The Lolly Dolly Pillow Tutorial


Hi, I’m Lindsay from The Cottage Mama and I’m thrilled to be back with you again today sharing my most recent design team project.  Deciding which fabric line to use for this tutorial was so darn difficult as I wanted to use just about all of the new lines that were coming out.  So I decided to post the lines I was considering on The Cottage Mama Facebook Fan Page and let the fans vote for their favorite.  It was a pretty close call, but we finally settled on ‘Dress Up Days‘.  I think this line is absolutely adorable in every way and I’m thrilled to be able to share this project with you today…….The Lolly Dolly Pillow.

Dress Up Days‘ has this wonderful panel in three different colorways that is meant to be used to make a doll that you can dress up in several different outfits (so cute).  But I wanted to try to use this panel in a little bit different way and decided to turn it into a pillow.  I hope you like what I came up with today.

The Lolly Dolly Pillow
by The Cottage Mama for Riley Blake Designs
1 Panel from ‘Dress Up Days‘ by Riley Blake Designs
Fat Quarter or 1/2 yard ~ 3 different prints
Fat Quarter ~ Cream colored fabric
Double sided fusible interfacing
1-2 yards rickrack trim
Fiberfill or other stuffing
Basic sewing supplies
Cut your pieces.
For the doll:
From the panel, you will need to cut out the front and back of the doll as well as the front and back of both arms and legs.  Also, cut out the head sash piece if you would like to use that.
For the ruffle:  
Cut 4 strips 3″ x Width of the fabric.
For the pillow:
Cream Fabric: Cut 1 piece 12″ x  8″
Purple Fabric: Cut 2 pieces 8″ x  5″
Chevron Front: Cut 2 pieces 20″ x 6″
Chevron Back: Cut 1 piece 20 x 18″
To make the ruffle around the edge of the pillow.  Cut 4 strips of fabric measuring 3″ x width of the fabric.  Sew each of the strips of fabric together at the short ends to make one long round of fabric.
Press the strip in half with the wrong sides facing each other, lining up the raw edges.  Run a gathering stitch around the entire ruffle piece and gather to fit the back of the pillow.

If you are not familiar with a gathering stitch, you need to set your stitch length to the longest setting (mine is 5.0) and increase the tension on your machine.  Run a stitch about 1/4″ from the edge all the way around the fabric and then pull one of the threads to gather.  Make sure you do not back stitch at the beginning or end otherwise your fabric will not gather.  Another note……make sure you are using polyester thread for this project as cotton thread will break when pulled for gathering.

To construct the pillow front.  Place one piece of the purple fabric with the right sides together against the cream fabric, lining up the raw edges.  Sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Sew one piece to the top of the cream and the other to the bottom.
Press open the seams at the top and at the bottom.
For the sides of the pillow front.  Place a piece of the chevron fabric with the right sides together against the center panel (purple and cream).  Line up the raw edges and sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Do this for both sides.
You will end up with a piece of chevron fabric on each side of the center panel.  Press your seams open.
If you would like to add some trim, this would be a good time to do so.  I added some orange rickrack trim over the seam between the chevron fabric and the purple and cream.  You could use ribbon or buttons or whatever embellishment suits your fancy.
Now for the doll, place all the ‘limb’ pieces with their right sides together and sew around the edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Do this for both arms and both legs, leaving the short edge open for turning right side out.  For the body, place the right sides together and stitch all the way around, but leave a small 2″ opening for turning.  Clip around any curves to remove bulk and to make sure the curves are smooth.  Turn all pieces right side out and press.
Use fiberfill or any stuffing material you like and stuff each one of the limbs.  Try to get them pretty full.  This will take a lot more stuffing than you would imagine!  Do not stuff the body piece.
Sew the raw edge of the limbs closed so none of the fiberfill will escape.
Cut a piece of double-sided fusible interfacing the exact size of the doll body and apply it (according to package directions) to the back of the doll.  If you are going to use the head sash piece, fold it in half with the right sides together and stitch down both short sides and the long side, but leave a little opening in the middle of the long end for turning.  Turn right side out and press.  Edge stitch the head sash piece to close the opening
Position the doll on the front of the pillow.  Her smile should be right about where the purple and the cream fabric come together.  Place the raw edges of the limbs under the body and place the head sash under her head.  Make sure you like the angle of the head sash and the way that it ties before this next step.
Using your iron, press the doll body to the pillow front as this will fuse it to the pillow.  This might feel a little trick, but do the best that you can trying to work around the limbs.  Pin the limbs and body to make sure nothing moves for the next step.
Sew using an 1/8″ – 1/4″ edge stitch all the way around the body.  Leave the head sash open until you’ve sewn around the body.  Make sure to catch all the raw edges of the limbs under the body.  Then place a few hand stitches in the very tops of the hands to hold them in place.
Pin your ruffle around the edge of the pillow front or back (either is fine), lining up the raw edges.  Baste stitch to hold the ruffle in place using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Place the pillow front on top of the pillow back with the right sides together.  Sew all the way around the pillow using a 1/2″ seam allowance, making sure to leave a 4″ – 5″ opening for turning the pillow right side out.  Clip corners, turn right side out and press.
Stuff your pillow with fiberfill or other stuffing material making sure to work the stuffing into all the corners.  Close the bottom of the pillow by hand sewing it shut.
Isn’t she just so sweet?

