Printed face tips

About the fabric

  • 100% cotton poplin
  • Machine or hand washable, phosphate-free soap (may shrink 2-4%)
  • Iron set to cotton; light steam okay
  • Thread count: 133 by 72

Use a batting layer

The finer threadcount allows greater printed detail and makes a thinner, more flexible fabric. Because the fabric is thin, I recommend you use a piece of cotton batting as a backing to strengthen the colors and make the head shape easier to turn.

 

Pinning the faces

When possible, use pins through areas like the eye corners, where pinholes will be the least noticeable.

Here you can see these faces have all been pinned at the eye corners. The layers behind the face fabric are the reinforcement backing (in this case, a thick flannel, but batting is best).

Here you can see these faces have all been pinned at the eye corners. The layers behind the face fabric are the reinforcement backing (in this case, a thick flannel, but batting is best).

 

Pattern tip

Quick tip: cut your pattern pieces out of cardboard to make them easy to trace.

It is easier to see how the features will be placed on my doll's head when I can see through the pattern. I make this stencil then trace along the inside with a fabric marker.

It is easier to see how the features will be placed on my doll's head when I can see through the pattern. I make this stencil then trace along the inside with a fabric marker.

 

Wide vs centered print designs

The faces available have both wide and more centered styles. When I say "wider," I mean the face is closer to the outer edge, like with the glasses girl on the right. The ragdoll face on the left is more centered with equal space all around. Keep this in mind when selecting your project faces and pattern. I like both styles :). The shading and blush on each face is designed to compliment a head shape.

The faces available have both wide and more centered styles. When I say "wider," I mean the face is closer to the outer edge, like with the glasses girl on the right. The ragdoll face on the left is more centered with equal space all around. Keep this in mind when selecting your project faces and pattern. I like both styles :). The shading and blush on each face is designed to compliment a head shape.