Does anyone know how to make a doll using pantyhose?
Gracie C. from Astor, FL
I've never made dolls from pantyhose before. I did find this site online, but I did not read the whole article. I hope it helps!
We used to make the cutest soft sculptured dolls you have ever seen!
Google "Soft Sculpture Doll Instructions".
There are many sites that are easy, and all the way up to fantastic!
This brings back memories! We used to make floppy-eared bunnies by using nurse's white hose. In the 70s nurses still wore white hose, uniform, and even a hat! LOL So we put a box at the nurses' residence, and asked for all their stockings that had runs in them.
You need a long straight needle to help sculpture the "stuffing/polyfill" into little round noses, make openings for eyes, or make the eyelids shut. If you are a good seamstress, you can make your infant-sized babies have a belly-button!
One of the easiest is to make a "granny head" by using a knee-high hose. Stuff it full of the polyfill, then practice by making a nose, cheeks, and so on. Sew up the back. Put some poly fill on the "head" for hair. Then cut a circle of fabric that is larger than your granny's "head" leaving about 1/4 inch edge all the way around the circle. Run a basting stitch. Leave a rather long tail of thread. Place this circle on the head, and pull the basting stitch to gather the hat.
When it is seated on the head the way you want it, tack the ends of your thread in a hidden spot on the back of the head, sort of under the cap's edge. Make a pair of "grannie-glasses" out of soft wire, and perch them on granny's nose. Add a long ribbon hanger, and put granny on your Christmas tree.
You can also make a "potato" from the knee high. Stuff it full of poly fill and use the long needle and thread to sculpture "eyes" in the potato's skin. When it is to your satisfaction, sew the bottom end of the knee high shut. Place the potato on an old fashioned potato masher and hang it on the kitchen wall. Cute!
Have fun looking at the patterns! (07/08/2008)
By Barb in TN
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