The free cloth doll pattern that I'm giving you today gives you just that... it's a rice filled doll that you can warm up in the microwave. Because it's filled with rice, it holds the heat longer and you can relax in your favorite chair with a warm cup of coffee and this new doll to relax those tense muscles.
Here's what you'll need to make this free cloth doll pattern:
- 1/2 yard sweatshirt fleece, flannel, polar fleece or any soft moldable fabric (make sure fabrics DO NOT have metallic paint or threads woven into the design)
- 2 pounds of rice, whole wheat, buckwheat hulls, or dried beans (Do NOT use popcorn)
- Small amount of polyester fiberfill
- Thread to match fabric
- Freezer paper
- Free Cloth Doll Pattern
- Trace the free cloth doll pattern onto your material and cut out.
- Lay your material so that the right sides are facing each other. Stitch around the edge of your material (so that it's inside out)- be sure to leave an opening under one arm so you can turn the fabric and stuff it after stitching.
- Once you're finished sewing, turn the doll inside right. Stuff the head, legs, and arms with polyfil stuffing.
- Now use the funnel to fill the rest of the body with rice. NOTE: you could fil with beans, but I've found rice holds the heat longer. When you fill the doll leave some room for the rice to move around in the body - you want this to be flexible enough to wrap around your neck or lower back etc.
- Finally stitch the opening closed. Be sure to do a good job here - you don't want any rice escaping when you start to use this doll.
A warning from the free cloth doll pattern creator -
WARNING! Do not use a fabric with metallic threads of any kind or sew with metallic threads as your doll will catch fire when heating in the microwave. We recommend you use a patterned fabric for this project, eliminating the need to paint a face or add hair or clothing, as some paint and yarn will not be safe in the microwave.
Special thanks to Sandra Corson-Walker for sharing her free cloth doll pattern with us.