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How to Sew a Rag Doll

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What you'll learn

Join Luci Ayyat, the doll maker from Ballyhoo Creations, in this fun class on how to sew a rag doll! In this class, Luci will teach you how to sew a rag doll using your favorite fabrics. Various face options will be discussed, and you can use your included pattern to stitch this rag doll on your sewing machine. Luci will also show you how to finish the doll with a yarn hairstyle and cute little skirt.

Materials and tools used in this class

  • Sewing machine (any sewing machine with a straight stitch will work for this project)

  • Fabric scissors

  • Scissors for cutting paper pattern

  • Printer to print the paper pattern

  • 10" large hemostats for turning and stuffing the doll

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  • Medium 6" hemostats for turning and stuffing the doll

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  • Pencil or fabric marking pen

  • Long doll needle

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  • Pins or clips to hold fabric together

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  • Book or cardboard to wrap yarn hair

  • Light box for tracing (optional)

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  • Cotton knit skin-tone fabric (less than 1/4 yard)

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  • Cotton woven skin-tone fabric (less than 1/4 yard)

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  • Body fabric - your choice (less than 1/4 yard)

  • Skirt fabric - your choice

  • Fusible interfacing - (Luci uses Pellon 950F)

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  • Sewing machine thread to match body or skintone

  • Strong thread for hand sewing (match body & yarn)

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  • 1/4" elastic for skirt

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  • Yarn of your choice for hair (blonde mohair yarn used in this class)

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  • White paint pen (optional for face)

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  • Prismacolor premeire colored pencils (optional for face)

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  • Black sharpie fabric marker (optional for face)

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  • Poly stuffing

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  • Rolled hem foot for sewing machine (optional)

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September 12, 2021

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Well shot and demonstrated - not an intermediate level, though, maybe a confident beginner.

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Listed on Jul 11, 2021 - ID 14388754
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This class has 8 sessions (1h 6m)

Class Preview

Meet Luci from Ballyhoo Creations. She'll give you an overview of the rag doll project in this class.

Tools and Materials

Your choice of materials has a big impact on the quality of your finished doll. Learn what tools and supplies can make any doll or stuffie project easier and appear more luxurious. An inexpensive pair of hemostats are strongly recommended for doll making, and selecting the right pair(s) will be covered. Tips for successfully combining fabric prints will be given, so you doll turns out as cute as you expected.

Marking the Pattern onto Fabric

Learn when pattern pieces need to be cut out before sewing, and when you can "cheat" and stitch pieces that are cut out later. These methods can be transferred to any sewing project you do in the future, and are especially useful for sewing small items for dolls.

Make the Arms and Legs

A simpler method for stitching arms and legs will be demonstrated, then we cut them out, turn them and fill them with stuffing.

Make the Face and Head

Examples of dolls with various faces are shared to spur your creativity. This lesson uses colored pencils, fabric markers, and paint pens along with the face template included in your pattern.

Stitching the Body and Assembling the Doll

We'll sew the head to the body, then the arms and legs we finished earlier are sewn into the body. The doll is turned right-side-out and stuffed. Tips and tools for how to properly stuff a toy for great results are covered. The invisible ladder stitch is demonstrated for a beautiful way to close your doll.

Make Hair With Yarn

Yarn will be used to make a wig. Then we'll hand-stitch the yarn wig to the doll's head and style it.

Bonus - Make a Skirt for Your New Doll

A bonus lesson shows you how to make an (optional) skirt for your doll using a rolled hem foot on your sewing machine and an elastic waistband. The rolled hem foot is not required, but you'll see how easy and professional the tiny hem is when using this inexpensive sewing machine attachment.

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Luci Ayyat

machine embroidery, dollmaking
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Hey Folks! I'm Luci at Ballyhoo Creations and I create dolls that can be stitched with an embroidery machine. Sewing has been my hobby for decades. I also create sewing patterns and stitched project videos to inspire all levels of sewists.

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