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My Felt Doll
The enchanting mermaid in this project was inspired by tales of the beautiful mythical creatures of the sea. She wears an embroidered seashell bikini top that closes at the back with a tiny snap, and there are a few variations for embellishing her tail – you can keep it plain, sew on sequins with seed beads at the centre and/or embellish the fin with fancy embroidery stitches and seed beads. I’ve chosen a beautiful brushed suri alpaca wool (yarn) for the hair to achieve a soft, floaty look.

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  • Step 1

    LAYOUT AND CUTTING
    1 Follow Steps 1 to 4 of the Layout and Cutting section from the Basic Doll project (see How to Sew the
    Basic Doll).
    HEAD
    1 Follow Steps 1 to 6 of the Head section from the Basic Doll project (see How to Sew the Basic Doll).
    ASSEMBLING THE HEAD
    1 Follow Steps 1 to 3 of the Assembling the Head section from the Basic Doll project (see How to Sew the Basic Doll).

  • Step 2

    BODY AND TAIL

    Using your disappearing ink marker, transfer the dotted line indicated on the pattern of the body onto both your body felt pieces. These will be your guides for positioning the waistband of the mermaid's tail.

  • How to make a character plushie. Little Mermaids - Step 3
    Step 3

    If you’d like to add sequins and/or embroidered details to the tail and fin, transfer the sequin placement markings shown on the tail pattern onto the front tail felt piece, as you did with the face grid (see How to Sew the Basic Doll).

  • Step 4

    Lay the front tail piece onto the front body piece, aligning the top of the tail's waist with the dotted line that you drew on the body in Step 1. Then appliqué stitch (see Stitch Guide) the waistband of the tail onto the body.

  • Step 5

    Repeat Step 3 with the back tail and body piece, making sure you reverse the pieces first.

  • How to make a character plushie. Little Mermaids - Step 6
    Step 6

    For the doll's belly button, embroider a tiny lazy daisy flower (see Stitch Guide) on the front of the body, just above the waistband of the tail.

  • How to make a character plushie. Little Mermaids - Step 7
    Step 7

    Attach a sequin with a seed bead at each point where the diagonal lines you drew in Step 2 meet on the tail. Embroider the fin with small running stitches (see Stitch Guide) directly onto the drawn lines and sew seed beads onto the marked dots (see Fig A).

  • Step 8

    ASSEMBLING THE BODY AND TAIL
    Pin the front body to the back body, wrong sides facing. Using a matching embroidery thread (floss), whip stitch (see Stitch Guide) down one side of the body. Start at one side of the neck and work down until you reach the waistband. End off your thread.

  • How to make a character plushie. Little Mermaids - Step 9
    Step 9

    Starting at A on the waistband of the tail and using matching embroidery thread, whip stitch around to B but do not end off your thread (see Fig B). Add tiny pinches of stuffing to fill up the first fin.

    Continue whip stitching around to C then fill the second fin with stuffing. Now continue stitching and filling up the tail in this manner until you reach the opposite side of the waistband and end off your thread (see Fig B).

  • Step 10

    Change your thread to one that matches the body colour and continue stitching up to the area where the shoulder meets the neck on the opposite side.

  • How to make a character plushie. Little Mermaids - Step 11
    Step 11

    Add stuffing through the gap in the neck, using the wooden spoon to push filling down inside the body and tail. Continue adding more until the stuffing reaches the shoulder area then use your cocktail (orange) stick or chopstick to push stuffing into this (see Fig C).

  • Step 12

    To complete this stage, follow Steps 3 to 5 from the Body section of the Basic Doll project (see How to Sew the Basic Doll).

  • Step 13

    ARMS

    Follow Steps 1 to 3 of the Arms section from the Basic Doll project (see How to Sew the Basic Doll).

  • Step 14

    ATTACHING THE HEAD TO THE BODY

    Follow Steps 1 to 5 of the Attaching the Head to the Body section from the Basic Doll project (see How to Sew the Basic Doll).

  • Step 15

    ATTACHING THE ARMS TO THE BODY

    Follow Steps 1 to 2 of the Attaching the Arms and Legs to the Body section from the Basic Doll project (see How to Sew the Basic Doll).

  • Step 16

    HAIR

    Follow Steps 1 to 10 of the Hair section from the Basic Doll project (see How to Sew the Basic Doll).

  • Step 17

    SEASHELL TOP

    Using the disappearing ink marker, transfer the line markings from each shell pattern onto your felt pieces.

  • Step 18

    Embroider each shell pattern onto the seashell top using lazy daisy stitch then blanket stitch (see Stitch Guide) around the outline of each shell.

  • How to make a character plushie. Little Mermaids - Step 19
    Step 19

    Fit the top onto the doll to determine where to attach the snap closure, then sew this in place at the back of the top (see Fig D).

  • Step 20

    FLOWER PETAL HAIR ACCESSORY

    Using the disappearing ink marker, transfer the line markings from the petal pattern onto the piece of felt that will be your top flower. Then use a contrasting embroidery thread colour to stitch these lines onto the flower, but do not end off your thread.

  • How to make a character plushie. Little Mermaids - Step 21
    Step 21

    Place the second flower petal felt piece behind the first, arranging it so that the petals of the second flower are slightly off-centre from the first. Insert a threaded needle in through the back of both petals and out through the centre of the front petal (see Fig E).

  • How to make a character plushie. Little Mermaids - Step 22
    Step 22

    Stitch seed beads onto the centre of the top flower petal. Then take the thread through to the back of the flower and position the flower on the hair clip, so that it is centred on top. Now sew the clip in place (see Fig F).

  • Step 23

    NECKLACE

    For the necklace, double thread a beading needle with embroidery thread. Make a couple of tiny stitches at the base of the doll's neck at the back to secure the thread in position, then thread seed beads onto this.

  • How to make a character plushie. Little Mermaids - Step 24
    Step 24

    Stitch the other end of the necklace in the same spot at the back of the neck to ensure the necklace stays in place.

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anna c.
anna c.
where can i find the doll pattern?
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anna c.
anna c.
can someone please tell me where i can get the doll pattern?
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Miss Muffin of Doom
Miss Muffin of Doom · Lisbon, Lisbon, PT · 17 projects
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Steve T.
Steve T.
I used to watch A Little Mermaid when I was a kid and your project just reminded me of it. I love it, seriously! Great job!
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xp3rim3ntal x.
xp3rim3ntal x.
Emma, could you open the Basic doll page?
Chieronymus, here on this page, down, close the the end, there are 4 blue line that say: 1.Step 2 doll, 2. Basic doll, ... They suppose to take you to these pages but it a trap. Admin or somebody can help us?
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chieronymus
chieronymus · Elizabeth, Colorado, US
Where can I find the Basic Doll Project?????????
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Emma L.
Emma L.
They are the cutest. I am sure my little girls will love them. They are obsessed with mermaids Happy
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xp3rim3ntal x.
xp3rim3ntal x.
I can t open basic doll. It taes me to a stupid page. Pls helppppp!
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xp3rim3ntal x.
xp3rim3ntal x.
Where is the Basic doll project so I can print out the head?
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