Prairie Nights

A Lillie Mae’s Crafts original design by Brenda Greenwalt

 

Prairie Nights

Approximately 19 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

 

 

 

 

Supplies

Material:  Unbleached muslin, material for dress, bonnet and broadcloth (pinafore).

Hair – Primitive Bertha Doll Hair – Fat Crinkles – Prim Red (E-Bay – Prim Gal) or any thick, dark

red, coarse yarn or doll hair.

Embroidery Thread:  Brown #5471, red #347, thread that matches dress, off white or natural

Paint –     Barnyard Red, black, antique white, white.

5 inch doll needle

Poly-fil stuffing

Mechanical Pencil

Disappearing ink fabric pen

For Staining – instant coffee, vanilla extract, fragrance oil.

Sponge brush

Paper towels and paper plates

Small safety pin

Basic sewing materials

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

 

 

Lillie Mae’s Crafts

Charming & Winsome Raggedy Annie Patterns

Brenda Greenwalt * Muncie, IN USA

http://www.lilliemaescrafts.com

E-Mail – lilliemaescrafts@yahoo.com

 

 

Doll:

#1.  Print out all patterns.  Tape leg extension pattern to top of leg.

#2.  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. 

#3.  Arms & Legs:  Stuff arms and legs to stuffing line (indicated on pattern) firmly.  Sew openings closed.  Attach arms where indicated on pattern.

#4.  Stain body, arms, and legs; see section on staining below.

 

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.

 

Face:

#1.  Eyes:  Follow instructions given in "Facial Features" in pattern section.  Print out eye patterns and position on face where you desire.  Secure them there with straight pins and, using your mechanical pencil, trace lightly around them.  Thread your 3-inch doll needle with 1 strand of your brown embroidery thread.  Going in at the very top of her head (this will be covered up with her hair) embroider the eyes, eyebrows, and eyelashes with 2 strands of your dark brown embroidery floss.  (Note:  Eyebrows & eyelashes are all 1/4 inch long.)

#2.  Mouth:  Follow instructions given in "Facial Features" in pattern section.  Print out the mouth pattern and position on face where you desire.  Secure it there with straight pins and, using your mechanical pencil, trace lightly around.  Thread your 3-inch doll needle with 2 strands of your red embroidery thread.  Going in at the very top of her head (this will be covered up with her hair) embroider the mouth using a simple backstitch.

#3.  Nose:  Follow instructions given in "Facial Features" in pattern section.  Print and cut out nose pattern.  Position on face and pin using straight pins.  Very lightly trace around this with a mechanical pencil.  Using a double strand of red embroidery thread and using same technique as in step #2, backstitch the nose.  Tip - I usually unthread my doll needle here and rethread on a smaller, sharper needle.  This helps me stay in the lines of the nose. 

#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 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.

 

Hair:

#1.  If you are going to crochet the hair, chain stitch 50 stitches and tie off; need 30 of these.  Leave 2-1/2 inches at each end; one end is to tie together and the other is to hang down for bangs.

#2.  If you are going to braid, cut the yarn 60 inches long; you will need 28 braids.  (Note – if you think the braids are too thick try using cotton crochet thread for doilies instead of regular cotton yarn.)

#3.  Tie 2 strands of crocheted hair (or 2 braids) together with the yarn left at one end.

#4.  Beginning in the center of her head, sew the knots (made when tying together) to her head being sure they are snug.  Go down one side and sew on 14 braids and then the other side sewing on the remaining 14 braids.

#5.  With large eyed needle, insert matching yarn in spots indicated on pattern.  Gather the braids on that side of the head into the center of that piece of yarn and tie tightly; do the same on the other side.

 

Dress:

#1.  Print and cut out the dress pattern and dress extension pattern; tape together where indicated on pattern.  On doubled material, trace pattern being sure to place on fold where indicated.  Cut out 2 (front and back)

#2.  With right sides together, sew front and back of dress together using 1/4 inch seam allowance.

#3.  Print out bottom ruffle pattern.  Trace 2 of these on single layer material being sure to place on fold where indicated.  Cut out and sew both ends together using 1/4 inch seam allowance.

#4.  Sew a single layer of stitching to top of ruffle leaving enough at each end to pull to gather.  Pull on gathering ends so each one will fit to the bottom of the dress.

#5.  With right sides together, sew ruffle to the bottom of dress.

#6.  Turn end of sleeves under 1/4 inch and hand stitch using a running stitch.

#7.  Once dress is placed on doll, take tucks with a couple of stitches on both sides of neck and down beginning of sleeve if necessary.

 

Pinafore:

#1.  Print out pinafore pattern.  On doubled white material, trace pattern being sure to place on fold where indicated; cut out 2.

#2.  Sew side seams and shoulder seams together.

 

Bloomers:

#1.  On doubled unbleached muslin, trace pattern with mechanical pencil.

#2.  Sew on traced lines, outside as well as inside seams.  Cut out about 1/4 inch from sewn lines.  Clip curves and turn.

#3.  Turn waistline down 1/4 inch and hem.

#4.  Trim bottom of legs with pinking shears to length desired.  One inch up from bottom of each leg, with matching embroidery thread, run a gather stitch around.  Pull to gather.

#5.  Run a gathering stitch around waistline and pull to gather.

 

Bonnett:

Print out all patterns and tape together where indicated on pattern

#1.  Trace back pattern on one layer material and cut out.

#2.  Trace center panel pattern on one layer material and cut out.

#3.  Fit the middle pattern around the back pattern to spots indicated on illustration.  Pin and sew.

#4.  Print out bonnet brim pattern and tape together.  Trace pattern on double layer material…do not cut out; sew on traced lines on 3 sides (as indicated on pattern).  Cut out about 1/4 inch from sewn lines.  Turn & Press.

#5.  Sew this to front part of center panel using 1/4 inch seam allowance.

#5.  Pin straps where indicated on pattern, do not sew as you will pin the apron part on top of these and sew them on together.

#6.  Trace apron pattern on single layer material and cut out.  One-quarter inch from one side of the apron, sew a gathering stitch leaving plenty of thread at both ends to pull on to gather.  Pull to gather and fit around as bottom part of “back” as indicated in illustration.

#7.  Place on doll and tie straps in bow in front but off to one side a bit.

  

Pillow:

#1.  Print out patterns.  On doubled material RIGHT side up, trace outside pillow pattern.  Sew on traced lines…do not leave an opening for turning.  Cut out about 1/4 inch away from sewn lines with pinking shears. 

#2.  Make cuts into outside edge of pillow, about 1/4 inch apart, all the way around.  With fingernails, scrape along these cuts and fray out material.

#3.  In the center of the front, make a small slit for turning.  Turn and press.

#4.  Stuff tightly and sew opening shut.

#5.  On single layer chenille, pin the inside star pattern (do not use Mark’b’Gone or disappearing fabric marking pen as these do not mix well with the chenille fabric).  Cut out and using a running stitch, sew to center of star pillow completely covering the slit made for turning.

 

You're done with Prairie Nights.  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.

 

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