How to Make a 9 Doll From the Movie




I just made this for my son. We liked the movie 9 and he wanted a toy, I couldn't find one so we went to Hobby Lobby and made our own.

I want to apologies for not putting a load of effort in to this tutorial. I just felt like giving back to Instructables in some way.

I have other free video tutorials on just look up picturebandit or go to

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Step 1:

Items that I used
Black cloth - 2$ per yard x 1 yrd
Burlap cloth - 3$ per yard x 1 yrd
Filler cotton - 3$
black thread - 2$
wood eggs - 1$
berets sm - 1$
wire - 1$
thimbles - 2$ ea
googly eyes 15mm - 1$
black zipper - 1$
2" foam egg - 1$

Step 2:

I used the thimbles to mark the size and location on a 2 inch Styrofoam egg then dug it out with a knife. Next I sewn eye brows with black thread then used 3m spray adhesive to marry the burlap to the black cloth this will give a black under tone and keep the filler from coming out. I then glued the material to the egg starting from the nose working my way back. I then cut the excess and sewed a stitch down the back of the head. Then cut a 4 way in the eye sockets and glued them in then cut a mouth area painted it black with a sharpie and filled it with hot glue.

Step 3:

with the head done I I filled the thimbles halfway with hot glue and put the googly eyes in. Then glued the thimbles in to the head. The way I figured the size ratio based on a reference photo of the actual character was 2 and a half times the size of the the head for the torso and 1 and a half for the arms and the legs. Once I have the shape of the body make 2 patters and sew them together black side out then when done flip it inside out to conceal all the nasty looking thread hitches. In addition on the side of your belly sew a zipper, My zipper is actually functional. This is where you will insert the wire frame for the body and the filler cotton. I made my body frame from cloths hanger wire and sized it up to this patter prior to sewing.
BTW this is black cloth glued to burlap with spray adhesive.

Step 4:

using a knife and hammer I split a wooden egg to use for the feet and a wooden ball to use for the hands. I then drilled a small hole and hot glued the hands and feet on. I used 3 small berets for the fingers on each hand. They open and close to hold things. When I put the wire frame in the body I just pushed the ends through the burlap into the head and out to the hands and feet. then I wrapped small stainless lacing wire several times around the neck, wrist and hands. Finally i filled the body with filler and zipped him up.

Step 5:

Final step was to add the number 9 to his back..
Hope you enjoy I know my son does and its way better then any plastic crap out there.
I mean how hard would it be to make these things out of burlap like the real thing?

Yeah it took me about 2 hours but I dont have a sewing machine. I could have been done in 20 mins.
I also have enough material to do about 3 more minus the thimbles.

Ps with the googly eyes for some reason every time I look at the little bastard its like its staring right at me!

Anyway have fun and check out my other video tutorials @

Step 6: Update Additional Photos

I had no idea this would become so popular. I have decided to add all the photos I took while making the doll. Hope you like it.
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    58 Discussions


    Tip 5 months ago on Introduction

    I was wondering if you had a sewing pattern for number 9 . I would love too make one haven't a clue where to start .


    10 months ago on Step 5

    Very cool. Just went looking for a 9 doll. Can’t believe nobody produced them. You did a great job


    Question 1 year ago

    Hello! So I'm sure you've received numerous requests about making and selling, but have you decided if you are? I'd love to commission you to make one and post it out to me in Australia :)


    5 years ago

    What is the inside of it made out of?


    6 years ago on Introduction

    this is very cool and it looks really fun. My son has been wanting me to make him a sack boy from the game Little Big Planet. I think I will make this one first to get my feet wet. Thanks for posting.


    8 years ago on Step 5

    I just love it! I want to make a big one, I wonder how much more material I need? what can I use for the frame of the eyes? I was thinking in a 24 inches one... how big is the one you make? thanks


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I am blown away by this. I am hoping that you would be willing to make and sell one, i KNOW i could not create anything this wonderful and my 4 year old (!) is obsessed with the movie.

    Please contact me if you would be interested!


    8 years ago on Step 4

    Please can you explain the berets. I don't know what this is, and can't see from the pictures.

    Thanks a lot, have to say, a brilliant project, I've been trying desperately to find something as my son is also NUTS about No. 9!



    8 years ago on Step 5

    Can u make me one? My email is


    9 years ago on Step 6

    to true, and i tihnk a bit more stuffing in the right places would fill it out more but overall great job! i cant tell if u did it or not but the neck is simply the head and the body with a bit of cloth inbetween with a wire wrapped around it, you can see it pretty clearly after the whole, church burned down, 1 gets "drained" scene : P


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I was thinking on making one, no for my seven year old son but for me, you did a great job. The movie a thrill, I love it.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the instructable! I had to make one of these for my nephew's birthday this weekend and I used yours for inspiration. There are some figures out now for sale (which I didn't realize until I was done) but nothing beats making one from scratch. Just a note to anyone trying to make one - burlap is NOT fun to work with. My stitching was a mess, I had to do the face three times and the hot glue gun was finally dragged out to make life easier!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Wow this is impressive i just saw the movie on demand and it wuz pretty cool, also, why dont you make 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 and make a slideshow showin all of them cuz id like to see 5 es my favorite :)

    Excellent job!  Lucky lad you've got too with a pops like you. You might take note that you're the top Google hit for '9 doll' and they don't exist on store shelves yet.. Just saying...
    Again, what a great job.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Beautiful your son has a very crafty father most dads just yell at tv's im sure hes very proud

    P.S i made an account just to say that :)