I wanted to make handmade dolls for my little girl, and when I saw these plain muslin dolls, I knew I wanted to try to use them as a base.
- Muslin Dolls (there are 2 different sizes)
- Grosgrain Ribbon (I used teal lattice ribbon)
- Tulle and/or Scrap Cotton Fabric
- Loom Knitting Kit
- Lion Brand Homespun Yarn in:
- Sewing Machine or Needle and Thread
This allowed me to pull the thread to make a little ruffle. (HERE is a full tutorial for making a ruffle.) You simply hold one string and gently pull on the other and the fabric will bunch up to form your ruffle.
I ended up pulling just a little bit in from each side so that there were two little bunches of pleats and a flat front. I sewed my ribbon directly onto the same seam to secure it and add some more cuteness to the skirt.
Next is a shirt for your handmade dolls — also very simple for beginner sewers. Cut two square pieces of cloth and lay them on your handmade dolls to “fit.” Cut out a little curve for the neck, sew up the two side seams and two shoulder seams (across the top) and tuck the unfinished bottom into the skirt. You can certainly hem all the edges if you so choose! (I did not.)
Now we move on to (arguably) the most charming part of these handmade dolls — the hair. Ever since Adrienne did her tutorial on using the Loom Kit, I have been wanting to try it out. I decided to start off small with the green sized loom for my doll’s hair. You are going to follow the instructions included with the loom to a T. Wrap around each peg counter clockwise, then use your hook to pull the yarn up and over — essentially knitting.
Perfect for matchy-matchy day…Google+