My Felt Doll
The enchanting mermaid in this project was inspired by tales of the beautiful mythical creatures of the sea. She wears an embroidered seashell bikini top that closes at the back with a tiny snap, and there are a few variations for embellishing her tail – you can keep it plain, sew on sequins with seed beads at the centre and/or embellish the fin with fancy embroidery stitches and seed beads. I’ve chosen a beautiful brushed suri alpaca wool (yarn) for the hair to achieve a soft, floaty look.
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LAYOUT AND CUTTING
1 Follow Steps 1 to 4 of the Layout and Cutting section from the Basic Doll project (see How to Sew the
1 Follow Steps 1 to 6 of the Head section from the Basic Doll project (see How to Sew the Basic Doll).
ASSEMBLING THE HEAD
1 Follow Steps 1 to 3 of the Assembling the Head section from the Basic Doll project (see How to Sew the Basic Doll).
BODY AND TAIL
Using your disappearing ink marker, transfer the dotted line indicated on the pattern of the body onto both your body felt pieces. These will be your guides for positioning the waistband of the mermaid's tail.
Lay the front tail piece onto the front body piece, aligning the top of the tail's waist with the dotted line that you drew on the body in Step 1. Then appliqué stitch (see Stitch Guide) the waistband of the tail onto the body.
Repeat Step 3 with the back tail and body piece, making sure you reverse the pieces first.
ASSEMBLING THE BODY AND TAIL
Pin the front body to the back body, wrong sides facing. Using a matching embroidery thread (floss), whip stitch (see Stitch Guide) down one side of the body. Start at one side of the neck and work down until you reach the waistband. End off your thread.
Starting at A on the waistband of the tail and using matching embroidery thread, whip stitch around to B but do not end off your thread (see Fig B). Add tiny pinches of stuffing to fill up the first fin.
Continue whip stitching around to C then fill the second fin with stuffing. Now continue stitching and filling up the tail in this manner until you reach the opposite side of the waistband and end off your thread (see Fig B).
Change your thread to one that matches the body colour and continue stitching up to the area where the shoulder meets the neck on the opposite side.
To complete this stage, follow Steps 3 to 5 from the Body section of the Basic Doll project (see How to Sew the Basic Doll).
Follow Steps 1 to 3 of the Arms section from the Basic Doll project (see How to Sew the Basic Doll).
ATTACHING THE HEAD TO THE BODY
Follow Steps 1 to 5 of the Attaching the Head to the Body section from the Basic Doll project (see How to Sew the Basic Doll).
ATTACHING THE ARMS TO THE BODY
Follow Steps 1 to 2 of the Attaching the Arms and Legs to the Body section from the Basic Doll project (see How to Sew the Basic Doll).
Follow Steps 1 to 10 of the Hair section from the Basic Doll project (see How to Sew the Basic Doll).
Using the disappearing ink marker, transfer the line markings from each shell pattern onto your felt pieces.
Embroider each shell pattern onto the seashell top using lazy daisy stitch then blanket stitch (see Stitch Guide) around the outline of each shell.
FLOWER PETAL HAIR ACCESSORY
Using the disappearing ink marker, transfer the line markings from the petal pattern onto the piece of felt that will be your top flower. Then use a contrasting embroidery thread colour to stitch these lines onto the flower, but do not end off your thread.
For the necklace, double thread a beading needle with embroidery thread. Make a couple of tiny stitches at the base of the doll's neck at the back to secure the thread in position, then thread seed beads onto this.