I am the coach of a 4-5 year old girls soccer team, named the Jaybirds. Our team has been together for 4 seasons and so we have become a really close knit group. We all appreciate the fact that all the kids and all the parents get along so well.
Well, I wanted make my girls some rag dolls for a while and while designing them out I thought I would dress the dolls in soccer uniforms... then it occurred to me that all the Jaybirds would love a doll for Christmas.
I tried to make each doll as unique as the girl they represented. Each with a different hair style and hair color, but with the same blue uniform and black shorts. The soccer balls on their shirts are painted on.
I also painted each one with their name and number on the back of the jerseys.
The faces are painted with black fabric paint.
The girls loved them!
Want to make a couple of your own? Here's how:
Cut out the base body parts out of flesh colored fabric.
Cut out 4 sleeve pieces and 2 shirt pieces out of what color you want to make the shirt. Hem the bottom of all 4 of the sleeve pieces and the neckline and bottom of the shirt, front and back pieces.
Cut out 4 leg pieces of the shorts and 2 short pieces from the black. Hem the top of the shorts and the bottoms of the leg pieces.
Cut the desired hairstyle out of felt. Doubling any pigtails or ponytails and sewing them together, wrong sides together and don't flip.
Sew the hairstyle onto the head- stitching nicely around the bangs that frame the face and by the neck on the back of the head.
Next, sandwich two pieces of the shirt sleeve between 2 of the arm pieces (all right sides together) and sew around leaving an opening at the top. Then turn inside out and stuff.
Do the same for the legs (the seam on the legs will be at the top of the thigh so make sure the hems of the short match up or it will look funny).
Baste the shirts, shorts and pigtails onto the front and back of the main body pieces. Then bast the arms onto the body.
Put the right sides together and sew around the body leaving the bottom of the doll open. Flip the doll inside out and stuff.
Fold the bottom of the inward and pin the legs and the bottom closed. Stitch straight across with black thread- and you're done!
I tied the bows and hand stitched them on tight.
My little soccer players are as cute as their dolls =)