This tip really helped me quicken my doll making process and I only figured it out about 2 years ago. It’s so simple but I’ve never seen it in any dollmaking how-to’s. Anyways, it only works if you use a type of pattern like mine which is the arms attached to the ‘muff’ of the head and then attached into the body.
So, while you are stuffing your body only stuff the midsection of the doll a third or a half way full. Then you attach your neck onto the doll- see how easy this is? For years I would try pushing the dolls head and arms down the body section but it was so difficult because I had filled the body with so much wool. The I would try using a bunch of pins to hold it down but then I’d always end up stabbing myself with one of them. Anyhow, attach your head and sew up one arm and then…
Stuff the remainder of the body cavity through the arm hole using a long piece of wool that you can push down with your finger into the body. I like one long piece as opposed to lots of little pieces because I tend to get a smoother look that way. I do use little bits though to ‘fill in’ behind the shoulders and under the arms.
I’m a great fan of ‘Keepin’ it Real’ as my friend Catherine would say. So here is a shot for the rest of us crafters! I am in such admiration of crafters who are organized, so organized.. We all must have drooled over this amazing organized insanity of Hillary , I couldn’t believe it- so jealous of her stash, just beautiful. And how about this one on the lovely Two Cheese Please (new fav blog!), lol..did you see my basket of tangled floss a few posts ago? This is one of three racks of insane fabric that I have stashed away, behind curtains natch!
BTW, if there are any other dollmaking tips you’d like to see please let me know, I’d love to post about them. Except hair..that one is too weird and hard to try to explain. Maybe I can do it when Jasper isn’t teething anymore and I have more brain capacity.
Great big thank you to Poopsy and Woo for this bit of love..
And another big thanks to Amy for some love over here..