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I don’t crochet Fan Art dolls often, but every once in a while I like to challenge myself with a project that involves characters I love from movies, video games, or books. Last week I got inspired, and decided to try my hands on a Tinkerbell, the beloved fairy from Peter Pan.

When I said I like a challenge, I wasn’t joking. It took me three weeks to make her, with trials and errors, and even though I am very happy with the results I would modify a few things on the pattern if I was to crochet something similar.

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The two challenges I encountered are the facial features, and the hair. I really wanted to give her eyes an almond shape but I wasn’t sure how to proceed. At first I wanted to make them just using felt, but I changed my mind and insted used a pair of 12mm blue safety eyes, white felt for the shape, and black felt for the contour. I added some plastic eyelashes to make her look more girlie. I feel that the eyes are a little too big, but it still look cute.

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I don’t know why but I always thought that Tinkerbell had her hair pulled back in a bun, that tells you how much I pay attention to detail! She definitely have a bun, but the rest of her hair is shaped into a pixie cut style. I was tempted to crochet a wig to put on her head, but I opted for strands of yarn instead.. Lots of them! I did crocheted the bun however, which I embroidered afterward with yarn.
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The wings on her back are very simple, I used double crochet and treble that I worked around a chain. I sprayed them with starch to keep them from flopping over. I will upload a tutorial next time if anybody is interested, they are very easy to make.

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Voila! This was my attempt at crocheting a Tinkerbell. I learned a lot from it, and even though she is not perfect I still like her a lot. Practicing crochet on characters that inspire you is a lot of fun, it helps you improve your skills and gives you inspiration.

Happy crocheting!

A friend of mine got tickets for a meet and greet with his idol, Gwen Stefani. He asked me if I could make a 90’s version of Gwen for the occasion, Chibi style. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, or if I would be able to do it  but it never hurts to try. I spent the last three weeks working on this doll, I really took my time. I don’t know  if I succeeded but at list I can say that I tried my best.

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I cannot tell you which part was the most challenging, every step seemed more difficult than the previous! I did look at tons of pictures of Gwen Stefani from the mid-90s, and I opted for the pants, tank top look that was her trademark during the Tragic Kingdom era.

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I had never made anime eyes before, so this was really an experiment that took several trials and errors before I was happy with the result (I probably lost a few hair over it). I used felt in 3 different colors: black, white, and dark brown. I based the design on a drawing I saw online that looked simple and easy to make. I will get more into it in my next post which will be a tutorial to make anime eyes (I will put the link here once it is posted).

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Well, now that I am finished with this doll, I can focus on Halloween and spooky fun things. I Just finished a black cat pattern that I will upload on ETSY very soon. I also would like to publish a free pattern for my blog. I am a bit behind, but I will try to catch on!

Happy crocheting!

My obsession with dolls is far from over, in fact I am just getting started. Recently, the daughter of a friend of mine showed me an app called Chibi Maker on the DeviantArt site that allows you to create your own custom doll. We played with it a lot, picking hairstyles, face expressions, dress and shoes, and accessories. I had so much fun with it that it gave me the idea to use it as an inspiration for my amigurumis.

So here is Olivia, based on the chibi I had created on that app. I didn’t make it exactly the same, but the outfit and shoes are very similar to the graphic version.

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I named her Olivia because she remind me of a little girl I know with similar big black almond shape eyes. I used felt, yarn, and safety eyes to make them. The chibi from the app has a different set of eyes, but I liked this better for this particular doll.

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She is quite small compared to the other dolls I have made in the past, half the size of the other ones, about 7 inch tall. I think I will keep my dolls as small in the future, they are easier to handle.

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I didn’t put any wires in her body, it wasn’t necessary since I had no intention to give her any poses. I am very happy with my little Olivia doll, I think she turned out really cute with her little flowers in her hair. This is what I really like about crocheting dolls, the little props and accessories you can add to them, it’s so much fun!

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I think my next doll will be similar but goth style. I have always wanted to make a creepy cute doll, now is the time.

If you are interested in playing with the Chibi app for your own projects, or just to have fun with it, here is the link on DeviantArt: Chibi-Maker.

A big thank you to Lilly for giving me the idea of using that app to create my own dolls. You rock!

