Previously, I wrote a post detailing the characteristics of fairy tale dolls. This post will begin a series of articles featuring dolls from various fairy tales and nursery rhymes. This first article features Red Riding Hood Dolls, and includes a simple step-by-step guide to making them. So grab your cloak, shawl, hat, jacket, (or anything else you need) and come with me to Grandmother’s house where I will share with you how to make Red Riding Hood dolls.
Welcome to Storybook Land!
Oh, there you are. So glad you found your way to Grandmother’s house. I have been waiting for you. So many have got lost in the woods, but I am glad you found your way and that you did not get distracted by the flowers or from lengthy conversations with wolves. Here, have a seat. Would you care for a cup of tea before we get started? Very well. There now: Let’s begin.
Materials for Making a Red Riding Hood Doll
Did you bring your basket of sewing supplies? Before we begin you will need to check the list of supplies below that you will need for this project.
- 1 6 1/2″Gina Doll #3011
- 1 8 3/8″ x 5″ red craft felt
- 1 8″ x 10″ royal blue craft felt
- 9 in. 2 5/8″ red mini check ribbon (or red gingham fabric 9″ x 2 5/8″)
- 10 in. 1/8″ red satin ribbon
- 1 small natural woven basket #7368
- 18 in. white flat lace
- 18 in. red and royal blue thread
- 1 sharp large eye sewing needle
What Is a Gina Doll?
So what do you think of the supply list? You may be asking yourself, “What is a Gina Doll and where do I get one for this project? Gina dolls were popular several decades ago, but believe it or not, you can still get them. They are basically a line of small plastic doll blanks. There were various models of Gina Dolls. They are simply the plastic doll body. They usually do not come with any clothes or accessories. Gina dolls can be purchased from doll supply companies or auction sites such as Ebay. I saw one on Ebay quite recently. You can also purchase similar dolls from craft and hobby stores. They very likely have something comparable. Just be sure the doll is approximately 6 1/2” tall.
Understanding and Following Directions
Now, friend, have you ever started a project with good intentions, but failed to complete it because halfway through you realised you didn’t fully understand the directions? Or perhaps it looked easy at first but the directions were not clear. Well, I will do my best to be as clear as I can. All right? Now you need to do your part: before you begin this project–or any project–be sure to read and follow the instructions. First, you should become familiar with the pattern pieces. Take a look at them. Each pattern piece contains a number. That number corresponds with the clothing items. For example, the underpants are item number 1. So the pattern piece labeled 1 is what is used to make the underpants. Trace, cut out, and follow the directions. The directions below will have a number in parenthesis that corresponds with the pattern piece. Just be aware of that as you read. Oh, I see your cup is half full. Would you like a spot of tea? All right. . . Now, let’s take a look at those pattern pieces
Red Riding Hood Pattern Pieces
There are only two pattern pieces needed to make Red Riding Hood. The other clothing items are simply rectangular in shape and can simply be cut out following the appropriate dimensions in the directions.
Pattern Piece #1 : dimensions are 8.3 cm width and length. Sides are 1 cm. The center section should be 1.7 cm from outside edge to outside edge.
Pattern Piece #2: Dimensions are 15.4 cm long, sides 2.6 cm. Center point of pattern where you see #2 should be 3.8 cm from outside edge to outside edge.
Now that you have taken a look at the pattern pieces, let’s dive into the directions and make Little Red Riding Hood. (Grandma is beginning to wonder where she is.)
Steps to Making a Red Riding Hood Doll
1. Cut out the following: RED FELT–one 5″ x 8 3/8″ hood and cape. ROYAL BLUE FELT–one underpants (1), one blouse (2), one 10″ x 3″ skirt and two 1/8″ x 2 1/2 trim for sleeves. 2 5/8″ wide RED MINI CHECKERED OR GINGHAM RIBBON–one 2″ x 1 3/4″ apron, one 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ waistband and one 3 1/2″ x 2 5/8″ basket cloth.
2. Underpants (#1): Put the center of the underpants between the doll’s legs. Pull the front and back edges up to the doll’s waist. Secure by overlaping and gluing the front side edges onto the back side edges.
3. Blouse (#2): Fold the material in half (wrong sides together), matching front to back edges 1/8″ from the edge. Sew the side and underside edges 1/8″ from edge. Clip the underarm at the clip line up to the stitching (but not through it). Turn the fabric right side out. Optional: Do not sew blouse. Rather, apply glue to the inside front side and underarm edges and press them to the back side and underarm edges. Now cut a 4″ length of 1/2″ white flat lace around the edge of the collar, scallops facing down. (Keep in mind it may be easier to sew if you reposition the head of the doll or even removing it.)
Well, now, are you understanding so far. Very well. Let’s go on to the skirt, apron, hood/cape, and of course that adorable basket!
4. Skirt: See that 10″ x 3″ rectangular piece of royal blue felt you cut out. Well, pick it up now, because we are going to turn it into a skirt. Overlap and glue the short edges of the skirt felt piece 1/4″ to form a tube. Put the skirt on the doll, overlapping the bottom of the blouse with the seam in the back. Gather the waist, fitting the skirt snuggly around the waist. That’s it. Now, Red Riding Hood needs an apron. Let’s do that next.
5. Apron: This is the piece most people will notice–the piece that sets off the outfit and stands out. Cut a 14″ length of 1/2″ white flat lace. Hand baste along the straight edge and hand gather the lace to measure 5 1/2″. Knot thread ends to secure in place and cut off the excess. Hand baste the straight edge of the lace (with the scallops facing out) around three of the apron edges, leaving one 1 3/4″ edge untrimmed. Glue the center 1 3/4″ of the waistband over the untrimmed apron edge. (This will cover this edge as well a decorate it.) Apply glue to the back of the waistband and top apron edge. Wrap the waistband around the doll’s waist making sure to overlap the ends in the back.
6. Hood and Cape: Fold the hood and cape in half. This will form a 2 1/2″ x 8 3/4″ rectangle. Stitch along one folded 2 1/2″ edge, 1/8″ from the edge, forming a hood. Turn the hood right side out. Cut a 10″ length of 1/8″ rd satin ribbon. Thread the ribbon into a sharp eye sewing needle. Hand baste the ribbon (1/4″ stitches) around the neck of the cape 3″ from the seam. Begin and end on the outside of the cape. (Please see diagram below.) Do not twist the ribbon. Place the hood on the doll’s head. Pull the ribbon ends to gather the hood around the doll’s neck. Tie the the ribbon ends in a bow.
7. Basket: Hand baste around the edges of the basket cloth. The basket cloth is the cloth placed inside the basket for your picnic in the woods (or wherever you choose to have it). Gather the cloth to fit the inside edge of the basket. Stuff the inside of the basket with felt scraps to fill it out. Place the cloth inside the basket with the top protruding ever so slightly. Small baskets can be found at most crafts stores or online.
Isn’t She Adorable!
Well, there she is. I think you did a good job!. Our Little Red Riding Hood doll turned out quite adorable! Grandmother will be so pleased. Similar characters from this fairy tale and others can be made in a similar fashion. So, reader, what do you think? Please let me know what you think of this post in the comments section at the bottom. Share it with a friend and create your own fairy tale. And keep watching for the next post in this series about making fairy tale dolls. There is more to come, such as Goldilocks, Little Bo Peep, Jack and Jill, and more! Hope to see you back here soon!
Doll idea originally from
Fibre Craft Materials Corp.
Niles, Illinois: Fibre-Craft, 1982.