There are lots of ideas for dolls on Pinterest and after looking at some of these I came up with my own design - Bella!
Melly and Me and Pickledokra had really good tips which gave me ideas on how I wanted to embroider her face.
For her head I made a small circular template and drew a circle onto some pink fabric and then sketched her features. Without cutting the circle out I backed my fabric with cotton wadding and, using a hoop to keep the fabric taunt, embroidered the eyes, lashes, mouth and brows. Pinning the face to another piece of the same pink fabric, right sides together, (before drawing a circle on the wrong side of the fabric with the circle template on the right side). So that the head could be joined to the body, I drew in a neck (close thing there, nearly didn't have one!)
With a few outlines onto more of the same pink fabric and some machine stitching I had a couple of arms, turned them right sides out and stuffed them, ready to go! I found a really helpful tutorial on turning small things through at Melly and Me. Mel also shows how to fill small things too.
Next I cut out a square for the body and smaller one for the pants (or knickers as some might call them in Good Ole Blighty as they say).
After a lot of unpicking and repinning and slow stitching I had her head, arms and body all joined together and turned through the right way.
*ADDITION - see below.
I've progressed a little with my knitting and hope to be able to show some pictures in my next post, however I would appreciate if anyone is able to advise me on how to put photos onto my blog as I am still struggling with that at the moment.
Bye for now,
*11 June 2015 Amendment - I have long since found out how to add photos and have decided there really should be one here and so am adding it today!