Julie Smith-Belton from La Lucia made this quirky Riaan Cruywagen doll.
You will need
• calico for face and hands
• felt (black for suit collar, red for tie, white for shirt collar and brown for hair and eyebrows)
• black fabric (resembles suit fabric)
• black and white thread
• pins and needles
• 3 black buttons (for suit)
• 2 gold buttons (for cuff links)
• black fine liner to draw the details on the face
• 2 shades of light blue fabric paint (for eyes)
• fabric glue
• polyester stuffing
1 Google Riaan Cruywagen’s facial expressions and hairstyle and make sketches.
2 Work out how to shape his body and cut the fabric accordingly. Cut one side of the face out of calico and the front hair from brown felt to overlap the face. Cut the back of the head from brown felt to match the front shape of the face and hair. Cut the face quite wide to allow for seams and stuffing.
3 Glue the suit details to the front body piece with fabric glue. For the ‘V‘ of the shirt, cut out two rectangles, one for the front and one for the back of the torso and angle the shoulders down. Add a long triangular piece of white felt. For the tie, glue a piece of red felt, cut out to look like a tie, onto the ‘V‘ of the shirt. For the shirt collar, glue a piece of white felt, cut out to look like a collar, onto the tie. For the suit collar, cut two pieces of black felt and glue them onto everything. For the top part of his pants, cut two rectangles, the same width as the suit, out of the suit fabric. Sew the front part of the pants to the front torso (right sides in). Sew the back piece to the back torso. Leave a 10cm opening in the centre of the seam for stuffing.
4 Cut four leg pieces (reverse two) and four arm pieces (reverse two) out of the suit fabric. Cut out four calico hands. Sew the calico hands to the ends of the four arm pieces (right sides in) and pin the arms and legs (right sides in). Machine stitch each limb and turn all limbs right sides out through the opening at the top.
5 Hand stitch the buttons to the front of the suit. Cut out two small rectangles and glue them onto the chest to look like pockets.
6 Draw the face onto the calico with a black fineliner and glue on brown felt eyebrows. Paint eyes with two shades of light blue acrylic paint. Pin and machine stitch the hair piece onto the face.
7 Pin all the pieces together.
8 Stuff each limb firmly.
9 Sew the face to the front of the body and the back of the head to the body back (right sides in).
10 Put the front torso on your work surface, right side facing up. Place all the limbs in position then flap them all inwards so they’re lying with the open ends at the edge of the torso fabric. Place the back of the torso (right side facing down) in place. Pin together, being careful to catch the open end of each limb in the seam.
11 Machine stitch around the edges. At this point the only opening is the 10cm gap between the back of the suit and top of the pants. Through this gap, turn the doll right sides out again.
12 Stuff the head and body. Carefully and neatly hand stitch the opening in the back closed.
13 Stitch a gold button onto each of the sleeves to form cuff links.