|Adorable Flat Girl and Boy Dolls|
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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!
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.
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!