As I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of all things tiny. And when I make tiny stuffed animals, I need to make tiny faces, too.
Because of the way knit fabric is created, often teeny tiny embroidered faces end up looking kind of dumb and stretched out.
So that’s where this cool face technique comes in. I’d pretend that I came up with it myself, but alas, I’m not that clever. Julie at Little Cotton Rabbits came up with it, and generously included the tutorial with her instructions for her teeny tiny toys.
It’s so simple, and so perfect, I’m kicking myself that I didn’t come up with it on my own.
Simply cut out a little piece of felt and hold it behind the doll’s face before you stuff the critter. The felt is dense enough to allow you to embroider to your heart’s content without worrying about the sewing into knit stitches, and it is soft enough that you don’t even notice it once you’ve finished the little guy.
I used her technique on my tiny teddy bears, and they turned out perfectly!
It worked so well that I think I’ll probably use the same technique on my Mother Bears, too!
Have you ever come across an insanely-simple-but-totally-perfect technique before?