This embedded video is hosted on YouTube. The suggested videos following this are not made by the Launfal Foundation. To find additional videos explaining how to make the rest of our doll, scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the next step. - dlm
This video was made to help you see exactly how to make the dolls. It is in real time, so there will be no confusion as to how long it may take. Anne Worden and Laurine Mefford work on the team that has made thousands and thousands of dolls that have been sent all around the world.
While they are constantly refining the process, this video contains the current, relevant instructions as how to best make the dolls. If you follow their directions, you will be very happy with the outcome. Practice will be required to perfect some of the steps, but don't give up, you can do it.
Each page will have a video showing how to make that step, with tips to do the job right.
There are also suggestions of alternate methods if you don't have the specific machines or tools that are used here. The dolls can be made with just a simple sewing machine, needles, and a pair of scissors.
1. Select a cotton fabric that isn’t too thin. It is best to use a smooth fabric rather than one that has a texture as it is difficult to paint faces on a rough surface.
2. Tear strips of fabric into strips 12 inches wide. The length is not important. Put two strips of fabric together, lining up all of the edges. Put several pins around the edges to keep the fabric from slipping. You should be able to get three dolls per 12” X 44” strip and nine dolls per yard.
3. Place the pattern as close to the edge as possible. Be sure both fabrics are outside of the pattern cutting line. Trace all of the way around the pattern with a pencil. The line needs to be dark enough to see, but light enough so as not to show through to the right side of the fabric. Be sure you keep the pattern straight with the grain of the fabric.
4. Turn the pattern upside down and place it as close as possible to the pattern just traced. Continue tracing the pattern in this manner until you reach the end of the strips.
5. It helps to roll the fabric leaving just the body you will be sewing showing. SEW BEFORE YOU CUT. You will start sewing at the opening indicated on the side. Using a very small stitch (1.5 stitch length) on the sewing machine, lower the presser foot so that the inside edge of the foot is next to the traced cutting line. You will stitch around the body, using a 1/4” seam allowance, inside the traced line.
6. Stop sewing when you get to the other side of the marked opening. Be sure to backstitch securely on both sides of the opening. It is important that the opening is the size marked on the pattern.
7. Using a pair of sharp-pointed scissors, clip into the curves and corners on the seam allowance. Be careful not to cut the thread.
8. Turn the body right-side-out. Begin with the arms and legs, followed by the head and body. Once the doll is turned right-side-out, finger press it so that it lays flat with no puckers.
9. Before stuffing the doll, tear stuffing into small pieces. Stuff the head first until it is very full. There should be no wrinkles and the seam around the head should be smooth. Next stuff the arms clear to the end so that there are no wrinkles. Then do the legs. Finish stuffing the body making sure the neck is nice and firm.
10. Once the doll is stuffed, make sure there are no holes in the seam and no understuffed areas. Using a needle and thread, tuck in the seam allowance on the opening and slip-stitch the opening closed.
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