Make Cloth Dolls Class Plan

by Terese Cato

Abby

16" standing doll

Class Description

  • All sewing skill levels will enjoy creating this doll
  • Learn body construction, the technique of trace-sew-cut, face sculpting and painting
  • Each student will complete a standing 16” sculpted doll
  • Everyone will enjoy choosing their own color pallet and props to create their own special doll

Class Length

  • Two classes lasting 3 to 4 hours each
  • Everyone will work at a different pace. Allow enough time between the two classes so students may complete all steps (as homework if needed) and everyone will begin the second class together.

Class Supplies

  • Required text: Make Cloth Dolls by Terese Cato (Chapters 1 and 2)
  • Each student may use the material list on page 33 and choose their own color palette. Ask students to read Choosing The Fabric on page 12.
  • Fabric and trims required for the project are small amounts. Sewers and quilters with a fabric stash may have many of these items at home.
  • Some items come packaged in amounts large enough for several dolls and may be shared (polyester fiberfill for stuffing, skein of yarn for hair, eyelashes, knee highs for socks, pipe cleaners, fusible web, buttons and embellishments).
  • Special tools needed include watercolor pencils and tiny turning tubes.
  • Copy the templates on cardstock and cut out prior to class to save substantial class time. Refer to the list of templates required on page 33 and the template patterns beginning on page 96.

Classroom Preparation

  • Sewing machine for each student
  • Cutting and pressing station

Class Outline - Refer to the book for page numbers as noted

Class 1
Follow the directions beginning on page 33 and demonstrate how to:

  1. Construct the doll body. Refer back to Chapter 1 for additional detailed directions for Basic Body Construction.
  2. Dress the doll.
  3. Everyone will work at a different pace. Instruct students to finish any steps not completed in class so all students will begin class 2 together.

Class 2
Follow the directions on page 20 and demonstrate how to:

  1. Sculpt and paint the face. Refer back to Chapter 1 for additional detailed directions for Basic Body Construction.
  2. Create the hairstyle.
  3. Embellish the doll.
  4. (Optional) Make a doll stand.


 

Emily Ann and Her Doll

22" button-jointed rag doll with a 9" companion doll

Class Description

  • All sewing skill levels will enjoy creating this doll
  • Learn body construction with button joints, the technique of trace-sew-cut
  • Each student will complete a 22” rag doll and a 9” rag doll
  • Everyone will enjoy choosing their own color pallet to create their own special dolls

Class Length

  • two classes lasting 3 to 4 hours each
  • Everyone will work at a different pace. Allow enough time between the two classes so students may complete all steps (as homework if needed) and everyone will begin the second class together.

Class Supplies

  • Required text: Make Cloth Dolls by Terese Cato (Chapter 1 and 5)
  • Each student may use the material list on page 71 and 72 and choose their own color palette. Ask students to read Choosing The Fabric on page 12.
  • Fabric and trims required for the project are small amounts. Sewers and quilters with a fabric stash may have many of these items at home.
  • Some items come packaged in amounts large enough for several dolls and may be shared (polyester fiberfill for stuffing, skein of yarn for hair, knee highs for socks, ¼” elastic, pipe cleaners, buttons and snaps).
  • Special tools needed include watercolor pencils and tiny turning tubes.
  • Copy the templates on cardstock and cut out prior to class to save substantial class time. Refer to the list of templates required on page 72 and the template patterns beginning on page 96.

Classroom Preparation

  • Sewing machine for each student
  • Cutting and pressing station

Class Outline - Refer to the book for page numbers as noted

Class 1
Follow the directions beginning on page 72 and demonstrate how to:

  1. Construct the doll body. Refer back to Chapter 1 for additional detailed directions for Basic Body Construction.
  2. Dress the doll.
  3. Everyone will work at a different pace. Instruct students to finish any steps not completed in class so all students will begin class 2 together.

Class 2
Follow the directions on page 76 and demonstrate how to:

  1. Create the face. Refer back to Chapter 1 for additional detailed directions for Basic Body Construction.
  2. Create the hairstyle.
  3. Make the 9” doll.


