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DIY Customized Doll
I hope everyone is settling into a wonderfully productive 2016. I can tell you I am definitely not, and instead have done almost nothing since January 1st (excluding, of course, the netflix binges). However, JUST ASK ME about any, any, television show that doesn’t involve a bachelor or a Kardashian and I can hook ya up girl.
Anyways, you came here for something, right? Yas queen you did. Let’s way back machine to November 2015: as I was searching for Christmas gifts ideas on the Spoonflower blog, I came across this darling pattern for a customized doll and fell in-love with those little matchstick legs.
Then, the idea hit me. I knew my cousin Jade would agree that a miniature version of herself in doll form would be a total hit. Skip ahead, skip ahead, skip ahead: WHOOP! There is it.
On the Spoonflower website, you can chose a variety of patterns to play around with, including alterning the colours and various accessories, without having any extreme technological prowess. They have full instructions, picture and text, that take you through the entire process of creating your little frankendoll.
As my intention was to make a mini version of Jade, I took the alteration process a step further than what is listed on the website. I saved the file on my desktop and added my own additional accouterments in Photoshop.
Ultimately, my personal alterations included:
1. Shortening the length of the sleeves
2. Altering the shirt collar colour and adding some designs
3. Turning the pants into shorts
4. Adding a, uh, floral pattern to the socks
5. Inking this bad boy up with all of Jade’s tattoos.
I completed the process by re-uploding the file and getting it printed on a Fat Quarter of Kona Cotton on the Spoonflower website. After being washed, the fat quarter of fabric looked like this:
As you would imagine, the rest of the process is just stitching the doll up. As you can see in the final picture, I could use a bit more practice with my curvy sewing skills. However, other than that and making sure you have your proper seam allowance (as to not see any of the white border around the doll, the project is very easy to zip together.
For me, turning it out was a bit of a pain. The whole process amounted to a lot of turning out, find mistakes, and then turn back inside out and sewing a bit more. But again, practice! practice! practice! It did make for some pretty weird late nights: with half of a crumpled doll face staring back at you, pleading for mercy at 1AM.
While I was completing my initial photoshopped image, I decided to add some 3D flowers to the doll instead of printing them on. After I had sufficiently stuffed her full of batting, I stitched up these felt roses and attached them. I love those little roses! They were a quick addition, but I think they made everything stand out much more. I always forget how much fun working with felt is until I start working with it again, and then I want to spend the rest of my life making little kawaii things out of felt. If I could only spend all day not working and under a pile of felt scraps. #lifegoals
Although I had some issues with the circles (aka half of the doll itself), I love the way that it turned out! It was a very inexpensive gift that packs a lot of sentimental punch. Who wouldn’t want a mini me with teeny little match stick arms and legs? No one. No one would say no to that!
Although I didn’t have enough time during the holidays, I am fairly certain Brian and I need matching dolls. Adding all of our tattoos to those little arms and legs will be real fun. real fun guys.
Head over to Spoonflower Blog to get all of the details for this DIY doll! Although I had a great time working with the Kona Cotton, I would love to make a doll using the recommended silky faille fabric!