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Really need your help - simple ragdoll

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tallwivglasses Mon 03-Jan-11 22:12:05

Hi, I'm going to be a granny grin and while I'm not bad with a needle and thread, I haven't sewn more than a hem for years.

I don't do sewing machines, they break if I glance at them.

I have a limited ability and not much time but really wanted to make something for my grandchild. I'm not sure I could cope with quilts or clothes, so thought a little unisex (washable) ragdoll would be lovely if I can manage it. I quite like little fiddly things.

Does anyone know of any simple patterns? what kind of fabric/stuffing to use? Or is this a crap idea and you might think of a better one for me?? Thanks in advance.

dizzyday07 Mon 03-Jan-11 23:25:28

here is athread on which someone else asked about a ragdoll with some links to patterns on it

tallwivglasses Tue 04-Jan-11 10:29:13

Thanks very much dizzy smile

Deux Tue 04-Jan-11 13:24:20

Hi, my granny made me the most amazing rag doll for me and I still have her. What a lovely thing to do.

It sounds like you're quite handy with a needle and thread.

I don't think you need a specific pattern. 2 circles for the head, rectangle for the body, tube shapes for the arms and legs.

For shaping the hands and feet, if you construct a tube shape and stuff it lightly (so that it;'s not too stiff) you can stitch through the tube to make a wrist and stitch through the hand bit to make fingers. Is this making sense?

You can do a neck by making a ring shape and attaching that between the head and body. If you don't want it to flop you can put a piece of cardboard tube in there (eg from tinfoil tube).

Glue or stitch on separated wool for hair. Use circles of felt or embroider on eyes.

Also have a look in the shops at how they are put together.

My granny used my grandad's old vests died a very pale pink for mine.

tallwivglasses Tue 04-Jan-11 21:40:59

Yes I want to do a lovely thing! Others are knitting, quilting, etc blush I want DD to know I think this baby's really special.

Thanks, Deux - I'm going to either have fun with this or end up chucking it against the wall! Still, I suppose it needs to be durable.

Deux Wed 05-Jan-11 12:44:39

Oh, it will be fun. Sorry for typo above, should have been 'dyed'. The way I described putting a rag doll together is how my granny did it.

I'm going to try to make a doll for my dd out of her old baby tights. No earthly idea if it'll work or not but fancy something to do that I can hand stitch.

HippyHippopotamus Wed 05-Jan-11 17:13:01

i was about to suggest my thread but i see someone has beat me too it!

there's a really easy rag doll to make in Jean Greenhowe's book of favourite toys available here

greenlotus Thu 06-Jan-11 20:00:38

There are also the Clothkits dolls, as here

greenlotus Thu 06-Jan-11 20:01:28

HERE!!! I mean (bad link)


tallwivglasses Fri 07-Jan-11 00:28:12

Oh oh, it's late but many thanks. First project in so many years. Can't wait to get into town and buy the stuffing, etc, and dig out my mum's old sewing box smile

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