Summer Travelers Doll Tutorial
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These little guys are around 9″ tall. The Summer Travelers are perfect to snuggle with, laugh with, and to show the world too. They love to be tucked into bags, blankets, suitcases, and little people arms. They find the world facinating and want to see and experience it all. Use scraps to get this patchwork crafts made. It is an easy pattern for beginners and maybe even for little sewers who are just starting out.
Download the template in the resource library— it’s free & you’ll get access to all the files!
Pick your fabrics:
6 X15 inch piece of Fleece, or anything else soft
Now you need to sew on the drawn lines. This will keep you straight and nice.
Now cut all the pieces out just under a 1/4 inch outside of the sewn line. This area will fray. Make sure you aren’t too close to the seam line. It is easier too to cut out with the cotton on the bottom. It won’t shift while cutting. no funky edges.
On the right side of the fabric you can add a belly. I used a piece of the fleece. I fussy cut the little spiral thingie. Sew this to the front along the edge. Cut your fleece for the back of the body 6 X 5 1/2″ with the stretch going up and down the 6″ length. Here are all your pieces and parts:
Pinch and Pin:
Pinch the ears just a bit and before pinning in place.
Pin the ears, and arms onto the front piece of the traveler.
Pin the front to the back fleece piece. Notice that the fleece is not cut to shape. It will stretch and move just a bit. Perfect for getting everything just right.
Sew around the body edge 1/4 inch inside. Watch those pins!! There will be a few parts that are fat and chunky and hard to get through. Just keep going.
Take your pins out and then turn it right sides out. I know i am not having you clip it yet…hold on. You want to make sure that the ears and arms are all sewn in perfect. Nothing should be loose, or dangeling, or sewn into the other side seam. Everything ok? Then pop it all back in and trim around the seam.
Look how cute:
Now stuff it.
*That doesn’t look to comfortable, does it?*
Sewing again, again and again:
Sew right across this bottom. 1/4 inch is perfect. Then turn over and make sure you got both front and back sides. Then sew across it again.
Bend the legs down and trim this just past the stitching. There is large and small parts of fabric everywhere. Even them all out. Make their bum cute people. People will be looking at them!
They would love to have a face either stitched on or use button for thier eyes, red pucker lips, a crooked sneaky smile, starry eyes, eyelashes…whatever you think this little guy/gal needs.
Make More Summer Travelers:
Make sure you make one Summer Travelers per child. They all want their own! And they don’t like to share! And they won’t fight while you are on vacation! Have fun… oh, and i would love it if you shared them too!!
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