Patchwork dolls are every child's favorite and these dolls are very easy to make from scraps of cloth or old cloth that is no longer used and can be made into patchwork. In addition, there is always a uniqueness in every patchwork doll that is made.
Step 1. Choose the look of the doll you want
Start by selecting the color of the fabric. You can use any color of fabric, but you may need a fabric color that matches the doll's skin tone, such as beige, brown, dark brown, white, or pink.
Usually, these dolls are made of scraps of cloth (patchwork), so collect the fabrics by recycling pillowcases, old clothes or clothes that no longer fit
Step 2. Draw an outline sketch of your doll's shape on the fabric
Add a little extra width (1, 3 - 1.6 cm) across the outside of the pattern lines to support the seam.
- Make the doll shape slightly larger than you want. When you insert the dacron into it, the doll will swell and the sides will become slightly smaller.
- You can practice sketching lines on paper until you get it right.
- For the doll's head, make it quite large and round or oval.
Step 3. Place another layer of fabric underneath with the outer sides of the two fabrics facing each other
Cut the two fabrics according to the pattern lines.
Step 4. Keep the fabric from shifting by pinning and sewing the entire pattern line, but leaving a small gap for inserting the dacron
Step 5. Loosen the seams around the grooves and corners by cutting out the triangular grooves in the seam supports
Step 6. Turn the inside of the doll out, turning it through the slit that wasn't sewn earlier
Step 7. Fill the doll with the fiber material of your choice
Step 8. Fold the edge of the slit into the inside of the doll, and close the gap by sewing it by hand or by machine
Step 9. If you wish, sew across the borders of the legs and arms to form the joints
Step 10. Decorate the doll
Embroider the face or sew buttons for the eyes and nose. Hair can be made of yarn; if the hair is long, braid it for a special effect.
Step 11. Sew clothes for the doll (using unused, leftover, or recycled materials), or make doll clothes that don't need to be sewn
Step 12. Done
- This doll is yours, so have fun with it. If you want a different color or hair from the others, go ahead.
- One way to make both sides of the doll look the same is to trace it onto the paper, fold the pattern in half in the middle, and cut the pattern while the paper remains folded in half.
- Make the doll a little bigger, if the fabric is sufficient. The large size makes it easy for you to work and fill the inside of the doll.
- Use sewing chalk or a washable pencil to outline the pattern on the fabric if you don't want the remaining streaks to show up on your doll.
- You don't have to make very nice clothes. A simple pinafore dress that doesn't need sewing looks as good as a beautifully sewn masterpiece!
- Remember to love and treat the doll well as if it were a living thing!