The doll show was such a success that it was held over for another two weekends. This Saturday, at a workshop, I’m going to show the visitors:
HOW TO MAKE SOFT SCULPTURE BABY DOLLS
WHAT YOU NEED
- Stretchable fabric – bathing suit lining, tee shirt fabric skin tones
- Stuffing –fiberfil
- Heavy duty thread – quilting thread to match stretchable fabric
- Long needle
- Two kinds of flannel, one for a hat and one for a blanket
- Black magic marker
Tie the top of the tube with quilting thread
Turn the tube right side out Tie the bottom of the tube with quilting thread (It should look like a sausage)
Tie off a neck about 1/3 down from the top. (Now it should look like a sausage with a head)
HOW TO MAKE THE NOSE
Thread a needle through the top of the head and come out through the head to about ½ in the middle of the head. This is where the nose will be.
Pinch a little fabric and filling.
Make a stitch from one side of the pinch to the other side of the pinch.
Do this is the same spot about three times. This secures the stitch.
A little further down the ‘nose’ and a tiny bit further apart, do it again.
Keep doing this until the’nose’ is as long as you want it.
Take a tiny stitch where you want the right nostril to be, Do this 3 times, too
Go through the nose to the other side to make the left nostril.
Go back in the head and out through where you want the baby’s mouth to be. Take a stitch about 1” long and pull tight. Do this three times.
Then take the needle out through the back of the doll’s head. (No one will see the back)
HOW TO MAKE SLEEPING EYES
With the black magic marker, make two stretched ‘u’s. (Easy?)
HOW TO MAKE A NEWBORN CAP
- Cut about a three-four” wide swatch of flannel and as long as the dolls head plus an inch allowance for a seam.
- Make a tube.
- Tie the top of the tube with quilting thread
- Turn the tube right side out and roll up the end (Voila!) A cap for the doll
- Either glue or sew this to the doll’s head
HOW TO MAKE THE BLANKET
Lay out the baby doll kitty-corner on the other piece of flannel. Measure a square of this fabric so that the doll can be wrapped in a bunting.(By pulling up the lower end of the blanket to the doll’s chin and criss-crossing the side s of the blanket from left to right, you have a baby bunting. (This was once called a swaddling cloth)
Either glue or sew this to the doll’s body. (That way no one will know the baby doll doesn’t have any arms or legs.)
OPT: The top of the blanket is now sticking up like a thick flannel feather. Tip this down over the doll’s cap. This completes the lovable cuddly baby.