I saw this gypsy doll idea in a magazine and fell in love with the concept. I know there are probably others similar to this but I thought this particular design was too pretty to pass up. It’s the perfect beginner project that will make a stunning gift for a little girl. It can also be personalized to look similar to your child by changing the color of the hair, the color of the face fabric and the color of the eyes. The original design was created by Katrina Marie from KidsSewing.org. Please visit her site and enjoy her creations and lessons.
I made two of these; one with pretty brown eyes for my little Mila and another with gorgeous blue eyes for her cousin. You can also use different fabric designs to fit the season or a specific theme. I personally think these would look best with contrasting colorful bright girly colors. I did bright red and pink for the top scarf and a complimentary bright color for the rosettes.
This pattern is beginner friendly and the project can be done in about 1 hour or slightly more if you have a toddler pulling at your leg the whole time:-). The entire project for one pillow cost about $15. Most of the expense came from the bright color fabrics. You can personalize the pattern by making it square instead of round, by changing the eyes, the height of the scarf, different options for the back etc. As we go through this tutorial, I will highlight the parts that you can personalize.
|The inner rosette pieces are not shown in the above picture.|
Now take your back pieces and fold it in ¼” on the straight sides. Set aside.
Now, take one of your back piece and sew it on the front piece, right sides together using ½” seam allowance. You will be sewing over your hair loop when you put the front and back pieces together so make sure you do a few back stitches to secure it well. Sew in the other back piece.
|This is what the back looks like once your turn it inside out|
Topstitch the back of the doll close leaving about 5” open to add your stuffing. Once you fill your face with stuffing, close your opening by hand sewing.
I am sure there is a better way to do this but this seemed like the easiest way to me.
Gather the strip sew both ends together.
Do the same thing for your small strip. Once you have both rosettes, hand or machine sew them together in the center.
Now add your big button to the middle to finish the design. You can also add a fabric covered button as well. Once you have your button on, you can glue on your brooch backing to the rosette which will allow you to clip it to the side of the face of you can simply hand sew it to the face.
|This rosette has a big button in the center instead of the fabric covered button|
Repeat for the other side and you are done!