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The Nutcracker

and the mouse king

y t o f ollow
eas life
With s a n d
tion By Paloma Rocha
instruc atterns.
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The Nutcracker
and the mouse king
Please, read all of
the instructions before
starting your
project.

. Finished size: Nut cracker-6”, mouse-4”


. Difficulty level: Easy/intermediate.
Runtime: 2hours/ each doll

Tools
. Embroidery needle
. Pencil or felt marker.
. Scissors.
. Chopstick or pointy tool.
. Embroidery scissors.

Materials
Nutcracker
. Red (6”x 4”). Mouse
. White felt (6”x 4”). . Dark gray (6”x 7”).
. Flesh tone felt (3 x 3”). . Light gray felt (3”x 3”).
. Scraps of light and dark grey. .Scraps of yellow and green felt.
. Stuffing. .Stuffing.
. Embroidery floss. . Embroidery floss.
. Safety eyes (6 mm). . Safety eyes (6mm)
. 2 pom-poms . Yarn.
.1 Tiny star button. . Tiny button.

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Felt
Felt can basically be divided into two types: wool felt or washable felt. Wool felt is
recommended for these ornaments. These quality materials help dolls look their very best.

Cutting out shapes


Print a page 11 and 12 of this pdf, and cut out templates using scissors. Trace templates
onto felt using a felt marker or pencil and cut out on the line. Cut carefully so edges are
vertical, not slanted.

Cutting tiny shapes

Remove paper
pattern

Paper pattern
Felt
Cut

Cut out the paper pattern roughly and attach it onto felt. Roughly cut out the felt around
the pattern, which will be easier to maneuver and cut to final shape without removing
paper.

Sewing and embroidery


This doll is embroidered and stitched together with embroidery floss.
In case you´re not familiar with one of the stitches, you can practice the stitches a few
times on a felt scraps before working on a doll. None of the stitches are difficult, but can
take some practice to get perfect. Always keep your stitches and the space between them
the same length. Be consistent with your sewing tension.
Or, if you want to keep embroidery to a minimum, you can sometimes glue on certain
elements, instead of embroidering them.
You can experiment and use your imagination to customize the project.
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Embroidery stitches
1. Appliqué Stitch: Stitching a felt piece onto a felt surface. Place the appliqué on the background felt.
Make tiny stitches perpendicular to the edge of the appliqué.
2. Overcast Stitch: Simple stitch over the edge of the felt. Also called whip-stitch, is used to attach two
pieces of felt. This isn´t a decorative stitch, so always use floss that matches the color of the felt and make
the stitches small and neat.
3. Straight Stitch: Use a simple straight stitch to create a motif.
4. Satin Stitch: The satin stitch is composed of parallel rows of straight stitch and is often used to fill in
an area with floss. The make very nice eyes and noses on softies.
5. Blanket stitch: The blanket stitch is both decorative and functional. Use this stitch to accentuate an
edge or to attach an appliqué.
6. Back Stitch: This simple stitch creates a solid line so it´s great for outlining shapes or creating text.
A backstitch gets its name because you create it moving the needle a stitch backward before moving it
forward to create the next stitch.
7. French Knots: The French knot produces a rounded knot that can be used to create a series of decorative
dots. To make it, bring the needle up at the point at which you want to make your French knot, hold the
thread and wrap it around the needle twice, as shown. Bring the needle back to the starting point and put
the point back through the fabric very near where it emerged (be careful not use the same exact hole) . Pull
the needle to the back of the felt and pull taut.
8. Ladder stitch: The ladder stitch is used to attach separate parts such as a doll’s head. It’s called the
ladder stitch because the stitches look like a ladder until you pull the stitches tight to close the seam. Pull
every four or five stitches as you stitch. When the thread is tightened, the stitches should be virtually
invisible.
9. Running Stitch: The running stitch is simple to make. Make this stitch by weaving the needle through
the felt at evenly spaced intervals. Just be careful to keep the length of your stitches and the space between
them same length.
These illustrations will help you with any unfamiliar stitches.

