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A Little Love for My Littlest Love {A Tutorial}

September 18, 2012

It’s happening.  N is getting her first teeth.  That’s right, teeth.  Always fearless and approaching the world arms wide open, this girl of mine is making her enameled debut two at a time!  Aside from the usual comforts for a teething  babe, I thought our sweet N might like a little something extra.  I whipped up this soft cuddly doll in a couple of hours* on a Saturday morning.  She was snuggling and fast asleep by lunch.

Baby’s First Doll (AKA:  Lovey)

  • Square piece of fabric (mine was a 23″ woven wrap scrap)
  • Felted ball of wool for the head (mine is actually one of these)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Usual sewing notions (scissors, thread, etc…)
  1. Hem your square all the way around.  I used 1/2 inch.
  2. Fold your square in half from one corner to the opposite corner, so it forms a triangle.
  3. Sew up one side of the triangle.  I like to use a zig zag stitch.
  4. Place your wool ball inside the doll.  The head will go in the fold.
  5. Sew up the last side of the triangle.  (Again with the zig zag stitch.)
  6. I then sewed both edges again with a zig zag right on the very edge just to be sure it’s sturdy for the long run.
  7. Placing your ball of wool in the center of the fold, gather fabric around it to create a head.
  8. Wrap embroidery thread around the gather of fabric to secure the head.  I pulled my thread through one of the folds to hide the knot and keep everything extra secure.
  9. Finally, tie knots in the doll’s “arms”.
  10. Cut threads, make sure everything is safe and secure for baby, admire your work and you’re done!

*This project is quite quick.  I spent hours on it because I was also caring for a teething baby and an energetic three year old, as I imagine many of you may be as well. ;)

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