How to sew on a button

doll crochet a long

Sewing on a button is a super-cute (and easy) decoration that you can add to your doll.

button sewn on crochet bootie

Check out this adorable button on Mia‘s shoe!
Attaching a button isn’t hard!

Types of buttons

Buttons come in all different shapes and sizes…

types of buttons

You can even find shaped buttons (like a little duck or fruits)! Use your imagination about which button would make your doll shine!

Start your thread

I begin by attaching my thread to the button. If you’re unfamiliar with sewing, watch the video in my blanket stitch tutorial to see how to get started. Instead of sewing on felt eyes (as shown in the tutorial), you’re sewing on a button!

Sew a nice pattern

How you place your stitches depends on the type of button you have. Check out my suggested stitch patterns (shown in brown thread):

how to sew on a button

Once you’ve finished firmly attaching the button, tie a knot! Ta da!

Where will you add buttons?

They’d be cute on shoes, on dress straps or even as hem decorations! Go crazy!

Happy Father’s Day!

In the crafting world, moms get a lot of credit. They’re usually the ones to pass down the actual skill of sewing, crocheting or knitting.

I think, especially on Father’s Day, it’s important to reflect on the skills that fathers pass on to their children. Even though the men in my life didn’t teach me any craft skills, they instilled in me a do-it-yourself (and entrepreneurial) spirit, and passed on the value of quality workmanship.

Read my tribute (written last year) to the great guys I have!

And give your dad a hug!

Best,
Stacey

Tips for attaching a dress to your doll

Tips for Attaching a Dress to Your Crochet Doll - from FreshStitches and Shiny Happy World

How’s your doll coming along?

doll crochet a long

I’ve been seeing some fabulous works-in-progress and finished dolls in the Ravelry Doll-a-long thread… have I seen yours?

Today, I’m going to share some tips for crocheting on the dress/skirt/tutu for your doll!

Tip 1: Start without a head

The dress can be added after your doll has been stuffed and assembled, and many people prefer doing this because they can ‘envision’ what clothing will look best.

However, it’s actually easiest to crochet clothing on before the doll has been stuffed.

Legs of a doll, body

In doing it this way, you can crochet on the dress (and easily maneuver the body) without the bulk of stuffing or the head getting in the way.

Tip 2: Join the new yarn with a sc, in the back

Okay, so this ‘tip’ is written in the pattern, but I thought it was worth repeating!

It may look like the doll’s body doesn’t have a front/back… but take a look at the feet! The toes point forward to the front!

Attach your new yarn with a sc, at the center back of the body. This way, any jog in the rounds will be hidden at the back.

Tip 3: Hold your doll upside down

When attaching the dress, you want the right side of the dress fabric to face outwards.

This means holding the doll ‘upside down’ (head towards you, feet away) when you attach your new yarn.

attaching a dress to a doll

Notice how the right side of the dress is now facing outwards? That’s important! It will continue to do so as you crochet:

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Tip 4: Weave in that end!

When you finish the dress/skirt, you’ll have an end that needs to be woven in. Whip out your tapestry needle, and zig-zag it through the wrong side of the fabric!

How’s your dress coming?

Well… if you’re doing one of the girls, that is! I know a number of you are crocheting Ethan, so you don’t need a skirt… but the same tips apply to attaching the sleeves!

Here’s how my Avery looks:

She’s almost done! Now to make choices about her eye color…

Want to make your own doll? Get the pattern here.

Happy stitching!

Best,
Stacey

Try one of our newest crochet patterns! Get the Merrick Monster pattern here.

Tips for aligning your doll’s legs

Are you crocheting along with us for the doll-a-long?

doll crochet a long

If so, hooray! What part are you up to? Today I’m going to show you some tips for aligning and crocheting together your doll’s legs!

Not crocheting along? It’s not too late to join in! Grab a copy of the pattern and start crocheting!

How to align the legs

Once you’ve crocheted your legs, you’re going to crochet them together to continue her body. This method of construction is great… since it lets you skip doing any sewing! But it may be new to some of you, so don’t worry if it feels a little confusing.

You want your doll’s toes to be straight and facing forward, right?

