Patience Pilgrim & Indian Ornies

Lillie Mae’s Crafts original design by Brenda Greenwalt

Read through all directions before beginning.


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Material; muslin, black, white, 3 different prints or solids of brown for Indians, scrap of orange for headbands

Hair – Shiny brown 3-ply cord and black plastic canvas yarn for Indians

Paint; black, barn red, maple syrup (brown)

Buttons – 8 small white

Black seed beads

White cord

Embroidery thread; dark brown, black

Kitty litter

Glue gun and glue sticks


Doll needle 3 or 5 inches      

Small wooden beads

Silver feather 

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





#1.  Body:  On doubled material, with a mechanical pencil, lightly trace completely around head/body pattern, arm and leg 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 line (indicated on pattern) firmly.  Sew openings closed.  Attach arms where indicated on pattern.  Do NOT attach the legs yet as we are going to paint the shoes first.

#3.  Attach a piece of thread to top of each leg (to hang for drying).  With black paint, paint the shoes as indicated

on the pattern.  Hang to dry.  NOTE:  I usually bend the ends of a wire hanger up towards each other and hang my legs here to dry.  Be sure to hang where possible drippings from the black acrylic paint will not cause harm.  I hang mine in my garage.

#4.  Once they are completely dry, sand lightly.

#5.  Attach to body where indicated on pattern.

#6.  Glue 2 small white buttons on each side of shoe (see picture).


#1.  Eyes:  Print and cut out the eyes (in pattern section).  Position these on the face where you want them and pin them to the face with straight pins.  NOTE:  I will usually find a button the same size and pin this to the head.  This ensure a more perfectly round eye.  Very lightly trace around these with a mechanical pencil; use a mechanical pencil as it leaves a thinner line than a regular pencil.  If using a regular pencil, your lines will be thicker therefore when you paint the eyes in they will be larger than the pattern.  With a very small brush and using your black acrylic paint, very slowly outline eyes first and then fill in.  Once that has dried, using the end of a very narrow small paint brush, dip it lightly in the antique white paint and gently dot on the whites of her eyes (see picture for placement). 

#2.  Mouth:  Thread your 3-inch doll needle with a double strand of your brown embroidery thread.  Going in at the very top of her head (this will be covered up with her hair) go down and embroider the mouth using a simple backstitch.

#3.  Nose:  Print and cut out nose pattern.  Position on face and pin using straight pins.  With your barn red paint, outline the nose first and then fill in.  Once this has dried, sand lightly. 

#5.  Eyebrows/Eyelashes:  With a mechanical pencil and using the picture as a pattern, trace in eyelashes and eyebrows.  Tip – use a ruler.  Thread your doll needle with a double strand of brown embroidery thread and use the same technique as in step #2 backstitch the eyelashes.  Do the same for the eyebrows.

#6.  Cheeks:  Dip some barn red paint onto a 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 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.  With your stencil brush and checking picture on pattern for placement of cheeks, in a circling motion, paint on cheeks.


#1.  Dress - On double layer black material, trace dress pattern and cut out, being sure to place on fold where indicated.  Cut out 2.  Place right sides together, pin, and sew from the beginning point on each side seam (see pattern, this is about an inch down.  Sew side seams only.  Do NOT sew a shoulder seam.  Turn the neck line, front and back, down about 1/4 inch and, with black embroidery thread, sew a running stitch all around neck.

#2.  Sleeves – on double layer black material trace sleeves and cut out.  Put right sides together and sew side seams only.  Turn one end under about 1/4 inch and with your black embroidery thread sew a running stitch all around. 

#3.  Stain with recipe and instructions given below at the end of these directions.  Press.

#4.  Again with your black embroidery thread, on the opposite end of the sleeves (the open end that has not been hemmed) hand sew a gathering stitch, put on doll and pull to gather around her shoulder.  Tack down to her shoulder.  Do this for both sleeves.

#4.  Put dress on doll and, with black embroidery thread, sew a gathering stitch completely around the neck where the running stitch was sewn.  Pull to gather which will hide where the sleeves have been attached.  You may want to secure this by tacking it down to the doll in the back.

#5.  With your fingernails, scrape along hem to fray.


#1.  Trace collar pattern on single layer white material.  Cut out being sure to cut out the center neck area also.

#2.  Stain with the recipe and instructions given at the end of these directions.  Press.

