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Make an Easy to Sew Doll Sweater For Any Size or Shape of Doll
An easy to sew doll sweater made from four way stretch fabric.
Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd
This doll sweater is an easy project for a beginning sewer. It is made from four way stretch fabric, (stretch velvet in this case for a Christmas Sweater). You can use the same method to make simple t-shirts from fine cotton knits and four way stretch baby clothes. Four way stretch fabric stretches sideways as well as up and down. The method of knitting the fabric means it usually does not ravel easily, making it a good fabric for beginners who don't want to finish seam edges.
The sweater can be sewn on a sewing machine with a straight stitch, or you can use simple hand sewing stitches. The backstitch and the overcast stitch are the two you will need to use.
Materials Used to Make an Easy to Sew Doll Sweater
- Fabric - four way stretch fabric works best, knit baby clothes, scraps of swimsuit fabric, or four way stretch velvet or t- shirt fabric work well. You will need a piece wide enough to be at least one inch wider than your doll with its arms stretched out to the sides, and twice as long as you want the sweater to be on the doll, plus roughly 1 inch (2.5 cm) for hemming the edges if necessary.
- Sewing Machine - or a needle and thread - ballpoint needles are best for knits
- Fray check or fabric glue to hold seams from fraying if your fabric tends to unravel.
- Sharp Scissors
- Bent Nose Tweezers or Hemostats or a rounded toothpick to help turn the fabric right side out.
- Paper or Tissue Paper - to stabilize the seams while you are sewing them with a sewing machine.
- Soft Pencil - or tailor's chalk to mark your seam placement.
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Note: - The doll in this photo is a 1:12 scale "Mina" resin ball joint doll from Carrie Attwood of The Sleeping Elf. Here is a link to the tutorial for an Elf or Santa Hat worn by the doll.