Designed by Lesley Cuming
Materials: All available from Pollika
Rope Doll Bases: 2 x 6inches/15cm, 1 x 4.5 inches/11 cm
Fresco Felt: I sheet each, Sky, Marble, Spring,
True Felt: 1 sheet color #643
1 pack Bhedawool -Brown
Pencil Crayons in eye and mouth colors
Needle and Thread
Brown acrylic paint
Jesus, Mary and Joseph Pattern pieces: Download the Pattern here.
Mary and Joseph Dolls
Step 1: take a very small amount of brown acrylic paint, watered down. Paint Joseph’s face, feet and hands.
Step 2: using pencil crayons, draw on Joseph’s eyes, nose and mouth.
Step 3: position small amount of fleece wool on top of Joseph’s head, making sure not to cover his eyes. Shape a small triangle of fleece and glue to Joseph’s chin for a beard. Roll a very small amount of fleece into a mustache and glue above beard and mouth.
Step 4: cut out two tunic pieces, a front and a back, for Joseph’s tunic using Fresco Felt Spring,
Step 5: placing front and back together, sew from bottom hem to end of sleeve using running stitch.
Step 6: Using running stitch, sew from sleeve edge to neck.
Step 7: starting on opposite side, using running stitch, sew from hem to sleeve edge.
Step 8: place rope doll in tunic before sewing top edge of final sleeve. Using running stitch, carefully sew the final sleeve together
Step 9: tie cord around waist
Step 10: cut out scarf for head, using True Felt color #643. Fold in half-length wise. Using running stitch sew along longest curved side
Step 11: turn head piece inside out, and position on Joseph’s head. Tie a brown cord around head and scarf to secure.
Repeat these steps for Mary, with the following changes:
For Mary’s hair, position fleece wool on top of Mary’s head, making sure not to cover her eyes or face too much. Glue into place. With a small amount of thread tie excess fleece at back like a pony tail.
Use Fresco Felt in Sky for her Tunic, and Fresco Felt in Marble for her cape.
Add Mary’s Halo: Using gold wire, wind in circles leaving small tail. Poke tail down seam of head dress to secure.
Baby Jesus Doll:
Step 1: using smaller rope doll, remove legs.
Step 2: with watered down acrylic paint add light color to baby’s face and hands
Step 3: with pencil crayons add eyes and mouth
Step 4: wrap baby in Fresco Felt in Marble.
Step 5: sew halo on back of child’s head, sew bottom flap of blanket up. Place Baby in Mary’s arms.
Pollika is generously offering four lucky readers each a complete kit to make the Jesus, Mary and Joseph dolls in this tutorial. Each kit includes rope doll bases, wool felt sheets and wool batting for hair. For a chance to win, please leave a comment on this post by 12/26/11. Good luck!