She had yellow yarn hair and an eyelet nightgown, oh the 80's!
She has beautiful, unruly, curly, dark hair that they try to keep braided almost all the time!
I thought it would be fun to come up with a fabric doll pattern that lets little girls braid the doll's hair. Katy's hair is made of felt and it has 3 long braid-able strands. Cut out the paper pattern pieces for the body, head, arms, and legs on pages 8-10 here. Cut and apply fusible interfacing to the body, head, arm, and leg pieces.The other templates can be traced without cutting them out. Arrange the eyes, mouth, and front hair on one of the head pieces. Place the long hair strips in sets of 2 with the fusible sides together. Press each set to fuse so you have 3 double-thickness strips. Stitch around each piece close to the edges. Stack the 3 braid pieces with the long ends pointing downward to the right, left, and center.
Arrange the back hair piece and the braid on top of the remaining head piece. The braid should be under the back hair by about 3/8’’ and can be in the center or to the side, as long as it is at least 1’’ away from the side edge of the head. Pin each head front and back to a body piece right sides together and stitch with a 1/4'' seam allowance. Pin the arm and leg pieces in sets right sides together and stitch around each set leaving the top straight edge open. Clip notches around the curved edges or trim with pinking shears. Pin the arms to the right side of a body piece, 1/2’’ below the neck seam. Baste in place a scant 1/4’’ from the edge. Place the doll front and back pieces right sides together and carefully pin all around the head and body, making sure to keep the braid and arms toward the center and away from the seams. Sew around the doll body and head starting with the body side seam and ending at the body side seam on the opposite side. Do not sew the square cut-out at the bottom of the body.
You will sew the bottom edge, leaving an opening, in the next step. At the bottom of the doll body, stitch along the bottom straight edge for only 1’’ from either side, leaving an opening at the bottom of the body. Clip notches around the curved head or trim with pinking shears. Clip to the stitching at the top of the neck. Press the raw edges at the bottom opening back 1/4’’. Carefully turn the doll right side out by gently pulling it through the opening at the bottom. Stuff the head firmly with polyester fiberfill. Attach the legs: 1/4’’ seam allowance allowed. Push one bottom corner out through the bottom opening, making a straight seam where the square cut-out was. Tuck the end of one of the legs inside the seam. Make sure the foot is pointed toward the front. Pull this seam out through the bottom opening just enough to pin and sew it. Stuff the neck and body with polyester fiberfill. Stuff the neck portion firmly so the head won’t be floppy.
And make sure you check out all my other free sewing patterns too!
You could even make it look like her with the same color hair, eyes and clothes out of the same fabric. Matching nightgowns or lounge wear would be a great place to start creating your mini-me’s. Suggested fabrics: cotton, muslin, deer suede, craft velour. Using your originality and one of these 100 free doll patterns, you can sew a new play-friend for your little one.
In this Tutorial I will show you how to make a Barbie Doll Dress Free PDF Pattern down below. This is a quick and easy project.