The doll kit includes all materials, except the wadding, which you will need about 300 grams. So with this kit you will get: cotton fabric for body and cloth, adorable pink brush, buttons, hook-and-loop strap, elastic, needle, thread, wooden stick, black paint for hair, instruction and of course patterns.
1. Trace all pieces on transparent plastic; you can use vellum or sheet protectors. Don’t forget to mark where the openings will be. Fold the fabric in half, to trace all body pieces.
2. Head. Sew each part together on the least curved side. And here are my two halves of the head. I am placing pieces right side facing right side and going to sew around, the neck i’ll leave opened.
3. Sew all parts in same way. Cut small notches on all difficult – curved parts, such as neck, fingers and so on. It’s very important to get nice straight details. After that turn and iron all parts.
4. Add wadding to all parts. Start from edges to center. Fix the wadding on edges with pins.
5. Insert the legs and attach them with pins. Sew up the opening of the body by hand, attaching the legs.
6. Attach the tufts of hair and head on the body with pins and sew them by hand. Also sew the arms to the body. For them to be mobile, the points of attachment should be small but strong.
7. According the instruction, measure 11 cm and 6 cm from the seam on top of the head and [lace a pin as a point. Then measure 8 cm and insert pins to mark the eyes.
8. Draw eyes and hair. To draw the eyes you can use a big ball head pin. You can also lightly draw with a pencil. On the back of the head , the hair can lightly curve from side to side.
9. Fill the area of the hair with the paint included in the kit. Dry the paint with a hair dryer. The heat from the hair dryer will harden the fabric paint.
10. Trousers. Fold the fabric in half, so you will cut two elements at once. Trace all elements and cut them with seam allowance.
11. Lay out the pieces by two, right side facing right side and sew together along the outer edge of the trousers legs (step J) . Unfold the trousers pieces and sew them together along the sides (step K). Fold the trousers the opposite way, lining up the seams and sew up the inner legs (step L).
12. Fold down the seam allowance at the waist and then folding down a channel for the elastic, concealing the fringed edge. In the same way fold down the seam allowance on the legs. Don’t forget to mark where the openings will be. Leave a 2 cm opening in the seam so you can thread the elastic through later. And sew a seam along the folded edge.
13. Cut 3 pieces of elastic, they should be slightly longer than the openings. Thread the elastic onto a safety pin then run through a darner needle and work the needle or pin through the channel. I putted the trousers on the doll, tightening the elastic and mark where the ends should be sewn together. In same way I’m making the belt, then I’ll hand sew the openings where the elastic has been treaded in. At last turn and iron the trousers and put out them on the doll.
14. Headband. Here are headband pieces. Also cut long strip of fabric and smallest one with seam allowance. I’m folding each piece right side facing right side, so that is 2,75 cm wide and I’m going to sew up the open side. Sew around the bow pieces and turned it out. Don’t forget to iron the bow.
15. Now thread the elastic through the narrow fabric strip so that one end is against the end of the fabric strip. Attach the elastic at the end with few stitches. Pull on the elastic to attach the end to the other side.
16. Pin the bow on the headband before sew it on, find the best place for the bow. Sew it by hand.
17. Jacket . Cut all jackets and liner pieces with seam allowance. You will get 3 parts of liner, 3 parts of jacket, 2 parts of sleeves, the sleeves will not be lined and 4 parts of collar. All parts are from the same fabric. Trace on the fabric every extra seam allowance according the template, also mark all pleats. The arrows on the platform indicate the center of the pleats.
18. Fold the pleat and sew a small seam across each one, so they are secure, make all stitches in the seam allowance, so they will not be visible when you finish the jacket. after that iron pleats on all details.
19. At first sew shoulders. Make few stitches on the seam allowance. That helps to sew the sleeves easier.
20. After that sew sleeves to jacket. Find the middle point of the sleeve and pin it to the jacket.
21. In same way sew second sleeve.
22. Then fold the jacket right side facing right side and sew together along the sleeves and down on each side.
23. I have folded the fabric for the two collar pieces in half; I sewed them around, turned and ironed. To sew collar place each piece right side facing the jacket, so they begin at the little dash above the cross that marks where the button will be attached in the pattern. I hand – sew it on the seam allowance.
24. In the same way you need to sew the liner. Sew only sides together. Place the liner right side facing right side to jacket piece. Pin the jacket and liner together. On this step make sure the sleeves are not in the way and sew around the entire jacket. Leave an opening for turning at the centre of the back of jacket. It is very important to cut off the excess seam allowance along the edges and to cut notches in the seam allowance under the sleeves and anywhere that the seams are curved for the jacket to look good when it is right side out.
Now I can turn out the jacket and iron it. Use paint brush or wooden stick to turn out all seams. Cut and sew on the hook-and-loop strap. Sew a button above the hook-and-loop strap to the side of the jacket that will be buttoned on top of the other.
To keep the liner from being too loose inside the jacket I folded in the seam allowance at the liner sleeve openings and attached them to the seam allowance where the sleeves are sewn to the jacket.
At last the medal, cut all pices from fabric and vlieseline according to the template. Be sure to iron the fabric to the sticky side of the vlieseline. The sticky side is slightly shiny. Sew a seam about 3 mm inside of the outline. Place the circles on top of each other, with the ribbon underneath and a abutton on top and sew all together. After the sew medal on the jacket.
Dress up your doll and here it is. I promise you will fall in love with Sweetheart Doll, all cute elements looks great. I like to work with such kits : fabric pieces are matched well with each other, you get all necessary stuff for the doll and of course high quality of cotton fabric from Tilda. They provide more than enough fabric. After I made the doll I had three leftover pieces of fabric that will be enough to make one more doll, just a little smaller.