Friday, May 6, 2016

A Sweet HALF-DOLL PINCUSHION (WITH TUTORIAL) FOR LYNDA

Hello Everyone!
 
Sure hope you all are well. Gee, time
flies quickly when you are busy.
I did not realize that it had been that
long!
I know it only seems that I am going
to make these pincushions forever, but
I assure you that I won't be. I have
other things planned to show you once
these are finished. I have one more
pincushion with tutorial after this one
and she also has a different pincushion
base.
 
Anyway this Pincushion is easy to make.
If you have been following the tutorials
on how to make these darling pincushions
then you can see how easy they are to
make.
 
Here is another TUTORIAL, but this one is
done a little differently.
 
Be sure to read directions first before attempting
to make. I cannot give you cloth amounts because
I love to recycle anything that is lovely!
This is the 5th Half-doll Pincushion that I have
made. I try to make each pincushion a little
different for you.
 
I have not named this Pincushion because it will
go to Lynda. It will be her right to name her!
Front View
 
A close-up!
 
Back view!
 
Close up of the back.
 
Here is the cute little half doll that I was able to
get for $5.00 a while back. Isn't she sweet!
She is little. Lynda loves blue!
I have cleaned her already for this project. If
you have not done so, clean your doll before
you start. Also as you can see, there are not
any holes on this doll, so you must use a piece
of dowel. I will get into this further down!
 
Here is the back of her. All clean!
 
I am not giving you a tutorial on how to make
this because I believe that there are already many
tutorials on how to make this on the internet. Just
type in 'how to make a round tomato pincushion'.
If you have never made one before, you will see
how super easy it is. It is also very quick to make!
I have used terry cloth to make this one with. I
have sectioned it off with blue floss in 8 equal
parts! For this project it is okay if the floss does
not line up in the middle because we are going to
make a hole there.
 
 
OKAY - LETS BEGIN IF YOU HAVE
FINISHED THE TOMATO PINCUSHION!
 
I bought a dowel that fit the inside of the
half-doll really good. You do not want a dowel
that is skinny. Make sure that the dowel fits the
opening really nice and is as snug as you can get.
This is what I have done here. Just fitting the
dowel to her. Carefully insert one end of the
dowel into her body and go all the way up as far
as you can go with the dowel. Mark it below
with a pen as I have shown here.
 
As you can see I marked
a little bit beyond the doll.
This is okay.
 
I had a photo to go before this one, but it was too
blurry to use.
So, as you can see one end of the dowel that goes
inside of the doll has been whittled away to a
point. Try the dowel back into her cavity and see
if it fits okay, and also recheck your measurement
to see if all is okay.
For my pincushion this is the length of the dowel
that I will be using. You might be using the same
size, that is up to you and the pincushion that you
made.
 
(sorry another photo was too blurry to use).
I did snip the terry cloth so I could insert the dowel
in the middle. Be careful and do not snip the floss.
You must take out some of your stuffing but not
much. This dowel must go all the way to the bottom
of the tomato pincushion. So twist the dowel so you
can flatten some of the fiberfill, use some pressure
or force to wedge it down in there. It must stand
straight up.
Once you have done that, the line that you drew
on the dowel will be and should be close to the
pincushion.
The bottom of the dowel should rest on the inside
of the terry cloth and not go thru to the other
side. If your dowel is too long and sticks up
to high, then you must trim it off, but keep
checking to make sure that it is good before
you cut any of the dowel off.
Mine was just right!
 
The bottom of the doll
should rest on the pincushion.
As you can see I have not finished shoving it in.
 
Now, once you are satisfied with the placement
of the dowel, you can remove it.
I have taken the dowel out of the pincushion,
to show you the hole. If it is bigger than your
dowel then you better add some fiberfill, cause the
hole should be the size of the dowel only.
 
If everything looks good, then you can proceed on.
Next, butter up the side of the dowel that goes into
the doll. You do not have to put the glue on the tip
because chances are it will not reach or touch the
inside of the doll head. It might not go past the neck
of your doll.
 
