| How to create a true 3D Round head for your dolls.
1. Cut out your template for your round head; the one shown below is just a quick sample I made. Right click and 'save as' to your computer. It's a .jpg file so you can adjust the size as you need to to make your head bigger.
In this sample, I used 5 pieces to make the head - cut them from muslin.
2. Lay out your pieces - I numbered mine 1-5 to help with the tutorial. At the top of each piece mark with a Mark B Gone pen or pencil a line about 1/2" down (this is going to be the opening to turn and to attach the head to the neck, so you may need a bigger opening if you have a larger doll).
3. Place piece #2 on top of piece #1, right sides together (RST).
4. Sew together, using a 1/4 - 1/2" seam allowance (or whatever your pattern calls for).
5. It will look like this when you open it:
6. Now take piece #3 and place it, RST on top of piece #2.
7. Sew together.
8. Continue around with pieces #4 and #5. Sew piece #5 back to piece #1. When finished it will look like this:
9. Turn RSO and you will have what looks like a deflated ball.
10. Stuff firmly through the top opening and you will have your round ball head.
The opening at the top is where I attach to the neck, so turn upside down and stitch onto the neck. It's best to use a smaller needle and quilting thread for this and take TINY stitches.
See How to attach a 3D head tutorial for the next part!