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How to Wash Dolls and Softies made from Felt and Cotton Fabrics

Posted on June 08, 2011
Janet from Felt on the Fly is back with a fabulous tutorial on how to care for your doll and softies made from felt and cotton fabrics.
As you know from her last Guest Post, cotton fabric is easily washed, and pre-washing cotton fabric ensures that the colors are color-fast, and that shrinkage occurs before assembling your project. Janet's wool felt does not require pre-washing and is color-fast.
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Wool Felt: Why Crafters Around the World Love It!

Posted on June 03, 2011

What a treat I have for you! The wonderful Janet from Felt on the Fly  is here for a chat on ….. you guessed it, Fantastic Wool Felt! But this isn’t any old craft felt, no no no, this is soft, beautifully colored high quality merino wool felt from Europe.


Janet was sweet enough to send me a little sample. Really I shouldn’t be surprised at the lovely presentation of her product, she's been in the...

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Embroidery Techniques for Doll and Softie Faces

Posted on April 14, 2011

I am a big fan of using fabric paint and markers for doll faces but I also love embroidery! It's ever so relaxing and the results are fab!  Don't be intimidated there are tons of free online videos to teach you .. let me help you see just how easy it is to embroidery your doll and softies faces and features in!


It's easier if you have an embroidery hoop - you can pick them up from a local hobby...

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Cutting Out Felt Shapes Using Tape - Free Tutorial

Posted on April 11, 2011

I stumbled across this brilliant felt tutorial by Kimara from WeeFolkArt and thought I’d give it a go.

Since writing my Tutorial on Cutting Out Felt Shapes Using Freezer PaperI’ve heard from a lot of my lovely Daydream blog friends that Freezer Paper is either super expensive in your neck of the woods, or pretty much non-existent. And as I have no idea what the equivalent product would be called in...

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How to Customize Handmade Dolls and Softies

Posted on April 07, 2011

I wanted to share with you some very simple tricks to customize your handmade dolls and softies. By altering just a few details to one pattern you can make lots of variations of that doll or softie.

Faces.
All of my patterns come with very easy embroidery, painting and felt applique face templates for you to follow but you can easily customize your doll and softies faces.


Mouths.
As you can see from...

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Free Doll & Toy Making Tips, Tricks, Techniques & Troubleshooting

Posted on March 22, 2011


Here's a little summery of my Doll & Softie Toy making Tips, Tricks, Techniques & Troubleshooting that I've complied and I thought I'd share with you all. I'll be adding to the list as I think of more to include!  Enjoy!  All tool links are to items I use.



Sewing Machine



Get to know your own machine, play around with it and have fun.

Change your needles regularly and always have the same thread on...

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How To Use Freezer Paper to Cut Out Doll and Toy Sewing Patterns

Posted on February 28, 2011

The joys of working with Freezer Paper never cease to amaze me! A while ago I used freezer paper in my fabric tutorial printing method, since then I have discovered that you can not only use it on cotton fabric but also on felt. Yes felt!

You can always pick up a small pack like this, Reynolds Freezer Paper or buy it in pre cut sheets to print on, Quilter's Freezer Paper Sheets 8-1/2x11 Inch (A4)o...

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