Insert the dowel into the doll and make sure that
it does not lean or wobble. It must stand straight.
Place it away somewhere to dry where it will
not get hit and let it dry.
I let mine dry for 2 days before I went back
to it, cause I was busy.
 
Before you do this next step, make sure that all
is well by inserting it back into the tomato
pincushion. If it fits good then proceed.
 
Now, you can butter up with lots of glue on the
remainder of the dowel that is to be shoved into
the tomato pincushion.
 
Here is the hole again.
 
Place the dowel down into the pincushion. See
how far she goes down. The bottom of the doll
should rest on the pincushion.
I have taken 2 rubber bands and anchored it to the
doll on each side.
Make sure she stays straight up!
 
See how I did this. See, mine is standing straight!
Let her dry for 3 or 4 days just to be sure before
you take off the rubber bands and proceed any
further!
 
The half-doll is thoroughly dry and ready to be
dressed.
From here on, you know how to dress the doll
from the other tutorials.
Dress her just like the others, a slip if you want
one and then your dress. And then perhaps an
over dress.
 
I fell in love with this little shabby chic cotton skirt.
The colors were perfect for the little doll. So this
is what I am using. There is a little bit of crochet
around the bottom edge. There are not stains or
tears on this skirt. I wash it very well with Tide and
Clorox 2.
 
As you can see, I have made the dress and put it
on the doll already. Isn't she pretty!!
 
See her lace slip underneath!
 
I glued a little blue flower rose to the bottom of
the pincushion. It does not hinder in any way of
the doll standing upright. Just a little finishing touch
here on the bottom.
 
I decided to put an overskirt on top of the shabby
blue skirt. This is cotton lace and I could not
resist using it. This lace came from a lace shirt
that I owned. I used
the back of the shirt so I would have enough. I just
cut it to size and gathered it around her just as
I did the slip and the blue skirt.
 
Lastly, I cut a long piece of voile ribbon and tied
it into a bow in the back and cut the ends into a V.
 
Isn't this lace beautiful!!
I hope you enjoy this tutorial for this pincushion!
 
THANK YOU FOR VISITING ME!!
 
 


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

LILLY AGAIN!

Hello Everyone!
Hope you all have not been well this winter!
 
I have lots of different things planned and hope that you
continue to view my blog.  I have one more half-doll
pincushion to show you as soon as I finish her. Then I
will give you patterns and more tutorials.
 
I looked at Lilly and she seemed to be too plain.
She needed a purse and a hat! I lined both of these
with the same lovely blue rayon as the lining for the gown.
 
I did not post a tutorial for these. I think that everyone
has their own way of making them. For the hat, I used
about a 2.5 inch cream colored stiff crochet hat. I painted it white
inside and outside and let dry for a couple of days
before I proceeded to line it.
 
Enjoy the 2 pics that I have here.
 

 
Be sure to look at my other half-doll pincushions!
Thank you for visiting me!
Hopblogger
 


Sunday, January 10, 2016

HALF DOLL PINCUSHION WITH A BARBIE CROCHETED GOWN AND A SNOOD WITH TUTORIAL!!

Hello Everyone! I hope you had
a lovely Christmas and a very
Happy New Year!
 
Sorry that I did not post this when I said
I was, but sometimes that happens to me.
The important thing is that I got it done.
I hope you enjoy this Tutorial using a
BARBIE CROCHET GOWN
 
I remember how it all started. I saw a bald
half doll from a lady named Lynda who was
on Ebay. Her handle is just_jas. This is
 
This should take you to her contact page. (I hope).
Anyway as I was saying, I bought the doll and
a couple of other things from her which I
will share patterns with you when I get
finished with a lot of the half doll pincushions. I
will also be making powder puffs and many other
things, so stay tuned!
 
Anyway I was thinking about a Barbie crocheted gown.
Lynda made the gown for me. She is an excellent
lady and loves to crochet! She crochets lovely
doilies with expertise and with low prices.
Check out her site!
She also tries to keep the shipping low!
Hey we all love that.
 
