Eleanor Half Doll Pincushion
- Half doll, "Lady
Eleanor", 3 3/4" tall (half
- 16" circle
of plain chintz or muslin fabric for pincushion ball
- One 4" circle
of matteboard for base of pincushion
- One piece of matteboard
10" long by 1 1/4" wide for brace
- Fiberfil for pincushion
- Lavender grosgrain
ribbon 60" long by 3 1/4" wide (cut into two 30" pieces) for
dress/overskirt. Optional: piece of silk fabric 30" long by 6"
deep (finished size).
- One piece of vintage
lace 6" wide by 5" long for skirt panel
- 60" of metallic
gold lace edging
- 1 yard of 5/8"
wide lavender/green bias cut silk ribbon for ruching at waist (18")
and for bow (18")
- Flower Ribbons:
12" of 1/2" wide sheer ribbon for rosettes; 10" of 7/16" wide
lavender ribbon for one violet; 1/2 yard of 1 1/2" wide and 1"
wide green wired ribbons by for leaves; 18" of 1" wide pink
silk ribbon for two folded roses; 8" of 5/8" wide cream silk
ribbon for one 4-petal blossom; 10" of 5/8" wide lavender silk
ribbon for one violet; 4" of 7/16" wide yellow silk ribbon
for two violet centers; 6" of 5/8" wide creamy pink silk ribbon
for one rosette.
- Helen's book,
The Secrets of Fashioning Ribbon Flowers (see
shopping section) for instructions on making ribbon flowers and
- Optional: in
lieu of ribbon flowers use small artificial flowers
- Crinoline 3"
- Seed beads for
- milliners needle,
size 10, and white beading thread, size 33
- long pins
- tape measure
- hot glue or tacky
- Stitch around pincushion
fabric circle 1/2" from edge. Do not gather yet.
- Make a brace from the
10" length of matteboard by folding in half and bending outer
edges so it is self-standing. Clip top corners of brace so it measures
about 3/4" wide. Finished height is about 4 1/8". Glue brace
to matteboard circle.
- Glue matteboard circle
and brace to center of wrong side of pincushion fabric. Loosely draw
up gathering on fabric.
- Tightly pack cavity
with fiberfil stuffing. Tighten gathering and secure thread so all
stuffing and top of brace are covered.
- Stitch half doll to
top of gathered pincushion using the sew holes or by stitching tapes
through sew holes.
- Make the ribbon overskirt
by stitching two pieces of wide ribbon together. Cover join and base
of skirt with metallic lace edging.
- Sew lace panel to center
of skirt. Slightly fold skirt ribbon over raw edges of lace and tack
fold only at base of skirt.
- Gather top of skirt and
attach to half doll at waist. Arrange gathers so the front folds cover
raw edges of lace panel. Tack the skirt to the pincushion in several
hidden places near the top of the skirt.
- Cover waist with ruched
silk ribbon. Add a silk bow at the back.
- Decorate the dress at
the waist with the ribbon flowers as suggested below or use artificial
two silk ribbon folded roses (p.59/60), one 4-petal blossom (p.31), one
silk violet, one wired ribbon violet (p.25), two rosettes (p.30), five
small and five large prairie point leaves (p.50/51). Arrange all the ribbon
flowers on crinoline and stitch in place. Trim excess crinoline and pin
or stitch flower composition to dress.
Half dolls are
so charming if sewn onto the top of a plain muslin covered box. Simply
stitch her to the top of a heavily padded box lid then decorate the box
with exquisite ribbons and ribbon flowers. You can order an oval muslin
box from the shopping section.
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