We will now move on to the second part of our tutorial! If you missed part 1 you can find it here.
Today we will be sewing the body of the doll. This doll is a super easy sew, because it is a single piece. Unlike the sprout and traditional doll, you will not need to attach the arms separately. This makes a world of difference for young ones who are trying to make their own doll.
First you want to print off your pattern (sprig-mermaid-patterns). Make sure your printer is set to 100% and not “scale to fit”.
Cut your pattern out. At this point, I like to laminate my patterns so they stay good and I don’t have to reprint!
Next, find your fabric. I chose a jersey knit in superhero print for my Sprig.
And I chose a cotton velour for my Sprig mermaid.
Trace your pattern onto your fabric. Be sure you line up the grain line so that the stretch is going across the doll body. There is no seam allowance in the patterns. I tend to add 1/16th of an inch around the pattern due to my laminate, but since we sew BEFORE we cut, you don’t have to add anything.
I like to use a thin point sharpie for tracing.
At this point, it is wise to pin your pattern down. You don’t *have* to do this, however I find thinner jersey and velour likes to slip while I sew curves, and pinning just keeps it all together!
Now you can sew your body using a thread that matches the knit (I chose a dark thread since the background of my superhero knit is charcoal). You need to use a ball point needle in your machine! I also like to use a walking foot (but this is completely optional). You will be sewing with a triple stretch stitch if you have one on your machine (marked with three vertical lines like this: |||). You can also use a normal stretch stitch (marked with a lightning bolt) or a tight and short zig zag stitch – however you will have to go around your pattern twice with either of these choices to ensure strength.
** NOTE – If you have not added any seam allowance (remember I did due to the laminating of the pattern) – you will sew DIRECTLY inside the trace line. **
Now you will cut your pattern out. I leave a very small seam allowance when cutting these tiny ones. Use caution when cutting around the hands – but be sure to clip close to the seam at the wrist, thumb and crotch of the doll with a small vertical snip. This will ensure that it turns easily without bulk.
Turn inside out! I like to use a chop stick to ensure it is fully turned out (and it helps with the little thumbs!). Go along your seams and ensure that there are no holes or gaps as well!
And you are done the body! Sit back and admire your work! Then make a few more, and head to part 3 of our tutorial!