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About Muslin Dolls - Sewing Muslin dolls are awesome!!! Dolls are a one of a kind craft, meaning, there is no other doll like the one you made.  You can change the face expression, the color of clothes, the hair color, etc... Muslin comes in white and Natural color.  Tea stained muslin gives a nice appearance when used for doll bodies.
Best type of Fabric to use- Muslin should be used for the doll body. Light, medium, or heavy weight cotton will work best for doll dresses, however, just about any fabric can be used for doll clothes.
Easy type Pattern - The easy type of pattern would be a simple doll body with attached arms and legs, however, these patterns are very hard to find, and don't really give a "doll" look to them, especially in the larger patterns.
Difficult type Pattern - Most doll patterns are a more difficult type of pattern.  They have a body piece, arms, legs, the clothes, hat. etc... Remember, most of the time, the more pattern pieces, and the smaller the pieces, the harder it will be to make the doll.
Pattern Pieces - Doll patter pieces can be as little as one, the doll body with attached arms and legs, and then one piece for the dress or clothes, or up to 30 pattern pieces, for a much more difficult doll.
Cost & Fabric usage - The great thing about making dolls, is; one could make a doll with scraps of fabric or left over fabric from mom or grand mom's pile of fabric.  That is how I started when I was 7.  I got all of my moms left over fabric and I began making doll clothes for my dolls and then started making my own dolls.
Comments - Sewing Muslin dolls are my FAVORITE craft to make. I have been making muslin dolls for the last 25 years and selling them.  My dolls are in countries like the U.S., Canada, Bulgaria, Holland, Mexico, and Guatemala. There are no "rules" for making muslin dolls.  Have fun and design one on your own...or buy some of my easy patterns and work on them until you are comfortable making your own doll.

On a personal note: SIGN & DATE YOUR DOLLS...and name them too.  I regret VERYYYY much that I did not take the time to sign all my dolls, date them, and name them.  I also regret not making doubles of certain dolls to keep for my self and my children.   I have 3 daughters who would love to see a doll that I made as a child. Even if you are only 6 years old, and just started sewing, take my advise, and sign and date your handmade dolls. Someday you will appreciate the work and creativity you put in with sewing, and that your signature and date is on your doll.


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This doll was simply drawn on paper first, cut out, stitched together, and then plenty of jewels and gems were added for the right touch to finish this cute little mermaid.


Early cloth doll bodies were homemade with scraps of fabric.  Nothing was thrown out or wasted back then.  Most dolls were constructed with a front and a back including legs. The arms were attached separately. One piece body dolls were produced commercially in the early 1800's in many European countries.  By 1840 muslin bodies were being made that could sit. Today it is much easier to make and dress dolls with the many doll supply companies at hand. Click here for more history of the muslin doll.


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