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« on: November 11, 2012 08:34:08 AM »

 Ever since I was 6 or 7, I've wanted to make a little doll that could be but into different poses. I've made various attempts through the years with varying amounts of success. I made these last year with my daughter and am finally getting around to posting.
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I started with two pieces of wire bent into a configuration like this: One piece branches off to form the arms. The other goes down and is bent to make the legs and feet.


Then I secured that skeleton with crochet thread.


Using some fluff from a pillow, I draped it over the frame and wrapped and tied it in place.


I wrapped a ball of fluff up in a square of netting or tulle that I had and tied that on to the little neck part,


And continued wrapping the thread until it looked like this.


I cut skin from old t-shirts to make arms and quasi-footie/legs and sewed them together.


The head was a rectangle piece folded over(wrong side out), stitched to fit, then turned and the extra fabric sewn to the arms/sleeves.


You can probably tell I was making it up as I went along.  Grin

When it looked like this, I could get to the fun part...


...hair and make up! More t-shirts made this girl's tresses:





And black yarn for this curly 'do



And fabric paint for the faces.




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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2012 08:52:49 AM »

I love their facial expressions and those little wire eyeglasses are adorable!

Thank you for sharing your tutorial! Smiley
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Awesome work.  Great tutorial.  Thanks.   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2012 11:43:54 AM »

nicely done
thanks for the pic tute
i love this idea
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2012 02:17:39 PM »

Thank you for posting a tutorial!  They are so precious!
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2012 04:19:08 PM »

Aw! Thank you for the replies! It's only my second ever tutorial so feel free to ask questions if something isn't clear.
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2012 05:47:37 PM »

What a great tutorial! Thank you for sharing!
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2012 06:19:04 PM »

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I was worried it wasn't very good.
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2012 06:43:35 PM »

You did a great job! I love their faces so cute. Their hair is great too!! I love how you made the skin over the wired, string batting skeleton. So Cool!! A great tute!
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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2012 06:39:31 AM »

Thank you! My daughter designed the look of the black-haired doll. She wanted her to have freckles and short curly hair, so I gave it my best shot.
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