People have been making dolls for thousands of years. In fact, archeologists have found dolls in Egypt dating back to 2000 BC. Thousands of years later and dolls are still very popular. This popularity can be seen in the variety of dolls and stuffed animals that are available to purchase at stores. Even with all this variety to choose from, doll making is a popular activity. Keep reading to discover why doll making is so popular and more importantly, how to make a doll or a stuffed animal.
Why is Doll Making So Popular?
People have many reasons for making their own dolls or stuffed animals. These vary from person to person, along with the benefits. The reasons and benefits for making your own dolls include:
How To Make Your Own Doll
Dolls or stuffed animals can be as simple or as complex as you want to make them. They are made from patterns that can contain 1-3 pieces that are sewn together or from many pieces. No matter how simple or complex the pattern is, the process is the same. First, trace the pattern pieces onto fabric and cut them out. Next, place the pieces together, with the right side of the fabric turned in. Sew the edges together, leaving a small opening. Turn the fabric inside out, fill with stuffing and sew the small opening shut.
When it comes to doll making, you have a couple of options.
Most fabric will work wonderful. Material such as fake fur or any type of material that has long, fuzzy strands is better suited for medium to large sized projects. Just keep in mind that the thicker the material, the harder it is to sew together when it is in small pieces.
As well, take a look at the pattern itself. Does it have a lot of pieces to be sewn together? Does it have many curves or tight curves to sew? If you answered yes to these two questions, then just keep in mind that these are more advanced patterns that may not be suitable for children or beginner sewers. Once you have a little experience with sewing and are feeling up to the challenge, then these more complex patterns will allow you to make detailed dolls that are absolutely gorgeous.