This is the project that I like to share was on my mind the longest time. I like to hand make Rag Doll, the one that you really don’t need to have any sewing skills. I want to make one with high pigtails. Never made one but played a lot with as I was growing up. My Mom used to make them for me all the time. I had entire collection of them. Wish I had some pictures to show you but they are all back in Europe so maybe one day I will share those with you. Have to admit I am a bit scared to make one because I do have a big shoes to fill but I just feel that I am ready. Never paid too much attention on how my Mom was making them but I am hopeful. Let’s make a keepsake handmade doll together.
I decided to go and make that project with my Facebook Community live. My friends there are super awesome and supportive so I know they will help me out if I am in doubt. Join me on Facebook HERE
Supplies needed to complete Handmade rag doll project
- dish towel
- poly fill
- wooden bead
- cake pop stick or skewer
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
Let’s being making easy rag doll
I am always looking to craft with things I have around so my dish towel will be the one I decided to use to make this doll. Y
My dish towel had a nice hem all around so I decided to use that as a part of my doll making process. Didn’t have idea what I will use it for but I was on the mission to nicely cut all edges away
When all edges were removed I decided to plan a shape of my rug doll body . In my case all was predited by the size of wooden ball I had that will function for my as a doll head
Decided to cut around 6 inches from my dish towel and round all edges.
How to create easy body of a rag doll
This portion can be done with robber band or hot glue. I decided to loose stitch my freshly cut shape all around edges holding around 1 n
My rag doll body is squared in so it is time to fill it up. Polyfil was my choice since I had that on hand. You can use fabric scraps to do that too . My goal was to fill it loosely for that sweet alive like look
Body is formed
My biggest fear was a head since I didnt have many choices. My goal was to have at least 10 inches high doll but at the same time to be proportionate
Just to make sure that my head will stay put …. I decided to add a cake pop stick inside that will support a bit of my wooden bead
How to make Pigtails
Time to work on my doll head. Let me tell you I pictured her with high pigtails. It maybe too much to handle for my first doll but I was ready to go for it
My plan was to create tassel like groupings of yarn that will be easier to maneuver on my big wooden bead. My goal was to cover half of my wooden bead.
Let’s put some hot glue to use and install our tassels that are hopefully make super cute hair for my doll
It may look a bit wonky now but I know hot glue will help me with that part a lot. I used 2 long tassels for the hair and 2 smaller one for her pigtails
Little big of pom pom ribbon around my doll neckline will not only add additional detail but will also reinforce my pleads
Super excited to see my doll coming together little by little … Time to make some hands… and it was another decision I needed help with . My Facebook friends and I agreed that wider are looking much better. Do you remember that those strips are pieces or trim that my dish towel was finished with ?
Handmade rag doll draft is looking super cute ! Don’t you think so ? Head is a bit tilted but I love it !
Little bit of hot glue here and there .. little heart and I think I am done. Decided not to paint her face … Wonder what you think about that move ?
If you like to see that video being made CLICK HERE
I couldn’t be proud of this Rag Doll ! I hope I made my Momma proud
Super happy how my doll is beautifully matching my embroidery hoop I made last week
Complete instructions on how I made that wreath can be found HERE
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