Amigurumi crochet doll body

So, once you’ve crocheted your two legs, hold them together so that the toes face in the same direction:

how to align doll legs

Now, here’s the trick! Use a locking stitch marker to pin the legs together in the position you want them:

locking stitch marker

How to crochet the legs together

For details on the crocheting, you’ll want to check out this video.

crocheting legs for doll

Keep going!

Hooray! In my opinion, you’ve just finished the trickiest part of the whole pattern! (Well, besides picking the clothing colors… that’s a real pickle!)

Keep going, and don’t forget to share your progress in our Ravelry Group or on Facebook!

Best,
Stacey

The dolls are here!

I’m so excited… I’ve been waiting for this day for a while!

FreshStitches Dolls are here!

I’ve been wanting to design a line of dolls for a while… I knew they needed to be cute and adorable, but also easy to crochet. I was letting the ideas simmer in my head until I came up with some designs that were just right:

amigurumi dolls collection

Don’t you love them?

There’s Olivia, the ballerina, Mia, the cutie with curly hair, Avery, the doll with a dress and Ethan, the boy doll!

Olivia the Ballerina is sporting an adorable tutu and ballet slippers:

crochet tutu

I made sure to include a boy doll… because I don’t think dolls are just for girls! Little boys like playing with dolls, too! And check out Ethan’s adorable sneakers:

crochet sneakers

The dolls are 18″ tall when completed… so big and cuddly!

Crocheted Doll

Grab the e-book

Of course, each of these dolls are cuties. But, I wanted everyone to be able to crochet a doll that looked just like them (or their little one)! So, I created the A Doll Like Me! e-book!

Crochet Doll pattern ebook

The e-book contains everything you need to make your custom doll! Check out all of the options:

Custom doll crochet pattern

Curly hair, straight hair, a dress, pants, sneakers, ballet slippers… all of the options to crochet the dolls I’ve shown you, plus your own custom doll!

Get the pattern here.

Which doll are you going to make?

I have a little secret… the next crochet-a-long (beginning May 23rd) is going to be a doll-a-long! So, it’s a good time to grab the pattern and start thinking about what you’re doll’s going to be wearing!

And because finding a great skin-tone yarn can be tricky, I’ve compiled a list of suggestions:

sskin color yarn suggestions

I can’t wait to see everyone’s dolls!

Best,
Stacey

Suggestions for skin color yarns!

It can be hard to find a nice skin-tone yarn. So, I’ve compiled a few suggestions for you!

sskin color yarn suggestions

Keep in mind that it’s going to be hard to find a yarn that’s exactly like a skin tone… remember you’re crocheting a toy, not painting an exact likeness! Keep your mind open, and you’ll find a yarn that’s at least close!

Doll Day is tomorrow!

Don’t forget, tomorrow is the release day for my new, super-exciting doll patterns! I think you’ll love them!

And… now I know you’ll be able to pick the perfect color for your doll!

Blanket Stitch Tutorial

What’s the blanket stitch? Some fancy new crochet stitch?

Nope! It’s an embroidery stitch!

Why… I know you’re wondering… is there a tutorial for an embroidery stitch on a crocheting/knitting blog?

Well, it turns out that the blanket stitch is really easy to do and is a great stitch to use for attaching felt appliques to your crocheted/knitted fabric!

So, if you’ve mastered the hip stitch, you might want to go ahead and add the blanket stitch to your crafty hip-pocket!

Blanket Stitch

In fact, it’s the stitch I used to attach the eyes to my new doll pattern (coming out on Monday!) I like the blanket stitch because it leaves a nice little border around the piece that you’re attaching.

Now for the video…

Here’s the video that shows you how to do it!

What do you think? Is it something you might try?

More about those dolls!

As you can tell from reading the blog this week, I am just over the top excited about my new dolls pattern that’s coming out on Monday.

I’ll be releasing 4 individual doll patterns, as well as an e-book called ‘A Doll Like Me!’. It contains everything you need to create a customized doll… one that looks like you (or a sweetie in your life)!

I just finished making the fancy graphic that shows all of the options:

Options for crocheting a doll

Are you squeeing with me?

Tomorrow, I’m going to compile a list of yarn suggestions… because let me tell you, the hardest thing about making a doll is finding a natural-looking skin color! I’m gathering colors from oodles of lines of yarn… so I think you’ll be able to find one that suits you! Update – you can now read that post here.

Best,
Stacey