Friday, November 29, 2013

Stripey (sewing tutorial) *free pattern*

Hello all,

I finally got my new computer to work and hence I'm able to continue blogging (I broke the on/off button in my old computer) and lost my all patterns and pictures I was working. You can guess how devasted I am for losing few unpublsihed patterns and also my old patterns and a few pattern bookletes. (I made a copy of most of my folders, but not all)
But that is enough of ranting, now for the business itself: Remember the stripey fellow I made some time ago. I made another doll and decided to share the tutorial for the doll. It's my first time trying to make a sewing pattern, so please tell me if the tutorial has some problems.

You need (Click pictures to enlarge them):
Stripey and skin colour jersey/tricot fabric

Cut following pieces from the stipey fabric:
2 pieces (8cm x 14cm) for the body
2 pieces (6cm x 21 cm) for the legs
2 pieces (6cm x 16 cm) for the arms

Cut 4 round pieces (diamter 16cm) and one round piece (diameter 28 cm) from the skin-coloured fabric.

And now for head-making and hand/feet making. You need to put stuffing in the middle of the round pieces Remember to use enough stuffing to reach the final diameter. Pull the edges together and secure tightly with yarn. Your pieces should look like these in the end:

And now for arms and legs. 
Step 1: Sew the long-edge of each arm and leg (right sides of the fabrics facing each other).
Step 2: Turn the tube inside in. Now you will have 4 hollow tubes, with holes in both ends.
Step 3: Attaching hands and feet to the arms/legs. Fold about 0,5cm of the "tubes" end from outside to inside. Insert the hand/foot piece in the tube. Secure it with a needle. Sew by hand.

Stuff arms and legs from the other end. You can choose the amount of filling you want use. I stuffed my doll's legs with quite a little amount of stuffing. If you want you can use pellets or rice to stuff legs/arms (that way the legs will be haeverier and the doll can sit better).
Next you need to grab the body parts and needle them together right sides of the fabric together. Attach arms to the body:
1st: Place the top of the arm to the place on the long edge of the body (about 1,5cm from the top of the body (neck).
2nd: Insert arm inside to body, pin it securely between the two body parts. Sew the long edges together.
Do the other arm the same way. I hope the picture will give you a better idea of what I'm trying to explain (this is for the first arm):

Attach legs:
The body is still the "wrong" side of the body on the outside and the arms both inside.
Attach legs to the bottom and pin the there similarly to what you did for the arms. Sew the bottom seam. And turn the body so that now you have the right side of the fabric facing outside and arms/legs sticking out from the body.

 Stuff the body firmly from the neck. Fold about 0,5cm from the neck part of the body inside (like you did when inserting hands/feet). Insert the head and secure it with needles, sew body and head together.
Voilá, your doll is ready except for face and all the accesories it needs. I drew the face on the black/white guy, but for yellow/white doll I used black yarn for eyes.

I made a baby hat from the stripey fabric, but you can knit/crochet the hat if you want.

 Hope you enjoy making little stripey fellows!! And if you have any guestions/problems, please ask and I'll try my best to help/clarify the pattern.


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