the rows, stopping about an inch from the end.
14. You can now plait the hair and stitch across the end to secure (about an inch from the bottom)
15. Pin the plaits on each side of the head, with the plait across the face to match the edges. Stitch the plait to the doll.
16. Stitch on the line, around the top of the head for about 3″ on both the front and back ( this is where the opening will be so it will help to have the felt and fabric stitched together)
17. With right sides facing, make sure the plaits are tucked in across the face and match up the dress neckline and hemline. Stitch around the edge of the doll ¼” from the edge. Don’t forget to leave a 3” space for turning at the top of the head. Repeat with a second row.
18. Clip curves (I used pinking shears) and turn doll to right side.
21. Take the stuffing and stuff the legs tightly. Work your way up the doll, stuffing firmly as you go.
22. Close the opening with ladder stitch by hand.
Well done! That wasn’t so bad was it – maybe now you can go ahead and make some more! It is for a great cause so Let’s See how many Let’s Sew can make for the Dolly Drive !!