This is how I spent my Thanksgiving break: embroidering tiny little faces onto tiny little fat bodies. What a riot.
I love these little ladies! If you haven’t noticed, I like the really colorful, folksy, whimsical look for my Christmas tree. The less like a department store the better (shudder). My inspiration for these honeys came from these lovely nesting doll ornaments found via Pinterest, but I knew that I wanted mine to descend in size like true nesting (Matryoshka) dolls tend to do. They were so fun to work on–I just love making this type of thing.
So lamentably I just didn’t have time to put together a comprehensive photo tutorial, but I did make a pdf pattern that you can download and print, and I can tell you how I made them. Kinda semi-lame, but that’s the best I can manage right now. If you decide to make these then just let me know if you have additional questions.
From largest to tiniest: Olga, Zoya, Natasha, Yulia, Svetlana, and Nadia.
Ghetto photoless tutorial:
1.Cut out felt; main color for body (cut 2!), coordinating color for handkerchief and base. Peach or pink for face.
2. Place handkerchief over body, and then center head over handkerchief, hold in place while you embroider around the face to secure all together.
3. Embroider the rest of the face, hair, and around handkerchief.
4. Cut out appropriately sized aprons in coordinating fabrics. I did this as an afterthought, so there isn’t a pattern for it. Don’t worry, you can manage. I used leftover fabrics that already had heatbond attached to the back (from Anthropologie pillow knock-off) so I ironed them on before embroidering around and embellishing them.
5. Sew ric-rac loops to your back body piece. Whip stitch securely at base of loop.
6. Sandwich front to back with loop on inside, and blanket stitch around the edges, starting at the top, to the side of the loop. When you get close to the bottom, place your base in place on the bottom-middle and blanket stitch to front and back. Resume stitching around the doll until you get close to the top.
7. Stuff with polyfill stuffing (or whatever you have), and then finish up, meeting the blanket stitch where you began.
So quick and easy, right?! JUST kidding. I mean, no I’m not. It is easy, but it’s a lot of little details, lets be honest. Something to save for when your kids are happily making a mess at Grandma’s house, and all meals are taken care of! (Thank you Margaret!)
Who do you like the best? I love Natasha and Svetlana’s curly fro’.