Little two and a half inch dolls, made to spread
joy and cheer.
These tiny girls love to be hung alongside the glowing lights of a tree or just carried in your pocket
strung amongst your keys.
They're happy to be anywhere that they'll be smiled upon and praised.
So sew some up for yourself and friends, and have
What you'll need:
printed pdf pattern for Mini Matryoshkas
several colors of felt including skin toned felt for the doll's faces (I like to use 2 shades of the same color for the body of my dolls)
fabric marker or chalk pencil
pink (rosy) colored pencil
hand sewing and embroidery needles
applique pins - optional
fabric scissors (a small sharp pair helps greatly with the detailed cutting of little things)
clear, fast drying fabric glue like "Unique Stitch"
thread to match felt for doll body
black pearl cotton or floss
hair colored pearl cotton or floss
other bits of pearl cotton/floss to sew on flower embellishments
6 inches of complimentary yarn (or floss) for hanging
How to make one:
First print and cut out all pattern pieces.
Choose the colors for your Matryoshka's hood, back and tummy.
Next, you can either trace your pattern pieces onto the felt with a fabric marker or pencil, or you may opt to use itty bitty applique pins to pin the pieces down and cut around them. I use both methods depending on the pattern piece's shape and size.
Cut out you doll's face, hood, tummy and back of body. Be sure to mark where her hood overlaps her tummy piece.
Apply a tiny amount of glue around face and top edge of tummy.
|Front view - Back view|
Glue her face behind her hoods opening and then line hood up with the top of her tummy (along overlap line).
While the glue is drying choose and cut out your flower design. Feel free to play around and come up with your own flower and leaf combinations.
|Click on photos for a larger view ;)|
Attach your flower design to your doll's tummy. I use a single straight stitch to attach my leaves and either a french knot or cross stitch in the center of my flowers.
After the glue has dried, using a single strand of coordinating thread, take some small stitches around the base and opening of the hood, to secure your gals face and tummy.
Next using a double strand of hair colored pearl cotton or floss, satin stitch her hair. Use the pattern as a guide for placement and stitch slightly under the hood as you go, so as to avoid any bald spots.
Now mark eyes, lashes and mouth placement and stitch with a single strand of black pearl cotton/floss. Use a twice wrapped french knot for the center of her eyes and straight stitches for her lashes and mouth. Draw on your doll's blushing cheeks with your pink colored pencil.
On the back body piece, using a large needle, pass the 6" of yarn, knotted at the end, through center of felts loft and come up at the top of your dolls head, this will secure your dolls hanging loop, but you should not be able to see the stitch from the doll's back side (see photo bellow).
|Wrong side/ inside doll - Right side/back of doll|
Draw needle back through the center of the felt and out next to your original knot. It helps to hold the felt at the doll's head secure between two fingers as you do this, and you may need to reshape the felt a bit at the needles entry point. Knot the yarn an inch from the end, trim off excess and pull loop taut.
Sandwich the two body pieces together.
Starting at the bottom right corner of your little lady's body, blanket stitch her front and back pieces together using a single strand of coordinating thread. Stop at the opposite corner, leaving the bottom open.
Stuff firmly. Use the end of your pencil to help push stuffing into her head and body.
Finish by closing her up with blanket stitch across the bottom.
You've made a sweet little dolly to hang from your tree or anywhere that brings you joy.
Now make some more and give them to your friends. Everyone is sure to delight in their delicate cuteness!
Lots of love,