Walnut Baby Tutorial
I love making these for my daughter and thought I’d share how I make them in case anyone else fancies giving it a go. Its a very simple sewing project and older children who are handy with a needle could probably make one.
What you need:
- A walnut shell
- A small amount of wool fleece or other suitable stuffing material
- A small wooden bead (mine are 12mm)
- A small piece of flesh coloured stockinette / jersey material
- Strong thread
- Sewing thread
First make the head by stretching the stockinette over the wooden bead and securing with strong thread. I like to place the bead on a pencil whilst I do this as it allows me to pull the fabric down over the bead tighter. Wrap thread tightly around the ‘neck’ to secure. Trim off most of the excess fabric.
Cut out two body shaped pieces of felt and sew together using blanket stitch, leaving a gap at the neck to allow you to stuff the body and insert the head. Don’t cut off your thread as you can use it to sew the head in place.
Insert the neck and sew to body by passing the needle right the way through body and neck a few times. Fasten off.
The doll can be decorated with embroidery or felt shapes which can be stitched or glued in placed.
To make the hat, cut a small semicircle of felt (mine had a diamentre of 4.5cm although the exact size will depend on the size of your bead). If in doubt, make the semi-circle a little bigger than you think you need as it can always be trimmed. Decorate with embroidery if desired then fold in half and join the two straight edges using blanket stitch. The hat can be left like this or can be stitched to the dolls head.
Assemble and enjoy!