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Sewing Pattern

Marion the Nurse

Children Dolls Quick makes
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Book an appointment with our cute caregiver Marion the Nurse. In both sickness and health, this rosy-cheeked nurse by Cheryl Owen is skilled in helping plaster a smile on any recipient’s face. With her long, golden locks, she even has the ability to wear various hairstyles – the more ribbons, the better! Adorned with a elasticated cap and white tie apron, atop a charming hook and loop fastened checked dress, you can find the outfit instructions in your template pack so little ones can practice getting Marion ready for a busy day’s work.

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Essentials
  1. Fabric, cotton: skin-toned, 20cm x 35cm; blue, gingham, 20cm x 30cm; white, 20cm x 30cm; felt, black, red, scraps
  2. Ribbon: satin, white, 3mm wide, 30cm; grosgrain, 6mm wide, 40cm; satin, blue, 7mm wide, 40cm
  3. Yarn, 4 ply, yellow
  4. Iron-on interfacing, 15cm square
  5. Hook and loop fastening, 2cm x 4cm
  6. Elastic, 6mm wide, 12cm
  7. Toy filling
  8. Tracing paper
  9. Embroidery thread, pink
  10. Fabric glue
  11. Air-erasable fabric pen
  12. Rouge
Dimensions List
  1. 6mm seam allowance used throughout, unless otherwise stated.
    1. Download and print the templates from sewmag.co.uk. Trace the templates labelled ‘Place to the fold’, matching the indicated lines to the fold of the tracing paper, then open out flat. Snip out the following from skin-toned fabric: one pair of heads and bodies and two pairs of arms and legs. From white: one pair of knickers. Snip the notches. Lightly mark the dots on the wrong side of the pieces with a pencil.

    2. Apply fabric glue sparingly on the wrong side of the felt piece. Set aside to dry. Trim one pair of eyes from black felt and one pair of crosses from red felt. Fold the heads in half. Sew the darts to the dot. Press the darts in opposite directions. Pin and stitch the heads together between the dots, matching the darts and leaving a gap on the lower edge. Snip the curves. Turn under the raw edges of the gap and tack in place. Turn right side out. Stuff the head.

    3. Sew the bodies to the knickers along the notched edges. Press the seams open. Pin the arms together in pairs. Stitch A-B, leaving the straight edge open. Snip the curves. Finger-press the seams open then turn right side out. Stuff the arms evenly to 2cm below the open edges. Pin the open edges closed. Tack the arms to the right side of one body A-B, this will be the front body.

    4. Sew each shoe to a leg along the notched edges. Press the seams toward the shoes. Pin and stitch the shoes and legs together in pairs, leaving the short, straight upper edge open. Stuff the legs evenly with toy filling to 2cm below the open edges. Pin the open edges closed. Sew the legs side by side to the right side of the knickers of the front body, C-C. Adjust the legs to hang down from the body.

    5. Pin and stitch the bodies together, C-B-A-A-B-C. Snip the curves. Turn right side out. Stuff the body evenly, making sure the neck and shoulders are firmly stuffed to support the head. Turn under 6mm on the lower raw edge. Slip-stitch the gap closed with small, neat stitches. Poke your finger into the head to create a space for the neck. Insert the neck into the head. Pin the head to the neck on the front and back.

    6. Slip-stitch the open edges of the heads together and to the front and back body, poking in more filling as you work. Pin the head template to the front head. To mark the position of the smile and eyes, prick through the lines with a pin. Dot through the pricked holes with a fabric pen. Remove the template. Embroider the smile in stemstitch using three strands of pink embroidery thread.

    7. Pin the eyes to the front head and oversew in place using one strand of thread. Cut the 3mm wide ribbon in half, tie each neatly in a bow and stitch to the front of the shoes. Trim the ends diagonally. Snip 20cm lengths of yarn for the hair. Fold in half. Catch each fold along the seam of the back head with backstitch. Snip 5cm lengths of wool for the fringe. Fold in half. Starting and finishing 1.5cm either side of the dart, catch each fold of the yarn along the top of front head seam with backstitch.

    8. With the doll face down, lay the hair neatly outwards from the back head then bunch together centrally on the back of the head. Tie tightly with a length of yarn to make a ponytail. Trim the ends. Tie blue ribbon in a bow around the ponytail. Secure the bow through the hair with a few stitches. Trim the ribbon ends diagonally. Dab rouge on the face with the tip of a cotton bud to mark the nose and rosy cheeks.

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