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#1 of 74 Old 12-03-2004, 05:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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i am sooo excited, i finally have all the materials to start making dolls. i have the fabric, the wool, the stockinette, tha yarn...... and the instruction book.

i cannot wait to start this weekend. i already thought of 2 people besides dd i can give dolls to for christmas.

anyone else making dolls? i'd love to see other people's. i'll make sure to post photos when i'm done.
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I am making some waldorf type dolls from the free pattern in the tutorials section. I can't wait to see yours turn out! I will definitely post pics too. What pattern are you using?
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i have the kinder dolls book. i'll start with the soft dolls patterns, i'll try the limbed ones once i get the hang of how it works.

can't wait to see how they trun out!!
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I am making dolls for xmas gifts this weekend too! one for ds and one for a good friends dd. they are going to be waldorf style babies. (I hope they like them!)

I am also making another doll for my mom, it is a colonial one.

and also a topsy turvy type doll for ds as well (but won't get that done this weekend)

I really need to get a copy of kinderdolls soon! I love making dolls! I made ds a fleece one and he loves it! he carries it everywhere!

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A fleece doll? Could you describe it for me? I wanted to make my 2 baby nieces dolls for Christmas but I still haven't learned to operate my sewing machine. : I'd love to make my dd some kind of easy doll for her birthday in March though. She'll be 7 and still loves her "babies."

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here is the pattern. it's a knotted doll but I used tie dyed fleece for the body and hat.

http://www.snug-bug.com/knotteddollinstructions.html


just a tip if you use fleece though, when you cut the pattern out try to make the tips of the arms and legs longer (they need to be a bit longer to tie in a knot because of the thickness of the fleece) I screwed that part up on ds doll and didn't do that and just sewed gathers..it looks ok but I would have prefrred the knots!

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I made a waldorf style doll for DS for x-mas, and plan on maing a couple more. My mom's group did this as a project...we got all the supplies from magic cabin. Here's my doll.
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karlin: your doll looks great! How did you do the hair? It looks like long loops.
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Thanks rainbowmoon! I've already saved that page to my favorites - they are adorable. Dd will love snuggling with one as she goes to sleep at night, and they're simple enough that I shouldn't have much a problem with them. Ummm, once my bobbin thread stops tangling every time I turn my machine on. At least I have till March!

Oh, and karlin....WOW!!

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Karin- sooo cute! I love it!

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Thanks all! It was a kit, but it took quite a long time (it won't take nearly as long for my next doll). The hair was done kind of like a pom pom. You take a piece of cardboad with a width of about twice the length you want your curls and a length of about a foot...cut out the center enough for your sewing machine presser foot to fit. Wrap the yarn around your cardboard until it's as thick as you want your hair. Sew down the middle with your machine, then slip the yarn off of the cardboard (you may have to cut the cardboard a bit). I twisted the length of hair around to make it messy and fuller looking, and then sewed it onto the head in a spiral pattern, starting on the outside and going towards the center (using my doll needle and a length of the same colored yarn). I had to make 3 sections of hair to cover the whole head.
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I'm making dd a doll for Christmas..so far I have her head done..that's it. I have a fear of doing the body part : I'm terrified to cut out the body fabric and sew it..I suck at sewing seams..please send me some good thoughts, as I really need to get cracking at this...I'm running out of time...

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here is the closest pic I can find of what I'm trying to make (something like this but not exact) I will probably make a bunting & hat similiar but add arm & legs.

http://www.whereswaldorf.com/Dolls/Bundle/bundle.html

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Karlin... I just *love* that doll! Do you mind sharing where you got the kit? I really want to make one, but I'm starting to think that a kit would be the best way to go for me.

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Karlin,
That is an adorable doll! Did you make the clothes as well?
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it's 1:52 am and i just finished my first doll! i'm quite pleased with it. it's small. it took about 2 hours to make!! i hope i get the hang of it and can make them faster!

here it is:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v287/anilla/dolly.jpg
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My mom's group got a "family pack" from Magic Cabin. www.magiccabin.com

You can order all the stuff seperately, but this way it only cost us $17 each with the doll needle and shipping. A completed doll costs $99 from them, so it was worth it to make them.

