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Max Fabric Stretch for Doll & Softie Making? Which one is right?

Posted on April 14, 2016
I'm often asked about Fabric Stretch .. do I line my dolls or softies - answer - nope - even with super stretchy fleece - Nope -  however I'm always aware of fabric stretch ... are you?

Amazing the different look you'll get if you cut your pattern out with the Max Stretch one way rather than the other - is one right or wrong?! Which do you prefer - Owl A .. or Owl B?

Here's a quick Fabric...

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Embroidery Machine In The Hoop Toy Patterns FAQ

Posted on February 25, 2014
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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Free Charity Easy Rag Doll Sewing Pattern - Small 10 & 8 inch dollies

Posted on October 18, 2013

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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I LOVE Hemostats for Doll & Softie Making!

Posted on July 27, 2013
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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How to make Doll Cheeks - Free Tutorial

Posted on May 28, 2013
How to make doll cheeks

Want to know how to get that soft cheek look for your dolls and softies? Well look no further, I'm about to show you!  I'm always being asked how to do this via e-mail and facebook I thought it was about time I wrote it up for the blog! Hooray!

You can achieve this look using either one of these 3 methods:

.... with all of these methods I suggest you do a test cheek or two on some scrap first! 

1)...

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How to Cut a Doll Sewing Pattern Out

Posted on April 23, 2013
fabric photo 1 copy

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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