Be sure to give us feedback on this project below.
Time: 1 hour
A similar doll was seen on an Oprah Winfrey special featuring “Dr. Maya Angelou” and was the inspiration for these small dolls. These sweet little dollies are the perfect traveling companion for toddlers. They are soft, cuddly and easy to pack for those long car rides to the mall. Just put her in a purse or small tote along with a handkerchief (for a blanket) and she is ready to go.
Janome Supplies Required
o Any Janome Sewing machine
o Clearview quilting foot and guide set
o Thread to match fabric
o Bobbin wound with thread to match fabric
o Blue Tip needle 11
Fabric and Notions Required
• One - 4 ¼” square of off white cotton fabric or muslin
• One - 4 ½” square of black cotton fabric (or color to match yarn for hair)
• Two – 6” squares of print cotton fabric for body
• 10” x ¼” strip of ribbon to tie around neck
• Darning needle
• Two cups of polyester fiberfil and small stuffing tool
• Super bulky weight off white (soft) yarn
• Regular weight black yarn
• Hand sewing needle
• Black and Red fine tip permanent markers – to draw eyes and mouth on knob
• White out – to place a dot in the center of the eyes (use a toothpick for application)
1. Cut six 12” sections of off white yarn for the legs.
2. Take three sections of the 12” yarn and braid together. Note – be sure to knot the beginning and end of the braid. The final braid should yield 3 ¼” between the knots.
3. Take the remaining three sections of the 12” yarn and braid together the same as before. Set aside.
4. Cut six 10” sections of off white yard for the arms.
5. Take three sections of the 10” yarn and braid together. Note – be sure to knot the beginning and end of the braid. The final braid should yield 2 ¼” between the knots.
6. Take the remaining three sections of the 10” yarn and braid together the same as before. Set aside.
1. Set up sewing machine for a straight stitch and attach the clearview quilting foot and guide set without the flange.
2. Follow the ¼” mark on the foot for the seam allowance.
3. With right sides together sew one head to one body at the neck only.
4. With right sides together sew the remaining head to the remaining body at the neck only.
5. Using straight pins attach the arms 1” down from the curve on both sides.
6. Using straight pins attach the legs 1 ¼” in from the corners at the bottom.
7. Adjust stitch length to 2.8.
8. With right sides together sew head/bodies together except for approximately 2” at the straight edge at the bottom.
9. With right sides still together sew across the bottom corners to form a small box bottom. Sew approximately a ¾” line across the corner. Note – this is so she is able to sit.
10. Press the seam(s) careful not to press the yarn. Trim excess fabric, clip corners and turn right side out.
11. Using a small stuffing tool stuff the head and body of the doll.
12. Using a hand sewing needle and thread sew the opening closed.
13. Using the fine tip permanent marking pens, draw eyes and mouth.
14. Thread the darning needle with black yarn and sew long strands of yarn from the back through the top of the front of the head. Note – hair may be sewn as desired for pony tail, curly hair or braids.
15. Once hair is styled and complete, tie the ribbon around the neck for the finishing touch.