A Lillie Mae’s Crafts original design by Brenda Greenwalt
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
Note:As I said, Pollianna was one of my first dolls and I inadvertently stuffed her arms to full. However, I have marked on the pattern where you should stop stuffing in order for her arms to hang by her side.
Material: Unbleached muslin, pink material for shirt & pants, black scraps for shoes, yellow cotton material for hair.
Eyelet lace 5-1/4 inches long for apron
Embroidery thread: Black, brown,& pink
Ribbon 1/4 inch wide pink
Doll needle - 3 or 5 inches
Two small (1/4 inch) round black buttons for eyes
Mark'B'Gone or disappearing fabric marking pen
Light box or sunny window
Country red acrylic paint
Pliers (see hair)
For staining: instant coffee, vanilla extract, fragrance oil, sponge brush, paper towels, paper plates, rags. Optional: Old cookie sheet, glass jar with lid, wax paper.
#1 – Pollianna’s 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 Pollianna 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).
#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).
#6. Stuff the legs next. Once completely stuffed, sew a straight line from the side of one leg completely across to the end of the other leg.
#7 - Stuff head, neck and torso very firmly. Sew opening closed.
#8 – 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 I’m 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 shirt pattern.
#2 – On double layer material, right sides together, pin shirt 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 - Turn under ¼ inch twice and hem. Press.
#1 – Print and cut out the pants pattern.
#2 – On doubled material, right sides together, pin pants pattern and trace.
#3 – Sew sides seams on traced lines. Cut out.
#4 – We’re going to be a little unconventional and go ahead and sew the hem. Turn hem under 1/4 inch and hem.
#5 – Turn top edge under 1/4 inch and hem.
#6 – Next sew sides seams, where indicated on dotted lines, to divide legs. Clip curves and turn. Press.
#7 – Cut to separate legs as indicated by the solid line on pattern.
#8 – With your pink embroidery thread, hand sew a running stitch around top hem, pull and gather.
#1 – Cut a 9-inch piece of your eyelet lace. Turn the sides under 1/4 inch and hem. Cut a length of your ribbon 26 inches long; this is the apron’s tie. Center your eyelet lace on the ribbon, pin, and sew one straight line attaching the eyelet lace to the ribbon.
#1 - On doubled black 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.
#1 – Eyelashes: With a double strand of black embroidery thread, thread your doll needle and starting at the seam at the top of the head (this will be covered with her hair) place the eyelashes as indicated on pattern.
#2 – Eyes: To be sure you don’t place them to high up on the forehead; check the pattern for their placement, sew the buttons on for eyes as indicated on pattern.
#3 – Nose: Thread doll needle with black embroidery thread, using 1 strand for nose, start in the seam at the top of the head and place the nose where indicated on pattern.
#4 – Mouth: I do my mouth, I’m 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.
#5 – 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.
#1 – Bangs: Cut 6 strips of your yellow cotton material – 2 inches long by 2 inches wide. Laying them side by side on the very top of the head, so they hang down for bangs, tack them down with a few stitches at the top seam of head. Make small snips in them to resemble ragged bangs.
#2 – On my “country dolls” I like their hair to be nice and thick. Tear 40 strips of the yellow cotton material, 12 inches long and 1 inch wide. With small running stitches, sew 2 strips together at the short ends.
#3 – Beginning strip – starting in the center of the top of the head (at seam) enter the sewn line of your first strips of hair and tack down with at least 2-3 stitches. Place another bundle of 2 strips of hair next to this one, tack down and continue in this way until you are about half way down one side of the doll’s head/face, stop there. Continue same on other side of head.
#4 – Pushing hair up towards face, sew more strips of hair behind these strips. Continue this until her hair is as thick as you like. As the hair becomes thicker, you may need to use a pair of pliers to pull the needle through the hair as you sew on more strands.
#5 – Divide into pigtails and tie with ribbon.
Putting It All Together:
#1 – Slip shirt on over doll’s head and cut off excess or hem to your liking; turning under ¼ inch and machine stitching hem. Press. Turn neck opening under ¼ inch and tack down with just a few stitches on both sides of neck. 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.
# 2 – Shoes - 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). 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. With black embroidery thread sew on criss-crossed threads for shoe laces and tie in a bow.
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