I have made smaller patterns that I will post once
I get a chance to - for small dolls or if you just
want smaller cushions. I do make my pincushions
large - but I love them like that!!!
 
Okay, I took 500 photographs of her for the
tutorial and you know how it is. Some do not make
it on the page, but about 100 + did!!
This is a long tutorial, please try to understand
and read all the directions before attempting
to make them. I use doll clothes, children's clothes,
laces and whatever I find that is lovely! I haunt
thrift stores, yard sales and Goodwill.
 
Get ready for a LONG TUTORIAL!!
 
 
 MEET LILY
 
Even though she is not dressed as a flower, she is
beauty with her white Barbie Crocheted Lacy Gown!
Made especially for her!
Thank you Lynda! I hope she is as beautiful as we
had hoped she would be!
Enjoy these photos, afterwards comes the tutorial!


















 
I signed this pincushion on the bottom and also on
the inside of the pincushion. It is not easy using the
fabric pens on cloth. Gee - I kept hoping that I
would not mess it up.
 
I bought this wig on ebay from a lady that sells
Miniature dollhouse doll wigs. I loved the color and
the old-fashioned bun. Making her a snood for the
bun was Lynda's idea at the last moment. It was
almost a shame to cover up the lovely bun, but
the snood won and I believe looks fantastic on her!
I hope you will agree.
I did not feel like making a wig, maybe I will try
to make one later and give you directions.
 
This is what the half doll looked like that I bought
from Lynda. It used to be her Mother's or
Grandmother's. I forgot which. Sorry Lynda.
Anyway she used to have a wig of some sort
but it is long gone. Time for Lily to get updated!
The wig would not fit on her head with this
cheesecloth. So I peeled it off. It came off
easy enough. I did not worry about taking off
the glue from the top of her head as it would
not be seen. I did however with a toothpick
scrape off a little above her ears and forehead,
as it would be seen.
 
With a toothpick I also had to scrape off the
old glue on the back of her neck. At least the
part that would be seen.
If decide to do this, then pick a wig that will hide
as much old glue as possible just in case the old
glue does not come off. The old glue came off pretty
nicely on this doll.
I also had to stretch the inside of the wig some
Be careful not to tear the wig. Then I placed
the wig on her head positioning it different ways
to see how I liked it.
I hand washed the doll to make sure she was clean.
And then with only a TEENEY tiny dot of glue on her head
I place the wig on her head and held it down till
the glue dried. Which only took a couple of seconds.
 
 
WHAT I USED FOR THE BLUE PINCUSHION,
SLIP, RUFFLES, SASH AND BOW:
I had bought a lovely APRIL CORNELL dress for
a little girl at the thrift store. That's right at the
thrift store. We all know how expensive her
clothes are!
The dress was lined and did not look like it had ever
been used. Boy what a bargain for $4.00. It was
mine. I could not believe that no one wanted it.
I took it home and washed and dried it. I was
not interested in the dress. I only wanted the
Blue Lining that was on the inside. It was so
soft that it felt like Silk even though it was Rayon.
I do not know where she gets her Rayon from,
but boy it is like handling SILK! It is so soft
and just the thinness that I like. It is hard to hold
onto as it is very slippery and is hard to stitch
by hand. At least it was for me. You will see its
beauty, but I am sorry that I did not take a
before photo of it.
However the dress was 36 inches long and nothing
was damaged on it. The Blue lining on the back
had a natural slit from the bottom going up 8.5
inches so the child could walk without splitting
the lining, just like an adult Lady's dress.
 
 
MAKE THE PINCUSHION PATTERN:
Tape 3 pieces of computer paper together. Measure
up 9.5 inches and measure across 20.5 inches. This
is the pattern for your Pincushion. This should be
the size you would want if you try a Barbie Crochet
Gown. You can always mist the crochet and stretch
it if need be or add a lacy bottom. A slip also does
the job.
 
This is the blue Rayon lining. I made sure the
bottom of the skirt was even. See the ruler, I
measured up 9 inches, because of the natural slit going
up, you should be able to see the slit under the
ruler.
 
