The littlest member of this Belfast crew, the one we shall refer to here as LEB, recently discovered the joy of matryoshka dolls and has been requesting some of her own. I found this great pattern for a felt version, and figured it would give me a chance to make her happy as well as figure out how to do a blanket stitch (that's the one on the edge that looks really pretty when done properly.) I used yellow felt and lots of different embroidery thread, mostly letting her pick the colors. She hasn't let go of them yet, and won't let anyone hold them. So that makes me feel pretty darn good.
Maize Hutton, who designed the dolls, has the free pattern for download on her site if you want to give it a go.
I used this video tutorial to learn how to make the blanket stitch. I did get pretty good at it, by the time I got to the tiniest doll.