Super Easy Doll Scarf - Crochet

 Super Easy Doll Scarf - Crochet - main image

If you can chain stitch and single crochet, you can make this! Crocheting into the back loop produces the ribbing-like pattern. The sample was made with bamboo rayon and a size H hook. (The streak in the picture is just the February sun sneaking through the blinds.)

Row 1: Chain 9, turn, single crochet in the back loop of the 2nd chain from the hook, single crochet in back loop of each remaining chain, chain 1, turn.

Row 2: Single crochet in the back loop of the 2nd single crochet from the hook, single crochet in back loop of each remaining single crochet, chain 1, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until desired length is reached.

Last Row: Single crochet in the back loop of the 2nd single crochet from hook, single crochet in back loop of each remaining single crochet, end off.

Adjust the size by changing the number of chains at the beginning, or using different weight yarn or a different size hook.

hip joint

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Cloth Doll - Medley

Cloth Doll - Medley

Medley is a cloth doll made of tea-dyed cotton fabric and stuffed with polyester stuffing. Her wig is heat-curled Lion brand acrylic yarn. She has pony bead joints at the neck, shoulders, elbows, and knees, and button joints at the hips, with an extra hinge joint so her legs can move in and out.

Here she's wearing a knit tube top, cotton calico skirt, cotton hat and rayon shawl. Custom shrink plastic beads decorate her purse and shoes. In this outfit she seems to be channeling Eliza Dolittle!

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Cloth Doll - Lark

Cloth Doll - Lark

Lark is a cloth doll made from tea-dyed cotton fabric. Her wig is heat-curled Lion brand Heartland Yellowstone acrylic yarn. She has pony bead joints at the shoulders, elbows and knees, and where the head joins the neck. Her hip joints are hinged to allow sideways movement. She is about 10" tall.

Below is a detail of the hip, which is a button joint combined with a stuffed hinge piece to allow the leg to swing in and out.

hip joint

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Cloth Doll - Bianca

Cloth Doll - Bianca

Bianca is a cloth doll made of tea-dyed calico and stuffed with polyester stuffing. Her wig is heat-curled Lion brand Thick and Quick acrylic yarn.She has pony bead joints at shoulders and elbows, and button joints at the knees and hips, with an extra hinge joint at the hips so her legs can move in and out. Her calico dress has custom buttons made from shrink plastic - flower buttons in front and a heart button in back. Her features are embroidered with sewing thread. Bianca is between eight and nine inches tall.

Her feet are not as big as they look in the picture at right - it's just the perspective!

Bianca doll

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Cloth Doll - Tatiana

Cloth Doll - Tatiana

Tatiana is a cloth doll made from Made in America Cotton Fabric-Quilt Solids from Joann Fabrics. The color is Tan. Her wig is heat-curled Lion brand Heartland Yosemite acrylic yarn. She has pony bead joints at the shoulders, elbows and knees, and where the head joins the neck. Her hip joints are hinged to allow sideways movement. She is about 10" tall.

The top picture shows Tatiana in a dreamy pose.

tatiana jointed doll

tatiana stuffed doll

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Little Doll

Little Doll

Only 6.5" tall. Cloth doll with heat curled yarn hair (Lion Brand Yosemite) and modified pillowcase dress. She wears the same size shoes as Maeve and Paloma.

little doll

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Paloma - New Doll

Paloma - New Doll

Paloma is a 1/6 scale bead jointed fabric doll. Paloma is made from the same basic pattern as Maeve, tho I ended up shortening the neck a bit, and the nose came out different. Also I did less needle sculpting on the face.

cut out pieces

The images below are stereo pairs.

For cross-eyed viewing (click to enlarge):
cut out pieces

For parallel/divergent viewing (click to enlarge):
cut out pieces

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Doll in Progress - Maeve

Doll in Progress - Maeve

This is a smaller version of the Shanna style cloth doll, reduced to 71%. She also has a new head pattern, and bead joints. Her curly wig is similar to Lola's. At about 10.5 in. / 26.6 cm tall, Maeve is 1/6 scale.

Maeve has round faceted bead joints at the shoulders and pony bead joints at the knees and elbows. I tried to attach the elbow so that the lower arm could rotate, to make up for some missing rotation in the shoulder; this was more successful on the right side than on the left. Her hips are handmade fabric beads, with an added articulation where the thigh joins to allow for horizontal movement of the legs. Her head has a bit of soft-sculpturing and is able to turn somewhat. She is made from Made in America Cotton Fabric-Quilt Solids from Joann Fabrics. The color is Tan, which is a shade on the yellow side but not a bad skintone.

Here she is with all her limbs in place:

jointed cloth doll jointed cloth doll sitting on sidewinder

jointed cloth doll with navy blue tube top and gathered skirt in floral pattern
Clothes at last! Maeve is wearing a knit foldover tube top and a gathered calico skirt.

jointed cloth doll with party ensemble and ballet flats
And now shoes! Little calico ballet flats.

jointed cloth doll with arms folded

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Shanna Cloth Doll

Shanna Cloth Doll

Shanna is a cloth doll with heat curled yarn hair (Lion brand Heartland Black Canyon). She has button joints at the shoulders, elbows and knees. She's wearing a blue print halter dress with black print trim. Shanna is about 14" tall. That's her with Lola, below.

