Has anyone made one? http://www.ericas.com/fabric/paperdolls.htm I just bought the fabric to make one for my daughter for her birthday! But I have a few questions.
Aparently the pattern in the magazine (which I don't have I am just going to wing it because I love the idea but I don't love the way the quilt is in the mag.) calls for fusible fleece to be ironed to the back of the clothes, I have seen MANY people say they used Deco Bond. My question is if either of these are ironed to the back of the doll clothes and then they are cut out are they going to fray being that there is a raw edge there? I know with fusible web such as wonder under over time it will fray.
I saw one made in a quilt shop. It had the fusible fleece on the back of the clothes and there was fraying. Looked kinda messy to me.
What a cute quilt! I love the concept.
It does seem like things would fray if they were played with and what good is it if it isn't played with?
I hope someone has a good suggestion.
what about using fray stopper(?). You know that liquid stuff that stops material from fraying.
Bella, thank you for confirming my fear that it would fray!
Lisa, that is exactly what I was thinking what good is cutting out all the clothes and toys if she can't play with it!
Ladybug, I have some fray block, I have never used it on fabric before, I have used it on ribbon to keep it from fraying. I think thats what I will use, which poses another question....
Should I apply the fray block BEFORE I iron the Deco Bond or fubible fleece to the back or AFTER? Or I should say since I really don't want to cut out 75 pieces of clothing plus all the toys more than once!! would it be ok to iron the stuff to the back and then apply the fray block?
I think any raw-edge applique will eventually fray. I always turn the edges under, even if I'm doing machine applique.
Fray-check works great! Iron on your fusible and use the fray-check as you are cutting out.
I made the quilt, clothes, hats, shoes etc. for my granddaughter, she just turned 5. It is adorable!!! I didn't really think too much about fraying, but it could be an issue, I think I might stitch all around the items, straight stitch all around, or narrow zigzag. You could also do a satin stitch, I don't care for that one. A friend told me to make sure the fusible fleece was on tight, so after I cut out all the pieces I repressed all of the items to make sure fleece was adhered firmly.
I followed the magazine directions but made the doll and background portion a little smaller so there would be less other stuff in the corners i.e. another dolls hair, arm, foot whatever. I did have some concerns and disappointments: the clothes, although they look like they will fit a left facing doll or a straight facing doll; it may not be so. I had to check each and every piece of clothing to make sure it would fit the dolls in the quilt. The outcome was that I had to eliminate several pieces of clothing from the gift and after I had cut them out so carefully etc. I also made a few extra dolls (I used a stiffer fusible, like what is used to make fabric bowls, I did stitch all around them and that seems to have worked fine), I think 3, and extra clothes and put them into a little pocketbook type thing so she could take it in the car with her and could take it on vacation, etc. Because of the size of the block you cut out to make the quilt it eliminated some of the neighboring dolls because they didn't have enough background fabric around them. So what I'm saying is that the amount of "doll" fabric called for in the magazine didn't give me enough leeway to pick and choose the dolls I wanted to use. If I had known that was going to be a problem I would have bought more "doll" fabric.
Despite these little set backs it was a delight to make and everyone who saw it loved it.
I hope this is helpful, have fun making it and playing with it with your daughter. If you have other questions I'll try to hlep.
Whatever you end up doing, please post a picture when you are finished. From the website it looks like it will be an adorable quilt. I just love paper dolls.
Would you consider sharing the pattern?