I'm making Raggedy Ann & Andy for a friend for Christmas. Any helpful ideas out there? I usually just sew quilts and mend. Thanks
Over the years I have made many cloth-bodied dolls. What I see most often that takes away from a doll's look is how well it is stuffed. Please make sure you stuff them well and try to avoid lumps that show. I have found that using a chopstick works well in the areas that are hard to put your hand into. I made the 12" pair and they had some rather tiny areas to work with. They are well worth the time and effort to make and I know the person receiving them will be thrilled.
Thanks Liddy! I'll do my best with the stuffing. I started to use some quilt batting I had, but I bought regular stuffing; I'm too new at this to improvise.
I got Ann finished, haven't decided whether to tackle Andy...
I also have sewn several raggedy ann/andy dolls over the years,as well as other cloth dolls/animals etc.One hint that i found that works real well is to put fusible interfacing on those parts like the face or anyplace where a nice smooth finish is required.It gives more body to the fabric,and the stuffing looks much better.I've also been sewing over 50 years.
Thanks Kathi. The first one turned out okay, not great. I'm working on the second one now. Since I learned a lot about hair by going online and improvising some, I may make a few more. I know I'm not going to use that cardboard way for hair that my pattern shows. I'd be hauled off to a psych unit! I did make some cute hair with yarn tho. There are so many yarns to choose from! This is definitely learn as I go, but I have a cute doll at the end.