Welcome back for the Humpty Dumpty Doll Tutorial and Pattern!
In the process of turning the pattern into a PDF, it got shrunk slightly, so I've noted to add a 1/4" seam allowance to each piece when cutting. I don't have pictures for everything. So, if you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section.
Now let's make the Humpty Dumpty:
2. Cut out the pattern. You'll need to make sure to cut out 4 each of the shoe, spats, legs, arms and hands. You'll also need 2 each of the body, head and collar. Make sure to fold fabric at indicated fold lines before pinning and cutting.
3. Pay attention to how you are cutting. I laid out all of the pieces after I cut them to make sure I had both right and left legs/arms when all of the fabric pieces are right sides facing out.
5. Sew both along the straight edge.
6. Pin one hand and arm piece together right sides facing each other. Repeat 4 times.
7. Sew hand and arm pieces together. *After sewing each piece, I made sure to iron the seams.
9. Now pin spats and leg pieces together. Right sides facing each other and repeat 4 times. Now iron the seams. * I ended up ironing the seams for the shoe/spat and leg/spat opposite each other. I wanted the leg (or pant) to look like it had a slight cuff over the spat. If that makes sense.
11. Pin two arm pieces together, right sides facing in and sew together leaving the top open for stuffing. Repeat for the second arm. Pin two leg pieces together (make sure the cuff line matches up), right sides together and sew together leaving the top open for stuffing. Repeat for the second leg.
12. Stuff arms and legs leaving about a 1/2" of fabric at the top. Sew across the top to secure the stuffing. *While stuffing, I left each limb a bit sparse were the knee/elbow join would be, so that they'd still have a bit of movement. Just don't overstuff.
14. Stuff the head and body.
15. *This is the trickiest part of this whole project. Pin the rest of the body closed and pin in the legs where you want them. Hand stitch the body closed and stitch in the legs as you work. I just tried to make my stitching as neat as possible. Before you completely close up the body, add extra stuffing if needed so that the body is nice and filled out.
17. Cut two rectangles (as big as you want the bow tie to be) Pin and sew the two rectangle bow tie pieces together. Leave a space for turning! I trimmed the corners before I turned it right side out. Then iron and stitch the center together to create the bow tie.
19. Cut out a rectangle of head fabric and round the corners. I wanted this piece to be about the same width as the doll face and just a little longer to accomodate the seam when stitched on and to leave a little to tuck into the collar on front when in use. Paint your "cracked" face onto this piece of fabric. *I didn't want this to fray, so I used some liquid fray block around the edge of the fabric. Make sure you spot check it on your fabric first to make sure that it dries clear.
21. I didn't picture it, but now you'll want to attach the "cracked" face. I stitched it onto the very top seam on my Humpty's head. I only stitched across the top, so that I could pull the face forward and then pull it back when not in use. As I stitched, I tried to pull the fabric as flat as possible, so that it would lay mostly flat across the face. Then I trimmed away any excess fabric.
I originally wanted to add some rosy cheeks to my Humpty, then decided against it because I was in a rush and Jellybean wanted the doll right away. I did discover that fabric pastels will work well for that. I also neglected to add a little button detail to the spats. I'll have to get on that.
One final note, I don't have a clever way of hiding the "cracked" face when not in use. I thought about putting a little hat on top of his head to tuck it into or just attaching a bit of velcro to the back of his neck. If you come up with something, do let me know.
Be sure and let me know if you enjoyed this tutorial or if you have questions.
Have a Happy Day!