Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How to make Doll Cheeks - Free Tutorial

How to make doll cheeks

Want to know how to get that soft cheek look for your dolls and softies? Well look no further, I'm about to show you!  I'm always being asked how to do this via e-mail and facebook I thought it was about time I wrote it up for the blog! Hooray!

You can achieve this look using either one of these 3 methods:

.... with all of these methods I suggest you do a test cheek or two on some scrap first! 

1) Fabric Paint - with a soft real hair brush (like one used for water coloring) dilute your fabric paint with water.  Sample (a) was the tip of my brush in the fabric paint added to 2 big drops of water, Sample (b)  was two times as much water.  Same color, but see how softer it looks.  If you paint it on and it looks two soft .. add another layer when it's dry.

2) Crayons - yup, raid your kids coloring draw and nab those Peaches - Sample (c) and Pinks - Sample (d).  With a light pressure and using a circular motion color your fabric creating your cheek.  Layer the color on until it builds up otherwise it will look waxy and patchy.

3) Blusher - remember those free samples you thought you'd keep .. well now you can dedicate them to dolly!!!  Use an eye shadow brush, blow the excess blush off of it and lightly brush the rest onto your fabric.  Again ... layer the blush on, build up the color until you create the cheek you are after.

Different Looks

doll cheek colors copy

You can achieve a different look using a different color.  Pinks tones, Brown Tones and Peach Tones all look very pretty!

blush amount for cheeks a

You can achieve a different look with the amount of cheek color you add.  Soft and light hints at a cheek, medium looks like a natural glow, and define looks rosy!

size of cheek 1 copy

And last but not least, you can achieve a different look with the size of the cheek you make!


When should I pop my cheeks on my dolly?

I recommend you create your face BEFORE you sew up your doll until you are used to these methods  .. that way if you make a mistake or they look like your 3 year old got a hold of it (it happens to the best of us don't worry!) .. you won't have to scrap your whole doll ... just simply re-do your face!

Why do my cheeks look different on this softie compared to my doll?

Remember - the color of your cheeks will change with the color of your face fabric - always test first!

Can I wash the doll now?

If you set your fabric paint (following the manufactures instruction) you should be able to hand wash & spot clean.  I would suggest only spot cleaning for the last two methods.

What makes do you use?

I find that the better a Fabric Paint/Crayon/make up is to do it's 'normal job .. the better it will be for this one too! 

Do you have some examples?

Yes I do! 
Take a look below at some of the wonderful dolls created by the Dolls And Daydreams community!!

Sewsies World by Jayne Maxwell 2

I picked my Ballerina Doll Sewing Pattern to show you how different dolls look by altering just a few features and yet still using the same doll pattern.

I love using cute felt cheeks but why not change it up, it's easier than you think!  Sewsies World by Jayne Maxwell Christmas Ballerina above has that lovely warm glow in her cheeks!  

Paper Parasol

Handmade with love by Paper Parasol

Sew Cute by sarah  Tinkerbell doll

Handmade with love by Sew Cute by Sarah

Titches and Stitches

Handmade with love by Titches and Stitches

my tiny wardrobe

Handmade with love by My tiny wardrobe

little kitten 7

Handmade with love by Little kitten

ellies Parade

Handmade with love by Ellies Parade

Carousels and Candy Floss

Handmade with love by Carousels and Candy Floss

how to make blush cheeks on your doll Cheriee

Handmade with love by Cheriee

mama luvs me

Handmade with love by mama luvs me

Mrs h makes

Handmade with love by Mrs h makes


Handmade with love by BubbaBows

 Happy Sewing from Sarah
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