Hello friends, this is Jennifer Long from, Bee Sew Inspired, fabric designer with Riley Blake Designs and a professional Doll and Quilt pattern designer.
Felt Nutcracker Doll
To me, the Nutcracker represents the nostalgia of the Holiday Season! I grew up training to be a professional ballet dancer, so to me – the Nutcracker is embodied in my Christmas memories!!!
Think Land of the Sweets and Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy!!!!
Let’s get creative! Just gather the supplies below, then download the pattern and pdf templates or machine embroidery files. Don’t forget to share your Ballerina Doll on social media using the hashtag #BSImakersclub and tag @beesewinspired.
What You Need:
1. Cut out your skin tone base making sure it is big enough to hoop and also big enough to create the full height of the nutcracker doll. This layer will act as a base for the entire doll.
2. Trace the facial features of your doll and hand embroider the eyes, eyebrows, nose, cheeks, and teeth.
3. Applique the mustache, beard, and hair. You can use decorative stitching to create more texture in those elements.
4. Working from the bottom layer, now applique the jacket, the placket down the center front of the jacket and the shoulder pads.
5. Once you’ve added the Nutcracker’s pants, add the decorative buttons, and finally his hat. You can create fun stitching patterns on his legs.
6. Add a layer of Heat N Bond Extra firm Interfacing to create a nice stiff flat felt doll. Add a back layer of felt to your doll for a nice clean finish. Stitch around the perimeter of the doll to keep all the layers together.
7. Create the Nutcracker’s boots and candy cane in the same manner.
8. Sit back and enjoy watching the kids play!
PS. These would also look great in the Christmas tree!
Thank you for joining me today on the Thermoweb Blog! I hope you can slow down this holiday season and enjoy some fun, creative time! If you loved this tutorial, please sign up for the Bee Sew Inspired newsletter at http://www.beesewinspired.com. Thank you Jennifer Long.