Spice; Tiny Shelf Sitters


A Lillie Mae’s Crafts original design by Brenda Greenwalt


Spice; Cinnamon, Ginger, & Pepper

Each doll approximately 7 inches tall when finished.


You Will be a Needin:


Material Scraps – muslin, brown material, 3 scraps of material with small designs.

Hair – light orange for Ginger, black for Pepper, and red for Cinnamon

Small caps off of hair spray or large prescription bottles, etc. that measure approximately 2 inches in width and about 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep.

Paint – black for eyes and feet, antique white, white, cheeks – burgundy (Pepper), country red (Cinnamon, vintage orange (Ginger)


Embroidery floss:  Country red, light orange, dark barown

Hair – light orange yarn, thick black yarn, red sport weight yarn.

For staining – instant coffee vanilla extract, old coffee sheet, rags, glass jar with lid, spray bottle, funnel.



Instructions for All Three:

#1.  Print out head, arm and leg patterns. 

#2.  Pin head, arm and leg patterns to doubled muslin and trace using pencil, disappearing or Mark B Gone fabric marking pens being sure to trace 2 arms and 2 legs.

#3.  Sew on traced lines leaving open where indicated on patterns.

#4.  Stuff arms and legs VERY lightly and sew openings closed.

#5.  Sew arms on where indicated on pattern.  (Do NOT attach the legs yet.)



Stain the head, arms and legs.

#1.  Mix stain solution; in a glass jar with lid combine 1/4 cup instant coffee with 1 cup hot water.  Add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon fragrance oil.  Shake to mix.  If you want your stain mixture more fragrant, simply add more fragrance oil.  Pour into a spray bottle or use sponge brush.

#2.  Line an old cookie sheet with either wax paper or old rags.

#3.  Spray body being sure she is completely covered; front and back.

#4.  Set oven to 200 and bake for 10 minutes.  NEVER LEAVE THIS UNATTENDED.  If you need to bake longer, bake at 5 minute increments.



#1. Eyes:  Lightly dab the end of a small paintbrush into black paint and dot on two eyes.

#2.  Print off nose template on card stock.  Place on face (head) where desired and pin in place with straight pins.  Trace lightly with a mechanical pencil.  Thread a doll needle with a double strand of red embroidery floss.  Go down from the top center of her head (this will be covered with her hair) to the bottom of her nose and embroider the nose using a satin stitch.

#3.  Eyebrows:  Looking at the pictures and the pattern and using a mechanical pencil, lightly trace on eyebrows.  If you want them completely straight, use a wooden or plastic ruler to trace them.  Thread doll needle with single strand of dark brown embroidery floss.  Go down from the top center of her head (this will be covered with her hair) to the eyebrows and embroider them both with a back stitch.

#4.  Mouth:  Follow step #3 (above) for mouth.

#5.  Cheeks:  Light dab a small stencil brush into cheek paint and pounce most of it off onto paper towels.  Apply paint for cheeks in small circular motions.



Ginger – cut 25 pieces of your light orange yarn at 5 inches long.  Tie in place on head.

Pepper – Cut 10 pieces of your thick black yarn at 5 inches long.  Tie in place on head.

Cinnamon - Insert yarn strips at places indicated on head pattern.  Wrap your sport weight red yarn around your four extended fingers 3 times, slip off and tie in the center of one of your yarn strips.  Do this until you


Paint Feet: = Pepper

#1.  Tie small piece of thread to the top of the legs.  This is to hang them to dry after painting.

#2.  Paint legs and feet antique white, hang to dry.

#3.  Paint feet (shoes) back as indicated on pattern.

#4.  Hang to dry.  I usually use a wire hanger.  Bend both sides up, and hang one leg on each side.  Be sure not to hang where possible drippings from the paint may cause damage.  I hang mine in my garage.

#5.  Once dry, lightly sand the shoes to give them appearance of vintage and worn shoes.

#6.  With antique white embroidery floss, thread through shoes to resemble shoe strings.


#1.  On double layer material, trace around the body pattern with disappearing fabric marking pen onto doubled muslin.

#2.  With 2 strands of natural embroidery floss hand sew a running stitch completely around this about 1/2 inch from the edge leave enough thread for gathering.

#3.  Place your saucer/lid, etc. in the center of this and pull gathering thread until material has cupped up a bit around the saucer.

#4.  Grab a handful of polyfil and place in center of saucer (do not overstuff); place doll in center.

#6.  Pull the gather stitch tight and hand stitch to the doll all around.  You may need to do this several times to make sure it is snug and tight.

#7.  Glue top of legs to bottom of saucer as indicated in picture being sure that the toes are pointed towards each other.


Legs & Bloomers:

#1.  Next we make the bloomers as they need to go on the doll’s legs before the legs are attached the doll.

#2.   Print off bloomer pattern.  On doubled muslin trace pattern with disappearing fabric marking pen.  As above, sew on traced lines being sure to leave top and bottom open as indicated on pattern.  Cut out about 1/4 inch from sewn lines. 

#3.  Put on dolls legs.  With natural embroidery floss, hand sew a running stitch around bottom of bloomers about 1/2 inch from bottom.  Pull to gather and stitch down in back.

#4.  Glue to bottom of saucer as indicated in picture being sure that the toes are pointed towards each other.



#1.  Bodice - On double layer material, right sides together, pin bodice pattern and cut out, being sure to place the bodice on the fold as indicated. 

#2.  Skirt - On doubled layer material, right sides together, pin skirt pattern placed on fold where indicated and cut out 2.

#3.  Doing front and back separately, take one piece of the cut out skirts and sew a gathering or a running stitch about 1/4" away from one long edge.

#4.  Gather that part of the skirt and with right sides together match it to the bottom of the bodice. Pin & sew right above the gathering stitch.

#5.  Do the same for the other side of the bodice.

#6.  With right sides together, match up the front and back dress pieces and, using 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew together.

#7.  Turn hem under 1/4 inch and hem.

#8.  Turn bottom of sleeves up about 1/4 inch and hand sew.

#9.  Slip dress on over doll’s head.  Hand stitch a running stitch completely around neck and sleeves and pull to gather, knot.   

#10.  Cut out the sash pattern from cheesecloth and tie around waist of dress.

#11.  Pin rick-rack to bottom of dress and stitch.


You're done with Spice.  I hope you enjoyed making them as much as I enjoyed designing them.  If you have any problems or questions at all, please don’t hesitate to email me or visit my "Stitch 'n' Stuff" page at http://www.lilliemaescrafts.com


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