My grandmother made a Raggedy Ann doll for me when I was little, and I'll never forget the details she put into it. I always appreciated the layering of clothing, which made it fun to dress.
Since the craft contest is sponsored by Singer and Lion Brand, I wanted to make something that incorporated sewing and yarn.
Step 1: Making the Body
Making the doll involves a lot of steps, but none of them are difficult. I made my own pattern using geometric shapes of rectangles, circles, and ovals.
You will need about a yard of whatever color material you wish to use for the body.
I suggest a lower thread-count fabric, since muslin makes it difficult to get the yarn/hair through.
Pin the pattern to the fabric, trace around the edges, and cut about 1/2 inch further out than the traced line.
Cut 4 arms, 4 legs, and 2 head/bodies.
(Whenever you see my pen pointing at the fabric, it means to sew that area.)
Sew 2pieces of the arm to make one. Do the same for the other arm, and for the legs.
TIP: When rounding a corner, leave the needle of the sewing machine down, lift the foot, turn the fabric, lower the foot, and turn.
Sew the head and body, leaving open two holes in the sides for the arms to fit in, and the bottom open.
Once the pieces are finished, notch the corners to keep it from gathering around the curves when you turn it inside out.