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From: temom
Date: 03-23-2007, 10:07 PM (1 of 4)
Today my 6 year old wanted a project with a pattern, so I made a rag doll pattern, and found an old piece of muslin to work with. When I ironed it for her (I don't think it had ever been washed - it was from someone else's stash), the corners started curling up. So we put it in some hot water with dish soap, swished it around a minute, rinesed it, and ironed it dry. It still curled, just as much as before. It was the weirdest thing.

In spite of the curling, she did a great job. She cut the pattern out herself, traced it onto the muslin, and cut it out. We sewed it together on the machine, with her operating the pedal, and I still have all my fingers, and no blood was shed. The dolly's head is a little angular, but once she has some hair on, she should look pretty normal.
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
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From: PaulineG
Date: 03-24-2007, 04:30 AM (2 of 4)
Can't help with the fabric question but you do know of course that this doll will now require an extensive wardrobe. Maybe there will be scraps enough for 3 wrap skirts? :bg:
User: PaulineG
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From: temom
Date: 03-24-2007, 02:06 PM (3 of 4)
Pauline, you are so right! Fortunately, she (the hairless dolly) is the right size for one of the dishsoap aprons - it makes a great sundress for her! Now my little one wants something with sleeves in case she gets cold!
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
From: Pudge99
Date: 03-24-2007, 02:10 PM (4 of 4)
It is possible that your muslin has some poly content and you ironed it on the cotton setting. I did this once and the same thing happened.
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