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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ask Vicki
Why do I need to add more stuffing to the head, and how do I do it? Joyce-

This is one of the most important steps in Dinky Baby doll making and one that is often forgotten or eliminated. This step will give your doll a better appearance and help it to hold it's shape after lots of play or washings. Here is how you do it.This is what your head should look like after sculpting, kind of wrinkled and unfinished.

Run a gathering stitch around the neck opening as in the above photo. This will help hold the additional stuffing you will be adding. I use a 2 1/2 inch sculpting needle and four strands of thread to do this step. Do not pull it tight but just enough to help hold the stuffing in place.

Begin adding more stuffing to the head, pushing it in as you go, keep adding until the head is very firm to the touch. Insert your finger into the cheek areas, add more stuffing filling out the cheeks fully and firmly. Keep adding stuffing to the cheeks. If you can fit your finger in between the fabric and the cheek you can add more stuffing. Cheeks should be full and firm. Now add a small amount to the chin area as in the photo below and your stuffing is complete. Does your Dinky Baby head look like the picture above? A firm fully stuffed head will keep your doll looking great after lots of play and washings. This IS the most important part of your doll, so take the time to stuff the head fully. Fully stuffed head with nose added

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