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Creating 3D Round Head Dolls

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!


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