There are some simple yet effective hand stitches that you can use to tart up your doll's clothing or anything made of fabric. Here are some handy how to's for some decorative stitches to get you started.
I used a blanket stitch to adorn my latest doll design Give Us a Kiss.
Future Girl give us this tutorial on blanket stitch - she uses the blanket stitch to attach two pieces of felt but you can use the same stitch for simple edging on a single piece of fabric as I did for Give Us a Kiss above.
Like the blanket stitch, the herringbone stitch is nice and simple, click here to see a video to demonstrate this stitch.
Feather stitch is not one I've tried by hand, but here is a tutorial from Primrose Design.
Another stitch which makes good decorative edging is the fly stitch. See how to do it here.
The Pekingese stitch is not one I had heard of before but what a cool edging technique. See a tutorial from Primrose Design here.
Satin stitch is a stitch that you can use to create embellishments and designs on your fabric and would really make a doll look special. Click here to see a video tutorial.
Like the satin stitch, the daisy stitch can be used to create motifs (you guessed it, daisies). Click here to see a tutorial with illustrated step-by-steps.
Another funky motif style stitch is spider web stitch, watch a video how-to by clicking here.
For a whole whack more decorative stitch tutorials, check out these blogs or sites:
Primrose Design - a 'stitch school' series of posts leads you through an array of decorative hand stitches.
NeedleandThread.com - has a video library of stitches
Or Download the Pocket Stitch Book by Cassi Griffin for Sew Mama Sew, here so you have a handy reference for those stitches that you can't quite remember.
Feeling inspired and want to practice your hand stitches? Get this beautiful free pattern for Queen Anne's Lace embroidery from Sew Mama Sew courtesy of Alicia Paulson.
Thread that needle!