Make a small version of yourself by sewing a Mini-Me Doll. It is a fun, easy,activity and something to snuggle with in the cold of winter if you happen to find yourself alone!
I use both a sewing machine and hand stitching to create this doll.
Step 1: Supplies
Fabric, 24X48 muslin (also assorted remnants for the clothing)
light weight paper to make pattern
inkjet phot otransfer paper
color inkjet printer
camera (or I used my photo-booth on my computer)
and an iron
Step 2: Pattern for Body
create pattern and place on muslin
Step 3: Pin
Pin pattern to fabric, be sure the fabric is folded so that you are actually making 2 pieces.
Step 4: Cut
carefully cut the figure
Step 5: Sewing
I use a sewing machine to sew around the outside edge of the figure, leave an opening in the side to turn the fabric right side out and also to eventually stuff.
Step 6: Turn
turn fabric of the figure right side out
Step 7: Face
Get a photograph for the face, I used the photo-booth app on my computer, made the portrait and sent it to i-photo.
Step 8: Printer
From i-photo I sent the image to my color ink jet printer. I printed it on iron on transfer paper.
Step 9: Cut the Face
carefully cut the face from the photograph
Step 10: Iron
line up the photograph to fill the area of the doll that will create the head
Step 11: Iron
Using a very high heat iron the transfer to the fabric
Step 12: Peel
Let the paper cool and then peel the backing off the transfer paper
Step 13: Face
Your mini-me has a face
Step 14: Stuff
Begin stuffing the legs of your doll.
Step 15: Head
Next stuff the head
Step 16: Chest
finally fill in the chest, add quite a bit of stuffing especially in the neck area, otherwise the head will flop over!
Step 17: Sew Opening
pin the open area closed and hand stitch to secure the closure.
Step 18: Arms
pin and cut the arms, again be sure to fold fabric, you will end up with 4 arm shapes.
Step 19: Arms
using machine sew outside edge of arms, leaving an opening at the top
Step 20: Arms
turn right side out and add stuffing
Step 21: Arms
pin and stitch the opening in the arms
Step 22: Arms
sew arms to body
Step 23: Doll Body Is Done
Step 24: Making a Dress
on folded fabric pin a dress pattern according to design and measurements mentioned, cut fabric.
Step 25: Trim
On wrong side of fabric, turn in an edge across the top or neckline of the dress,
Step 26: Stitching
right sides together stitch about 2.5 inched across each shoulder area, then open fabric flat and turn up an edge around sleves as you did on the neck
Step 27: Stitch Sides
stitch the sides of the dress from the armpit to the hemline, then turn up a little edge around the bottom of the dress to make a hem.
Step 28: More Clothing
turn the dress right side out and dress your mini me doll. I like to tie a ribbon around the middle to act as a belt>
Step 29: More Clothing
You can design and sew a lot of different outfits for yourself!
this is an example of a lovely pants suit.