Panel dolls are a quick way to make a fun ornamental doll. This free panel doll is based on the trumpet-shaped blooms of the night blooming jasmine flower with her lower body forming the base of the flower and her upper body seeming to blossom from the petals.
When Eucalan, one of my favourite products announced they were releasing their latest fragrance called Wrapture based on the scent of night blooming jasmine and designed by Kristin Omdahl, the sensual scent immediately brought to mind this exotic, but simple to make doll.
Here's how to make one:
What You'll Need:
- The free printable panel, just click the link to Download Night Blooming Jasmine Panel Doll
Tip: If you are having trouble downloading the panel doll then please ensure that you
have Adobe Reader installed and that you have updated your Adobe Reader. It is free to both download the reader and to update it, just click the link to visit the Adobe site.
- Printable cotton sheets such as Jacquard InkJet Cotton Fabric or EQ Printables - Inkjet Cotton Satin Fabric Sheets 6/Pkg
- Sewing machine, thread, scissors, hand sewing needle
- Polyester stuffing
- Eucalan No Rinse Delicate Wash in the new Jasmine scent Wrapture
- Access to a home printer
- 8"(20.3cm) wide ribbon for loop
- 6"(15.2cm) square of white felt
- Haemostats (US spelling hemostats)
- Finger Turning Tubes (optional)
How to do it:
1. Print the front and back doll image that you downloaded above onto paper first, just to
make sure that it prints correctly. Once you are confident that the image is printing properly, follow the printer ready fabric manufacturer's instructions to print the photos onto the photo ready fabric. I advise feeding one sheet into the printer at a time. It is also usual to leave the paper backing on the fabric for 24 hours after printing to allow the ink to dry fully.
2. I find that printer ready sheets can have a quite crispy texture once the backing is removed due to the amount of sizing in the fabric to allow it to feed nicely through the printer. It is particularly important when stuffing a panel doll that the fabric be soft in order to facilitate turning. Some brands of printable cotton sheets (such as EQ Printables sheets) will recommend soaking the sheets in fabric softener, but I find that the lanolin enriched formula of Eucalan No Rinse Delicate Wash conditions the fibres and improves the hand of the fabric. You might be tempted to skip this step but you will find it makes the doll easier to turn, ensures that any excess ink washes away and the new Wrapture scent from Eucalan makes the doll smell fantastic.
Hang the sheets up to dry. Once dry iron the sheets if necessary.
3. Fold the 8" (20.3cm) piece of ribbon in half to form a loop and tack the loop in place at the top of head on the front side of the doll so that the loop faces down over the body and the cut ends of the ribbon point up above the head.
4. Place the printed cotton sheets with right sides together, matching the dotted outline of the front and back of the doll exactly with the ribbon loop sandwiched between the layers. Pin layers together.
5. Sew around the outer dotted outline of the doll just to the inside of the dotted line as accurately as you can. Leave a small opening approximately 2" (5cm) along one side of the doll. Be sure to back-stitch at the beginning and end of your stitching.
5. Cut out the doll leaving a 1/8" (3mm) seam allowance around the seam. Clip into the
Turn right side out through the opening. You may find it easier to use a pair of small haemostats or even finger turning tubes to turn the hands.
To turn the arms with finger turning tubes, first, select from the turning tubes, a tube that is the right size for the arm and slip it in the arm through the opening placing the turning tube right at the end of the fingers. Take the small brass rod from the turning tube set and press it against the end of the tube that is inside the arm. Push the rod against the seam as the seam is stronger and less likely to burst. While maintaining pressure on the tube with the rod, gently roll the hand up and over the small rod. To finish turning the arms reach inside the opening and grab onto the arm with a pair of haemostats and continue to turn the rest of the body.
6. Stuff your doll using a pair of haemostats if you have them, or alternatively use
something like a chopstick to get the stuffing into place through the opening. First fill the doll's hands and arms with polyester stuffing, continue to stuff the body lightly with stuffing. If you are used to making art dolls, do not stuff the doll as hard as you would stuff an art doll because it will distort the dolls features - keep her relatively flat.
7. With a hand sewing needle and thread, ladder stitch the opening closed.
If you don’t know how to do the ladder stitch, have a look at this diagram.
I’ve used red thread so you can see the stitch better. The blue lines indicate where the thread is travelling through the fold of the fabric. When you pull the thread taut the two bits of fabric butt together. You should pull the thread taut as you go, but I have left it loose at the end here so you can see the stitch better.
When you have closed the opening, finish by anchoring your thread and bury the tail in the body of the doll.
9. Give the doll's body a light press with an iron.
10. Print the last page from the Panel Doll pages that you downloaded onto paper. Cut out the Jasmine Flower pattern, remembering to cut out the inner circle of the flower. Trace the Jasmine flower pattern onto a single piece of white felt. Cut out, again remembering to cut our the inner circle.
10. Slip the felt jasmine flower onto the doll's body so that it sits just at the top of the green portion of her lower body. Position the felt flower so that the doll's hand can grasp the area between two petals so it looks like she is holding onto the petal's edges. With a hand-sewing needle and white thread, stitch the felt flower to the doll's body from the underside of the flower using a small whip stitch.
Hang up your Night Blooming Jasmine Panel Doll ornament and enjoy her exotic beauty and beautiful jasmine scent.
Just leave me a comment on this blog post and I will enter you into a draw to win a 3.3oz (100ml) bottle of the new Wrapture Eucalan.
The giveaway is open to US, Canadian and British residents only.
Entries will be accepted until midnight (Eastern Standard Time) Saturday December 16th. I will then choose the winner with Random.org and will notify the lucky winner via email. In
order to secure your prize you must respond to my e-mail within 48 hours or I'll have to pick a new winner!
Just so you know, I was asked to write this post about one of my favourite products as part of Eucalan's Wrapture Blog Tour (click the link to check out some other bloggers tips on using Eucalan for everything from washing crochet swatches to sudsing your lingerie). I was not given any payment for this post except a free package of Eucalan's new Wrapture No Rinse Delicate Wash. I'd like to give you some free Wrapture too, so leave a comment now!
PS Can't wait to try the new Wrapture? You can purchase Eucalan's Wrapture by clicking this link.