- 10" X 5" cotton in skin color (your choice)
- Small amount of stuffing (any type)
- 6" double fold bias tape 1/4: wide folded
- 6" X 8" print for dress (your choice)
- 5" length of 1/8" wide lace or trim for sleeves
- Thread to match
- Sewing Machine
- Black paint
- Paint brush
- Fine permanent pen in black and red
- 1" bar pin back
- Hand sewing needle or fabric glue
Trace the doll front onto a folded piece of the skin colored fabric. Do not cut out yet. Stitch around the doll on the traced line leaving an opening under one arm to turn. Cut out the doll leaving a narrow seam allowance. Leave a slightly wide allowance at the opening for ease in stitching it closed later.
Turn and stuff firmly. Ladder stitch the opening closed. Draw the features on the doll's face now, if you make an error you can turn her over and draw the face on the back side. The first face can be covered when you paint on her hair.
When your face is finished lightly draw the hair line. Paint the hair on the face side and the shoes, allow to dry. Turn her over and paint the hair and shoes on the back using the drawing as your guide.
You may add fingers if you wish by hand stitching the lines shown on the back doll drawing but a rounded hand without stitched fingers is also alright.
Dress: Fold the dress fabric in a long rectangle, trace the pattern on the fold. Note the neckline is "V-shaped" in front and round in the back. Fold in the end of the bias tape to form a point and stitch it in place beginning at the point of the "V" in front, back around to the point of the "V" in the front to form her collar. Fold in the second end of the bias tape as you reach the center front so both sides match.
Fold under a narrow hem on the sleeves and stitch the trim to cover the raw edge on the wrong side of the fabric. Be sure a small edge of trim shows from the front. Try the dress on the doll marking the front "V". Remove the dress and stitch both seams from the end of the sleeve to the hem of the skirt. Stitch a narrow hem in the skirt of the dress. Set aside.
Stitch the flat piece of bias to the chest of the doll where you marked the point of the "V". Put the dress on the doll and tack stitch around the neck anchoring the neckline to the doll.
Stitch the pin back to the back of the doll through the doll dress. You can add embellishments such as hat and purse or jewelry to make your doll truly your own.
These animal angel pins are all made from the same basic pattern. The only changes are in the patterns for the ears, embellishments and minor differences in the embroidery of the nose and mouth.
They can be made of felt or velour and embellished however you like as a Christmas or an every day wearable ornament. You can also change them from a pin to a tree ornament with the addition of a thread hanger or they can be pinned to the branch of the tree.
The Sample was made using upholstery velvet, a tiny angel doll, a porcelain rose and purchased lace wings.
Scraps of felt, velour or fabric of your choice
Embroidery thread for mouth & nose in color of your choice
Tiny black glass beads approx. 3mm or 4mm for eyes
Purchased lace wings
Needle & thread to match fabric
Small amount of Fiberfil for stuffing
Pattern template cut from light plastic or light cardboard
Ribbon, lace and embellishments of your choice
Trace the pattern pieces onto your template material and cut them out. These are the sewing lines. Fold the fabric right sides together and trace on the wrong side *do not cut out yet*. Sew around the pattern pieces leaving an opening at the neck area of both the body piece and the head. Cut out each piece, clip, turn and stuff medium firm. Whip stitch the neck opening closed on the body piece and set aside.
Embroider the nose in a satin stitch. Place the mouth as an upside down Y ending at the base of the nose. Sew around each ear, cut out, clip and turn. Ladder stitch the opening closed and ladder stitch to the head using the picture for placement.
Leaving a long tail sticking out insert a beading needle through the opening in the neck area of the head exiting where the right eye should be placed through one bead and entering back in the eye area through the head exiting at the neck. Pull the two ends to sink the eye bead into the head slightly and tie off firmly. Repeat for the second eye.
Clip the threads, ladder stitch the opening closed. With a double threaded needle enter the center back of the body exit in the neck area take one stitch into the base of the head. Reenter the neck of the body and exit at the center back. Pull firmly and tie off the thread. Repeat this step a second time tying off again.
If adding a pin back sew through the center hole in the pin back and wrap stitch around the pin back bar up to the top hole through it wrapping the bar again to the bottom hole wrap again to the center hole of the pin back and tie off with the thread end using a double knot or a square knot and clip the thread .
Add embellishments of your choice to decorate your
bear, bunny or mouse.
This is quick and easy pattern and can be made in multiples as Christmas gifts or great bazaar sale items. They can be priced at $3.00 to $10.00 each depending on your location and the embellishments used.