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Printed cotton fabric A: 55x20cm, headscarf. Try:

Printed cotton fabric B: 22x12cm, front body. Try:

Printed cotton fabric C: 50x30cm main body. Try:

Cotton fabric: 28x15cm, face. Try:

Felt: 20x8cm, hair. Try:

Printed cotton fabric D: 10x14cm, top body

Printed cotton fabric E: 18x7cm, main body

Cotton fabric: 10x7cm, face

Bondaweb: 10x7cm

Polyester toy filling

Water erasable pen

Stranded cotton: black, red, pink, colour to match mini doll headscarf*

Basic sewing kit

Finished size approx 21cm (8 1/4 in) tall

Please find the downloadable template above

Use a 5mm (1/4in) seam allowance unless otherwise stated

- Finished size approx 21cm (8 1/4 in) tall
- Use a 5mm (1/4in) seam allowance unless otherwise stated
- Please find the downloadable template above


Hello Dolly Instructions and Pattern

 

Hello Dolly

Jo Carter shows you how to sew your own doll duo inspired by Russian nesting dolls.

Vibrant fabrics coupled with a traditional design make for a lovely gift. Click on the PDF in the left-hand menu to download full project instructions. This project was first featured in Simply Sewing magazine.

Cutting Out
1

Trace and cut out all the template pieces. When the pattern specifies to cut two or more of a template, after marking out half of the pieces, the template needs to be turned over to mark out the remaining half so that the pieces are cut as mirror images.

2

Draw the pattern pieces onto the wrong side (WS) of the fabric and cut out: From fabric A: Front headscarf: cut 2. Back headscarf: cut 2. From fabric B: Top front body: cut 1. From fabric C: Bottom front body: cut 1. Back body: cut 2. Inner pocket cover: cut 1. Inner pocket lining: cut 2. Base: cut 1. From cotton fabric: Face: cut 1. From felt: Hair: cut 1.

MAKING THE LARGE DOLL
Attaching the Hair
1

Position the hair right side (RS) up on the top of the face RS up and sew it into position using the stitch lines shown in the photo. This is shown from the WS so you can see the stitching lines more clearly (download full instruction PDF to view images).

2

Trim away any excess hair which reaches out beyond the face.

Making the Face and Body
1

With RS together, close the three darts in the face piece tapering the ends.

2

With RS together, close the dart in the top front body piece tapering the end.

3

Sew the top front body to the bottom front body, matching the central markers.

4

With RS together, sew the face to the top front body.

Making the Pocket
1

With WS together, press the inner pocket cover in half lengthways.

2

With RS together and matching raw edges, position the inner pocket cover along the long straight side of the left-side back body piece and tack in place.

3

With RS together, position one long side of the inner pocket lining against the long straight side of the left side back body and sew together along this edge. The pocket cover is now properly fixed in place.

4

Repeat this for the RS of the back body and inner pocket lining (but this time without an inner pocket cover).

5

Place the inner pocket lining pieces RS together. Move the inner pocket cover and seam allowances out of the way and then sew the inner pocket lining pieces together around the three remaining open sides.

6

Fold the inner pocket cover over the opening. On the other side pull apart the sides of the inner pocket lining, finger-press open the seam at one end and flatten it so that the seam is in line with the pocket opening.

7

Pin in place and tack securely across the short end of the pocket cover and then repeat for the remaining end. This will hold the cover in place and the lining neatly out of the way for later.

Making the Headscarf
1

Place the front headscarf pieces RS facing and sew together around the front and sides, leaving the top edge open.

2

Clip away the seam allowance and then clip and notch the curves.

3

Turn the front headscarf RS out.

4

Place the back headscarf pieces RS facing and sew together along one side (the side without the markers).

5

Clip V-shaped notches in the seam allowance around the curve.

6

With RS together, sew the bottom edge of the back headscarf to the top edge of the back body.

7

Pin the front headscarf to the back headscarf RS together, lining up the central markers at the top and matching the bottom edges. Tack the front headscarf in place.

Assembling the Body
1

With RS together, line up the central dart at the top of the face with the central seam at the top of the back headscarf, and from this top point sew one side of the doll together.

2

Return to the top point and sew the remaining side together.

3

With RS together, line up the marker at the back of the base with the pocket opening and sew the base to the bottom of the doll’s body, leaving a quarter open. Make sure that the end of the pocket cover is sewn into the seam and not left as part of the opening.

Stuffing the Doll
1

Carefully turn the doll RS out, folding the front headscarf over the face, and stuff.

2

Put your hand inside the inner pocket, straighten it out and make room for it within the stuffing.

3

Close the opening in the bottom of the doll using ladder stitch or similar.

Finishing Off
1

Cross over the ends of the headscarf and sew them together in the centre. Gather the crossover section and wrap with thread.

2

Sew the back of the crossover section to the body and secure the thread.

3

Draw eyes, cheeks and a mouth onto the doll, referring to the photo for positioning.

4

Using four strands of stranded cotton, stitch the features following the drawn lines.

MAKING THE MINI DOLL
Cutting Out
1

Trace the headscarf onto the paper side of the Bondaweb and cut out roughly outside the drawn lines.

2

Place the cut out shape paper side up on the WS of fabric D and press into place. Cut along the drawn lines.

3

Draw out the remaining pattern pieces onto the WS of the fabric and cut out: From Fabric D: Top mini doll: cut 1 From Fabric E: Bottom mini doll: cut 2. From the face fabric: Top mini doll: cut 1.

Making the Head
1

Place the face piece RS up. Remove the paper backing from the headscarf and press it RS up on top.

2

Work a running stitch 3mm (1/8in) outside the headscarf opening using coordinating stranded cotton.

Assembling the Body
1

With RS together, sew each top piece to a bottom piece.

2

Place the front and back sections RS together and sew around the edge, leaving a 3cm opening in one side.

3

Clip V-shaped notches around the curve in the top of the doll.

4

With the seams open, bring the side and bottom seams together on one bottom corner so that they line up. Sew across this Keep your mini matryoshka in the larger doll’s back pocket. corner 5mm (1/4in) from the tip end of the seam to box the corner.

5

Repeat this in the other corner.

Finishing Off
1

Turn the doll RS out and stuff.

2

Embroider the facial features and hair using two strands of stranded cotton to match those on the large doll as shown.

3

Close the opening in the side using ladder stitch.

4

Fit the mini doll in the internal pocket in the back of the large doll to finish.

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First published in Simply Sewing magazine.
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