I used the Kitschy Digitals Olivia doll embroidery pattern for the doll. And guess what, you can make one too!
The pattern comes with two sizes of transfers. I used the bigger one for these dolls, but I think the smaller ones would be super cute too. The steps to making the doll are easy:
- Using the transfer method of your choice (check out this tutorial), transfer the pattern to the fabric you're going to embroider on (I used an old white sheet). You also want to transfer the hat and dress to a different fabric. Place them close together so you don't waste materials.
- Iron some fusible webbing to the back of the hat and dress and then cut out the hat and dress. Peel off the back and iron them onto the pattern you have transferred to be embroidered.
- I used a big hoop so I didn't have the hoop go over the fused fabric. Using any stitch of choice, embroider around the fused pieces first so you don't constantly hit the edges and accidentally pull them up.
- Finish stitching the doll and sew tiny buttons on the dress if you like.
- To make the doll, i used a ruler and freely traced around the patter about 1 inch around. (this line is the sewing line) Then added a half inch seam allowance to that (this line is the cutting line). I pinned my pattern to the top of the embroidered part and added the dress fabric for the doll back and cut it all out.
- With right sides together, I stitched on the sewing line that I drew and left a space about two inches wide open at the bottom along one side of the legs.
- Clip the seams around the doll because it has a lot of curved edges.
- Turn inside out and stuff with polyfil, or something more organic if you have it.
- Stitch up the opening and you are finished!
I think I won the best aunt award :)