Maddie & Teddy

 

A Lillie Mae’s Crafts original design by Brenda Greenwalt

 

Maddie & Teddy

Maddie approx 7 inches tall

Teddy approx 4inches tall

Read through all directions before beginning.

For illustrations of the different steps and techniques as well as the stitches visit my "Stitch 'n' Stuff" page on my website at http://www.lilliemaescrafts.com

 Supplies

Material: Unbleached muslin, material – bodice & skirt for dress & hair bow as well as matching bow, paws and ears for teddy.  Scraps of brown.

Red 4-ply worsted yarn and thread to match (hair)

Embroidery Thread:  Black, red (nose and hair), off white, and thread to match dress.

Paint –   Black acrylic (shoes) & medium point black paint pen, white fine point paint pen (dot in eyes), country red (cheeks)

3 or 5 inch doll needle

Button for dress

2 small buttons for Teddy

One 6/0 black seed beads (Teddy’s nose)

Two small black seed beads (smaller than one above – Maddie’s eyes)

Stuffing

Glue gun and glue sticks

Pinking shears

Mark'B' Gone and/or disappearing fabric pen.

Light box or lighted window

For Staining – 3 tea bags

Sponge brush & Stencil Brush

Paper towels and paper plates

Sandpaper

Optional – old cookie sheet, rags, long beading needle

Recipe for Doll Perfume - Very easy - In a spray bottle mix together 1 oz fragrance candle oil and 3 oz distilled water.  Shake well before spraying.  Lightly mist your doll.

 

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

 

Maddie Body:

#1 – Print and cut out body pieces.

#2 – On doubled unbleached muslin, pin Maddie body pieces and with Mark B Gone/Disappearing fabric pen lightly trace completely around body patterns.

#3 - Sew directly on the traced lines; leave open where indicated.  Clip curves and turn.

#4 – Stuff head and body firmly and sew opening closed.

#5 – Next stuff arms and legs up to stuffing line indicated on pattern.  Sew openings closed. 

#6 – Attach arms where indicated on pattern.

The legs are not attached yet as the feet (shoes) have to be painted.  So the next step is staining the head and body as well as the arms.

 

Staining:

#1 – There are many different ways to stain dolls.  Some of my dolls are coffee stained, but Maddie is tea stained.  When you coffee stain a doll, she ends up with a wonderful scent which is not the case with tea-stained dolls.  So I have provided you with a spray mixture so your tea-stained doll may have the same wonderful scent.

#2 – Mixture – boil 1 cup of water, add 3 tea bags, let steep for 3-5 minutes.

#3 - Staining is always a very sloppy job; I have tried several methods and this is the easiest I have discovered.  Some like to put the staining mixture in a spray bottle and spray the doll.  However, I always found that my spray bottles clogged up easily so now I use a sponge brush.  Begin by lining an old cookie sheet (you will not want to use a good one) with an old rag, you will lay your doll here. 

#4 - With your sponge brush dip into your stain and thoroughly coat the doll on all sides with the stain mixture.  Check the doll thoroughly to make sure you have covered all the seams, etc. 

#5 – Bake in oven at 200 for 10 minutes.  Check this often to make sure nothing catches on fire. 

NOTE:  PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN BAKING YOUR DOLL IN THE OVEN.  THESE CAN CATCH ON FIRE.

#6 – Remove from the oven and let cool.

 

While that is drying, go ahead and paint the legs.

 

Legs:

1 – Attach a loop of thread to top of the leg (this is for hanging to dry).

#2 – Very lightly with a pencil, mark the cut off point for the shoes.  Paint the feet with black as indicated in the pattern.

#3 – Hang to dry. 

NOTE:  To hang my dolls to dry I use an old wire hanger.  Be sure to hang where any droppings of paint (if any) will not harm carpet, etc. 

 

Dress:

#1 – Print and cut out bodice and skirt patterns. 

#2 – On single layer material pin bodice and cut out.

#3 – On doubled layer, pin skirt pattern and cut out.

#4 – Doing front and back separately, take one piece of the cut out skirts and sew a gathering or a running stitch about 1/4" away from one long edge.

#5 - Gather that part of the skirt and with right sides together match it to the bottom of the bodice. Pin & sew right above the gathering stitch.

#6 – Do the same for the other side of the bodice.

#7 – With right sides together, match up the front and back dress pieces and, using 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew together.

#8 –Turn hem under 1/4 inch and hem.

#9 –Sleeves are meant to be ragged so taking a fingernail run across end of sleeves to fray them out.

 

Bloomers:

#1 – Print and cut out pattern.

#2 – Trace pattern with Mark B Gone/Disappearing fabric ink pen on unbleached muslin.

