Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Who lives in a family Flat house? Part 2

Adorable Flat Girl  and Boy Dolls
The last post showed the cozy carry along Flat home but one needs to ask, who will live there? Angela Yosten, the creator and "mommy Moda maven," has designed an adorable Flat family girl and boy that have cute pets: an orange dotted cat and a blue dog, of course!

Did you play with Paper Dolls as a child? Share your story!

For dolls and accessories, not house: "The Flats" pre-printed panels #3401, #3400 by Moda, matching sewing threads (Aurifil has coordinating thread), fusible fleece, 1.5" wide Velcro. *I opted to add heavier weighted Pellon fusible white craft for bodies. But using fusible fleece as suggested for everything else. I purchased my supplies at Sew Main Street in Woodstock, GA and they have the house kit already cut for the PS3400 Flats Project Sheet for the cute house shown on previous post. Learn more about Sew Main Street... rooms and rooms of fabric and unique patterns.

You can personalize these fabric doll faces, and write their names on sweet hearts located on the back side.  Mine will remain nameless until they go to their new mommy and she can decide who they are! You have different hair styles and colors to choose from on the Flat family kid panel. Directions for assembly are printed on the side of the panel.  It's a lovely blue long rectangle!

Loving crafters will find these dolls are perfect for embroidery, fabric painting, hand embroidery, or stamp artists to add a touch of personalized creativity to an already winning set of fabric dolls. Just be sure that the embellishments you use are safe for the age of the recipient.

Tip: if you plan to embroider, stabilize, use light density designs, small in size and do the embroidery while the fabric kids are still in their panels to avoid shrinkage because they do have matching backs sized already! If you do end up with distortion and can't match up the backs, then simply lay the doll down on "other fabric" and cut out a new back and proceed with the assembly steps included.  We never worried about the backs of our paper dolls. Sending newsletter out on Wednesday with a few small embroidery design files on Friday and will add them to the CookiesCreations Website Fan Page on  Facebook on Friday 6/7 and they will remain there for the month of June. Be sure to like us to get your free designs.

Thoughtful touches in the design of the dolls: Velcro underwear!  How cute is that? VERY! Using 1-1/2,"width Velcro, all the white areas are covered with the soft side of the Velcro and stitched to the front of the dolls.  Why are they made from Velcro?  Yay! There are clothes on another fabric panel available, too!

I loved paper dolls as a kid but the downside for little ones is the fragile state of their necks and arms.  Plus the challenge of the tabs holding their clothes on.  Embroidery fabric doll designs have been around for years.  Sue Lord and Iris Lee, both lovely digitizers produced two adorable sets to stitch on the embroidery machine with little clothes and more several years ago.

This set is great and no embroidery machine required. I have to have mine finished by next week with only an  hour each day to spare to get this done. So this week I will be stitching up the girl and matching clothes.

Confessions of a few minor changes...
Friends and family will tell you that I hate to follow exact directions which includes recipes, GPS and husband. 

I have learned  that it is always better to follow the directions for any first time project. So the changes are methods I have done before, otherwise I wouldn't change a thing!

*Instead of fusible fleece, I used a heavier weighted stabilizer to have less "floppy" dolls.  It's my personal preference and certainly doesn't mean you shouldn't follow the exact steps on the panel.  I will use the fusible fleece on the clothes. The directions really are well written and steps are ordered for a reason. Don't change the order.  

I admit to using nontoxic washable school glue to hold the designer underwear in place for top stitching.

One small fusible application change:  to sandwich in the stabilizer for an easy match, I tapped it in place using a clover iron on the back piece first using my Teflon pressing sheet underneath. It kept sticky off as my stiffer fleece like stabilizer is double sticky!  Final step was the iron with  it sandwiched between the large Teflon sheet to ensure no sticky on the iron!

I am constantly burning my fingers so the above step was self protection because irons, hot glue guns, hot metal seam guides are always challenges for me, probably not you!

It is time to be busy cutting out dolls, and clothes! The directions are right there on the panels. Plus now you can use your artistic talents and skills to make them your own!


Betty Janney said...

I loved paper dolls growing up. About the only ones I had were the ones that were printed in the magazines. Many hours of fun and imagination. I have been looking for paper dolls for my granddaughters, especially after one saw a paper doll outfit recently and commented that the doll was missing her head!

Lori M. said...

One of my fondest memories of paper dolls was when I was really young. My family camped a lot and one of our week-long camping excursions ended up being a week of rain. My older brothers and dad would head out fishing and leave my mom and I alone. My mom took eventually me to a small country store nearby and bought me a paper doll book. I remember spending many hours that week playing with those dolls. While she probably bought me the book out of desperation, she left me with a really happy memory. My mother-in-law has told me many stories about making paper dolls while growing up poor in a holler in Kentucky. She would cut out illustrations in a Montgomery Ward or Sears catalog to make her own paper dolls. She said she would cut up whatever she could find to make her dolls. She even cut up the only picture of one of her brothers which earned her the wrath of her mother.

jdlr1949@gmail.com said...

In the late 50's I grew up on a farm in Missouri. My grandmother had given my mom a subscription to McCalls magazine,because she thought my mom needed to sew for her 6 (at the time) children. Well mom never really learned to sew, but I got the Betsy McCall paper dolls that came in the magazine along with a new story each month. We didn't have very much money so the only dolls I had were from that magazine. Now I'm in my 60's and was so excited to have rediscovered Betsy McCall paper dolls on Pinterest. I've downloaded them to pass down to my grand-daughter/s, (if I ever get any). I love the Flat Family, brings back a lot of memories. Thank you.