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Thread: How I make my stash dolls

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    How I make my stash dolls

    Thought I would take some pictures as I made one of the stash dolls
    I hope I can describe how I went about making a doll using two 7 1/2" blocks for the body.

    The pattern is on photo #1. Instead of pinning the pattern onto the material I traaced the patterns onto the wrong side of one of the blocks of material and used the drawn lines as my stitching line when I put the second block under the drawn block

    Pattern for stash doll on 7 1/2" block
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    Two blocks pinned together ready to sew. Note open areas for turning and stuffing.
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    This is what the back of the block will look like after being sewn.

    Now carefully cut out body parts.
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    Cut the body parts, leaving about 1/8" seams

    Neck dart (diamond shape)
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    Cut out body parts.
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    Pin body front so you can sew neck dart.
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    An easy way to stuff legs and arms. You will need a plastic drinking straw that is about 3 or 4 inches, a knitting needle or narrow stick that will fit inside the straw with material.

    put straw inside leg
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    position straw clear down to foot area
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    Carefully push foot into straw with knitting needle, When you can get a hold of the foot from the end of straw pull the leg the rest of the way out.
    Gently push on seams to straighten it out, ready to be stuffed.
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    Turn all the legs and arms. Now is the time to stuff them. I used polyester and Q-tips (they seems to work best to get the polyester started into the straws. I twirl the Q-tiip inside the straw to release the polysester when it gets pushed out the end. Always push the straw clear to the bottom of the piece you are stuffing before you push the polyester through it. Use small bunches of polyester so it doesn't get clogged up inside of straw. This does take time and patience.
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    After stuffing the arms and legs, attach them to the body. Insert the arms into the open areas on side seam of body. Stitch in place. I usually stitch these in place by hand. When placing the arms into the holes make sure the thumbs are point toward the head. When arems are sewn in place turn body right side out.
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    Attach the legs to the front of the body and then stuff the head and body, then sew the bottom of the body closed.
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    Now you have your doll ready to embellish with hair, fingers and toes and clothes. This is the most fun.
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    This is a great tute Barb!!! Thank you so much! :thumbup:

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    What a great Tute!! Thanks for sharing, you can bet lots more of our friends will be joining in the doll swaps in the future, now you made it look so easy Barb!! :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izy
    What a great Tute!! Thanks for sharing, you can bet lots more of our friends will be joining in the doll swaps in the future, now you made it look so easy Barb!! :D :D
    They really are easy. I hope this helps put the fear out of making a doll disappear. There is a lot of creative things to do wtih this basic pattern. such as stitching half way up for elbows and knees, making shaplier bodies, etc.

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    That's great....I think I will be using your pattern thank you :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruth Camp
    That's great....I think I will be using your pattern thank you :D
    If anyone wants to have a pattern pm me. OK I will need your e-mail addy to send the picture. Thanks

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    Awesome Barb!!! Thanks for sharing that with us!!

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    Thank you for the help!

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    Barb, That is a very nice tutorial! Thank you for sharing that!!

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    Is the neck just on one side? Never mind, I studied the picture better and it looks like the answer is yes. :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste
    Is the neck just on one side? Never mind, I studied the picture better and it looks like the answer is yes. :oops:
    You could put the dart on both sides but then the neck gets pretty narrow to stuff the head. On larger dolls I dart both sides. I use the darted side on the front so doll has kind of a chin.

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    Thanks!

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    Thanks Barb!
    I could have used that earlier. lol
    But I will come back here when I need to make more. :)

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    Barb

    Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us all. I would love to receive the pattern from you.
    I did chuckle to myself at one of the pics where the legs are laid right back. ~~Just wish I could still do that :lol:
    I'll PM you now ty

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    Awesome! I will pm you with my email addy, cause I want to make these!
    Thanks :)
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    thank you barbbus where do i get the pattern to follow your pattern steps

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