Part of the character of your dolls and plushies is the face.
They can either be embroidered or painted- both are great options.
Today we will take a look at how to embroider a doll face and some tips and tricks to make them look just right.
How to Embroider a Doll Face
1- pick out the pattern or style for the face. Below you’ll find some templates and ideas
2- pick your embroidery thread, you’ll need colors for the lips, eyes, cheeks and nose if you are stitching those as well
3- transfer your face drawing onto the doll face. Use pencil and very light pressure, or even a wash away marker. If you don’t like the template, you can make quick adjustments without wasting fabric. Pressing hard and using permanent marker for drawing your face can cause some issues in the future.
4- stitch your design using the needle and thread. You can also vary the look by using 2-4 strands of thread (if using DMC floss) Practice on another piece of fabric before deciding.
Doll Face Embroider Tips:
- Check the thread- especially red. Sometimes the colors leach or bleed onto the fabric. This can cause some issues. Red is usually the culprit. Do a quick test with your thread before investing in all the time and energy to stitching them.
- Add felt embellishments for cheeks if you’d like. You can mix it up by adding some fun felt embellishments. They are quick to do and easy to stitch down.
- Use variegated thread for some fun variation on the eyes or cheeks
- Use buttons for the eyes- safety ones for little kiddos
Doll Face Tutorials:
- how to embroider an eye
- eye styles and different designs + tutorial
- satin stitched eyes
- waldorf style eyes
- button eye option
What you’ll find in the Everything You Want To Know About Sewing Dolls & Plushies series: Free tutorials, multiple options, ideas, inspiration….
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