It looks like it would be hard to make, right? The embroidery can be tricky, but the sewing part of this tutorial is super easy! In fact, for those of you who don’t like to sew, you could probably get away with hot gluing where the tutorial shows you to sew…
Of course, if you want to make the Jolly Roger, it doesn’t take much time to create a doll-sized one. But as it says in the video, embroidery is optional. Another alternative is to sew a ready-made Jolly Roger patch onto your finished hat.
Now this pattern was designed to fit the Project MC2 dolls, but I don’t see why you couldn’t enlarge or reduce it to fit bigger or smaller dolls. If you do decide to adapt it, let me know how it turns out by leaving a comment!
Need help printing my patterns? This link offers a tutorial showing you how to download and print my FREE patterns using Google Docs. (For the older print-a-pattern tutorial, which uses Microsoft Word, click here.)
Please note: you must enlarge my patterns to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) without margins, before printing. These designs use a scant 1/4 inch seam (4 mm to be exact).
If you’re wondering why I make patterns and videos without charging a fee, please visit the “Chelly’s Books” page, and that should explain my general motivations. My patterns are now available through “Creative Commons Attribution.” This means that I created my patterns (and therefore I own rights to them), but I’m willing to share them with everyone who will tell people about my website. I’d like the whole world to know that my website offers free, printable sewing patterns! But I need your help in spreading the word. So from now on, if you do print and use my patterns, make sure you tell people where you got them.
I’ve also got a playlist of tutorials for the beginning sewists on my YouTube channel. It includes video tutorials showing you how to do a basic straight stitch when sewing by hand, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, for those who are new to design and alterations.
In case you haven’t heard, I have actually designed some commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. They have some new dolls in their line, including a new male doll, so you might want to visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.