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)
-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>
– 6- cut around your embroidery with plenty of extra fabric to spare
-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
-10- test dolls out with play
if i make these again, i’ll add a pocket to the back – kids love tiny spots to place things . . . i think.
check out more of lang’s designs for inspiration + get creative!