#3 – With your light box or a sunny window, on one layer of fabric, trace with your Mark B Gone/Disappearing fabric pen the inside lines for cutting and sewing.

#4 – Put both layers back together making sure the traced lines are on the outside so you can see them while sewing.  Using 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew sides seams. 

#5 – Sew on inside traced lines (this separates the legs), and cut on inside cutting line.  Turn.

#6 – Trim bottom of each leg with your Pinking Shears.

 

Face:

#1 – Eyes:  To be sure you don’t place them to high up on the forehead, check the pattern for their placement.  Thread your long beading needle with black (regular sewing) thread and, starting in the seam at the top of the head (this will be covered with her hair) sew black seed beads on for eyes as indicated on pattern. 

#2 – Nose:  Print and cut out the nose part of the face.  Using a straight pin, pin the nose to the appropriate place on the face and with a pencil, very lightly outline it.  Using 2 strands of your red embroidery thread, thread your doll needle and going in through the very top of the head (this will be covered up with her hair) go down to the bottom part of the nose and using the satin stitch or just a straight stitch, embroider the nose.  (Hint – I find it helps me to stay within the lines if I’m using a very sharp needle, so often times once I am at this point I will unthread from the doll needle and rethread with a sharper one and continue on.  Once I’m at the top of the nose, I will once again put the doll needle back on for the length of it and go back out through the top of the head.)

#3 – Mouth and eyebrows:  Using one strand of your black embroidery thread, thread the doll needle and going in from the top of the head, go down and embroider the mouth first and then the eyebrows.

#4 - Cheeks:  Dip some country red paint onto paper plate.  Dip your stencil brush lightly into the paint and pounce off most of it onto the paper towels.  Unless you want her cheeks really red and rosy, 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.  With your stencil brush and checking picture on pattern for placement of cheeks, in a circling motion, paint on cheeks.

 

Hair:

#1 – Bangs cut 3 strands of yarn 1 inch long and sew to the very center of her head.  Fray these out.

#2– With your red thread, and in the places indicated on the head pattern, insert a piece of thread about 10 inches long in each place – do not tie these, leave open.

#3– Cut 20 strands of your red yarn, 4 inches long. 

#4– Tie this bunch into the center of the thread at the very top of the head first and then on the sides, being sure to tie the threads tightly. 

#5– Once these are all tied, separate the strands of each piece of yarn to fray them out as indicated in the picture.  Trim.

 

Hair Bow:

#1 – Print and cut out the hair bow pattern.

#2 – Tear a small strip of the same material and, gathering the bow, tie in the center of the bow with the knot on the back. 

#3 – With your hot glue gun, glue to the center of her head directly behind her bangs.

#4 – With your fingernail, fray edges of bow.

 

Putting It All Together:

#1 – Using a slip stitch, attach legs to body where indicated on pattern.

#2 – Slip dress on over doll’s head.  Turn neck down 1/8 inch and, starting in center front, with your matching embroidery thread hand sew a gathering stitch around.  Pull to gather and tie in a bow.

#3 – Do the same for the sleeves.

#4 – Sew button to front of dress and knot thread on outside front of button and trim.

#5 – Put bloomers on doll and with matching embroidery thread run a gathering stitch around

waist, pull to gather, and tie in a bow on front.

#6 – Do same for the bottom of each leg only beginning from underneath the fabric in back of legs.

  

Teddy Body:

#1 – Teddy is all one piece so print and cut out body pattern.

#2 – On doubled brown material pin Teddy body piece and with Mark B Gone/Disappearing fabric pen lightly trace completely around body pattern.

#3 - Sew directly on the traced lines; leave open where indicated.  Clip curves and turn.

#4 – Stuff lightly as we want Teddy to be somewhat floppy, sew opening closed.

 

Head:

#1 – Eyes:  With your medium point black paint pen, lightly dot on eyes.  With your fine point white paint pen, lightly dot on the whites of the eyes.

#2 – Nose & Mouth:  Thread your doll needle with black embroidery thread.  Going in from the back of the neck (this will be covered with his neck bow), sew on the bead for the nose then go on down and back stitch the line from his nose and the two lines for his mouth.

#3 – Ears – Print and cut out the inside of his ears.  With a matching embroidery thread and going in from the back of the neck again, sew these on using a blanket stitch.

 

Putting it all together:

#1 – Print and cut out the paws.

#2 – Sew on using the same technique as used for the inside of his ears.

#3 – Sew his buttons on going in through the back of his neck as before.

#4 – Tear a small thin strip of material and tie around for his bow.

 

You're done with Maddie & Teddy. I hope you enjoyed making them as much as I enjoyed designing them.  If you have any problems or questions at all, please don’t hesitate to email me.

 

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