Shanna and Lola cloth dolls

At left she is doing her best impression of the Kindly Brontosaurus.

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Sewing Machine Hack - Adding a Hand Crank

Sewing Machine Hack - Adding a Hand Crank

I modified my sewing machine by adding a simple hand crank. It ain't pretty, but it works, and I was able to do it with parts I already had, which gives you some idea what my house is like.

It all started because I was making cloth dolls and doll clothes, but I had one of those sewing machines where the pedal is not sensitive enough to stitch slowly, unless you barely press the pedal while also putting your hand on the wheel and helping it along.

I was reading a blog (sadly I lost the link, but if I find it I'll post it) and the author remarked that she had two sewing machines, and one of them had a crank. She used that one to make doll clothes because she could easily go stitch by stitch. This was a revelation to me. I knew that the old machines had foot treadles, but I had never heard of a crank sewing machine So of course I wanted that for myself!

It seemed to me that I could use the hand wheel on my sewing machine to go forward stitch by stitch. It definitely was possible, and gave me a lot more control. I was able to produce a beautiful curve on my doll dress neckline. It was exhausting to my arm, however. I decided that my Brother XL-2600i wasn't such an expensive machine that I didn't dare to experiment on it.


Warning! Modifying your sewing machine is probably dangerous and may result in harm to yourself or others, or violate your warranty. Proceed at your own risk!


Since the hand wheel was already working, all I needed to do was figure out a way to attach a crank type handle. I wanted to remove the hand wheel to make sure there was room underneath it to attach a screw or bolt without interfering with the machinery. A little research revealed that on many sewing machines, the hand wheel can just be pulled off. So I pulled, and, yay, it came off. There was a molded part underneath that attached to a t-shaped bracket, and there was plenty of room for screws or bolts.

I drilled two holes in the hand wheel, made two corresponding holes in a length of 1/2 inch PEX pipe, and attached the pipe to the hand wheel with some toggle bolts I had, which were way longer than they needed to be. I ended up covering the bolt ends with felt sleeves so I wouldn't get scratched by them. Then I added two elbows (really one of them was just for looks). I used one elbow to attach a second length of pipe. I was able to slide a 3/4 inch section of PEX pipe over this horizonal pipe section to make a handle that could spin freely, and added one more elbow to hold it in place (of course a pipe cap would also work, but elbows were what I had).

I tested it and it worked pretty well. I made some adjustments to the pipe lengths and had to add some screws to keep the elbows from coming off, and I took the hand wheel off, flipped it over and put it back on so the needle would be up when the crank was up. Overall I'm pleased with my hack. It sews slow and quietly. I have even tested it with a zigzag stitch and it worked fine.

Putting the crank on doesn't disable the motor, so you could still use the foot pedal and motor if you wanted, but you would have to make sure you have PLENTY of room around it because the crank will spin FAST when you are sewing, and you don't want it to hit anything or anyone! In fact if you don't unplug it, you should leave room just to be safe. I unplugged mine and so far haven't plugged it back in.

This is not really a replacement for a vintage hand crank sewing machine. Most of those had some kind of differential gear so you could sew with greater speed. On this machine, long seams could get pretty tedious. Also, I can't wind a bobbin with it if it's not plugged in - luckily I already had a Sidewinder bobbin winder. That said, I've been using it a lot for my doll work and I'm pretty satisfied with it. At least it's good to know that I can always have a crank sewing machine - if I'm willing to do it myself.

Updated 9 November 2015

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Lola Doll

Lola Doll

Lola is a cloth doll with an auburn wig (Lion brand Heartland Yosemite acrylic yarn, heat-curled), and matching calico circle skirt and crop top. She has button joints at the shoulders and hips.

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Sylvie and Friend

Sylvie and Friend

Two new dolls made of tea-dyed cotton cloth, with pink calico print clothes.

Sylvie (right) has an experimental neck joint that I'm not quite pleased with - I might remove it. Her friend has hoop earrings. Both their wigs feature wet-yarn-on-a-stick curls. You can find instructions here. I did not soak mine overnight, just got it good and wet. The dark wig is worsted weight yarn; the blonde wig is baby yarn (Ann Geddes Teddy Bear).

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Pinkie Doll

Pinkie Doll

Pinkie is a cotton cloth doll with thread embroidered face, rooted split yarn hair (an ombre of pink, purple and yellow), and button joints on her arms and legs. The buttons are flower shaped and handmade from shrink plastic. She has a pink bandanna print sleeveless dress with gathered skirt, and pink shorts underneath. Her legs are made from two different cotton prints. About 8" tall seated (not counting pony tail).