Yes, I made the clothes too. Tha's why they are too big...lol.
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anabean... That sure is a cute little doll, but are you sure you made her last night in only 2 hours? Mine took me about 9 months to grow. :LOL Very sweet picture.

Thanks Karlin!

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:LOL Ana- what a cutie!

does anyone have any links to good doll making sites? I'm looking for patterns for clothes (preferrably free). everytime I do a search though there are a million to wade through

I did find this yesterday and though it's not dolls exactly I just had to share. check it out! AMAZING!
http://fadeeva.com/animals.html

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Thank you for starting this thread!!! I had been dreading doing the body, cause I suck at sewing curves...but after reading that everyone was doing their dolls, I got the courage!!!! I cut out my dd's doll body fabric, sewn the arms, stuffed the arms, and am now attatching them to the shoulder! I'm VERY excited!

BTW, I have a Magic Cabin kit! I like it, but I don't have any experience w/any others

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Anabean, I can't see your doll, but I'm sure its cute!
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Ok, I have a question. When making a waldorf doll, and it says to cover the face with stockinette, what kind of stockinette do they mean? Certainly not pantyhose?

Also, if anyone would want to do a group order for Magic Cabin doll kits please let me know. I would be so in!!!
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Tammy - when I sewed the doll bodies for my Magic Cabin dolls, I drew on the stitching lines with a blue washout marker - that way I only had to follow the line with the sewing machine needle, rather than worry about seam allowances. Maybe you could give that a try - it really helped a lot on the curves!
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Ok, I have a question. When making a waldorf doll, and it says to cover the face with stockinette, what kind of stockinette do they mean? Certainly not pantyhose?
Cotton tubular stockinette is the stuff they use to put over an arm or leg before putting a cast on for a bone-break It's nice and stretchy, and has no seams, and comes in widths from 2" to 5". Most Waldorf doll-supply places carry it by the yard.....but you could always check with a medical supply house, or see if a hospital-employed friend could get you some from the ER
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You can probably get by with an old tshirt sewn about 1-1/2 to 2 inches wide for the stockingette...maybe two layers if you're worried it won't be thick enough?

I have two dolls to finish, but I lost all motivation!
I whipped out the faces and heads with hair within two nights, but just can't bring myself to finish! Maybe tonight I can get some bodies sewn...
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Thanks Stel! I did that, only I used a pencil..was sooo hard to see! Next time I'll use the washable marker...I couldn't find it at the time.

The Arms are sewn and I'm sewing the arms onto the shoulders! I showed dd today...she said: She's flying! and then asked where's her legs :LOL

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Thanks! I was using muslin for the body. Do you think it would look weird if I just left it? Otherwise I think I can tea-stain an old t-shirt. Actually, maybe I'll try that first.

I got all the stuff today, and I'm just about to get started. I went way crazy at the fabric store, got tons of fabric to make little outfits...I don't have any IRL little girls to make this kind of stuff for, so I'm just a **little** excited!
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I just finished my first doll too!

I made it for dd for Christmas & am now working on another outfit for her. I used the McCall's pattern for the Sophie Doll & am also doing this outfit. I also want to make dd a little dress in the same fabric as one of the outfits so they can match! I don't know if Ill finish all these things before Christmas though. It's too late now, but I'll try to post pictures tomorrow.

I really enjoyed doing it but some of the things are so dang small!

I love the little knotted doll; I may try to make one for my niece & nephew.
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I'm just patiently waiting for my kits to get here. I just finished my first doll and gave it to a friend's little girl for her birthday....... Now, I am stalking the UPS man.
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I've been on a doll-making kick too. I made Diego one from a magic cabin kit for his birthday (I haven't given it to him yet) then I made a little one for a friend of his and I just finished a little gnome for Diego. I too got tired of making bodies for the dolls, so I've been knitting them instead. The next doll I do, I'm going to knit the legs in black and white stripes so it looks like stockings.

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