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.

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.

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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Quick and Easy Felt Flower for your Doll’s Hair

Posted on February 07, 2011

Don't you just love felt?!  I do :) I love making dolls hair, shoes and clothes out of it. 

But I always end up with so much scrap. I save the pink for cheeks (too cute!), but what to do with all the other colors?!  Not to be one to waste anything, I think I have OCD when it comes to recycling , I decided to come up with a very easy and cute simple flower for your Dolly’s hair!

It’s quick and so...

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Pre Washing Vintage and Modern Fabric

Posted on January 31, 2011

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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