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Owen "Beach Dude" Doll

Owen "Beach Dude" Doll

This is Owen. Owen is a doll made of tea-dyed cotton cloth, with embroidered face and jointed shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.

Owen is wearing a t-shirt and floral board shorts. His peace pendant is made of shrink plastic with graphite coloring, with beads and toggle clasp in back

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Daisy

Daisy

Here I was trying to adjust the body type to look less like a woman and more like a younger girl. Laser printed on 28 paper, with cardboard (paper plate) button articulations.

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Gemma

Gemma

Articulated paper doll, color laser printed on Astrobright Moonrick. Gamma body style with new haircut. Clear beaded joints.

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Big Red Dog

Big Red Dog

Articulated dog paper doll, laser printed on Neenah Midtone Astrobright Moccasin. Beaded joints.

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Musicians

Musicians

The Gamma girls have instruments! They are playing a teardrop-shaped fretted lute with four strings and two triangular soundholes. One is left-handed.

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2 Gamma Girls

2 Gamma Girls

Articulated paper dolls. Laser printed on Neenah Midtone Astrobright Moccasin (left) and Moonrock (right) papers. Joints made with clear beads, thread and cardboard buttons made from paper plates in back. I made a new hairdo and slightly reshaped the calves.

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Gamma Girl with Pink Dress

 Gamma Girl with Pink Dress

Articulated paper doll with a pink flower print sundress, laser printed on ivory cover stock. I didn't use black outlines on the skintone parts, which gives a softer look, and used clear beads for the joins, except in the hair.

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Beet root ink, brush and dip pen, on white card stock. Digitally scanned and levels brightened.

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Pen and brush drawing using beet root ink on white card stock. Digitally scanned and levels brightened.

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Penguins

Penguins

Pengin paper dolls! Laser printed on card stock, jointed with beads, cardboard buttons and thread.

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Fanciful landscape drawn with dip pen and brush using black tea on white card stock. Digitally photographed and levels brightened.

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Baby Dragon

Baby Dragon

Laser printed articulated dragon paper doll with movable wings, beaded joints.

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Girl with Bandanna Dress

Girl with Bandanna Dress

Blonde tatooed lady with red bandanna print sundress and matching shoes! Comic book style. Articulated paper doll with beaded joints.

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Gray Burro

Gray Burro

Articulated donkey paper doll. The shoulder joint is simplified from the previous horse dolls. Burro is about 5.124" high at the shoulder.

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Grasshopper Lady

Grasshopper Lady

Articulated paper doll. Color laser print on card stock. Her legs are separately attached under her petal skirt.

Doll is about 11.188" tall.

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Beta Doll 3 & 3A

Beta Doll 3 & 3A

This is a revision of a revision of the earlier doll to try to give her more natural proportions. The first one is kind of cobbled together - her legs are colored card stock and she has some extra pinholes - but I like the result pretty well. I once saw a dancer on tv stretch like the second picture.

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Beta Doll 1 and 2

Beta Doll  1 and 2

Two versions of this paper doll. She has surprisingly Barbie-like proportions.

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No Privacy

No Privacy Digital Illustration

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White Duck

White Duck

Articulated duck paper doll. Laser print on card stock.

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Swordfish

Swordfish

Two blue swordfish articulated paper dolls. Laser printed on card stock with bead and sequin joints.

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Horses!

Horses!

Articulated horse paper dolls. Laser print on card stock.

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Horse Prototype

Horse Prototype

Articulated horse figure paper doll. Laser printed card stock, cut out and assembled with card buttons and thread. Each leg has five points of articulation.

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Red Fins

Red Fins

Articulated paper mermaid dolls. Each doll has 20 points of articulation. Colored paper with metal brads.

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Flower Vase Illustration

Flower Vase Illustration Digital artwork.

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Paper Doll Alpha

Paper Doll Alpha

Alpha Doll was created in Inkscape and printed on a color laser printer. This doll has 14 points of articulation. There is a hidden brad under her head that connects the top of the neck to her hair. The two brads in her bangs connect the head to the back hair but do not articulate.

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Ex

Ex Digital illustration.

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A Thousand Little Crowns

A Thousand Little Crowns

The rain falls down, making little crowns,
and each a jewel rare.
The rain brings down a thousand little crowns no king or queen can wear,
no king or queen can wear,
no king or queen can wear.
The rain brings down a thousand little crowns no king or queen can wear.

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Barbie Friend Haircut (Summer Doll)

Barbie Friend Haircut (Summer Doll)

Just. Because.

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Color Block Muumuu for 18 in. Doll

Color Block Muumuu for 18 in. Doll

Colorful muumuu with contrasting color stripe front and back, made in cotton calico with elastic neckline. Fits 18" dolls (American Girl, Our Generation, etc.). Please email me [DITM@paulaggg.com] if you would like to see the beta version of this pattern.

(By the way, this is Charlotte, an Our Generation doll. I decided she needed bangs (fringe) so I cut some delicate bangs, and used the cuttings to make an extra fringe piece that I clipped on.)

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