Henrietta Witch is more
sweet than spooky.
- 1/4 yard unbleached muslin
- 1 package tan dye
- Tracing paper
- Cardboard or plastic
- Water-erasable marker or fabric-marking pencil
- Sewing machine
- Cream thread
- 10 ounces polyester fiberfill
- 1/4 yard each: brown-and-black check, brown plaid, and black fabrics
- 2 small black beads
- 10 inches red embroidery floss
- Powder blush makeup
- 1 ounce wool roving
- Craft glue
- 1/2 yard black ribbon, 1/8-inch wide
- 11/2x4-inch piece gold-brown fabric
- Wooden meat skewer
- Wash and dry muslin. Do not use fabric softener. Following manufacturer's directions, dye muslin with tan dye in sink.
- Using our Henrietta witch pattern, which you can download as a
PDF, trace the shapes onto cardboard or plastic and cut them out. Note
that leg-shoe is one piece, and the seam line is marked.
Cut carefully, as this step determines
what Henrietta will ultimately look like.
- With muslin folded (9x22 inches), use the plastic or cardboard pieces to trace arms and head-body, leaving 1/2 inch between pieces. Traced lines are seam lines. Cut around all pieces 1/4-inch away from seam lines.
- Stitch around arms, leaving top open. Clip curves and turn right
side out. Stuff with polyester fiberfill to 1 inch below top. Baste top
Use fiberfill to give Henrietta's arms some shape.
- Stitch from A to B around head. Pin arms in place at sides.
Stitch sides, catching arms in seams. Clip curves and turn right side
Be sure to attach Henrietta's arms
as you make her body's seams.
- Cut a 21/2x15-inch piece from black fabric; cut 9x15-inch piece
from muslin. Stitch pieces together along 15-inch side and press seam
toward black fabric. On wrong side of doubled fabric, trace leg-shoe
twice, lining up seam line with seam. (Remember to leave 1/2 inch
between pieces.) Cut out leg-shoe 1/4 inch from traced lines.
If only getting our own shoes on were this easy.
- Stitch around leg-shoe on traced lines, leaving top open. Clip
curves and turn right side out. Stuff with polyester fiberfill to 11/4
inches below top. Place seams side by side and baste across the top.
Keep Henrietta's legs shapely by sealing in the stuffing.
- Pinch face together to form nose and take two stitches through pinched fabric and fiberfill. Stitch on small black beads for eyes. With red floss, embroider mouth. Using a finger, put blush on cheeks.
- Trace and cut out dress and sleeves from checked fabric, vest from plaid, and hat from black.
- Stitch dress at shoulder seams, and stitch sleeves to dress.
Fringe bottom of sleeves by cutting slits 1 inch deep and 1/4 inch
apart. Stitch sleeve and side seams. Fringe bottom of dress in the same
manner as sleeves. Hem neck opening. Place dress on doll and gather at
neck and sleeves above fringe.
A fringed hem gives Henrietta's dress that witchy look.
- Cut front vest at fold line. Hem vest armholes, neck, front, and bottom. Stitch shoulder seams. Place vest on doll.
- Using craft glue, glue wool roving on doll to form hair. Use
fingers to lightly comb hair. Stitch back seam on hat and turn right
side out. Turn brim of hat up in front and glue in place. Glue hat on
doll's head. Tie black ribbon into a bow and glue to front neck of
Give Henrietta a coif to be proud of -- or at least to be scared of...
- Fringe gold-brown fabric in same manner as sleeves. Glue to end
of meat skewer. Roll fabric around bottom of skewer, gluing as you roll
to form the friendly witch's broom. Stitch broom to Henrietta witch's hands at thumbs.
A girl's gotta get around, so be sure to make Henrietta witch a broom.
- Stitch legs to front body at opening, making sure feet are forward. Stuff head and body with fiberfill, and stitch opening closed.
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