This is such a fun and different addition to a little girls bed.  This pillow is pretty generously sized, but you could make it even bigger if you want to.

Thanks so much for letting me share The Lolly Dolly pillow with you today.  I hope you will try to make one for a special little lady in your life.
And don’t forget to check out ‘Dress Up Days‘……it is just too cute!

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  1. So cute, thanks!!!

  2. Genial!!!!!!!!!!!
    Muchas gracias

  3. precioso !! gracias por enseñarlo !

  4. I did see this earlier and I want to make one of those for my girls room – problem is I think they are already about too old at 9 and almost 7 🙁 I think they would poo-poo the idea. so sad…

  5. I have this fabric but in Fat Quarters. It is adorable. I will try to get it done before Christmas. Thank you so much.

  6. Super cute! Thank you for sharing!

  7. I love fabric by Robert Kaufman

  8. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 2 post on Sep. 13, 2012. Thanks again.

  9. ¡Hola! Gracias por explicarlo tan bien, seguiré visitando tus trabajos. Besos.

  10. What a great idea for this adorable doll panel!

  11. I want to make this for my little girl – SO CUTE!!

  12. Oh Lindsay, this is so adorable. I bookmarked this page…thank you so much for the tutorial and inspiration!!! You’re the best!!!

  13. Super cute!

  14. Lindsay, you’re a genius! This is beyond cute!!!

  15. What a creative idea! Love it

  16. Sooo stinking precious! Great job!

  17. This pillow is so adorable!

  18. So so cute, I just came to visit from Doohikey Design blog to leave a comment about the give away for the FQ. Thanks!!

  19. This is so cute – I might make one into a cheerleader. My son and his new bride both have a friendly rivalry going – he’s an LSU grad, and she is a University of Oklahoma grad. I can see making them each a pillow in their school colors and making the doll a cheerleader!

  20. Makes me wish I had a “little” girl!

  21. So cute! I have a niece who would love this pillow!

  22. Such a cute idea! Love the dolly attached to the pillow!

  23. LOVE this idea!!! So adorable!

  24. I think this is the most adorable little girl pillow ever!!!!!!

  25. This is so cute! Perfect for a little girl.

  26. This is so cute! Perfect for a little girl.

  27. What a cute idea, sometimes I can not figure out what to do with the panels, but a pillow is a great idea.

  28. I saw this on the Riley Blake blog at the time and loved it then. I have a young niece tha tthis will be perfect for.

  29. I thought this was really cute (and clever) when first saw your post on RBS. Then today saw it on doohikeydesignstudio again so stopped by…

  30. This is SO adorable. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  31. thanks for sharing..

  32. So stinking adorable!

  33. Totally making this. I’m in the middle of making a quilt and pillows for my daughter using these fabrics. Thanks for the inspiration!

  34. Totally making this. I’m in the middle of making a quilt and pillows for my daughter using these fabrics. Thanks for the inspiration!


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