Here it is:
If you notice, I changed the cover page a bit to
reduce the size of the file. It's a big file, so
please be patient with the download.
There are 6 pages of templates containing 34 pattern
pieces and 14 pages of instructions. If you make the
whole set, you could be assembling as many as
83 pieces (including the various notions). The sewing itself,
however, is easy. There are photos and explanations and
symbols. There are different materials to gather to make
the whole set, so I've included a master materials list.
But I know there are also folks who want to make only
selected items from this set, so there is an individual
materials list for each item. You can buy almost all
the materials from any fabric store.
Let's talk a bit about the owie doll fabric now.
First, let me explain that this is not an exclusive fabric.
There are probably many, many fabrics that have this
stickability feature. Today, for instance, the velcro of
my winter jacket sleeve caught on the fabric of Jenna's car
seat - so I know that if I ever want to make a greyish-
skinned owie doll, I can rip her car seat apart.
I went back to the store where I got my fabric (Mill End
Textiles) and narrowed its name down to Robe Velour.
Again, there are many kinds of robe velours, some of
which have absolutely no effect on velcro.
Thanks to a couple of readers who emailed me with a
lead on an online source, I excitedly went to scout out
another fabric called Craft Velour. I checked out
two stores: joggles.com and clothdollsupply.com.
I emailed them and requested samples. Clothdollsupply
provided excellent, excellent customer service - they
replied immediately, said they were happy to send samples,
and actually sent the samples a couple days later in the mail,
in different colors and added in other fabric samples as well.
Joggles replied after some time, said they were looking
for a particular shade and eventually neither replied later
nor sent me anything in the post. Hmmm. All that said,
I am pretty sure that both stores stock the same fabric,
based on the descriptions and names of the various shades.
Or you could google "craft velour" and see what turns up.
Clothdollsupply.com knows how to treat potential customers!
(And no, I wasn't paid to say this!)
However, craft velour is NOT the fabric I am using and that
I went on my crazy velcro quest to find. The robe velour I am
using feels like flannel, is thick, is not overly sticky to
the velcro and not stretchy. It clearly has a higher cotton-to-
polyester content. Craft velour is thinner, stretchy like a
thick pantyhose, slightly shiny and the velcro sticks
much more to it.
I made dolls from both fabrics just to compare them.
The dolls I made from craft velour are substantially
softer (translation: cuddlier!) and, since the material is
stretchy like knit, has smoother seams overall. I personally
prefer the more cottony feel of the original robe velour,
but I know it's hard to find online. And craft velour does
work with velcro, so it's definitely a great alternative!
So here are my suggestions:
- If you can get to a fabric store, head to the velour section, whip out that little velcro piece stashed in your purse, and test away. You might get lucky.
- If you don't mind a slightly softer, stickier doll, head to either of those online sites I mentioned and try them out. Ask them for samples (they're free) and test them out with velcro at home before you buy them.
Good luck and enjoy making!
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P.S. Yes, those are braids! They are my new favorite Owie Doll hairdo!