RAG DOLL
—From Simplicity (Pattern #3640)

 

Size: 10" (25.5 cm)

Materials Required:

Note: All fabrics measured in 44/45" (115 cm) wide cotton or cotton blend type fabrics such as: broadcloth, calico, gingham, chambray, muslin.

Body:  1/4 yard (0.20m)
Legs:  1/4 yard (.020m)
Feet:  1/8 yard (0.10m)
Dress: 1/4 yard (0.20m)

Pre-gathered lace/eyelet: 3/8 yard (0.30m) of 5/8" (1.5cm) wide for neck, 5/8 yard (0.50m) of 3/4" (2cm) wide for hem.

Apron and Pants: 1/4 yard (0.20m)
Medium rick-rack: 3/4 yard (0.60m) for apron
Ribbon: 3/4 yard (0.70m) of 3/8" (1cm) wide for hem
Elastic: 3/4 yard (0.70m) of 1/4" (6mm) wide
4 oz. (112 grams) of polyester fiberfill

Thread, three snaps, fabric markers for facial features (black and red), one skein of cotton yarn for hair, blush for checks.
 
 

Cutting Layouts
 

General Directions for Cutting

PRE-SHRINK and iron all fabric.

FOR DOUBLE THICKNESS—Fold fabric with RIGHT sides together.

Pin pattern to WRONG side of fabric.

FOR SINGLE THICKNESS—Pin pattern to RIGHT side of fabric.
 
 

Doll
 
BODY

Use Piece A

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FEET

Use Piece B

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LEGS

Use Piece C

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CLOTHES
DRESS

Use Piece D
 
 

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PANTS

Use Piece G
Cut 2 For Back
Cut 1 On Fold For Front

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FABRIC KEY:
RIGHT SIDE WRONG SIDE

READ ALL DIRECTION CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Sewing procedures ITALICIZED in Sewing directions are defined below:

APPLY ELASTIC: On INSIDE, secure one end of elastic with a pin or with a couple of machine stitches having raw edges even. Stitch (straight stitch or machine zigzag) through center of elastic, stretching elastic to fit while stitching.

CLIP CURVES to make seams lie flat.

INNER CURVE — Make little clips, or snips, in the seam allowance just to, but not through, the stitching.

OUTER CURVE — Cut little wedge-shaped notches from seam allowance.

MARKINGS — Transfer markings for embroidery or painting to RIGHT side of pieces to be embroidered using tailor's chalk, or hand-basting.

STITCH — With RIGHT sides together, stitch 1/4" (6mm) seams unless otherwise stated. Stuffed items need strong seams. Added strength can be given by using very close stitching (approximately 24 stitches per inch) or by stitching seams twice. Finger press seams open within seams allowance before crossing with another line of stitching.

STUFF — Pull fiberfill apart and fluff it before you use it. Break apart the lumps and thick spots. This will help to create a smoother looking doll.

Use pieces about the size of a tennis ball. Pack into place using the end of a long handled wooden spoon or wooden spoon or chopstick. Stuff small amounts into pointed areas. Pack firmly in place each time stuffing is added. Use both hands to mold and shape evenly, being careful not to overstuff.
 
 

Sewing Directions
 

Doll

1. Face and body

Using face guide, transfer MARKINGS for face to one body section, centered on head.

Use fabric marker in black for eyebrows, eyes, eyelashes, and freckles where appropriate. Use red fabric marker for remaining facial features, such as the mouth. Blush over the cheeks and freckles.

For back, press under 1/4" (6mm) at lower edge of remaining body section.

STITCH body sections together along outer edge, matching small dots, leaving lower straight edge open. CLIP CURVES to stitching at inner corners.

Turn body RIGHT side out. STUFF arms ending before outer broken lines. Stitch along outer broken lines.

STUFF remainder of each arm ending before inner broken lines. Stitch along inner broken lines.


 
 

2. Feet and legs

Prepare each foot and leg as follows: STITCH the two sections of the foot together along center front seam above notch, matching large dots.


 
 
 

Pin lower edge of the leg to the foot piece, matching notches and large dots. STITCH.


 
 
 
 
 

With RIGHT sides together, fold leg in half matching notches and seams. STITCH, leaving upper edge open for turning and stuffing, continuing along foot, connecting with previous stitching. CLIP CURVES.
 
 
 
 


 
 
 

Turn leg RIGHT side out. STUFF leg ending stuffing below broken line. With seam centered in back, stitch along broken line, through all thicknesses.

STUFF remainder of leg, ending stuffing below seamline. With seam matching large dot, baste upper edge together.


 
 
 

On OUTSIDE, pin legs to lower edge of front, matching large and small dots. STITCH, being careful not to catch pressed edge of back.
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 

Press seam allowance toward body, turning legs down.

