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11  Three new rag dolls, & some info on how they were made. in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lazy.jane on: May 07, 2011 05:48:01 AM
Hi everyone,

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.


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12  African-Inspired Rag Dolls. in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lazy.jane on: May 01, 2011 11:45:33 AM
Hi everyone,

A little while ago, I had a shot at making a dark-skinned rag doll and I really struggled when it came to drawing the face. I normally sketch the face in first with light pencil marks, but on the brown fabric, I just couldn't see it well and I felt that I made a mess Sad Anyway, I decided to give it another try, and although I'm still not 100% happy with the faces, I thought I would show you what I had done. I really loved using some bright tropical materials and also playing around with head-dresses! I'll keep practicing, but in the meantime, I'm quite pleased with the way these little ladies have come out - I thought that you might like to see them...



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13  My latest raggy dolls... in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lazy.jane on: April 23, 2011 12:56:48 PM
Hello Craftsters,

I have been sewing up a few more little rag dolls recently and I thought I would share their pictures. I keep saying that I will stop and try something new...but then I find a piece of fabric that I like and tell myself 'just one more'! Cheesy Anyway, here are some of my latest little girls...





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14  More Little Rag Dolls! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lazy.jane on: April 14, 2011 03:30:40 AM
Hi everyone,

I've recently been sewing up a few more little rag dolls and thought I would let you see how they've turned out. I really like them and they're so quick to sew up. I also discovered how to needle-felt their hair on and that's been a revelation to me (apart from stabbing my fingers quite a few times!) As I mentioned in a previous post, they're all made from a pattern by myraggedydolls.com which I use for the basic head and body, then I please myself with the faces! I hope that you like these xx

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15  Re: I made a little rag doll! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lazy.jane on: April 01, 2011 02:29:31 PM
Thank you all for such lovely feedback - I's so flattered that you like her.
I think I've got the rag doll bug now...I made another little girl today!

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16  I made a little rag doll! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lazy.jane on: March 31, 2011 02:31:04 PM
Hi everyone,

I recently dug out a pattern that I bought ages ago and never got round to trying out. Its for a little raggedy doll and I thought I would let you see the results...I'm really pleased with her! Its been a lovely change making something different from my normal style, and the thing that I love best of all is that you don't have to care if the edges of the clothing are raw because that's ok with rag dolls - hooray! Cheesy
I hope that you like her - her name is Gretchen and she's about 10" tall with a painted face and rice in her bottom to make her sit!

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17  More boudoir dolls (image intensive!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lazy.jane on: March 26, 2011 04:36:59 AM
Hi everyone,

I have been quite busy over the past little while, making up dolls and I thought that I would share some pictures with you of the ladies I have been making. I hope that you enjoy looking at them! xx






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18  A Flapper & a Scottish Lass! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lazy.jane on: February 11, 2011 03:21:29 PM
Hi everyone,

I recently finished up two new dolls and thought I would post a couple of pictures to let you see. One is a sad little flapper girl, and the other one is a Scottish-themed girl (because I am Scottish myself!) I hope that you like them xx



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19  Two More Big-Haired Clay and Cloth Dolls! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lazy.jane on: February 04, 2011 04:36:33 PM
Hi Everyone,
I recently finished another couple of clay and cloth dolls that I thought I would like to share with you. I'm really pleased with them and have developed a real obsession for buying fancy wool to do their hair! I think the only part I'm not keen on is conditioning the clay because I don't have a pasta machine and I just use my hands - they're normally red raw by the time I've finished!
I hope that you like them xx

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20  Marie-Antoinette Dolls! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lazy.jane on: January 28, 2011 01:38:07 PM
Hi everyone,
I've really been enjoying making a couple of new dolls in the style of Marie-Antoinette (big hair, lots of lace, etc.) I thought that I would like to share the pictures that I took of my two newest little ladies. I hope that you like them! xx





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