This is a side view. Then I cut it off and set
it aside for a matching slip.
NOTE: I cut this slip off and it was doubled
because I like full skirts. Set this piece aside
and stick a label to it 'SLIP' so you do not cut
it.
 
Here I show you what is left after the bottom is cut off.
Also rip or cut away the long back seam that is in
the middle. This opens up the lining.
 
Once opened I turned and used the front side
because it was a whole piece and not a seam going
through it.  
As you can see, just enough is left
to cut out the pattern. Make sure you line up the
end of the pattern to the fabric. Pin it or lay heavy
stuff on top so it does not move. Then cut it out.
 
 After you cut it out, even the edges and pin it.
 
Take it to the sewing machine and sew a
straight seam down.
 
This makes a tube. Cut off hanging threads.
Remove pins.

 It does not matter which end you use. Take one
end and turn under 1/2 inch for a seam.
 
With heavy thread on a little needle, (I use
small quilting needles and quilting threads), begin
stitching a seam through both layers. Sew close
to the edge. I do not bother
to turn under the raw edge. You may want to.
 
See, here I go!
(Remember this is a small quilting needle).
 
Stitch then gather up the threads, and repeat till you
come to the end. Then make sure to push those gathers
down so they are tight together and then knot off
the threads. You only want a finger size hole or
smaller left for a center hole.
 
I have used this cardboard to show the size of the
cardboard needed. I do not like to use old used
cardboard. Always use a fresh piece.
 
If the cardboard you are using is thin like
mine, cut 2 pieces and glue them together providing
there is not any writing on the back sides. Let dry. 
Mine were cut from a recently used postage
box.
 
Cut out a piece of the blue lining a little bigger
than the cardboard.
 
I did not want this ugly side facing the cloth side so
I turned it before gluing and then decided to
put information on it for any future reference to the
doll being made.  As you can see I put my
blog address there, my name and the date made.
Just a little inside time capsule!
 
Here is the bottom of the pincushion tube. That's a
nice circle! It looks nice with the fabric showing
through the bottom. Remember to get the hole
as small as possible.
 
I always try to make each pincushion a little
different than the one made before. Keeps me from
getting bored with making something the same
way. I used this piece of damaged cardboard as a
pattern for an inside piece. It is 3 inches high by
16 inches long. Cut out a thick piece of cardboard
and overlap the side edges as shown here by
2.5 inches. Glue together. Let dry.
 
My cardboard is done. What I did here was to take
COTTON QUILT batting and fold it together like you
see on the left side of this picture. I wanted to
pad the outside of the tube so I could
stick pins in it also. I folded the
batting to fit the size of the cardboard tube.
The batting layer going around the cardboard
tube is 5 layers thick. Make sure a little bit of the
batting is on the bottom, not much just a little bit.
Hand sew it closed with strong thread.
 
Make sure that your side seam of the blue lining
fabric faces the inside.
Then I put the cardboard bottom pieces down first
inside the blue pincushion with the fabric side
showing towards the outside bottom of pincushion.
Try to make sure that the bottom piece is centered,
with the outside hole, then place your cardboard tube
that is covered with batting inside the blue lining
fabric as shown. You will have to keep adjusting
this so nothing slips away from the hole. Try to
keep the hole centered.
Well, as you can see, I stuffed the inside with
bubble wrap because frankly who has newspapers
anymore!! Use what you have. But I tell you, it
does not take much of this bubble wrap before it
is full. ANYWAY STUFF IT HARD!
Now, turn under the top edge of this blue lining
fabric just like you did on the bottom and run
your gathering stitch. Do not gather it up right away
though because you need to finish stuffing. So when
you stitch it just let the needle and thread dangle.
(Sorry I forgot the photo for that step).
Tear cotton quilt batting into pieces. It will take
a lot.
Stuff cotton quilt batting pieces really hard over the top
of the green bubble wrap. You do not want anything
settling later. Stuff to the top of the cardboard tube.
Then start gathering up your seam and keep stuffing
cotton quilt batting pieces till it is so stuffed that
you think it is going to explode and you cannot get
another piece inside it! You do not want to feel the
top of the cardboard tube on the outside of the blue
lining fabric. If you do feel the inside top of the
cardboard tube, on the outside, then you better take
out the batting and stuff the sides better and stuff
it so that you do not feel it. Remember we want
to be able to use that lower part of the pincushion
for also sticking pins in it.
Once the fabric is gathered then sew it closed.
(where the half doll goes, I cannot ever seem to
make this a round circle). If you can make it round,
then that is great. If not just stitch it closed like
I did.
 
