Martha Stewart's site has the BEST tutorials. She only selects the best so you know when you are doing a craft from her site it will be cream of the crop. The best thing about this dolly is that the pattern, tutorial and video tutorial are all FREE!!! http://www.marthastewart.com/article/black-apple-doll It does call for the pattern to be enlarged to 150%, just a FYI. Watching the video first was a huge help to me too.
I could not find a good supply list before making her so here is what I decided on for my doll:
Fleece for hair- They called for felt but the fleece is much easier to work with. I found a square by the felt for $.50.
A fat Quarter for her Dress-Or a scrap you may have
Another fat Quarter for her legs if you decide to do it in contrasting fabric.
Disappearing ink pen for face. I have no idea how I ever lived without one of these. I recommend The Dual one by Dritz
Scissors, Needle, thread, hands or a sewing machine :)
She (I'm calling her "she" because my daughter could not decide on her name) came together quickly and simply. I learned a little trick to trace my smaller pattern pieces on the fabric. Sew. Then Cut.
Aubrey wanted her doll awake not sleepy like the traditional Black Apple Doll. I Hand embroidered her face. I just think I would have made a mess with paint. If the embroidery was a mess I could just rip it out. (sounds not so nice but still better than scrapping a whole doll) I was pretty proud of myself as this was my first time to do anything like that. This is where the Dritz pen was a MUST for me. I drew her face about 10 times before getting it just right. A little water and tada pen markings are gone!
ETA: "She" has a name! Here is pics of Bre and Val (Short for Valentine). I made the skirt for her Valentine day party at school.. But since we are snowed in I think we will miss the party. So cute!