Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mini Matryoshka Softies - Tutorial

*This was originally posted on my family blog. It's the first real tutorial I've ever attempted.*

I made a cute little fabric dollhouse for Zaylee for Christmas (used this tutorial from UK lass in US), and needed some little dolls to go with it. I originally planned on making wooden spool dolls, but Wal-Mart didn't have wooden spools, and I was too impatient to try anywhere else. So I decided to go a different route.

I created these cute little soft dolls that resemble Russian matryoshka dolls. They're so little and cute, only about 3 inches tall. They fit perfectly in the little dollhouse.

And I'm going to show you how to make them!

You'll need:
Pattern pieces
Main fabric - 1 6x4" piece (quilting cotton with a fun pattern)
Coordinating fabric for the head kerchief - 1 3x3" piece (knit so the edge around the face won't fray)
Fabric for face - 1 3x3" piece (flannel or quilting cotton)
Small amount of poly-fill
Markers to draw face

The hardest part about this will be the pattern pieces, I'm afraid. I'm not tech-savvy enough to make a printable page with the pattern pieces. So maybe just freehand it? Anyway, this is what my pieces look like (I couldn't even scan them, I held them up to the screen and traced them). The back piece is 3 3/8 inches tall, and 2 1/4 inches wide at its widest. Skirt is 2 1/4 inches tall and 2 1/4 inches wide. Head is 1 3/4 inches tall and 1 7/8 inches wide. The hole in the head piece is 3/4 inch diameter, with the top of the hole 1/2 inch from the top of the head piece.

Clear as mud? Okay, let's get started!

Cut one back piece and one skirt piece from the main fabric.

Cut one head piece from the knit fabric and one from the face fabric. Trace hole from the head pattern onto the knit piece.

Cut out face hole.

Pin face and kerchief pieces together, with the right side of the face fabric facing the wrong side of the kerchief fabric - you want to see the face through the hole in the kerchief. I don't have the pieces pinned in this picture, but you get the idea.

Carefully sew around the face hole.

Draw a cute face onto your doll. I used Sharpie pens, you could paint or embroider it on if you prefer.

Pin the skirt piece to the head piece right sides together, and sew (1/4 inch seam).

You should now have the complete front of the doll.

Now put the front and the back of the doll together, right sides together, and sew around the sides and top (1/8 inch seam). Leave the bottom open for turning.

Turn the doll right side out. You can use a pencil or a chopstick to help.

Stuff firmly with poly-fill.

Tuck the bottom edges in, and sew shut. You can hand sew this, or use the sewing machine, depending on how you want it to look.

You're done!

Now some pictures of the dolls and their dollhouse:

I got a lot of inspiration for decorating my dollhouse from this flickr group. Check out the cuteness!

New Direction

This blog started as a place for me to display items I had crocheted for my Etsy shop, Little Zaylee Creations. However, I do a lot more than crocheting accessories. I wanted a place to post about all my creative endeavors, from crochet and sewing to paper crafts and carpentry. I'll also put up tutorials and patterns should I get the urge (and the courage). And so Craft Craft Baby! is born!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Craft The World Challenge - Black and White

This is my June entry for The 12 Month Craft The World Challenge. The theme for June was Black and White. I created a beautiful crocheted choker, and listed it in my shop here.

Black and White Choker

The white part is double crochet, and the black part is based on a vintage pattern for edging.

Come see all my other hand crocheted accessories at my shop, Little Zaylee Creations.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

New Chokers

I totally love this choker - the white lace part was simple and worked up really quickly. But then comes the rose - it finishes the choker and makes it look so gorgeous! I just love how it turned out.

And I finished the black choker I was working on. I decided to go with a button closure. I could see this looking gorgeous with black velvet ribbon ties in the back, but I unfortunately don't have any black velvet ribbon. Anyway, it looks very nice with a black button in the back. I love the pattern of this choker, with the alternating scallops going back and forth, looking like a sultry, slithering snake.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lovely Lace

I checked out a pattern book from the library, it's chock full of turn-of-the-century patterns for edgings and more. I'm loving making all sorts of lacy accessories using these vintage patterns! Check out these beautiful vintage-inspired items of loveliness.

I have another choker that's almost ready, I just need to put some sort of closure on it and take pictures. I can't decide if I want it to close with a button or with ribbons. I think it will be my favorite choker - it's black and kind of snake-like, and very cool.

Come see all my other hand crocheted accessories at my shop, Little Zaylee Creations.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

More Lace Cuffs

These are fast becoming my favorite things to crochet. I love the elegance and the Victorian feel.

Come see all my other hand crocheted accessories at my shop, Little Zaylee Creations.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Lace Cuff Bracelets

Some of my favorite items in my shop, my lace cuff bracelets are so beautifully elegant and feminine.

Bracelets with flowers:


Tie-in-the-back headbands with off-center flowers. Keep your hair up and out of your face in style.


All the lovely earrings currently in my shop. Each piece is made specifically for the buyer - beautifully crocheted earrings with never-worn ear hooks.

Floral Earrings:

Little Circles Earrings:

Come see all my other hand crocheted accessories at my shop, Little Zaylee Creations.