Kitty Rag Doll
When I was on anthropology’s website the other day I saw the cutest deer rag dolls for little girls!! They were absolutely adorable and I wanted to get one for Mae but I didn’t feel like paying the $30 price tag. When I went home I decided to try to make her one, but instead of a deer I wanted to go with the cat since it’s Mae’s favorite.
This was a very fun project to make anyone with some sewing experience can make it. The hand embroidery is probably the most difficult part, but if you take your time or practice on some scrap fabric you can do it!!! I had some pretty gray velvet fabric at home so I decided to use that (I wanted to make sure would actually turn out before spending money on fabric) which made the project VERY inexpensive. I don’t think I bought anything for it!! If you do need fabric use a 40% off coupon and you can make this doll for under $10 easy!!
►Velvet Fabric about 1/2 yard
►Embroidery String (Black)
►Decorative Lace or Edging
►Small Embroidery Hoop
1. First I drew out a pattern for the head and the body onto the back side of the fabric.
2. Then I drew out the face directly onto the fabric and using it small embroidery hoop and some black embroidery thread I hand embroidered the kitty face.
3. When I was happy with the face I took out the sewing machine and sewed together the front and back of the kitty head and body leaving the bottom open to add stuffing. Trim away all extra fabric and turn in side out
4. Next you’re going to want to do the arms and the legs and tail fold together the fabric and draw a long U-shaped make the legs a bit longer than the arms and the tail the longest then so together the pieces.
5. Use the poly fill in stuff together all the parts that you have. When you get to the tail take your pipe cleaner and cut it the correct link and put it into the tail while stuffing with the poly feel that way it will be movable
6. When you are finishing the body and the legs place the legs into the opening on the bottom of the body. Then fold over the fabric nicely and pin in place. Use the sewing machine across the body where the legs are placed so they are securely in place
7. Take the arms for them so that the open side has a nice edge and then so the arm shut on the sewing machine. To attach the them take two buttons and some embroidery thread run the thread directly through the body and through each of the buttons to connect the arms to the body. By running it through the body it make it so the arms can be moved up and down.
8. Lastly take the tail and hand sew it nicely on the back of the cat
Your cat is finished!!!
9. Now you can make a skirt or headband for the cat if you like.
For skirt all you need is some fun floral fabric and a piece of elastic. Fold over the fabric and leave about half an inch so you can run the elastic through. Then close up the back of the skirt and put it on your kitty. For the crown just loop some decorative lace or edging and sew shut