Quick reference for supplies:
- Flesh Fabric in Knit or Minky with lots of STRETCH
- A Cheap White colored knit fabric to line the doll (optional) -Add strength to seams
- Faux Fur Fabric For Hair (optional)
- Felt Fabric for Fabric in the hoop pacifier (optional)
- Poly Fil
- Poly Pellets, glass beads, steel shot or other weighting materials (optional)
- Needle and Thread to Close left over small openings
- (4) 9mm x 3mm magnets to magnetize each thumb, mouth and paci (optional)
- Embroidery Floss and 5” Doll Needle to make a belly button and bum (optional)
- Doll Joints: (5) 16-20mm for 4x4 or make button joints but you will need at least 1 20mm joint for the 4x4 head, (4)20mm joints and (1)35mm joint for the 5x7 doll, (4) 35mm joints and (1)45mm joints for the 6x10 doll, OR (4)40mm joints and (1)50mm joint for the 8x12 doll
- Scotch Tape
- Hemostats to turn fingers if using arms with fingers (Hemostats are REALLY USEFUL for turning fabrics!!!) I cannot stress that enough.
- Seam Ripper
- Nylon Stockings to contain weighing material (optional)
- Honeybug Magnetic Pacifier (optional)
- Knit fabric prints to make baby clothes layette using our download (optional) or just buy baby clothes! FUN! Who doesnt like to shop for baby clothes? Oh don’t get me started haha!!
You will want to use a HEAVY knit fabric to make your Juno! Good choices of fabric are Shannon minky in several colors or De witte Engel Fabric. You will need 1/4 yard for the 4x4, 1/2 yard for the 5x7 and 6x10 and 3/4 yard for the 8x12 if you go the special knit fabric route. You make also be able to find other doll knit type fabrics that will work. In my prototype, I also “doubled up” on each piece of the pattern with a very cheap inexpensie 4 way white stretch knit from the local fabric shop. This extra layer inside the doll will help to really stabilize the seams and it just feels 100 times better with it. I’m not sure why but the doll feels dreamy and thick skinned. Some ladies have used Scuba Knit, t-shirt knit, minky, fleece.
Dewitte Engel Fabric sources:
Shannon Minky Cuddle Recommended colors: BEIGE, SAND, LATTE, and CAFE
Other Doll Fabrics
Poly fil or Stuffing
You can use any type of stuffing to fill your doll. Any poly fil material will work. I will say, that I have found Angel Silk to be the best stuffing. It is very fine and silky feeling and it fills out the limbs, head and body with NO lumps or bumps that you sometimes see with even high quality poly fil products. If you wish to add some weight to your doll to add a more realistic feel, you can use poly pellets, glass beads, steel shot, bb’s, airsoft pellets or sand with caution. You will use approximately 1 pound of poly fil on a 6x10 baby.
These pacifiers are completely optional! You do not have to have a pacifier for your baby and a felt pacifier will be in your JUNO doll download for you to make inthe hoop. If you would like to have a special accessory for your doll, I recommend the Honeybug magnetic doll pacifiers. I have used these extensively in my reborning hobby with painting vinyl dolls. These pacifiers hold a 9mm x 3mm magnet which can be flipped to the other polarity by removing the center cap. So if you were to install your magnet in the mouth and find that you can accidently installed the magnet wrong in the paci, you can simply flip the magnet and it will stick without having to restitch a felt paci in the hoop. You can also use a small round washer in the mouth to save on getting extra magnets. If you wish to have a magnetic paci and thumb sucking, you will need at least two magnets that are small and strong. I recommend 9mm x 3mm magnets which you can find easily on amazon and ebay as well as Etsy. There are many sources to find magnetic pacifiers and you can even modify a regular pacifier by removing the silicone and gluing a magnet in its place using e6000 glue. Here are a few sources for magnetic pacifiers:
There are also lots of international sellers if you live outside the US. Just search via google for Honeybug Pacifiers
Your download of JUNO will come with the files to make hair for her in the hoop. You can use a variety of fabrics such as Shannon Minky, Mohair Fabric(what I used) , Faux Fur Shag Fabrics. You can also use yarn and fashion a cute short doo or EVEN a mohair wig made for dolls! If you use a wig, get a 10” wig for the 4x4, a 14-15” wig for the 5x10, and 16-17” for the 6x10, and 20” for the 8x12.You can really get creative. you do not need a lot of fabric to make the hair. Plan on using a 10 x 12” piece maximum
Clothing and Fabrics for Clothing
We will be offering doll clothing especially for the 4x4 doll. For the 5x7 your doll can wear preemie or micro preemie clothing. The 6x10 can also wear preemie clothing or small newborn clothing. The 8x12 doll can wear newborn and small 0-3 month size clothing. Have fun shopping for cute outfits for your baby, adorning her in onesies you have made using our appliques, or use our doll outfit pattern that will be made available on our website. For diapers, the 4x4 doll will wear micro preemie diapers, the 5x7 will wear preemie diapers, the 6x10 will wear newborn diapers, and the 8x12 will wear size 1-2 diapers. You will find micro preemie diapers available from Jillian Jade on ebay as well as websites like Dolls by Sandie. The honest printed diapers are especially cute and I personally adore them! They are fun for children. If you choose to make doll clothing using our download design, please choose fabrics that are knit (no fraying) and have generous stretch. Your doll will also be able to wear other doll clothing patterns you may have purchased in the past from other sources.
DOLL JOINTS IN VARIOUS SIZES:
Other Fun Things
Consider adding these fun accessories to your JUNO for added pretend play: A Heart Beat Box placed inside your dolls chest to add a heartbeat button when its pushed, or a real hospital bracelet which could allow a child to name her, an adoption certificate, scented pouch that smells of baby powder to put inside her body or head