These dolls are totally inspired on the wonderful ones that Jess Brown makes. Hers are ever so much Bigger and better than mine. After seeing the article about her in Martha Stewart I went searching for rag doll patterns, but I didn't like any of the patterns I found. So I made this one.
- Rag Doll Pattern print off pattern and cut out pieces.
- a fat quarter size of skin colored fabric (I used muslin from some of the quilts I have been doing lately)
- Wool or polyester stuffing (I used polyester since that is what I had on hand)
- Something to add a bit of weight (beans or polyester beads)
- a scrap of cotton jersey for the hair (I used part of an old red t-shirt)
- Eye color cotton thread for the eyes and hair color cotton thread to sew on the hair.
- 2 buttons to attach the arms
- tiny heart cut out of wool felt for the lips
- A scrap of fabric for the dress
So this is truly a rag doll, just use the scraps of fabric you have on hand. I did not go out and buy anything, I have just been using what I have out in my scrap baskets.
Stack pieces so you have 2 arms, 2 legs and 1 body.
Sew around the pieces leaving open the tops of the legs and arms and the bottom of the body. Make sure you back stitch your start and end places so the stitches will be strong enough to turn right side out and then stuff.
*** Be very careful NOT to clip into your stitching. That causes internal injury to your doll and she will spill her stuffing. It is very sad when that happens.
**I bet if you roast the dry beans they won't sprout....give that a go if you want to and have the time.
You will not need much of the pellets. The doll will be mostly stuffed with stuffing, but just a bit of weight added towards the end of the torso stuffing ( the butt of the doll ). I like to add just a touch more stuffing after the pellets/beans have been added because that keeps them inside while you sew on the legs.
If some of the beans try to come out, just poke them back up inside the body.
Now your doll has a body and legs. That was easy right?
Double up your thread and sew the arms on.
pull needle all the way through the torso of the doll and through the button holes about 4 times. At this stage you can just go ahead and make 2 French knots for nipples, if you want your doll to have them. I know some folks are freaked out about nipples, so this close up is still nipple-less but the doll below has nipples. I am not offended by nipples.
Maybe this is a better picture?
For the lips, just do a couple back stitches, or maybe a cross stitch would look good. I will try that with the next one I make.
Now, please let me know what you think about this tutorial. I will answer questions in the comment section. I would love to see pictures of your doll if you feel inspired to make any.