Friday, May 4, 2012

A Fun Tutorial from Joyce

Joyce makes the most delightful crochet dolls!  This is Sammy, a heavily modified Lily doll, from the Lily Sugar and Cream website.  The pattern is free on the Lily website, but you do need to become a member (also free).  Joyce has made many dolls from this pattern, each one very uniquely a creation of Joyce's.  See her set of Lily dolls here.

Joyce is happy to share her quick and easy tutorial for making Sammy's bobble hair style:

Bobble Hair Tutorial

The bobbles are made individually, then sewn to the dolls head.  Add little bows of yarn or ribbon to sweeten the look :-)

Here are some of Joyce's thoughts on modifying a pattern, in this case the Lily doll pattern.  Joyce also jointed the limbs; she has a tutorial for this technique as well.  Look on the left side of the blog page for 'Tutorials by Joyce.'

"Here is a little lesson on how you can take a pattern and make it your own.

This doll was made using “components” of the Lily Sugar n Cream doll pattern.

As you can see, I changed her head substantially and some other body parts. She came out to be exactly 13” tall using Vanna’s Choice acrylic Size 4 medium worsted yarn. Hooks E and G.

Here’s what I changed:

It called for joining the rounds and I opted to not join and used continuous rounds and a marker. I don’t like the seam that joining rounds produces when creating dolls.
      * Her facial features; made a wig; added ears.
      * Lengthened her arms to 24 rows; used a bobble for her thumbs.
      * After I made the legs, I used Beth Webber’s method of crocheting the legs and continuing with the body rather than closing the body cavity and sewing the legs on.
      * For the head attachment, I used a Darice 30mm doll joint (AC Moore), which is an awesome joint for attaching larger doll heads. I highly recommend this joint as it has a larger, thinner washer and the doll head and body sit on top of a nice flat dishlike surface (about the size of a quarter) rather than a small button. Those of you who use joints for attaching body parts will love this. Or, you can sew everything together as the patterns calls for.
I really tried to follow the pattern trail and for the most part I did; like the body, feet, legs. The main changes were to the head and in the way the body parts were sewn or attached to complete the doll.

This is a fun easy doll, with a wonderful result

Thank you so much, Joyce, for sharing your tutorial and your inspiration with all of us who love making dolls.


  1. She is adorable, Joyce! I love the way her knees bend, especially with those big sneakers!Wonderful! Will check out the doll pattern and also your tutorial. Thanks Beth!!!

  2. Thank you so much my dear friend. 1 of these years I'll get a blog. But until then I appreciate your generocity in allowing me to post my tutorials on your blog.


  3. How very sweet! All of your dolls are truly wonderful. What terrific personalities!

  4. Another adorable doll!

    I've just started your basic amigurumi doll. I notice that there isn't a pattern posted for the dress that your doll is wearing in the thumbnail pic above the links for the other basic amigurumi clothes. Does a pattern exist for it, or do you have any recommendations on how I could recreate a similar dress?

  5. Hi Michelle,

    I'm afraid I don't have a pattern for the dress the basic doll is wearing. Back then I mostly winged it when I was making dolls and outfits.


  6. I absolutely love your doll patterns and made my daughter (Adelie) one that she named "Addy." She's 2. :) Now, I've begun work on a collection of princess dolls that will be for her, but I have a question about the hair. I understand the wig cap, but I don't really understand hooking the hair and how to create the "hair" look. If you could give some more tips on that, I'd be very grateful.

  7. Hello Natasha,

    Thank you for your good words :-) Here is a link to a picture tutorial I have on Flickr for making doll wigs. Although it says it is for Waldorf dolls, I use this method for all of my dolls. I hope this helps.


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