read through instructions before you begin.
- freezer paper for making templates
x 15" flesh colored fabric for head, feet, hands
- 22" x 18" (fat quarter) print
for body, sleeves, skirt
- (or you can create a contrasting
skirt with another fabric)
- 4" square gold ultra leather or
thin vinyl for sandal bottom
- 14" of 1" wide Cluny Lace for
collar and sleeves
- 12" of 1-1/2" wide wired ribbon
- 4" of 1" wide gold trimmed lace
- 14" of gold trim for belt and
- matching threads
- 2 pipe cleaners – 12" each
- 14 tablespoons of plastic weighting
- button and carpet thread for joining
- 2 - 6mm and 2 size E seed beads
for joining arms
- 3.5" needle for jointing
- yarn or mini curl doll hair for
- fine line permanent markers (Micron
Pigmas or Gelly Rolls) black, brown, pink
- colored pencils for lips and "eye
- powder blush
- white acrylic paint
- plastic lid for inner soles
- Set your machine to make small
stitches for strength. Back stitch at the beginning and end of each seam
to prevent it from coming apart when pieces are turned.
- RST = right sides together
- RSO = right sides out
- Click HERE
for Pattern (PDF)
Trace the body, 2 arms and
back head onto the dull side of freezer paper. Be sure to include all of
the pattern markings. Cut out the templates and iron them shiny side down
to the wrong side of your folded fabric. Sew around the paper, then lift
off. The templates can be reused quite a few times.
Iron body template to wrong
side of folded body fabric. Sew around, leaving open where indicated. Remove
template and cut out pieces forming a scant 1/4" seam allowance. Clip curves,
turn body right side out and stuff firmly. Sew opening closed.
- Sew the long edges of a 2"x15"
piece of fabric for the hands to a piece 4"x15" for the sleeves, press
the seam allowance toward the sleeve and fold the completed piece in half
RST. Hold the seam in place with a few pins. Position the templates so
that the line at the wrist rests on the seam line. Sew around the hands
with matching thread. Sew around the rest of the arm with thread to match
the arm fabric leaving an opening where indicated.
- Loop each pipe cleaner in half,
twisting the ends together. Insert the looped ends into each hand as shown.
Bend the remainder of the pipe cleaner to conform to the shape of the arm.
Stuff the arms firmly, placing the stuffing on both sides of the pipe cleaners.
Sew opening closed.
- Cut out 2 skirts and sew around
RST leaving it open at the top. Turn right side out. Fill skirt with the
14 tablespoons of plastic weighting pellets. The skirt will be about half
- Turn top edge of skirt under 1/4".
With a double thread, hand gather top edge of skirt. Place the skirt over
the body matching the side seams. Adjust gathers and sew skirt securely
face pattern onto the dull side of freezer paper. Iron the shiny side of
the paper to a rectangle of the face fabric. Do not actually cut out the
face until you are finished coloring it in. Use a light source to lightly
trace the features onto the face fabric either with a mechanical pencil
or brown pigma pen.
- Color in irises with desired color.
When the color has dried, outline the iris with a darker color or black.
- Optional: Add some white on either
side of the iris.
- Add the pupils with black paint
or pen then draw a line over the eye and add a few lashes.
- When the eyes have dried you can
color in some eye shadow with colored pencil. Deepen the line of the eyelid
by adding more brown pigma.
- Form the eye brows with tiny strokes
in a color to match the hair.
- Outline the lips, then fill them
in with color of choice making the top lip darker than the bottom lip.
- Use white paint to add the "life
lights" by making a tiny white dot on the upper left side of each eye,
and stroke a line on the right side of the bottom lip.
- Use a Q-tip or small brush to
apply powder blush to cheeks.
back head template onto wrong side of folded face fabric with the template
placed on the bias. Sew the center back seam leaving an opening where indicated.
Keeping the template on the fabric, cut out back head along the side edge
of the pattern and a scant 1/4" away from the center back seam. Remove
template and baste down seam allowance around back opening.
face to back head RST leaving it open at the top. Turn RSO. Stuff head
firmly. Gather up top raw edge with doubled thread and knot off securely.
Add more stuffing through back of head if necessary.
- Insert neck into back head opening
and securely stitch the head to the neck.
- Sew or glue ruffled lace around
neck to create a collar. Sew more ruffled lace around bottom of sleeve
to cover the seam where the hand joins the sleeve.
- Sew or glue gold trim over the
gathered edge of the lace on the sleeves. Add gold trim at the waist to
cover the gathering stitches and create a belt.
- Add a button brooch, ribbon bow,
or lace motif to the neck to finish the bodice. You can also add tiny gold
beads to create a button-down blouse look.
||Attach arms to angel by securing
a doubled upholstery thread with a tail on one side of the body at shoulder.
Bring thread through the body, through an arm, through the gold bead, through
the E bead, back through the bead, through the arm and body and the second
arm, through another bead and E bead, and back through the bead and arm.
Pull thread tight and knot it to the original thread tail. Bury thread
ends in doll. Decorative buttons could be used in place of the beads.
Embellishment: - Halo
- If using mini curls, rub them
between hands to make them fuller and remove some of the shine. Place glue
on the head and press curls in place. You may wish to use a little glue
to keep the hair against the sides of the head.
- If using yarn, create a multiple
yarn loop twice as long as finished hair. Tie in middle. Glue to head and
arrange as desired. You can add a yarn braid, twist in a bun, or leave
long and loose.
Using your 12" wired ribbon,
gently pull one wire from both ends until ribbon is tightly gathered. Twist
ends of wire together to form circle.
Glue or sew in place on back
Posing the Doll:
To place the angel in a kneeling
position, fold the skirt under just before it bells out making sure that
there are pellets above and below the bend. She can also be seated. Hold
her upside down so that some of the pellets go around her hip area. Just
have fun playing with her for a few minutes until you find the position
you like best.
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