Things You'll Need
- Doll pattern
- Prewashed and ironed muslin or other fabric
- Permanent, fine-point fabric pen
- Color gel pens or acrylic paints with a very fine brush
Whether you want to make a homemade doll for a child or grandchild or you’re interested in selling at craft fairs, you’ll want to know how to make cloth doll faces. You can practice making the doll faces on paper until you feel comfortable drawing them on your fabric. With a few specific supplies made for fabric artwork, you can create as many varieties of dolls as your mind can imagine.
Cut out your muslin or other fabric for a face piece according to your pattern. Fold the fabric in half widthwise and press to create a slight crease where the middle of the head would be.
Unfold the fabric and set on a flat surface with the right side facing up. Using a fabric pen, gently begin to draw the eyes along the crease. Make them as large or small as you want.
Add the nose to your doll halfway between the eyes and the chin area, followed by the mouth positioned halfway between the nose and the chin.
Color in the face as you see fit along the mouth, eyes and cheeks using your gel pens or acrylic paints. Sew the rest of your pattern together and add in your face piece to complete your cloth doll.
Make more than one face at a time, and select the best one to sew with to be part of the finished doll. If you like them all, then make more than one doll.
Keep a sketchbook handy to practice drawing your faces on. When you’re ready to make a doll, you’ll know exactly what you wanted it to look like.
Always be sure you use pens and markers that are suitable for fabrics; otherwise, you may have trouble with ink bleeding along the fabric and distorting your drawing.
- Creative Cloth Doll Faces; Patti Medaris Culea; 2004