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« Reply #30 on: August 12, 2007 09:42:11 PM »

That is so awesome! I wish I had one!!!!
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« Reply #31 on: August 15, 2007 08:11:28 AM »

Thanks! I thought about adding a tutorial but really the original idea for this doll isn't mine. I found a super cute change purse on Fred Flare.com and then took it from there.

I also made a new one for a swap so I updated the first post with a new photo. Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: August 15, 2007 10:58:42 AM »

That background fabric is the same as my dorm bedding!

Yep, I took the picture on my bed. I love that comforter fabric. But tell me, could the sheets have been any uglier?  Tongue


Yeah, I'm not the biggest fan of the green... looks like strained peas or something. Since it's an all-girls dorm, I'm really not worried about anyone seeing them, though Cheesy
They are a little nauseating to look at for too long. I just couldn't pass on the ardoreable flowers, though!!!
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« Reply #33 on: August 15, 2007 12:26:12 PM »

Matryoshka dolls are popping up all over.  They are either the Current Big Thing, or The Next Big Thing.

Look what someone did to some black and white fabric similar to that comforter:
http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2007/01/colouring-cloth.html

Fabric markers!  Too cool.
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« Reply #34 on: September 27, 2007 12:55:47 PM »

Can I ask you a question about the applique process? I get the felt part since raw edges don't matter but for the cotton fabric did you use wonder-under or some other sort of fusible stuff? If you fuse it do you still need to do something about the raw edges? From what I can tell, it looks like you did some sort of small stitch along the edge (stem stich?). I have never done any applique before but would like to do some small things but I don't know what to do about edges. Any advice is appreciated  Smiley
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« Reply #35 on: September 28, 2007 06:36:07 PM »

I used interfacing and then did a blanket stitch to attach the felt to the fabric -- BUT I don't own one of these pillows myself so I'm not sure how this holds up over time.  Undecided

Hopefully that will work for you though. I found that the interfacing helped to keep the fabric from fraying.
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« Reply #36 on: September 30, 2007 07:23:49 PM »

Thanks so much for your help. Did you use a blanket stitch on the regular cotton as well as the felt?
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« Reply #37 on: October 01, 2007 07:16:21 AM »

Yes, I did a blanket stitch along where the fabric met the felt and where I attached the doll outline to the cotton pillow fabric.

I just used a regular stitch to attach the face and hair though. Wink
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« Reply #38 on: October 01, 2007 10:14:02 AM »

Now it is all clear! Thanks so much.

...And now my adventures in applique begin! Cheesy
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« Reply #39 on: October 06, 2007 08:54:05 AM »

ADORABLE!!
I love Russian dolls, I'm off to make myself one now.... Grin
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