Sep 06, 2014

Finished Doll Pattern Sizes

Doll Sizes Large Meduim and Small Sewing Patterns

How big are Dolls And Daydreams Dolls?! Wow with over 50 dolls & counting in the collection I have quite a wonderful range for you and your little ones to love!

They range from Large Hug-able, to the Middle Lovable .. to Petit Pocket Sized Dollies!

Large Dolls – 18 - 21 inches (45.7 - 53 cm)
Medium Dolls – 16 inches (40.5 cm)
Small Dolls - 7.5 - 12 inches (19 – 30.5 cm)

In this Photo – Miss Tippy...
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Feb 25, 2014

Embroidery Machine In The Hoop Toy Patterns FAQ

Bunny Rabbit Embroidery Machine ITH Sewing Pattern

Fabrics I LOVE for my ITH Softies

Body
I love Rose (or sometimes it's called Swirl) Minky! Super soft and snugly!
... you can also use low pile fleece, terry cloth and cotton.
If your machine is good with multi layers of thickness you can also use a low pile faux fur.

Inner ears
Always use cotton unless you know your machine does well with multi layers of fabric.

Limbs
Cotton or fleece

Face
Wool Felt...
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Oct 18, 2013

Free Charity Easy Rag Doll Sewing Pattern - Small 10 & 8 inch dollies

I love knowing a dolly is in the hands of a child in need, my Dolly Donations Blog means so much to me!   I've had the pleasure of working with lots of lovely ladies all around the world donating Dolls made with my original Free Charity Dolly Donations Doll Sewing Pattern.  This year I was asked to design a smaller version of my original Dolly for donating to Operation Christmas Child. ....  SO...
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Jul 27, 2013

I LOVE Hemostats for Doll & Softie Making!

love these

Hemostats look like big tweezers with the handle ends of scissors attached to them.  They are not sharp .. or used for cutting, they are used for gripping .. and they even have a lock on the handle so you can wiggle and pull without worrying that you'll let go of your fabric.  


Hemostats turning dolls softies limbs tutorial 

I love them for doll making.

1) They are brilliant for turning little limbs - well they are brilliant and fast for turning...
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Apr 23, 2013

How to Cut a Doll Sewing Pattern Out

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In general as long as you lay all your doll pattern pieces along the grain ... with the grain of your fabric running up and down the length and side from side you will be golden.  Hang on what's grain? If you look closely at your fabric you can see it looks like a basket weave.  Cool huh!
So Lengthwise is the side that runs down the  selvage/selvedge ..... Clockwise is 90 degrees to this and your B...
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Apr 08, 2013

Fabric - The Anatomy of a Doll

Anatomy of a Doll fabric to use when making one
Let's talk about the Anatomy of a Doll. A doll is made up of some basic parts .... A Head, A Body, Arms and Legs and let's not forget add-on such as hairs, removable shoes and clothes too. We're just talking about your bog standard dolly here ... an all in one, no joints, simple and safe. You can start with a standard pattern and just by changing the colors of fabric used you can change the...
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Nov 06, 2012

Curly Felt and Fleece Doll Hair

fleece doll pdf sewing pattern dolls and daydreams kawaii cute

I've had many questions (and discussion with felt gurus) about how to create a cork screw curl for felt doll hair!  I did have a lot of fun creating curls with fleece on my FeeFee Dolly but alas nothing as of yet with felt. With all of my testing of different methods over the past 2 years I have not found one that is reproducible and thus have not included this hair style in my felt/cotton doll...
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Oct 15, 2012

How to Remove Wrinkles from Cloth Doll's Faces

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There's nothing worse then when you turn your dolly sandwich the right way only to find that her beautiful face is all wrinkled up like an old paper bag!!! On no .. now what?!!  
Do you iron it? That can mess up your embroidery stitches ... or painted face design  ......
Do you cross your fingersand hope that when you stuff her the majority of the wrinkles and lines will come out? If the wrinkles...
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Aug 15, 2012

Pirate Doll for my Son using Crayola Fabric Markers

pirate boy first mate

I had a ton of fun with my daughter making this super cute Pirate for my son using Crayola Fabric Markers. As you know I made an art dolly for my daughter using them not too long ago and I couldn't help but make a First Mate for my little man!

