Happy Friday everyone! Thank you for all the Bubbles love...I love creating these little dolls and their characters - so I'm thrilled when you all enjoy them. If you loved Bubbles and her outfit, I'm sharing how I put it all together, so you can make one too. I decided to make her a dress with a "bubble skirt" (hence her name) but if you just want to make a regular dress skirt, I'm providing the instructions too which are a little different than the photos shown.
As a reminder - Bubbles is made using my Sizzix Kid Giddy Doll die (for the head and body) and the Sizzix Kid Giddy Fox die (for the arms and legs).
Step 1: Cut 4 body pieces. This can be all the same fabric, but I used two so this tutorial is less confusing. I also wanted the bottom to be different than her dress so it 'looked' like she was wearing undies. Cut your top piece across the midsection so it's 2 1/2" from top to bottom. The bottom piece should be cut from the bottom up so it's 1/2" overlapped with the top piece. In this picture above, you'll see a skin tone fabric piece underneath the other two. This is only to illustrate how if you line up the two pieces to the skin tone piece, they must overlap each other to account for the seam allowance. If you don't account for the seam allowance, the doll's body will be shorter than intended. So my measurements don't really matter - you can place the dress seam where you want, just make sure they overlap by 1/2".
Step 2: Sew the two top body pieces right sides together, side seams only. Repeat this for the bottom portion of the body as well.
If you don't want to make a "bubble" skirt: cut your fabric approx 5" x 19 1/2". Skip to step 5.
If you are not making a bubble skirt, match up the ruffled edge to your body piece, and stitch the end seam together (which will be in the center back of the doll) and trim seam allowance accordingly.
Step 10: Flip the skirt dress down to show the top of the body and finish the doll according to directions with the die. If you didn't make a bubble skirt, roll a double hem along the bottom raw edge and top stitch along the fold.
Step 11: If you want to make a puffy sleeve cut your fabric in the manner shown above. Although this shows the doll arm, you can do the same for the fox arm (as I did but forgot to take a picture of). Make the top edge the same width as the top of the arm, and the bottom wider. Stitch the side seams together and sew a piece of elastic to the bottom edge to gather it into a puffy sleeve.
Step 12: To make the capris, please see all my additional instructions on the sizzix website under projects for the doll. The instructions apply to the fox arms and legs as well.
Step 13: To make her hair buns, I use 1/2" strips of bamboo blend felt braided together. Roll the braid pieces up to make the bun as small or as large as you want. On the underside, using a long piece of thread, secure all the pieces from one side to another all the way around the bun. Stitch the bun to the doll head in the desired place.
Do you know about the #SewMyself Doll Challenge hosted by GenQ magazine and sponsored by Sizzix? I recently shared how I made some of my Little House on the Prairie look a like dolls for more ideas to make your own for the contest. Head over to Gen Q to check it out.
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