A Lillie Maes Crafts original design by
Approximately 18 inches 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
Material for dress and hair bow
Dark brown material scraps for shoes
Pair of baby socks with ribbed tops
Black and brown embroidery thread
3 or 5 inch doll needle
Two 6/0 black seed beads (for eyes)
Bumples Bumpy Doll Hair Rust and thread to match
Mark'B Gone and/or disappearing fabric pen.
Light box or lighted window
For Staining instant coffee, vanilla extract, fragrance oil of choice.
Country Red paint (for cheeks)
Paper towels and paper plates
Optional old cookie sheet, glass jar with lid, wax paper.
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
Read through all directions before beginning.
#1 Maxines body is all one piece so you will need to print out her body pieces and then line them up, as illustrated on pattern, and tape together.
#2 On doubled unbleached muslin, pin body and with Mark'B Gone/Disappearing pen trace completely around body.
#3 - Sew directly on the traced lines; leave open where indicated under arm. Clip curves and turn.
#4 Because Maxine is all one piece, you will need to take extra steps to allow her to sit and for her arms to hang by her sides, if desired. Begin by stuffing her legs firmly. Sew a straight line across tops of both legs...straight across, where indicated on pattern; this will allow the doll to sit (see illustration in pattern section.)
#5 Next stuff arms. To allow her arms the freedom to hang at her sides, stop stuffing where indicated on pattern. If you want her arms more firmly stuffed, continue stuffing the entire arm. Sew a line across each arm, from top of shoulder to underarm; to enable the arms to dangle freely (see illustration in pattern section).
#6 - Stuff head, neck and torso very firmly. Sew opening closed.
#7 With thread used to sew doll, attach a loop to the top of her head. After you have stained her, this loop of thread will allow you to hang the doll to dry.
#1 There are many different ways to stain dolls. Some prefer tea, but this is my preferred method. 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 a 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.
#2 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 wax paper and lay your doll here.
#3 - 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.
#4 Some suggest the drying method of oven baking, however, I have had bad experiences using that method. With the loop created and attached to the top of her head, hang her up to dry. I use old wire hangers. Be sure to hang where possible drippings from the stain mixture will not cause damage (garage, etc.) or place something below to catch drippings. This method may take a little longer, but it has never failed me. If Im in a hurry, I will put a fan on her to expedite the drying time. Put your lid back on the glass jar with the remaining mixture and save for your next doll.
#1 Print and cut out the dress pattern.
#2 On double layer material, right sides together, pin dress pattern and cut out.
#3 Using ¼ inch seam allowance sew on lines indicated on dress pattern. Leave neck open where indicated to fit over head. Clip curves and turn.
#4 With this dress pattern, you can design your dolls dress either longer or shorter. For the Maxine doll, I made it shorter. I would suggest waiting to hem until your doll is finished and you can try it on her (no two dolls are the same). If the dress is to long for your preference simply cut off any excess before hemming.
#5 - Turn under ¼ inch twice and hem. Press.
#1 Cut out pattern for bow.
#2 On doubled material, right sides together, pin bow pattern and trace.
#3 Sew on traced line leaving opening as indicated on pattern. Clip curves and turn.
#4 Hand sew opening closed. Press.
#5 Tear a strip of matching material, approximately 1 inch by 5 inches, and grabbing the middle of the bow with your fingers, wrap the strip of material tightly around making a bow. Take a few stitches and tack down.
Shoes and Socks:
#1 - On doubled dark brown material, right sides together, trace shoe pattern and cut out.
#2 - Sew leaving top open. Clip curves and turn.
#3 - Turn top of shoe under ¼ inch and tack down with a few stitches.
#4 Take your pair of baby socks and cut off top ribbed portion on both.
#5 - Hand sew the ribbed parts of the baby sock to the top inside of both shoes to emulate bobby socks, as indicated on pattern. Turn them down over the top of the shoes.
#1 I always begin with the eyes. I have always been able to get my doll needle through these seed beads, however, if you have a problem you may need to use a long beading needle. To be sure you dont place them to high up on the forehead, check the pattern for their placement. Thread your doll 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 beads on for eyes as indicated on pattern.
#2 Eyebrows and nose: Thread doll needle with black embroidery thread, using 1 strand for nose and 2 strands for eyebrows, start in the seam at the top of the head place eyebrows, nose, and mouth where indicated on pattern.
#3 Mouth: I do my mouth, Im sure, a little differently from others; but this is the way that works for me. After you have the eyes done, take a regular size spool of thread. Match the top of the spool up with the eyes making sure the spool of thread is placed evenly between the eyes and the bottom of the spool should be about where you would like the mouth to be. With a pencil, lightly trace the curve at the bottom of the spool of thread; this makes the curve of the mouth and does a wonderful job. Using 2 strands of black embroidery thread, embroider the mouth as indicated on the pattern.
#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.
#5 With your stencil brush and checking picture on pattern for placement of cheeks, in a circling motion, paint on cheeks.
#1 On my country dolls I like their hair to be nice and thick. Cut 50 24-inch strips of doll hair; tie 2 strips together in the middle.
#2 Beginning strip starting in center of top of head (in seam) center the knot of a hair strip and tack down with at least 2-3 stitches with thread that matches your hair. Place another knot of hair strips next to this one, tack down, and continue in this way sewing through the knots until you are about half-way down one side of the dolls head face and then do other side.
#3 Pushing hair up towards face, sew more strips of hair behind beginning strip. Continue this until her hair is as thick as you like. As the hair becomes thicker you may need to use the pliers to pull the needle through the hair as you sew on more strands.
#4 For bangs bring a few strands of hair towards forehead and trim.
#5 When you have the hair as thick as you like, trim to the length you desire.
Putting It All Together:
#1 Slip dress on over dolls head and cut off excess or hem to your liking; turning under ¼ inch and
machine stitching hem. Press.
#2 Turn neck opening under ¼ inch and tack down with just a few stitches on both sides of neck.
#3 - Turn sleeves under ¼ inch and hand sew a running stitch completely around. Pull the running stitch to
gather and tack down with a few stitches into the underside of the dolls arm.
#1 Grab a small handful of stuffing and place in toes of shoes. Place the shoe on the dolls foot; add
more stuffing if needed (see picture).
#2 Tack the shoe onto the dolls legs by taking a few stitches at the very top of the shoe (under the bobby
sock) with matching embroidery thread.
#3 With dark brown embroidery thread sew on criss-crossed threads for shoe laces and tie in a bow.
Bow - #1 Center on dolls head and tack down with just a few stitches.
You're done with Maxine.
I hope you enjoyed making her as much as I enjoyed designing her.
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