I've made 3 new rag dolls over the past few days, and I thought that some of you might be interested to have a look. I've written a bit about how each one is made, because that what I love looking at here on Craftster - I love finding out how things are put together so that I can go off and try it for myself!
The first little doll is called Cherry (they all have names, heehee!!) She is made from tea-stained cotton which was done with a sponge. Cherry's hair and hair decoration are my favourite things about her. Her hair is made from wool, which is sewn on, and her dusky pink corsage is made from scraps of material which I bunched up and sewed together. Her dress is made from 3 layers of faric - a lining, a more sheer middle layer, and a net outer layer, and I finished her off with little lace sleeves, which are just lengths of lace sewn onto her upper arms. I like doing this as its a great way to hide the stuffing hole in the arms.
The next doll is called Neela. I made her skin fabric by boiling it in a big pot of tea! This made the colour a bit deeper and more even than the sponging method. Her hair is needle-felted on and her outfit is made of a lilac sequin fabric and a light pink lace overlay. I also gave her a little pink jewel bindi and some matching beaded earrings, which are sewn on, right through her head, so keep them secure.
And finally, this is Belva the ballerina. Again, she is tea-sponged and has needle felted hair (pink wool that I found on ebay and I couldn't resist!) The top of her outfit is some stretchy lace and the tutu part is an enormous length of ruched white tulle - it took me ages to make and secure it to her, but I think it was worth it. I have trimmed the waistline with lilac roses and painted on white ballet shoes with champagne coloured swilry patterns and matching ribbons around the ankle.