Monday, November 24, 2014

Basic 3 inch doll tutorial, the way I have done them

This is how I personally have made small fabric dolls. I iron a light weight fusible interfacing onto the fabric that will be the head/face. That way, any embroidered items will not have thread ends that show through the back side of the fabric to the front. I sew two rectangles together, right sides facing each other. 
 Iron the seam so that it faces down towards the colored fabric
 Fold the fabric in half, right sides together. Make sure the seam is lined up. Place the template so that the neck is right at the seam.
Draw the outline. I use ball point pen. Embroider facial features. Fold right sides back together and stitch on the outline leaving an opening at the bottom. Leave a long thread end to use for sewing the seam shut after stuffing.
 Cut about 1/4 inch outside the stitching line. Leave a larger seam allowance at the bottom to be turned to the inside to help prevent raveled edges from stuffing.
 Carefully make little snips around the curves so that there will be no puckering when turned right side out.
 Turn right side out
Get the seams all shaped correctly and iron. I turn under the lower edge and iron that also. I find that gives me a nice little line to stitch it closed. I sometimes put "fray check" along the lower raw edge before stuffing if it is a small seam, it will want to fray. 

Then lightly stuff, hand stitch the raw edge closed. Embellish with trims, beads, lace, sequins, felt, yarn, charms, etc...

Monday, February 17, 2014

thinking about spring

Here is my entry into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Get Krafty. The challenge was to use kraft cardstock. 
The kraft cardstock is glued onto a green cardstock. I used my scanner to get this picture and it looks like there is a white card underneath but there isn't. I used a little Fiskers flower punch for the flowers. The edges of the cardstock are cut with Fiskars paper edger scissors. The butterfly is a Hero Arts wood mount stamp called "Artists Butterfly". I used my Copic markers BG78, B04, B01, B28, B24 and B06 to color him in then "fussy cut" him out. The think spring words are from a Studio 112 dollar stamp set.

Monday, February 10, 2014

just for fun

I colored this little guy in with Copic Sketch markers a while ago just for fun. It's a Hero Arts clear stamp.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

fluffy gift

My other entry in the Simon Says Stamp Monday love notes challenge is a  small "note card" size valentine. This was made with an older Inkadinkado clear stamp called "Gift from Kitty", that I was fortunate enough to find on Etsy. It was packaged as a birthday set but I turned it into a valentine with a valentine sentiment on the inside and ribbon down the inside edge. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Hey pumpkin

Card for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything goes. Its my first time entering a card challenge. It's January so of course I'm thinking about halloween. I just got the Simon Says Stamp "Hey Pumpkin" stamp set a few days ago. I used Tim Holtz frayed burlap distress ink on the edges and pearlescent watercolors to color the kitty and pumpkin. Stars are punched from a fishers punch.