Gertie

A Lillie Mae’s Crafts original design by

Brenda Greenwalt

 

Gertie

Approximately 15 inches tall.

 

Read through all directions before beginning.

 

Supply List

Muslin

Embroidery Floss –ecru, red #3777, dark brown

Small paint brush

Doll needle

Mechanical pencil

Stuffing

Paint – Barn Red, antique white, black

Black cotton yarn

2 black seed beads

Tacky glue

 Staining:  Instant coffee, vanilla extract, fragrance oil.  Optional for staining:  Old cookie sheet, rags, wax paper, glass jar with lid.

 

Suggested shopping for fragrance oils –

The Chemistry Store – http://www.chemistrystore.com

From Nature With Love – http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com

Save on Scents – http://www.saveonscents.com

Bramble Berry – http://www.brambleberry.com

To Die for Soap – http://www.todieforsoap.com

 

NOTE:  You may choose to stain your muslin before sewing or after.  The choice is yours. 

 

Body :

#1.  Body:  On doubled muslin, with a mechanical pencil, lightly trace completely around body patterns.  Sew directly on the traced lines; leave open where indicated.  Cut out about 1/4 inch away from sewn lines.  Clip curves and turn.   Stuff head and body firmly and sew opening closed. 

#2.  Stuff arms and legs to stuffing lines (indicated on pattern) firmly.  Sew openings closed.  Attach arms where indicated on pattern.  Do NOT attach legs yet.

#3.  Stain body and arms with recipe and instructions given at the end of these directions.

#4.  Paint legs.  Attach a piece of thread to the top of both legs (to hang to dry).  Paint both legs antique white; let dry.  Paint shoes black; let dry.  Sand lightly. 

#5.  Sew legs to body where indicated on pattern.

#6.  With 2 strands ecru embroidery floss, thread through shoes to resemble shoe strings, tie in a bow.  Add a touch of glue to center of bow to hold in place. 

 

Face :

#1.  Eyes:  Thread your doll needle with black embroidery thread and going in from the top of her head (this will be covered with her hair) sew on the 2 black seed beads for her eyes.

#2.  Eyebrows:  Looking at the pattern for placement, use a hard ruler (either plastic or wood) and your mechanical pencil and trace in the eyebrows which measure approximately 3/4 inch.  Thread your doll needle with single strand of dark brown embroidery t head and go in from the top of the head again and embroidery the eyebrows with a backstitch.

#3.  Nose:  Print and cut out nose pattern.  Position on face where desired and pin using straight pins.  Very lightly trace around this with a mechanical pencil.  Using a double strand of red embroidery thread and your doll needle, go in from the top of the head (as in step #2), use satin stitch for the nose.  If unsure of the satin stitch, visit my "Stitch 'n' Stuff" page for an illustration.  Tip - I usually unthread my doll needle here and rethread on a smaller, sharper needle. 

#4.  Mouth:  Print out the mouth pattern and position on face were desired, hold in place with straight pins.  Trace only the very bottom of the mouth pattern and up the sides to the curves with your mechanical pencil.  Thread your 3-inch doll needle with 1 strand of your brown embroidery thread.  Going in at the very top of her head again embroider the mouth using a simple backstitch.

#5.  Cheeks:  Dip some Barn Red paint onto a paper plate.  Dip your brush lightly into the paint and pounce off most of it onto paper towels.  Unless you want her cheeks very bright, be sure to pounce off MOST of the paint.  If her cheeks are not colorful enough for you, you can always add more…but begin by applying only a small amount.  Looking at the picture for placement, paint her cheeks.

 

Dress :

#1.  Bodice - On double layer muslin trace bodice pattern being sure to place on fold where indicated on pattern; cut out.  Need 2; one for the front and one for the back.

#2.  Skirt – On double layer muslin, trace skirt pattern and cut out.

#3.  Stain both pieces of bodice and skirt with recipe and instructions given at the end of these directions.

#4.  Sew a gathering or a running stitch about 1/4" down from one long edge of the skirt.

#5.  To mark where the skirt should be attached to the bodice, measure from the end of the sleeve over 3-1/2 inches and place a small maker there.  Do the other sleeve.  Between those two marks is where the skirt is to be attached.

#6.  Pull on gathering stitches until the skirt's width is the same as where you are to attach it to the bodice (see pattern).  Pin & sew right above the gathering stitch.

#7.  Do the same for the other side of the bodice.

#8.  With right sides together, match up the front and back dress pieces and, using 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew side and shoulder seams. 

#9  Slip dress on over doll’s head.  Hand sew a gathering stitch completely around neck and pull to gather, knot.   

 

Bloomers :

#1.  On doubled unbleached muslin, trace pattern with mechanical pencil being sure to place on fold where indicated on pattern; cut out.

#2.  Match right sides together and sew outside and inside seams.  Clip curves and turn.

#3.  Stain with instructions given at the end of these directions.

#4.  With fingernails, scrape along bottoms of both legs to fray out.

#5.  With ecru embroidery floss, hand sew a gathering stitch all around waist.  Put on doll, pull to gather and secure with a few stitches.

 

Hair:

#1.  Cut 25 pieces of black cotton yarn 14 inches long.

#2.  Cut 3 pieces of yarn and insert them in the 3 places on head as indicated on pattern.

#3.  Lay the 25 pieces of yarn on top center of head and tie with yarn piece attached there.  Tie in both places on either side of head.

#4.  Tie up in pigtails with the thick rubber bands.  Trim.

#5.  Wrap matching yarn around rubber bands until the rubber bands are completely concealed, glue.

 

Staining:  Combine ¼ cup instant coffee, 2 cups hot water, 2 Tablespoons Vanilla extract and ¼ teaspoon fragrance oil (Some of my preferred scents are cinnamon bun, sugar cookies, and vanilla) in a glass jar with lid.  Shake for few minutes until thoroughly mixed.  (See the supply list on back of pattern cover for some suggested places for purchasing fragrance oils.)  If the scent is not strong enough for your preference, add another 1/8 teaspoon of fragrance oil and continue this until the scent is to your liking.  However, I would suggest only adding 1/8 teaspoon of fragrance oil each time because if you add too much and the scent is too strong for you, you will have to start over.  Line an old cookie sheet with old rags and lay your doll here.  With a sponge brush, thoroughly coat the doll.  Bake for 10 minutes at 200 degrees.  Check often as this can catch on fire.  If you have to bake longer, only bake at 5 minute increments and always KEEP checking the oven.  Tip:  DO NOT turn your doll over while in the oven…unless you want big black splotches (of course some prim crafters might want these).  I know this from experience.

You're done with Gertie.  I hope you enjoyed making her as much as I enjoyed designing her.  If you have any problems or questions at all, please don’t hesitate to email me or visit my "Stitch 'n' Stuff" page at http://www.lilliemaescrafts.com

 

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