Pocahontas Customisation Tutorial

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Happy March!

The first Midi tier pattern this month is the Pocahontas customisation tutorial.

As with all of my person based female characters, I used my Avery doll base and customised her into Pocahontas. This base pattern can be purchased in my Etsy and Ravelry stores as well as on my website. Just to note that I have done the template sizing based on making your Avery doll using a 2.5mm hook. You can adjust the hook size and yarn weight when making the doll, but you will also need to adjust the size of the clothing template accordingly.

I had made Pocahontas a few years back when I first created the Avery doll base. You can see below that her arms are not as defined as the updated version. Also, my Pocahontas is a little bit bigger than the standard size because I played around and loosened the tension a bit when crocheting her. I wanted to see if I could ease up the strain on my wrist. However, this just created big holes in my projects so in the end I stuck to a medium tension when creating the princes and princesses from all my Disney series’. Not to worry, I have done the clothing template base on the standard size doll.

Over the years certain methods have changed. Such as I now like to needlefelt the eyebrows on instead of embroidering them. I also opted to use thread weight yarn for the hair rather than 4ply to give it an added level of realism. Lastly, I have recently been using an updated method for my eyes. Rather than using T-shirt transfer paper, I used my sublimation printer and directly transferred the ink onto fabric. Eyes done this way are more durable, the image comes out crisper and when taking pictures there is not a shine or glare. Though I know that this method is not feasible for everyone due to the cost of equipment, I will still write a post about it comparing the two methods and discussing the pros and cons.

Pocahontas’s dress was the easiest one out of all the Disney Princesses that I have done so far because of the neutral colours and non-extravagant design. The simple design made the whole customisation process very quick. Despite the simplicity of the dress the outcome is still eye catching and nostalgic.


YOU WILL NEED:

(Template size is based on the Avery doll base made using 4ply yarn and a 2.5mm hook).

  • White felt *
  • T-shirt transfer paper *
  • Printer *
  • Iron *
  • Scissors
  • Felt glue
  • Yarn needle
  • Same yarn you used for your base doll (to stitch the nose)
  • Black thread/lace weight yarn (for the hair)
  • Tan, beige and brown felt (with matching/similar threads)
  • 1-2 Fasteners (i.e. poppers, Velcro, buttons, etc.) approx. 5-7mm wide
  • Turquoise polymer clay (OPTIONAL – For the necklace)
  • Needle felting needle and black wool roving (OPTIONAL – You can embroider the eyebrows on in which case you will need black 4ply cotton yarn)
  • Sewing machine (OPTIONAL: You can hand sew the clothes)

* These items are required if you plan to use the t-shirt transfer paper eye method.

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You are now complete!

How did you find the whole customisation process? What is your preferred method to do the eyes? Whatever you answer I hope that you are happy with the outcome.

Next month’s Midi tier pattern is Meeko the racoon from Pocahontas.

Until the next post, happy crocheting!

Chantelle X

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