1. Applique stitch 2. Overcast stitch 3. Straight stitch 4. Satin stitch


2 in

1out
Keep thread
at right angle

5. Blanket stitch 6. Back stitch


1out Working
2 in direction
3 out 2 in
1in 3 out

Carry needle 1 stitch


Working beyond previous stitch
direction

7. French knot 8. Ladder stitch 9. Running stitch


le
circ
Entwice

Working
direction

4
Nutcracker
1 2 3
Running
stitch Eye hole

Insert eyes

Stuff
Straight
stitch
Fre
n
kno ch
5
4 t 6

Back Straight
stitch stitch Overcast
stitch

7 Appliqué Appliqué 9
stitch stitch Stuff
8

© Paloma Rocha 2015

ch Opening for Running


Fren t
k n o stuffing Stuff stitch

13
Back
stitch

Stitch loosely
around the edge
10 11 Overcast 12 and pull to
stitch tighten

5
Ladder
nt
stitch fro
o ll
nt D
fro
Doll

Doll back
Doll back

Doll back
Doll back
Couture Doll front
Straight
Ladder Doll front
stitch Ladder stitch
Doll back
Ladder Doll back stitch
stitch 14 Doll front
Doll front

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Running
stitch
Appliqué
stitch
Straight
stitch © Paloma Rocha 2015
Overcast
stitch
16 17
18
Sew a
m
Sew a pompo
button Stuff

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1. Using the templates, cut the doll pieces from felt.
2. Carefully place the hair front onto the face as shown and adjust the face so that it´s
centered correctly and pin in place. Attach the hair to the face with appliqué stitches
worked with two strands of matching floss.
3.. Carefully, make two tiny holes with the tip of a very sharp pair of embroidery scissors.
Insert safety eyes and connectors at back.
4. Thread the needle with two strands of brown floss. The eyelashes are made using a
small straight stitch for each eye. Make nutcrackers´s eyebrows by sewing a tiny straight
stitch for each eye and placing at a slight angle. Embroider the lines under the mouth
using back stitch, as shown. Re-thread the needle with pink floss and embroider a small,
curved mouth with a few backstitches. Using two strands of red floss, embroider a French
knot to suggest the nose.
5. Sew the mustache and the cheeks using the picture as a guide.
6. Align the two head pieces together, right sides out. Thread an embroidery needle with
two strands of white floss and sew the two head pieces together with a overcast stitch. Stop
stitching when opening is small enough for stuffing. Fill it very firmly with toy stuffing
and stitch it closed. Knot thread and cut off excess.
7. Position the coat shapes on the pant shapes, as pictured, and pin them in place. I have
included a template of the complete body. You can use this template as a guide to get
the positioning of the coat and pants right. Sew the coat and the pants together using
appliqué stitch and two strands of red floss.
8. Carefully, arrange the hands and arms, as pictured. Sew them in position with two
strands of matching embroidery floss, sewing around the edges of each shape with
appliqué stitches, leaving the area at each side open.
9. Add a tiny quantity of stuffing and push in, filling up the arm.
10. Embroider the ornaments on the coat, using the picture as a guide.
11. Align the two body shapes together and thread an embroidery needle with two strands
of matching embroidery floss. Stitch the shapes together using overcast stitch, sewing
through all layers of felt in legs areas and, leaving a gap open.
12. Fill it firmly with toy stuffing (I like stuff the legs while I am sewing).
13. Continue to add a bit of stuffing so that the body is stuffed firmly all the way. Run a
gathering stitch just below the neck opening and tighten the thread, closing the hole.
14. Position the head so that it overlaps the body. Using an long embroidery needle and
two strands of floss, attach them together using a ladder stitch through the head and the
neck and going round and round till the head is secure. If the head seems wobbly, go back
around one more time with the ladder stitch.
15. Sew the red shapes on the hat, as shown, using running stitch.
16. Position the leaves using the picture as a guide, and sew a long straight stitch on the
center of them with green embroidery thread. Sew the star button on the leaves.
17. Align the two hat pieces together, right sides out, and sew them together with overcast
stitch, leaving the bottom open. Fill the hat lightly.
18. Sew the hat to the head and add two tiny pompoms on the shoulders.

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Inser
Appliqué t
stitch
3 eyes
2

1 Eye
hole
Appliqué
Overcast stitch stitch
ch
darts (wrong side) 6
Fren t St
r
o
k n sti aight
4 tch

Overcast
stitch

5
7
Back
stitch © Paloma Rocha 2015
Sew a
button

8
15 Fold in
half
cast
Overtch
sti
Stuff Overcast
stitch 16
Yarn
Overcast stitch
9 Knot darts (wrong side)
Appliqué
stitch

10 11
Stuff
Stit
arounch loosely
d
and pthe edge Ladder
Stuff u
tightell to stitch
n
(see the
12 pages 6
Running &7 )
stitch 14
Overcast 13 17
stitch
Ladder
stitch

