Needing to make a few party favors for a little girl’s birthday, I hit upon the idea of making Matryoshka – Russian nesting dolls. I decided to make them out of felt, and needed sturdy pattern pieces to trace the design with. I created the design in Make-The-Cut software, and then printed it out on oaktag as the pattern.
Using MTC was nice because I could easily resize to make a series of them later.
I could have cut them out with the cutter, but it was faster to do it by hand as I was using many different colors of felt to make each one unique.
The pattern was easy to make by using basic shapes and modifying some with the pen tool in the nodes mode.
While I was at it, I decided that this would be good to cut out of paper, too, so I added a few more pieces to the design to make it a paper piecing project. I didn’t want to dig around for paper. Ah Ha! A few brightly colored paint chips were laying on the desk, a perfect size to use. Now I’m not advocating that you use paint chips, but hey, they are free and come in every color you want.
Paper Piecing : Matryoshka
Here are the steps in pictures.
Cut out your parts. You’ll need a base, a dress section with flowers cut out, a solid dress section the color you want your flowers to be, face, hair if you want a color other than black, eye and hair section, mouth section, kerchief, leaves.
Glue the flower color of dress to base. Then glue dress with flower cutouts over this.
Next make the face. If you are going to have hair color other than black, glue it onto the black piece.
Then take the face and glue the mouth onto it.
Then glue this onto the hair/eyes.
Then glue this onto the hair/eyes. Above you’ll see the completed face and the paint chip that I cut the leaves out of. Save this piece, along with the leaves. You will use it as a glue template.
Glue on the kerchief.
Now glue on the leaves. Using the template (piece of paper) from which the leaves were cut, align it over the flowers, and place glue in each spot.