When stuffed the pincushion measures almost 17.5
inches in circumference (around her body). The
pincushion is about 6 inches high not including the
doll. The bottom is about 5 inches round in diameter.
This is my pincushion stuffed and gathered. See the
thread dangling on the right side.
 
I was still stuffing as hard as I could stuff. I pulled
the gathers tightly and started stitching it closed.
I guess I could leave a circle but I like it closed all
the way.
 
Mine is closed and then I criss-cross the circle shut.
 
This is my bottom of the pincushion.
 
If your hole is not in the center then re-shape it
until it is.
 
 
 
ATTACHING THE HALF-DOLL:
I could not find my half circle needles! So,
I had to use my small quilting needle. Hey,
this worked really well.
To stitch on the doll through the holes, you
are going to take one hole (it does not matter
which hole you start with). Completely stitch
with needle and doubled quilting thread that one hole
down onto the fabric. Stitch it many times. When
finished stitching, anchor it good with a
knot towards the inside of the doll,
but do not cut off the knot. Now go to the opposite
hole from inside the doll, and
go in that hole, come to the outside of the doll 
and down into the fabric. Take that needle with
thread back to that beginning hole, to the outside
of the doll. Take needle out of hole and then
through the fabric back to the opposite hole
and repeat till you have enough desired threads
holding her down as tightly as possible.
Then do the other 2 holes in the same way.
BUT do make sure that you use your quilting
threads at least 18 inches long.
When you have finished stitching through
the holes,  wrap the remainder of the threads
tightly around the doll waist just above the holes
as you see here. I thought that I would
try wrapping the thread around the half doll,
as I had seen it on many half doll
pincushions on ebay that were in bad shape.
MY GOODNESS THIS
REALLY ANCHORS THE DOLL DOWN
TO THE FABRIC. I HAD NO IDEA UNTIL
NOW!!
Then make a knot and hide it inside the
fabric.
 
It is amazing how our Mothers and Grandmothers
struck upon this idea and that it worked!!!
THANK YOU GRANDMA!!
However my Grandma never owned one of
these pincushions.
 
My half doll is securely anchored to the fabric.
She is not moving or going anywhere! I am thoroughly
pleased with this!!!
 
See, her base is anchored down good. Try this step!


 
 
MAKING THE SLIP:
Here is the piece of rayon fabric that I had
placed aside earlier so I would not accidentally
cut it. The slip is 9 inches high and 21.5 inches
long. It is a doubled piece of fabric. I stitched up
the slit piece that was in the back.
 
This slip is easy to make. The bottom is already
hemmed so that is one step that is taken care of.
I placed the slip around her to see how much I
would have to cut off. I cut off about an inch.
 
Then I put the slip back on her, turned under a
hem and ran a gathering stitch all around the top
edge. Knotted it closed and hid the knot.
Cut off the threads.
 
 Here is the front of the Crocheted Barbie doll
Gown! Incidentally, this was a crocheted Barbie
wedding gown that Lynda made from a pattern!
Isn't it lovely!
 
Here is the back. Lynda marked with red thread
for me where lace was suppose to go or whatever
else.
 
I placed the gown on the pincushion and it was
beautiful!!!
The only problem was - is that it was hard to see
the many layers of ruffles. What was I to do!
I only had a little bit of the blue left, not enough
to do the job!!
So a couple of days went
by until I figured out what I could and should do.
I needed more blue rayon lining fabric
to go under each
set of ruffles so you could see the hard work that
Lynda put into the gown for me!
 
Here you see the blue rayon slip inside!
 
A closer look.
 
