DIY Darlings are precious dolls that are as wonderful to look at as they are to make.
This Do It Yourself doll project is fun to sew and you will fall in love with your DIY Darling as the doll comes to life before your eyes!
HOW DO I MAKE MY DOLL?
DIY Darlings are beautifully painted doll designs that are printed on soft, fluffy, suedecloth fabric, ready for you to cut and sew yourself! Even if you’ve never sewn a doll before, these dolls are super easy. If you can sew a hem, you can make a DIY Darling! DIY Darlings can be hand stitched, but a sewing machine is recommended for best results.
WHO ARE THEY FOR?
Do you love doing arts and crafts? Are you looking for a new, fun project to share with your kids? Give it a try! I know you will be thrilled with and proud of your gorgeous, finished doll! Add a touch of whimsy to your home or make a loved one smile with a gift you made yourself. DIY Darlings can be made so they are suitable for infants (no small parts), but can be loved at any age. DIY Darlings are tough and can be washed if they get dirty on their adventures.
WHAT DO I GET WHEN I ORDER A PATTERN?
Please note that DIY Darlings are generally NOT a finished doll. You will get-
♥ Printed fabric doll pattern (100% polyester fabric)
♥ Detailed instructions with many photos.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO MAKE MY DOLL?
♥ Fill material- I recommend Polyfill (like the type made from plastic bottles, go recycling!). Polyfill has a great springiness and is foolproof and easy to stuff with. Corn Fibre is also lovely and smells like candy, but is recommended for more advanced crafters.
♥ Sewing Machine and equipment- All the standards, matching thread colours, needles, pins, etc.
♥ A turning/stuffing tool- Some of the DIY Darlings have very narrow limbs. An old bristle brush makes the perfect tool for turning the fabric and pushing the stuffing in.
CAN THE DIY DARLINGS BE SEWN BY HAND?
While we recommend a sewing machine to sew the dolls for best results, they can also be sewn by hand.
WHAT IF I DON”T SEW?
We sometimes have finished dolls available to purchase. Just check out the Ready Made Dolls gallery.
HOW LONG DO THEY TAKE TO MAKE?
Between 1-3 hours depending on the design and your sewing skill level.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Selina Fenech is an artist and designer specializing in all things fantasy. When her daughter was born, Selina wanted to make something special for her, and tried turning her illustration skills to doll design. After lots of learning and trial and error, Selina created her own doll patterns and DIY Darlings were born!
Selina hand paints each doll design digitally and then prints them onto fabric using a durable dye sublimation process where the inks bond into the fabric itself.
Selina has become a little addicted to creating new designs, so expect to see more dolls added to the range soon.
PRODUCT TESTING THE EARLY DIY DARLING PROTOTYPES