The finished softie doll
Here's what I did:
1. I drew a sketch of a softie that I wanted to create based on Mae's likes
2. I drew all the "pattern" parts I'd need to cut out
3. I cut out the "pattern" pieces and then cut out the corresponding fabric pieces
(2 of the skirt pieces, 2 of the top pieces, 2 of the face pieces, 1 hair piece, 4 leg pieces, 4 arm pieces,4 ear pieces, 2 ear pieces from batting)
4. I sewed two arms and two legs and turned the pieces inside out and stuffed them.
5. I sewed the ears together with batting and turned those inside out.
6. I sewed the face together and turned it inside out and then top stitched around the edge. I added buttons for eyes and sewed a tiny smile with red thread in a backstitch.
7. I laid the hair over the face where I wanted it and folded it slightly over the back and stitched it into place all around.
8. I sewed the face to one of the top pink pieces using a hidden stitch like I use for hemming.
9. I sewed one top piece to a bottom piece and laid it flat right side up.
10. I laid the arms and legs and ears pointing inwards where I wanted them on top of the piece I just laid flat.
11. Then I sewed the other top piece to the other bottom piece and laid it right side down on top of the arms, legs, ears, and other side of body and pinned into place.
12. I stitched all the way around, leaving one corner open for stuffing. Then I stuffed it and sewed it shut.
13. I added trimmings (you could do this prior to sewing up the doll): a button that I sewed into place going all the way through the doll (so stuffing wouldn't slide around) and an apron that I cut out of an piece of curtain trim.
This is not meant to be a perfect tutorial. I mostly made it up as I went along (which meant mistakes). I've never made a stuffed doll before, so this is my first attempt and Mae is my guinea pig. Now, I'm sure I'll have to make one for Naomi, too, for Christmas!
I'm a novice sewer, so if I can make something up like this, you can too! Try it out and link back here with pictures!