thanks to wee wonderfuls’ hillary lang – i stitched up two sweet little gifts for a new baby.  here are the simple steps:

-1- download free pattern

-2- transfer design onto fabric – my secret is using the computer monitor as a lightbox – no need to print out // saves trees too

-3- choose your yarns (in my opinoin, limited colors work nicely: 3 per doll)

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french knot embellishment

-4- embroider using varied stitches to maximize interest in the details

– 5- pin embroidered design to decorative fabric – wrong faces touching each other <or right sides: either way works>

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oh how i heart gingher scissors

– 6- cut around your embroidery with plenty of extra fabric to spare

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i added eyewear to personalize the dolls + match baby's parents glasses

-7- face right sides together and stitch leaving a gap to turn inside out and fill

-8- make dolls rightside-out and stuff <i used bamboo based stuffing>. be sure to use plenty!

-9- stitch opening shut with matching thread to front or back

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voila!

-10- test dolls out with play

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getting acquainted

if i make these again, i’ll add a pocket to the back – kids love tiny spots to place things . . . i think.

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backing fabric

check out more of lang’s designs for inspiration + get creative!

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bear + bunny

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