The blue silky rayon slip looks lovely!!!!!
 
There is the lovely pincushion.
 
It was clear that I did not have enough fabric to
make the ruffles, so I did the only thing that I
could do and that was to take off the slip and cut
up the layers.
I was a little heartbroken, because I wanted a slip
with matching ruffles on the gown also.
Oh well, I bounce back easy enough. The bottom
of the slip that was already hemmed, I cut 3.5 inches
high and I am glad that the fabric was doubled
because that helped me tremendously! It was
enough to go around the gown.
So I turned under a small seam and gathered up
the fabric. Then on the inside of the gown I pinned
it to hold the ruffles in place. (sorry no pic).
 
Then I sewed it around the fabric down onto the inside
of the crocheted gown. So the hem is facing on the
inside not on the outside. Because I did not want
to lift a piece of the crochet and see a hem under
the first ruffle.
 
This picture shows the lace ruffle and the
other blue ruffled fabric beneath each crocheted
ruffle.
The next 3 photos are out of sequence and should
be under the ruffles section. You will see.
FURTHER DOWN I SHOW THE RUFFLES
AND HOW I STITCHED THEM DOWN!
 
The skirt has turned out so pretty! I am so pleased!
 
And the back is just as lovely!
TO STITCH THE BLUE LINING FABRIC UNDER
THE RUFFLES AND TO STITCH THE LACE
TO THE SKIRT, YOU MUST REMOVE THE
GOWN FROM THE PINCUSHION.
 
This lacy ruffle was the last thing that I sewed on
the gown. I used 1.5 yards of lace that is not quite
(just a little under) 2.5 inches wide. Stitch your
lace together then gather and pin it to the outside
of the skirt under the lattice ruffle! Adjust the
gathers. Stitch the lace
really close to the lattice ruffle so that the gathered
lace edge will help stick up the lattice ruffle.
 
Above the lattice ruffle is another blue rayon fabric.
Cut the size you need. about 2.5 inches wide. Make
sure that you have enough fabric length to gather.
I hand stitched an almost invisible stitch for the hem.
Then I turned under a hem and lightly gathered the fabric,
pinned it to the skirt and hand sewed it in place.
 
Another view of the same ruffle.
 
Now came the second layer from the top. I cut
blue rayon lining from the slip 2.5 inches wide by
the length of the slip. Be sure to hem the bottom.
Turn under a hem at the top, gather it up and
pin it to the gown. Stitch it down and remove pins.
 
Another view of a piece of the second ruffle.
 
Another view of the second ruffle.
 
Here is the top ruffle. This time I used a
measuring tape and measured around to get the
size I needed. I cut 2.5 inches wide by and doubled
the length of the measurement that I got.
Be sure to hem the bottom. I turned
under a small hem and gathered the fabric. Then
just like the other layers I pinned it and stitched it
under the ruffle. Remove the pins.
After the blue lining was stitched on under the
crocheted ruffles, then I placed the gown back
onto the doll.
 
In this photo, you can see my quilting thread at
the bottom. I have stitched closed the opening
by weaving my needle and thread thru the holes.
 
See, all done, the back is closed. I must cut off
my threads.
 
See the blue that is showing behind her back.
It is under the top ruffle.
 
I always used blue thread on the blue fabric and
white thread on the white fabric. On this photo, I
am still gathering the opening closed. Then I will
remove the last pin that is on the left.
 
When finished stitching the blue fabric closed. Then
change to white doubled quilting thread and stitch
close to the edge starting on the right side of the doll
or the left side and stitch around her waist on the
edge of the crocheted gown. Once you get back to
the back side of the gown, then gather it very tightly
around her waist. Try not to break the threads. Then
be sure to sew together the back white edges closed
by weaving your threads in and out of the crochet.
Make sure it is closed and then it is done.
(I do not know what happened to these photos
cause I had them).
 
 
TO MAKE SASHING AROUND THE WAIST
AND THE BOW:
You can make the sashing and the bow however
you want to do it. I made it in 2 parts mainly
because I had a memory relapse and forgot how!
It was just one of those days.
 
