Hi everyone! I am so happy to be here. Eileen is such a fun girl and I always love looking through her archives to get inspiration. :)
I went through a phase a few years ago where I bought fabric ALL the time. I always feel guilty when I look at my little fabric cabinet, like it's just wasted money sitting there. When we decided to do a mostly handmade christmas, I knew I wanted to make some dolls for my daughter. It has felt amazing to be able to use what I have from my stash.
I decided to make some russian dolls because I love them. I made an account with Sew Daily to download this free pdf pattern. I didn't follow the instructions because I knew I just wanted a pattern to cut out the shapes.
What you'll need:
3 coordinating fabrics (no need for anything bigger than a 1/4 yard)
felt squares for head, hair and cheeks
embroidery needle and thread for eyes and mouth
pattern cut outs (see download link above)
First I cut out all the shapes.
After that I glued the hair onto the head so that I could guesstimate where to hand embroider the eyes and mouth. Then I glued on the cheeks.
The whole face was then glued to the scalloped collar and then set aside.
I pinned the shawl fabric to the main body and glued it to the fabric. After applying the glue, I made sure to spread it flat to avoid any bumpy lines because the fabric was pretty thin.
Then I glued on the scalloped collar head to the shawl as well as the trim. I turned the fabric towards each other and pinned them together.
Got out the sewing machine and took about 10 minutes (if that) to sew them together. Turned it inside out and admired her. ;)
Stuffed with batting and hand stitched the bottom.
Voila! I hope she likes them!