Step 2 – Make the body of the doll according to the pattern. I use plain unbleached muslin for this. Sew and stuff. Leave the bottom open and now tea dye the body. You can do this by spraying the tea on or you can do this by painting the tea on. I use instant tea and I paint it on with a 2” brush. A cheap brush from the paint store will do fine. I use 4 table spoons of tea to one cup of water. This will make it dark. If you want it lighter use less tea, darker use more tea. I then hang the body of the doll on a line outside to dry. When it is dry take a piece of medium grade sandpaper and lightly sand the entire body. DO NOT SAND TO HARD. If you do you will sand a whole in the fabric. Sand lightly and if it is not sanded enough you can sand it again. Now your body is ready to put on the base.
Step 3 – On the open part of the body use a gathering stitch all around the opening. Now slide the body over the top part of your base and pull the thread tight. Now secure the thread and clip. Your body is now on the base and should stand straight. If you find your body does not stand straight and it feels as if it may need some more stuffing in it, cut a 3” slit in the back of the body about half way down. Now fill the body with more fiber fill until stuffed firmly and it stands well. Now stitch the opening closed. You can glue a fabric patch over the sewn slit just so it looks neat if you choose. Nobody will see, it will be under Santa’s robes.