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« on: June 24, 2010 12:19:51 AM »

heya
im looking for a good rag doll pattern where the head is attatched to the body but the arms and legs are seperate so like the arms sit down against the sides and the feet stick out forwards like real feet any help would be appreciated Smiley because id like to make a large realisitc ish ragdoll for a friends daughter it will be made from a stiff calico

and im planning on using wool for the hair, what would be the best way to attatch this?

and i want to embroider the lips and use safety eyes, should i wash the floss first to make shure it wont run?


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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2010 10:23:01 AM »

 Wink Hi, I don't have a pattern but I have made bigger Dolls almost human. It's on this category if you want to see them. I made the head from a old nylon stocking & stuff it with more nylons & make it to what size you want sew it up & sculpt the face how ever you like then paint the eyes & lips how you want it. Now to make a body look at other dolls or maybe a pattern & adjust it to to what size & shape you want I painted the old Lady's shoes on. Sewed head on to neck & make sure it's pack in good with stuffing in the neck maybe even a dowel in it to help it from flopping over. Make joints at elbows & knees. The hair is wool & I just put it on pin in place after I got it the way I wanted & sewed it. I hope this helps. You could probably put safety eyes but have to reinforce the underneath to help hold it in place & could embroider the lips etc. if you want. Most anything is possible. Good luck. Hope you put some pics on here & show us what you did.
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You can use any rag doll pattern you like.  To make it larger you will have to enlarge it on a copier section by section.  You may have to tape the sections together, 
The way I generally make the hair is I measure the length I want and then cut the yarn a little more than double that.  I also measure from the forehead down the back so I know how long I want the part to be.  Then I take a thin strip of paper and lay the center the yarn strips along a the center of the strip of paper.  I place another strip of paper on top of this and run it through the sewing machine once or twice.  The paper is easily ripped away.  You may have to use a tweezer to remove tiny specks of paper that might remain.  Then I use a backstitch along the center of the head to stitch it in place.  You can then trim the hair and braid or style as desired.
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