This rag doll is a great way of using up your scraps and left-overs, and is easy to make too! I like to look of different coloured and patterns of fabric, and I'm using cotton as its easier to work with.
For the arms, four strips measuring 6" x 2.5".
Pair up the strips of fabric and lay right sides together, sew around three sides leaving a gap at the top and round off the bottom to give shape to the hands and feet.
Stuff them with wadding and sew across the open end.
Sew a strip of calico or any plain pale fabric measuring about 6" x 5" to the body fabric, this measures about 7" long x about 5" wide. I'm saying 'about' as the measurements really don't have to be accurate!
Now for the face, I drew a simple mouth and dots for eyes, then back-stitched over the mouth and french knotted the eyes. The lips and cheeks I drew on with a pro-marker.
Right sides together, sew from one shoulder, around the head and finish at the other shoulder.
Place one arm inside the doll and sandwich it into the side seam, sew all the way down the side.
Repeat on the other side with the second arm, this is a bit of a struggle but push both arms inside the body and sew down the second side.
Fold in the hem at the dolls bottom by about 1/2 inch, put the legs in position and pin, then sew straight across.
The straps are ribbons, attached with a couple of buttons.
The finishing touch was to tie a couple of ribbons around her ankles to look like ballet shoes, and I made a little necklace with buttons threaded onto cotton, obviously be careful if you're giving this to a small child.