Jun 2012
DIY Design
DIY Friday: Japanese Doll

If you are at a loss of what to do with fabric swatches and foam samples you got from the last trade show, here’s a project you can do in under an hour (including making a cup of coffee, staring at the wall for some inspiration, and such).


Scrap Canvas Fabric (in white or off-white color)
Sharpie pens (black, blue and red)
Needle and thread
Mixed Crushed foam filling

1. Start by drawing your doll using a pencil. Once happy with your sketch, use the Sharpie pens to add the colors.

2.Cut away excess fabric, making sure to leave enough room for sewing. (There should be two pieces of fabrics: one with the drawing and one for the backside of the doll)

3. Turn the fabric over and stitch the two pieces together (we used backstitch). Begin at the corner of the biggest side of the drawing (in this case, the bottom) so it will be easier to do the next step.

4. Without closing the stitching, turn the doll right side out and fill with the mixed crushed filling. Secure with a closely done hem stitch.

5. Add a safety pin at the back so you can attach it to your purse or use as an accessory. You may also glue a magnet so it can go on your fridge or any metal surface.

Happy weekend!

P.S. This doll is not for babies! Or toddlers, even.

P.P.S. If you can’t draw, then maybe this plush toy project is your next option.

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