 

Estelle

16" sitting doll

Class Description

  • All sewing skill levels will enjoy creating this doll
  • Learn body construction, the technique of trace-sew-cut, face sculpting and painting, sculpting toes, felting technique to attach hair
  • Each student will complete a sitting 16” sculpted doll
  • Everyone will enjoy choosing their own color pallet and props to create their own special doll

Class Length

  • Two classes lasting 3 to 4 hours each
  • Everyone will work at a different pace. Allow enough time between the two classes so students may complete all steps (as homework if needed) and everyone will begin the second class together.

Class Supplies

  • Required text: Make Cloth Dolls by Terese Cato (Chapter 1 and 3)
  • Each student may use the material list on page 50 and choose their own color palette. Ask students to read Choosing The Fabric on page 12.
  • Fabric and trims required for the project are small amounts. Sewers and quilters with a fabric stash may have many of these items at home.
  • Some items come packaged in amounts large enough for several dolls and may be shared (polyester fiberfill for stuffing, wool yarn or roving for hair, eyelashes, pipe cleaners, fusible web, ¼” elastic, buttons and embellishments).
  • Special tools needed include a medium to fine felting needle, watercolor pencils, and tiny turning tubes.
  • Use Liquitex Medium Magenta Soft Body Acrylic Paint for painting fingernails and toenails or add Liquitex Acrylic Fabric Medium to acrylic paint.
  • Copy the templates on cardstock and cut out prior to class to save substantial class time. Refer to the list of templates required on page 50 and the template patterns beginning on page 96.

Classroom Preparation

  • Sewing machine for each student
  • Cutting and pressing station

Class Outline -  Refer to the book for page numbers as noted

Class 1
Follow the directions beginning on page 50 and demonstrate how to:

  1. Construct the doll body. Refer back to Chapter 1 for additional detailed directions for Basic Body Construction.
  2. Dress the doll.
  3. Everyone will work at a different pace. Instruct students to finish any steps not completed in class so all students will begin class 2 together.

Class 2
Follow the directions on page 51 and demonstrate how to:

  1. Sculpt and paint the face. Refer back to Chapter 1 for additional detailed directions for Basic Body Construction.
  2. Create the hairstyle.
  3. Embellish the doll.


 

Jilly

16" sitting crossed-legged doll

Class Description

  • All sewing skill levels will enjoy creating this doll
  • Learn body construction, the technique of trace-sew-cut, face sculpting and painting
  • Each student will complete a crossed-legged sitting 16” sculpted doll
  • Everyone will enjoy choosing their own color pallet and props to create their own special doll

Class Length

  • Two classes lasting 3 to 4 hours each
  • Everyone will work at a different pace. Allow enough time between the two classes so students may complete all steps (as homework if needed) and everyone will begin the second class together.

Class Supplies

  • Required text: Make Cloth Dolls by Terese Cato (Chapter 1 and 4)
  • Each student may use the material list on page 61 and choose their own color palette. Ask students to read Choosing The Fabric on page 12.
  • Fabric and trims required for the project are small amounts. Sewers and quilters with a fabric stash may have many of these items at home.
  • Some items come packaged in amounts large enough for several dolls and may be shared (polyester fiberfill for stuffing, yarn for hair, eyelashes, pipe cleaners, fusible web, ¼” elastic, buttons and embellishments).
  • Special tools needed include watercolor pencils and tiny turning tubes.
  • Copy the templates on cardstock and cut out prior to class to save substantial class time. Refer to the list of templates required on page 61 and the template patterns beginning on page 96.

Classroom Preparation

  • Sewing machine for each student
  • Cutting and pressing station

Class Outline - Refer to the book for page numbers as noted

Class 1
Follow the directions beginning on page 61 and demonstrate how to:

  1. Construct the doll body. Refer back to Chapter 1 for additional detailed directions for Basic Body Construction.
  2. Dress the doll.
  3. Everyone will work at a different pace. Instruct students to finish any steps not completed in class so all students will begin class 2 together.

Class 2
Follow the directions on page 62 and demonstrate how to:

  1. Sculpt and paint the face. Refer back to Chapter 1 for additional detailed directions for Basic Body Construction.
  2. Create the hairstyle.
  3. Embellish the doll.
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