|First, I draw out a simple doll shape, about 3" high and 2" wide.|
|I cut 2 doll bodies from some scraps of upholstery fabric, a face from a circle of felt.|
|I use simple running stitches to embroider the face onto the doll. I use a variety of things for the hair - beads, yarn, lace - whatever I have at hand. Here I am using some hot pink rope that I got at a dollar store.|
|I couch the "hair" around the face of the doll and give her a cute hairdo. The eyes are little black seed beads. Eyelashes and a smile may be embroidered on later.|
|I add strips from fabric remnants for clothes - skirt, apron, top, just tacking them down with running stitches.|
|Now I sew the back to the front of the doll.|
|I add beads for hands and feet.|
|I like my dolls to carry something - a basket, handbag. These I also fashion from bits of fabric scraps and beads. I've added a ribbon rose to this one and put a small spool of thread inside.|
|I cut a small square of wool and encase it in some coordinating fabric. This is creates the pincushion which I attach to the end of a length of grosgrain ribbon (usually around 30."). I add some pins and needles.|
|I attach the other end of the ribbon to the back of the doll. I add a horizontal strip of ribbon or fabric to hold a small pair of scissors. Then I add my label.|
The ribbon is then draped around the wearer's neck and voila:
A handy dandy sewing kit!
Here is a photo of some of my other little dolls. The smaller dolls are worn as pins.