Welcome to ‘How to sew a 15cm doll’s head to body’.
Fill the head with polyester stuffing. Try to make the head as round as possible. Be generous with the stuffing, otherwise the face will look ‘deflated’/ ‘wrinkled’.
The head should be full like this. Get ready to attach the body to the head. I prefer to sew the front of the body (red dotted line) to the head (green dotted line) as shown below. Take out some stuffing if you find it hard to sew. Remember to replenish the stuffing after you are done with sewing.
Sew the red dotted lines using hidden stitches after you have filled up the body with stuffing.
Welcome to part 1 of ‘How to sew a 15cm doll’s face’.
Draw doll’s face using heat erasable fabric pen on water soluble paper. Make sure the paper and velboa fabric (I used 22cm x 22cm) are secured tightly (but not too tight as the facial features might get out of shape) in the embroidery hoop. Embroidery takes a lot of time. So, your patience is worth it.
Proceed with the hair (I used 22cm x 22cm) after you have finished the face. Working on hair is very cumbersome. It took me a while to cut out the shape and secure it together with the fabric and hoop. I would sew the hair together with the face fabric so that they won’t get out of shape. Usually my hair style will be different from my sketch. Lol. But still looked decent. The beauty of using heat erasable pen is that you can use hair dryer to erase undesirable patterns! And you can reuse the water soluble paper as long as it fits well inside the hoop. Sew the hairline as drawn. Once again, it takes a lot of time using hand sewing…
Tear away the paper once you are done with all the sewing. I would usually do another round of touch-ups in case I missed some spots.
Rest well after sewing the hair and face!
Note: I used 22cm x 22cm fabric for face and hair as I would usually cut out the doll’s body parts using those pieces. But in my earlier tutorial, I had to use another piece of fabric to demonstrate how much fabric would all parts require.
Hair & skin I use velboa plush fabric, 5mm thickness for the hair and 1.5-2mm thickness for the skin.
Stuffing I bought 0.5kg of polyester stuffing and you can make many dolls out from 0.5kg!
Embroidery hoop is a must for doing embroidery on the face and even for small details like patterns on the body.
I use white nylon thread for sewing the body. And embroidery threads (you will need more than 2 colors!) for the face and patterns on the body.
Needles. I use the tiniest needle in this blue round box for the embroidery.
Water soluble paper is a must for me to draw eyes, mouth. You can tear it easily from the stitches. I will show it to you in later posts.
Scissors & thread snipper for trimming fabric and cutting thread.
Thread picker/seam ripper is extremely useful when you want to re-do your stitches.
Heat erasable fabric pen (高温消失笔) is used to draw on the fabric and water soluble paper. I prefer using heat erasable pen to water soluble pen as I try not to let my doll (during production) to get in contact with water.
Lastly, templates. I drew and cut out my templates on unused plastic files. I will show you the dimensions in later posts. Remember to leave 0.4cm-0.5cm sewing allowance after you have traced the shapes!