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Clothespin dolls tutorial

I was about to link to the tutorials I followed to make my dolls, only to realize that I followed more than 3 to finally make my own stuff, and that none explained how to paint the faces in a satisfying way. So I put everything together in my very own tutorial so you can make cuties all by yourself.  

This tutorial isfor personal use only. If you want to sell some dolls, please invent your very own model.



I can't remember where I got the closthespins, probably at Blicks. You can find them easily, just look for traditional wood clothespins

I used fabrics from a quilting bundle I found a while ago at SuperBuzzy. It was unexpensive, but they don't sell samples for the moment. Any quilting fabric will do. Fabric lighter than quilting will fray, and heavier are impossible to drape on such a small object. Pinking shears are a must. I tried to make the skirts with bands of fabric , but the dolls having no waist at all makes it an impossible challenge.

For the paint I used Holbein's Acryla gouache, which is quite expensive. But the palette is very nice and girly, so I can buy my favorite colors and paint right out of the tube, and fix any problem later. The finish is the same soft finish as gouache, but water resistant enough for that kind of project. I could forgo the varnish process altogether, which I hate because it changes the colors and I'm messy and impatient. It dries a bit lighter than painted just like gouache, and is very much forgiving for color blocks, much more than classic acrylic. So it was really perfect for my little project. I bought half a dozen of my favorite colors (shell pink, mustard, leaf green,pale aqua, etc) and was perfectly happy with my purchase.


Il est possible de trouver ces pinces à linge en France. J'en ai trouvé ches Perigot, mais il ya surement d'autres endroits. Je n'ai pas traduit ce tutoriel, mais si vous n'arrivez pas à comprendre demandez dans les coms, je serais ravie de vous aider. Pinking shears, par exemple, ce sont des ciseaux cranteurs. Et quilt weight fabric, c'est de la bete toile de coton pas trop epaisse, le genre qu'on utilise pour le patchwork.

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Reader Comments (9)

I know I'll never make one (being so lazy), but I sure enjoyed reading every word of this tutorial! The face, the skirt, the flowers, oh my! :D

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertami

les grands esprits se rencontrent ! J'ai acheté trois paquets de ses épingles il y a quelques mois et elles attendent que je les transforme en personnage à l'aide de pâte polymère. Les tiens sont comme d'habitude, tout à fait à mon goût.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMadila Thaïs

rhhoooo... merci! Je vais essayer de trouver ces pinces à linge alors, parceque le tuto est vraiment trop bien expliqué ;-)

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlilipruneau

I love the font you used in the tutorial! It almost distracted me...what is it?

Thank you for this cute little tutorial, I think DD and I are going to get some clothespins to make some fun little summer dollies!

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjustjayma

haha ! de la bête toile de coton habituellement utilisée pour les quilts...
ça fait un bail que t'es pas passée en France toi...
On va t'emmener faire du shopping, tu vas voir le cours de la bête toile ;-D
(ton tuto est le plus joli du monde, mais tu vas finir par te lasser des compliments alors on est obligées de chercher à placer des critiques, hein ?)

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterclo

merci pour l'idée, les pinces, j'en ai un bon stock et j'ai des Puces qui devraient aimer le bricolage !!

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSophie

Thank you for sharing this darling design. I know my daughter will love to make some clothespin dolls.

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Thankyou very much! I've made 3 cute dolls - 2 girls a a boy version. Thankyou for your clear and easy to follow tutorial especially for the faces! Thanks again

July 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I suggest that you google, go to a library ... whatever. Your pattern is NOT original. Clothespin dolls, made this way, and other various ways, have been in existence for years ... most likely, way before you were even a thought. Your pattern is NOT yours ... so how you can say it is have me flabbergasted ... why I just had to say something. So many of you just have me smh ...

November 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterShar P

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