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1. Using the templates, cut the doll pieces from felt.
2. Using the picture as a guide, arrange the face felt piece on the head front. Tack the pieces
down with a pin or a dot of fabric glue to keep them in place while you sew. Using the
matching sewing thread and needle, appliqué stitch around the edges. Keep the stitches
small so you will barely see them when you are finished.
3. Carefully, make two tiny holes with the tip of a very sharp pair of embroidery scissors
and insert safety eyes and connectors at back.
4. Embroider a curved mouth with black floss and a few back stitches. Embroider the nose
using a French knot. Add the eyebrows and tiny eyelashes at the outer corners of the eyes.
5. Overcast stitch the darts on front and back head pieces with two strands of matching
floss, making sure to sew them up on the wrong side of the felt.
6. Use two strands of matching embroidery floss to sew the inner ear pieces onto the outer
ears.
7. Align the two ears pieces and sew together with a overcast stitch, using two strands of
dark grey embroidery floss.
8. Align the two head shapes together, so the ears are sandwiched in the middle, and thread
an embroidery needle with two strands of gray embroidery floss. Stitch the head shapes
together using overcast stitch, sewing through all layers of felt in ears areas, leaving a gap
open. Fill it firmly with toy stuffing. When you think you’ve put enough stuff in the head,
add a bit more and stitch it closed.
9. Carefully, position the tummy shape on the body front, lining up the edges carefully.
Thread an embroidery needle with two strands of matching floss and appliqué stitch the
tummy onto the body.
10. Use a pin to stick the arms shapes in position. Thread an embroidery needle with two
strands of matching embroidery floss and sew around the arms with a small, neat appliqué
stitch, leaving the area at each side open.
11. Tie two knots with the ends of the yarn, as shown in the diagram. Overcast stitch the
darts on the body with two strands of blue floss, making sure to sew them up on the wrong
side of the felt, so the tail end is sandwiched in the middle of the back dart.
12. Add a tiny quantity of stuffing and push in, filling up the arm.
13. Align the two body pieces together and thread an embroidery needle with two strands
of gray embroidery floss. Stitch the pieces together around the edges of the body using
overcast stitch, leaving the top open. Then, stuff firmly with toy stuffing.
14. Continue to add a bit of stuffing so that the body is stuffed firmly all the way. Run a
gathering stitch just below the neck opening and tighten the thread, closing the hole.
15. Sew two holly leaves and a heart button on the crown shape.
16. Place the short ends of the crown together and sew with overcast stitch, using two
strands of light yellow floss.
17. Sew the crown to the head using appliqué stitch. Sew the head to the body, follow the
same instructions as for the Nutcracker. Add the feet in place with several ladder stitches.
To paint the cheeks, rub a pink artist pastel onto a piece of paper and then apply the
resulting powder to the face with a soft blush.

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10
Nutcracker

Hat (cut 2)
Light grey
Hair back (cut 1)
White

Hat (cut 2)
Red

Leaf (cut 2)
Hair front (cut 1) Green
White
Pants (cut 2)
Dark grey
Coat (cut 2)
Red

Mustache (cut 2) Arms (cut 2)


White
Red

Body
template *
Hands (cut 2)
Flesh tone
Face (cut 1)
Flesh tone

Cheeks (cut 2)
Red

* Use this template as a guide


to get the positioning of the
neck and dress just right.
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Mouse king

Arms (cut 2)
Gray

Ear (cut 2)
Gray

Head (cut 2)
Gray

Tummy (cut 1)
Light gray
Ear (cut 2)
Light gray

Body (cut 2)
Face (cut 1) Gray
Light gray

Feet (cut 2)
Light gray
Crown (cut 1) Leaf (cut 2)
Yellow Green

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Nutcracker
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Hair back (cut 1)


White

Hair front (cut 1)


White

Mustache (cut 2)
White

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Coat (cut 2)
Red
Hat (cut 2)
Light grey

Pants (cut 2)
Dark grey

Hat (cut 2)
Red

Leaf (cut 2)
Green

Face (cut 1)
Flesh tone
Body
template *

* Use this template as a guide


to get the positioning of the
neck and dress just right.
Ar
m
s(
Re c u Hands (cut 2)
d t2
) Flesh tone

Cheeks (cut 2)
Red

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Ear (cut 2)
Gray

Head (cut 2)
Gray

Ear (cut 2)
Light gray

Mouse king
(Big size)

Body (cut 2)
Gray
Face (cut 1)
Light gray

Crown (cut 1)
Yellow
Tummy (cut 1)

Arms (cut 2)
Light gray

Gray

Leaf (cut 2)
Green Feet (cut 2)
Light gray

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Designed by:

Noia Land
©2015 Paloma Rocha.
www.noialand.com

©2015 Paloma Rocha.


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