STUFF remainder of body through opening in lower edge. Pin pressed edge over seam. Stitch body close to pressed edge, through all thicknesses.


 
 
 


 
 
 

3. cardboard frame for making hair

Cut a piece of cardboard 3" x 10" (7.5cm x 25.5cm). Slant one end of cardboard by clipping the corners, as shown.

Starting and ending 1" (2.5cm) from each end, make a 3/8" (1cm) wide slot down center of cardboard.

Make a slit in slanted end large enough for stitches to pass through when removing yarn, as shown.

4. hair

Wind yarn around cardboard, 50 times, keeping loops close together and being careful not to stretch yarn when wrapping. Stitch down the center of yarn through the cardboard Slot, being careful not to stitch through cardboard, as shown. Remove yarn by sliding yarn off cardboard at slanted end.

Cut loops, as shown.

Repeat the same procedure 2 more times.


 
 
 
 

Starting at center back, near neck, pin one end of hair on head, tapering toward small dot. Center line of stitching along seam. Pin at each small dot and taper to center back. Continue around back of head in a spiral, using all three sections of hair.

Bring line of stitching between small dots on head front toward face about 3/8" (1cm) from seam. Hand sew or glue hair in place along line of stitching.

To make bow for hair, cut a 1" (2.5cm) wide strip of fabric remnant to desired length.

Tie in knot around cluster of hair, as shown on back cover of booklet.
 

NOTE: Stitch in 1/4" (6mm) seams and press all seams open unless otherwise stated.
 
 
 

DRESS


1. Front and back

Stitch dress front and dress back sections together at shoulder edges, matching notches.

NOTE: Eyelet, lace and rick-rack will be referred to as trim.
 
 
 
 

RIGHT sides together, pin narrower pre-gathered trim to neck edge, having bound edge of trim even with raw edge. Stitch. CLIP CURVE. Press trim up, pressing seam toward dress. On OUTSIDE, stitch dress close to seam.
 
 
 
 

2. Sleeve
 

Stitch under 1/4" (6mm) at lower edge of each sleeve. Press.
 
 

Cut two pieces of elastic 3" (7.5cm) long.

APPLY ELASTIC to each sleeve, centering over solid line.

Stitch front and backs together along entire underarm seams, matching notches. CLIP CURVES.


 
 

Press under 1/2" (1.3cm) on lower edge of dress.

On OUTSIDE, stitch lower edge of dress 1/4" (6mm) over bound edge of wider pre-gathered trim.
 


 
 

3. Finishing

Press under back along fold line.

On OUTSIDE, lap LEFT back over RIGHT, matching centers. Sew snaps to back opening, as shown.
 
 

APRON

1. Ruffle and hem

On OUTSIDE, center a row of rick-rack 3/4" (2cm) up from unfinished bottom of apron.

Stitch in place through center of rick-rack. Repeat this step again measuring up 1 1/2" (3.8cm) for second row of rick-rack.


 
 

To form ruffle, turn upper edge of apron to OUTSIDE I 1 1/2" (3.8cm) down from raw edge. Stitch ends, as shown.


Turn ruffle to INSIDE. Press, pressing under seam allowance along remaining sides and lower edges.

Stitch sides and lower edges in place below raw edge of ruffle.

To gather, using long machine stitches, stitch ruffle 1/4" (6mm) from raw edge. Stitch apron again 1/4" (6mm) away from previous stitchings as shown.


 
 
 

Pull up gathering stitches to measure 4" (10cm). Secure ends of thread.
 

2. Apron tie

Cut one piece of ribbon 18" (45.5cm) long.

On OUTSIDE of apron, center ribbon over gathering, having ends even. Stitch ribbon in place as shown. Clip ends diagonally.
 
 
 
 
 
 

PANTS


 

Stitch under 1/4" (6mm) at lower edge of pants front and back.
 
 

On OUTSIDE, stitch lower edge of pants over bound edge of wider pre-gathered trim.


 


 
 

Cut two pieces of elastic 4" (10cm) long.

APPLY ELASTIC to each leg centering over solid line.
 
 
 
 


 
 

Stitch pants sections together at center front FRONT and center back seams. CLIP CURVES.


 
 
 


 

Stitch inner leg seam, matching center seams.

Press under upper edge of pants along fold line for casing. Stitch close to raw edge, leaving an opening to insert elastic.
 
 
 
 

Cut one piece of elastic 6" (15cm) long.

 
 
 

insert elastic through opening in casing. Lap ends 1/2" (1.3cm) and pin. Stitch ends of elastic together securely. Stitch opening closed.
 
 
 
 


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