Fabric Softie Doll with Crochet Heart

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I finally got the sewing machine moved in to my craft room (yay!) and wanted a quick project to make to celebrate. I found this adorable fabric softie doll from Little Green Notebook‘s blog, which she based on a pattern on Martha Stewart‘s website.

The pattern needs to be printed at least 150% of the original size to be a good size doll. My printer would only print a portion of the pattern, which was the head and a portion of the body. I used that portion to redraw the arms, legs, and hair by hand. It wasn’t difficult and saved a trip to the printer/copier store.

Materials I used:

  • scraps of fabrics in pinks and greens, plus a flesh color (I used off-white)
  • craft felt in a light brown/blonde color
  • DMC embroidery thread in lt pink and lt blue
  • Basic sewing materials such as thread and needle for hand sewing and machine sewing
  • Worsted Weight yarn in hot pink
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook

I followed the tutorial listed on Martha’s website, then made a fabric hair bow and a crochet heart to embellish her. For the fabric bow, I used the basic concept of this pattern from Simply Homemade except I reduced the rectangular fabric cut to 8″ by 5″ to make a slightly smaller bow. It was a very easy and simple bow to make. I may make another one in the full-size version for our little girl and attach it to a clip or headband to match her baby doll’s hair bow.

For the crochet heart, I used the hot pink WW yarn and the 3.5 mm crochet hook. You can use a size or two larger hook if you wish to make the heart a little larger. I didn’t want the heart on the softie to be too much on the striped floral print fabric for her body.

Basic Crochet Heart Pattern: This is a pattern I found a while back and it does not have an author to credit. It’s a pretty basic design and has been around for next to forever as far as I can tell.

Working into a Magic Circle, Ch 2.

Into the Magic Circle work 4 dc, 1 trb, 4 dc, ch 2, sl st. Do not join.

Tuck the tail into the center of the magic circle and pull tight to close the circle.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

If you can’t crochet, you can knit a heart or cut a heart from felt and hand stitch it to your softie doll. There are several more applique ideas to add to your softie available, including first initial, strawberries, cherries, puppy dogs… you name it. Just search for freebies online.

For her embroidered face, I used DMC embroidery thread in a light pink and a light blue. You’ll only need a little bit, so you can also use sewing thread or even paint on her face. I didn’t use any paint to do a blush on her cheeks as pictured on other similar softie dolls, but you can add blush to your doll easy with a touch of peach or pink paint.

SoftieDollFaceStitching felt onto fabric can be a real bear when using a sewing machine. I used a basting stitch to tack it down around the edges of the face and around the hair line before doing a basic zig-zag stitch at the hair line. You can leave it just basted on, use a decorative stitch on your machine, or hand stitch the hair applique to the face.

This pattern is really flexible and easy to make it your own! Enjoy! -K

Quick Links to the Patterns Used:

Doll Pattern on Martha Stewart’s Website

Doll Inspiration from Little Green Notebook

Hair Bow Pattern on Simply Homemade Blog

Little Red Monster Cuddle Blankie Pattern

Little Red Monster Cuddle Blankie Pattern Inspired by Sesame Street’s Elmo Character

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Our 21-month-old daughter is a blanket baby and has to have her “bits” when she goes wants to relax. She also loves Sesame Street’s Little Red Monster character, Elmo. Inspiration hit me this weekend as I was sitting at a craft fair at our local farmer’s market and I whipped up this small, simple “Little Red Monster” Cuddle Blankie for her. I would rate the pattern overall as easy. Here’s what I did:

For the blanket (approximately 12″ by 12″):

J-hook

Worsted weight yarn:

  • Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn! in Red
  • Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn! in White
  • Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn! in Black (just a small scrap piece for the mouth)
  • Red Heart in Carrot or Pumpkin (you’ll only need a scrap for the orange nose)

Pattern note: This is a simple corner-to-corner square and it’s not totally my original pattern. This particular style of square has been around for quite some time and there is not an author who I am aware of to credit this work.

1. Using red yarn: Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from the hook and in the next 2 ch. (3 sc)

2. *For remainder of pattern, work in BACK LOOPS ONLY (BLO)* Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc. (5 sc)

3. Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in each sc to last sc, 2 sc in last sc.

**REPEAT row 3 until the side of the square measures approximately 10.5-11″. Quick geometry lesson: You’ll be measuring the LEG of the triangle, not the HYPOTENUSE. In other words, the LEG of the triangle will be one of the four sides of your finished square.

Next Rows: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog in first two sc from previous row, sc in each sc to last two sc, sc2tog in last two sc.

**REPEAT this pattern until you have four stitches remaining. At this point, you’ll have a square worked on the diagonal.

Last Row: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog twice, finish off and weave in ends.

Edging: Join white yarn to any sc with a sl st. Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, picot in next st. Repeat around then fasten off white yarn and weave in the ends.

  • Picot: sc, ch 3, sc in 3rd ch.

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For the Little Red Monster:

G-hook

Stuffed Critter Fluff (ex: Polyfil brand)

Yarn colors listed above (red, white, black, orange)

Two small black buttons and white thread to sew them on.

Stitch marker (optional) – Since this portion is worked in continuous rounds.

ARMS: Make 2, of course.

1. Working into a Magic Circle, sc 6. Do not join – work in continuous rounds.

2. 2 sc in each sc around.

3. sc in each sc around. Repeat this row until the arm is 4″ long. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing the arms onto the blanket. I didn’t stuff the arms, but you are welcome to stuff them if you prefer.

HEAD:

1. Working into a Magic Circle, sc 6. Do not join – work in continuous rounds.

2. 2 sc in each sc around.

3. sc in sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat around.

4. sc around.

5. sc 2, 2 sc in next st. Repeat around.

6. sc 3, 2 sc in next st. Repeat around.

7. sc 4, 2 sc in next st. Repeat around.

8 – 11. sc around. Stuff head at this point.

12. 4 sc, sc2tog in next two st. Repeat around.

13. 3 sc, sc2tog in next two st. Repeat around.

14. 2 sc, sc2tog in next two st. Repeat around.

15. sc, sc2tog in next two st. Repeat around, then fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing the head closed and onto the blanket.

EYES: Make 2.

1. Using white yarn: Working into a Magic Circle, sc 10. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing the eyes onto the head.

2. Using sewing thread or DMC embroidery thread in white, sew the black buttons onto the center of each white crochet circle to finish the eyes. NOTE: If you are making this for a baby or a small child that likes to bite or pull at things, stitch the blacks of the eyes using yarn or thread instead. The buttons are a choking hazard.

NOSE:

1. Working into a Magic Circle, sc 6 into the ring. Do not join.

2. 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc total). Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing onto the head. _________

At this point, you’ll have your:

  • Square blanket
  • 2 arms
  • 1 head
  • 2 eyes
  • 1 nose

Using the tails from the eyes and nose, stitches the pieces onto the head. See the photo for placement suggestion. With a scrap piece of black yarn, stitch a smile onto the face.

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Then, find the center of the blanket by folding it in half, and then in half again. Mark it with a pin. With the long tail left at the bottom of the head, stitch the head using small, sturdy stitches to the center of the blanket.

Next, place the arms on either side of the head and stitch them down with small, sturdy stitches to the blanket. I placed the arms on my sample right next to the head and stitched them down.

Ta-da! You are completed your Little Red Monster Cuddle Blankie! Enjoy!

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