Monday, January 3, 2011

Funny face dolls

A few years ago I was introduced to Ugly dolls. Have you seen these things? They are absolutely adorable but in my opinion are ridiculously priced..especially if you can sew. I made many of these dolls a couple of years ago for all my nieces, nephews and friend's kids.  I now have another nephew who is a year an half old and he loves his brother's 'Funny Face' so I thought I would make him one over the holidays.

These stuffed creatures are extremely easy if you are a basic sewer. I love to sew but I hate hand sewing so this project has almost none :)

Materials needed:
Fleece (washed) - I have used polar fleece, the bubbly type of fleece, coral fleece...pretty much anything you have on hand in the color you like.
Colored fleece for accents

Thread in matching colors (main body and cream) plus black for mouth
Foam stuffing 
I roughly sketched the shape of doll I wanted (I use my kids big roll of drawing paper to get a big enough piece of paper. You could also use wrapping paper or 4 pieces of printer paper taped together) and then cut out two pieces of fleece. Believe me about this...don't worry too much about getting the shape of everything perfect, they are suppose to be funny and once they are stuffed you never see the misshapen parts. 

I cut two circles for the eyes and two small teeth in cream. You can also do a tongue for the mouth..I didn't have any deep pink or red fleece so this wasn't an option for me :)

You can either glue the eyes and teeth on with fabric glue or do a light stitch to hold them on. 
 I then used a special stitch on my sewing machine to make the outside of the eye. The stitch looks like this __/\__/\__ . I think this turned out really cute.
 I then did a really tight zig zag stitch for the pupil of the eye and for the mouth. I would do a width of 5 and length of almost 0 for both of these. They don't look perfect up close but you don't notice from a distance. Plus this adds to the silliness of the doll.
Once you have finished all the face, you can place the two pieces of fabric with the right sides together and sew almost the entire way around. I leave a small opening between the feet of the doll since it is the least noticeable spots.

Turn the doll right side out and use something to push out the edges of the arms and feet. Stuff the doll to the desired softness and then do a quick stitch to close the opening.

TaDa. Aren't they cute? I will post other designs when I find the pictures of them.
 And what did my nephew think? I think the new Funny Face is a hit.

This project cost me nothing since I had all the materials on hand.


  1. These are awesome. I've been having a good time with softies lately. I have a blobby rocker monster softie posted on my blog. It has really fun hair that my son loves. :) Come check it out! And while you're at it, I'd love for you to link this up to my linky party!

  2. These are ADORABLE!!! I keep meaningto make softie for my kids, but STILL havent got around to it... I must I must...

    I would LOVE for you to join us at Kids Get Crafty (with and for kids, every Wednesday on Red Ted Art) - current link up

    Hope to see you there!


  3. These are so adorable! I'll have to make one for my son! I've been following your blog secretly and decided to create my own.
    You have great ideas and I can't wait to see more! :)

  4. Way cuter than the ugly dolls (and free?!)

    If you have a moment tonight, please link up to Creative Juice Thursday...

    nicolette @

  5. I'm so glad you linked up this week! I love monsters! :) I hope you'll stop by Tute {Yourself} Tuesday again next week!

  6. Looking at these just made me laugh. I might just have to make some for the fun of it.

  7. I love ugly dolls! These turned out so cute and look just like the ugly dolls!

  8. My son has a very small version of the grey doll he got from a birthday party...they are too cute and yours are even cuter! Thanks for sharing! I think I need to try this one!

  9. These are so cute! I just spotted them at a local museum store, and I've been wanting to make some for my 22 year old son (we have 4 kids, he's our oldest) and though he's a big tough college guy he has a soft spot for sweet goofy things. Thanks for this great tutorial!

  10. I love these ugly lovable dolls! They look like they need a hug.

    I'd love for you to come link up at Fun For Kids Friday.

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

  11. Thanks for linking up with fun for Kids Friday! These dolls are great!

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