Take small amounts of fiberfill at one time and gently push to furthest part of doll from opening. Continue until the doll is firm, but still soft. The neck should be especially firm, so that the head does not flop.
The legs and arms can be filled “almost” to the top. Leaving a bit empty at the opening makes it easier to fold over and/or attach the arms and legs. The legs are inserted into the opening of the “dress.”
Add arms by hand sewing with doubled thread or embroidery floss.
You should stitch through the arm and body at least two times with heavy thread. Then use the same thread to add the button. Make several knots in end of thread to secure button.
The longer piece wraps around her face and is trimmed to length.
I start with one eye by sending the needle through the back of the head to hide the knot. It comes through the face and the three stitches are drawn before moving the needle to the other side. I went over the main stitch three times to give it prominence.
Stitch in other eye in same manner.
Use light-colored thread to attach mouth with a tack stitch.
Stay tuned for How to Make a Dress for Kiki: Part 3.