Hi first I want to say sorry that I didn't but this post up yesterday, I lost track of the days, with work and stuff and I'm a little embarrassed about how this little guy looks, he's not his best. But because I made him I can now edit the pattern and make him better and once I have found the right pattern I will put it up on here. In industry they do this all the time, they make the same garment lots just to get the right look.
Anyway, this is the first attempt at this rag doll. By doing this I know how to sew him up for next time I just have to fix the pattern. This is how I make a rag doll:
First I cut out the pieces I needed, to do this I pin my pattern to the fabric, I using a light weight fabric, fake silk, I had previously silk painted the fabric to get a cool effect. If you would like a blog on that please comment below. If you want to do this yourself I would recommend using a stronger fabric, a medium thick cotton or calico.
I first pinned the patterns to the fabric, because this is a trial I decided that I was going to outline the pattern pieces so I get a more accurate stitch. Once outlined I cut the pieces out. I then pinned the dart in the back piece and sew that up, as well as a couple of cms from the top to the bottom, so it has a gap in the seam as looks like this;
Then I pinned the limb pieces to the back and front pieces. Stitch the limbs on.
This is the back after I stitched the arms and legs on. The front should be roughly the same. What I am planning to do for the next one I make is having the pattern of the main body including the head as well.
Once both have limbs, pin them together, making sure the limbs are lined up. Then sew the body all the way round.
Bag out. If you don't know what that is look at my headband blog.
This is the body bagged out.
The next job is the head, I had a strip of fabric and two circles, sew the strip in the middle of the two circles. leaving a gap on one side.
The next job is stuffing the head and the body.
Once stuffed sew the hole up with a hidden stitch, or just make sure that the thread is the same as the fabric. Then sew the head onto the body using the same technique.
As you can see he needs a bit of work. His proportions are off, he needs a bigger head his body needs some tweaks. I'm hopefully redoing him tomorrow so I'll let you know how it goes.