FOR THE STREAMERS: As I said I made it in
2 parts. I first cut about
12 inch long by 2.5 inches wide of the blue
rayon. I stitched it together leaving open a 
small section to turn. I cut the ends at an angle.
After turning the sash right side out, I folded
the sash over onto itself and tied it around her
waist. NO KNOT.
 
Can you see some of the sashing around the waist.
 
You can see some of the sashing here which is
the streamer.
 
This soft blue silky rayon lining is very limber.
Then I cut out another piece of blue rayon sash about
4 inches wide and about 9 inches long. I stitched it
closed and left a small opening to turn the fabric.
Then I stitched it closed. No angled ends on this
piece of fabric. Then, on this long sash I made
bunny ears and placed them together and tied
them inside the 2 long streamers. I did not tie it
in a knot. No need. Then I shaped the bows how
I wanted them and placed the streamers like
I wanted them.
All done here.
 
 
MAKE THE BUN SNOOD:
This is the pretty bun at the back of the wig. Her
bun is about a half inch or less in size!
It is very tiny!
NOTHING IS GLUED IN HER HAIR!!
 
I tried using a piece of Tulle, but there was not
any on the gown, so it did not look right. Then I
tried using a piece of pink organza wired ribbon.
It was pretty and you could see the bun underneath
it, but again it was wrong because there was not
any pink in the gown!
I looked around and the only crochet that I had
was a few white doily's. But none of them were
right for the job because for a SNOOD you need
holy crochet! Lol.
As you can see, I already cut a piece out of the
doily.
 
I will be using the center of this area where my
thumb is at. Place this inside area on the bun of
the doll. Lightly mold it with your fingers around
the bun to see how big you need.
Keep checking all the time.
 
As you can I knotted my thread and weaved it
in and out of the crochet. You will be stitching
in a circle. I need to stitch across about 5 of these
crochet lines for my dolls bun. Stitch it a little
bigger than the
bun and keep fitting it to the bun to make sure it
is looking good.
 
As you can see I have stitched and made
a circle. See the knot where I started.
 
Lightly gather the stitching with the thread.
 
Can you see how it drawing up. You can put your
finger inside to make sure it is starting to look like
a hat. Push it out a little.
 
Next, cut off all the crochet that extends beyond
your stitching. Do not cut your stitching. Be
careful.
It looks like a little cap now!
 
It is so tiny!
 
Place on the dolls head.
Now take the knot and pull on it so you now have
one side with the knot and the other thread is still
attached to the needle as is in the photo here
and subsequent photos. DO NOT GLUE THIS
SNOOD ON HER HAIR! GLUE IS MESSY AND
THERE IS NOT ANY NEED TO GLUE IT.
 
Gather it good but not to tightly, and with your
fingernails see if you can push the excess
crochet thread under the hair on both sides
of her head.
 
Use your fingernail and make sure that the
snood is under the hair at the bottom.
If you do not have fingernails, use a pin or
a needle to help it.
 
Next lightly gather tightly and shaping
it again. Leave the needle on the
thread as you see here.
 
Once you are happy with the
way it looks and all the hair is tucked
inside, then gather it up not too tightly
and with both threads make a knot at
the top of the snood. I find it easier
to make a knot with the needle still
attached. It helps to keep the thread
in your hands.
 
Cut off the excess threads.
All done with this part.
SEE, THIS WAS EASY!
 
Now with your fingernails, gently
push the crochet down in and around
the hair.
 
It is good to double check constantly in case
it comes out when you are not looking.
 
I bought this blue satin ribbon for a hair bow.
 
Take a long piece about 8 or 9 inches of ribbon.
Put it around your finger or thumb and tie just once
around. Leave an opening a little bigger than
your finger as you see here.
 
Place the ribbon around her hair and draw it gently.
 
Check each side of her head and under the bun also.
 
Make sure it is as you like it and then tie the ribbon into
a bow above the snood.
 
Do not make any unsightly knots. Do not glue!
Adjust the bow and cut off the ends at an angle.
How lovely it looks!!
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