#3.  Put on doll over the dress, overlap a little in the back so the collar lays nicely and secure with a few stitches.


Print out all patterns. 

#1.  Print out bonnet back pattern; trace on double material being sure to place on fold where indicated on pattern, cut out 1.

#2.  Print out bonnet crown pattern; trace on double  material being sure to place on fold where indicated on pattern.  Cut out 2.

#3.  Print out 3 bonnet brim patterns and tape together lengthwise.  Trace on single layer material and cut out one.

Putting it together

#1.  Layer the 2 bonnet crown patterns on top of each other and sew one side seam using 1/4 inch seam allowance.

#2.  Pin this pattern around the outside of the bonnet back pattern, easing it around the curves and sew using 1/4 inch seam allowance.

#3.  Turn the bottom up 1/2 inch and sew; with a safety pin, thread your cord through this.

#4.  Brim; fold the brim lengthwise and sew side seams.  Turn.

#5.  Pin the brim around the outside of the bonnet easing it around the curves and covering where you have turned the bottom up for the cord.  Sew using 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Turn the brim back.

#6.  Stain with recipe and instructions given at the end of these directions.


#1.  Cut 3 pieces of brown cord each 22 inches long.  Place 3 pieces of matching thread or yarn in the 3 places indicated on the pattern.  Center the 3 pieces of yarn at the center top of her head and tie, tie down in the other 2 places on head. 

#2.  Unravel the 3 strands of yarn, divide into 3 and braid down until about 2 inches from the bottom, tie here with another piece of matching thread.    

#2.  Attach 4 pieces of yarn in the places indicated on the head.  In the 2 pieces of yarn in the center top of head, tie one hair bunch where you tied it 2 inches up.  Take one braid down each side of the head and tie.  Trim.


Indian Ornies

#1.  Trace body and head patterns on double layer material.

#2.  Body – sew on traced lines leaving open where indicated on pattern.  Cut out about 1/4 inch away from sewn lines.  Clip curves and turn.  Stain with recipe and instructions below at the end of these directions.  Press.

#3.  Head – sew on traced lines, do NOT leave an opening.  Cut out about 1/4 inch away from sewn lines.  On the back of the head, cut a small slit for turning.  Clip curves and turn.  Stain with recipe and instructions below at the end of these directions.  Press.

#4.  Fill body completely with kitty litter and sew opening shut.  Fill full so when you sew the head on it will not flop downward.

#5.  Fill head lightly with stuffing, sew opening shut.

#6.  Facial Features – See facial features below.  Do NOT embroidery the mouth yet, but do complete the eyes and nose before attaching the head to the body.  Pull thread tight to give the "pillow effect."

#6.  Position head on body approximately 3/4 inch down from body top.  Thread your doll needle with brown embroidery floss and go in from the back of the cat and backstitch the mouth which will also result in sewing the head to the body. 

Necklace:  Wooden beads are readily available at any craft store; you will want very small beads.

 #1.  Thread your needle with a double strand of (10 inches) of dark brown embroidery thread.  It helps to lie out on a table how you want the sequence of the beads positioned.  The silver feather was also purchased at my local craft store.  If these are not available locally to you, find something for the "center" of the necklace. 

#2.  Thread each bead onto embroidery floss in the sequence as you have laid out.

#3.  Tie the embroidery floss in a knot in back.


#1.  Indian with necklace:  Cut 9 pieces of yarn each 8 inches long.  Tie to head at 3 places as indicated on pattern.  Trim. 

#2.  Indian with braids:  Cut 9 pieces of yarn each 10 inches long.  Tie to head at 3 places as indicated on pattern.  Braid hair.

#3.   Indian with long hair:  Cut 9 pieces of yarn each 12 inches long.  Unwind each strand of hair.  Trim.

Headband & Feathers:

#1.  Print out feather and headband patterns.

#2.  Trace feather pattern on double layer white material, sew on traced lines and cut out about 1/4 inch away from sewn lines.  Clip curves, turn and press.  Stuff lightly.  Give them the "quilt" effect by sewing on the feather's inside lines.  Glue to center of back of head.

#3.  Trace headband pattern on double layer material being sure to place on fold where indicated on pattern.  Cut out.  Wrap around doll's head and glue in place.


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 Patience Pilgrim & Indian Ornies.  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 or visit my "Stitch 'n' Stuff" page at


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