These are general guidelines for our Uthando Classic Sewn doll or to use after you have knitted the doll’s body. In the Dolls’ Gallery below
you will see other original dolls pictured, but their patterns are not available on this website.
Colours: Brown doll’s skin with black hair or creative coloured hair.
Pattern: Strongest dolls have the arms designed as part of the main body, not added on. Our Classic Sewn Doll pattern has proved to be an ideal pattern for beginners and advanced dollmakers. Durability: Keep in mind the ways in which children will handle, hold and play with your doll. Imagine the tough play as well as the comforting gentle stroking and cuddling of the doll. Character: Dolls may represent boys, girls, mother and baby, father, teenagers, grandparents or characters from stories, legends and animals. Size: Because it costs more to send large dolls, maximum height to be 35 cms. Firmly stuffed, but not rock hard.
Materials: Choose soft brown material for the body. Stretch knit fabric is ideal, or plain cotton if you want to embroider the face. Avoid felt material as it “pills”. For knitted and crocheted dolls, all types of yarn can be used. Make stitches close enough so that the white stuffing doesn’t show through.
Eyes: Can be black or brown. (No blue eyes as this has associations of TB.)
DO NOT paint on facial features, as the paint does not last.
DO NOT use buttons, teddy bear eyes or "googly" eyes.
DO NOT use glue anywhere.
DO NOT use cord or ribbon ties, without sewing them securely centre back.
DO NOT sew hair on in one lump. Rather knit a wig, make plaits or rows of hair.
DO NOT forget to make underwear.
DO NOT sew clothes to the body.