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« on: September 15, 2008 01:16:03 PM »

So I have been racking my brain on what to make for my husband for Christmas this year and I have decided that I wanted to make him Dwight and Jim dolls from the American version of "The Office."  I was thinking that felt would be super easy to work with but I want to kind of keep them simple.  I'm a pretty good when it comes to sewing and figuring things out but the only fabrics I have really worked with are denim, cotton, fleece and a little bit of felt (not much). 

So what would you suggest to use to construct these dolls and capture the essence of the characters but keep them simple?

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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2008 05:41:29 PM »

I think felt would work well, and it does tend to lend itself to simpler designs.  I find it easier to hand-sew felt.  It dulls my machine needles pretty fast.  I would suggest using a small needle, to keep the holes in the felt small, both for machine & hand sewing =]

Hopefully some others here will have more advice for you!

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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2008 04:29:34 PM »

Thank you! 
I appreciate any advice. 
I will make sure to use a small needle. 

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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2008 01:01:10 PM »

When making dolls, I've found that a tightly knitted material without much stretch is best. I've used jersey with some success, but wasn't able to stuff as tightly as I would have liked. I like using Alova Suede as it comes in some great shades of skin tones. Recently I've been scavenging the thrift stores for new buck shirts, and then cutting them up for the material. As far as the other parts of the doll, painting or embroidering the face is an option. Hair can be fake fur, yarn, or felt. Depending on how simple a pattern you want, jointed or not, the poppet pattern is free to all who ask, just PM Ghilie, and it can be adjusted to any personality you want to give them.

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