If you’ll recall the post I did about making felt dolls (it was literally three days ago, I’m slightly concerned if you don’t remember…), and I mentioned I would be posting some patterns.
I have two relatively simple patterns that you can make for your doll, and they can be size adjusted to work for pretty much any doll!
- Fabric! Anything will do, I used some weird stretchy cotton in my fabric basket for the shirt, but this pattern will work with pretty much anything. The trousers can also be pretty much anything, I used cotton.
- Thread! Any color, any time, ANY PLACE.
- Embroidery floss! This is for the “drawstring” in the trousers, you don’t need a whole lot. I used a bit my sister gave me from this giant ball of scraps from her embroidery.
- Scissors! Any scissors but the baby scissors that don’t work on fabric.
- Needle! You know what a needle is, right? Any sewing needle.
- A basic understanding of sewing. This doesn’t take a whole lot of brain power, so all you need to know are the basics of sewing.
This is the basic pattern!
This is what it should look like in the end, for scale as you cut it.
To begin with, you’ll take your fabric, and fold it in half like so.
But of course press it flat so you can make a good cut.
On that fabric, draw the shape of the pattern like so, and cut it out.
Unfolding it, it’ll look like this. Cut along the dotted line on the side you want to be the front.
Then fold it back over, with the side you want to be on the inside on the outside. Then stitch it down like so.
Next, fold over the bottom edge and hem it. Or you could go ahead and flip it inside-out, and THEN hem it. Your choice.
Then hem the neck hole and the opening in the front. The neckhole was a bit of a challenge for me, so you can pretty much wing it. I have like no insight except that if you do the fold-over technique like with the other hems, you may have to go back over it a couple times.
And now, if you haven’t already, is the time when you need to flip it inside-out.
And then fold the sleeves like this, and sew them down.
To complete it, cut a long-ish strip of fabric and tie it around the doll’s waist to use as a sash!
And BAM you’re done.
Be sure to go back and check for holes now, because this kind of simple stitch left some holes for me.
Start the same way you started with the shirt—folding the fabric in half. Then draw on the pattern like this. When I did mine, I cut it so that the cuff is also the edge of the fabric, which won’t fray. So if you’re using a fabric with a solid edge like that, you should cut it so the bottom is like that.
Then cut it out, and cut it down the middle like that.
Then sew aaaaaaall along that dotted line. (make sure the good side is in at this point!)
Flip it inside out, and sew along the top like you’re hemming, but with bigger, looser stitches. Also, don’t secure it at the beginning; leave a tail in front.
Bring it all the way around, and leave another tail, then cut off your thread.
Then, once it’s on your doll, you can pull it tight and make a little bow!
You can leave the bottom as is, or you can cuff them, or whatever!
And there you go, some adorable trousers.
Haha, thanks for reading, hope this was useful to someone.
I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you, and may God bless you no matter what happens!
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