These fabric markers are the best for relaxing in front of the TV after the kiddies have gone down ... or having them help you color in simple shapes and...
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Jun 06, 2012

Crayola Fabric Markers - Make your own Art Doll!

Princess Crown Doll Hand Painted Fabric Markers Crayola 
I brought a pack of Crayola Fabric Markers for  my daughter to play with, but after I started doodling a face on a prototype dolly one day & knew I had to have my own set too!!  
  Pocket Princess Doll Hand Painted Fabric Markers Crayola 2 
Here's my Pocket Princess Art DollI made for my daughters 3rd birthday ♥ She was so much fun and there wasn't any bleeding of color which was nice! I lost all track of time as I made her one evening .... Here's how...
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May 24, 2012

Why I Love Fray Check for Doll And Softie Making

My Pocket Princess Sewing Pattern has a Cotton Hair Applique Tutorial included in it!
Fray Check or Fray Stopper is heaven in a little bottle! Such a simple idea but with amazing potential to us dolly makers.

Brilliant for small doll pattern pieces. Seriously saves on time .. no more fiddly pattern pieces to serge (over-lock) .. and you don’t run the risk of fraying your cotton (especially vintage...
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Sep 02, 2011

How to Use Cotton Appliqués Instead of Felt, A Doll And Softie Making Tutorial

Want to create a different look for your Dolls and Softies? Why not try cotton appliqués instead of felt ones.

“But Sarah, cotton frays!!!” I hear you cry … this is true, but there are a number of ways around this.

Here are my Top 3 Methods. Best of all, they are fast and really easy!
My Pocket Princess Sewing Pattern has a Cotton Hair Applique Tutorial included in it!


1) Add a Seam Allowance.

Take...
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Aug 30, 2011

How to Whip Stitch - fab for felt!


The whip stitch is ever so easy and fast. Some people close there softie with a whip stitch but I don’t recommend it for that as it makes the softie look unfinished and a tad ugly if I say so myself … I always choose the invisible Ladder Stitch to close.



However, the whip stitch is lovely and secure (so good when making toys for kiddies under 3), and is great for closing fabrics with multiple...
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Jul 09, 2011

Pricing & Selling your Dolls and Softies


As you all know I allow for everyone that purchases my sewing patterns to sell items made from them in limited quantities and I’m often asked what price someone should be selling them at. How is it that one person sells a doll at $30 and another at $40 when they are using the same pattern?

Well here’s how I price my finished dolls:




I take into account my Material Cost.

How much was my cotton, felt,...
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Jun 08, 2011

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

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.
J...
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Jun 03, 2011

Wool Felt: Why Crafters Around the World Love It!


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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Apr 14, 2011

Embroidery Techniques for Doll and Softie Faces


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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Apr 11, 2011

Cutting Out Felt Shapes Using Tape - Free Tutorial


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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Apr 07, 2011

How to Customize Handmade Dolls and Softies


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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Mar 22, 2011

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

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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Jan 31, 2011

Pre Washing Vintage and Modern Fabric



Don’t you just hate it when you wash your fabric before a big project and the edges fray so much they get tangled up in your machine?  Or around themselves for that matter!!  Well I do! One thing I learnt quickly when it comes to pre washing my fabric was to use my pinking shears.


Trim down both raw edge sides before you pop it into the washing machine. Add detergent (without fabric softener)and...
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Nov 29, 2010

How to Close Softies and Dolls - The Ladder Stitch



I love the Ladder Stitch! It’s easy and fast too! The Ladder stitch is perfect for closing up your softies, dolls, toys and sewing projects.


This great diagram explains it brilliantly.

Pin your softie/doll up and simply follow the numbers, 1 to 22 to 33 to 4  etc in the direction of the orange arrows. The bluedotted lines are where you are pushing your needle through the material. You can...
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