My new book about how to make animal dolls has now been officially published. It’s available on Amazon.com. The following videos show you how to mix up the air-dry clay using a kitchen scale, and how to soft-sculpt the adorable toes on the baby animal dolls. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
And do show us your own dolls when they’re done. I’d love to see how your dolls come out, and I know my other readers would enjoy seeing them, too.
Soft-Sculpting the Toes:
If you’re interested in designing your own doll clothes, you might find some inspiration at the Old Fashioned Baby website. Their patterns are too big, of course, but they could be adapted for smaller dolls. I really like this one…
And of course, if you really want to get carried away with doll clothes and accessories, you can’t find a better resource than Finishing the Figure: Doll Costuming, Embellishments, Accessories
If anyone’s wondering, I used an inexpensive sewing machine for all the dolls in the book. I ordered the Brother XL2600I machine from amazon.com. I needed a new one because I gave away my old machine years ago, when I got out of the doll-making business. Fortunately, this machine was easy to use, right out of the box. (I’m definitely not mechanically inclined!)
I purchased some of my dress fabric from artists who sell their printed fabric designs online. The Jungle Babies fabric by maudie&ma is here. Several of the other dolls were dressed in fabric designed by Sharon Turner. The other dolls were dressed in either left-over cotton velour, or fabric from recycled T-shirts and clothes that I found at the local Goodwill store.
All of the cotton velour that I used came from Weir Dolls and Crafts. It’s the only online source I could find that sells fat quarters, although there may be others that I’m not aware of. They ship really fast. I also purchased my doll needles and some of their wool stuffing from them. I really like the wool stuffing, but the polyester fiber from Walmart is obviously less expensive.