 

 

Today I am posting a tutorial to crochet doll feet. Not just one tutorial, but  two of them because there are more than one way to make them. One is very simple and starts with a basic round, the other one uses a chain.

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Two different methods to make a foot.

I personally like the shoe shape foot, even though the other one is easier to make. If you are a beginner I would recommend to start with the first tutorial.

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You can decide which one you like best for your projects, or use both depending on the doll you are working on. Once you understand the concept, you can modify the tutorial to make feet larger or smaller.

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On the left, the foot is crocheted with a chain at beginning. On the right, it is crocheted in rounds with a magic ring.

Abbreviations used for both tutorials:
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
inc = increase
dec = decrease
ch = chain
st = stitch
BLO = back loop only

ROUNDED FOOT:

The foot is crocheted in continuous spirals without joining the rounds.

With yarn, and crochet hook of your choice (I use a 2.75mm hook):
Start with a magic ring, or crochet 2 stitches in a chain and work your first round in the second stitch:
Rnd 1: 6 sc in center of the ring if using a magic ring, or 6 sc in second st from hook if using a chain (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: [1 sc, inc] 6 times (18)
Rnd 4: sc in each st around (18)
Rnd 5: dec 3 times, 12 sc (15)
Rnd 6: dec 2 times, 11 sc (13)
Rnd 7: dec 2 times, 11 sc (11)
Rnd 8: sc in each st around (11)
Stuff your foot with fiberfill.
Now you can continue with rounds of sc to make the legs!

In this second tutorial, the shape of the foot is more defined like a shoe. You will start with a chain, but you will still work in rounds without joining the rounds.

SHOE SHAPE FOOT:
Rnd 1: ch 6, 4 sc, 3 sc in next st, continue on
the opposite side of the chain, 3 sc, 2 sc in
last st (12 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in first st, 3 sc, 2 sc in next 3 st, 4
sc, 2 sc in last st (17)
Rnd 3: (2 sc, inc) 5 times, 2 sc (22)
Rnd 4: sc in each st around BLO (22)
Rnd 5: 8 sc, dec 4 times, 6 sc (18)
Rnd 6: 7 sc, dec 3 times, 5 sc (15)
Rnd 7: 7 sc, dec 2 times, 4 sc (13)
Rnd 8: 7 sc, dec 2 times, 2 sc (11)
Rnd 9: sc in each st around (11)
Now you can continue with rounds of sc to make the legs!

Tip: If you want to make a sole for your foot, just change colors at round 4. You don’t have to work round 4 in back loop only if you don’t want to. You can just crochet both stitch if you don’t want a sole.

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Foot without back stitches.

I hope you find these tutorials useful, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments.

Happy crocheting!

Spring is my favorite season of the year, everything feels new, fresh, and inspiring. It makes me want to buy flowers, plants to decorate my empty yard. I don’t have a green hand, and I am the worst gardener in the world, but I always manage to convince myself that I can do it every time Spring comes around. This year I have turned my inspiration away from greeneries to focus on what I do best, crochet. Lately I have been obsessed with dolls, fairies, and angels. I got this urge to do crochet one of my own, so I dropped everything I was doing to start on a Spring inspired doll.

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So this is what I have been working on for the last two weeks. Some crafters like to draw before they take on a project, but I don’t have that skill. I usually get an idea into my head and let it grow from there. I improvise, and if I am not happy with the result, I undo the last rows. Needless to say that I had quite a few adjustments along the way.

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I inserted wires in the body because I really wanted to give her this pose with a butterfly. I found them at the flowers section of the craft store, they are about one inch. I was going to glue them on the doll, but I changed my mind at the last minute because I would like to be able to replace them if they break.

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The hair was made with threads of yarn that I brushed, then straighten with my flat iron to thin them out. Afterward, I sew them on top of the head, and played hairdresser with a pair of scissors.

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I love my little Spring doll, I think she turned out really cute. I haven’t given her a name yet, but I am going to ask one of my friends daughter to pick one for me.

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Now it’s time for a little break, but I am not quite done with my doll obsession yet. I am dying to make a little Chibi, and I think once I have a little time on my hand I will start that project.

Looking at other people’s craft is what inspire me everyday, and I hope these photos of my little Spring doll will inspire you as well!

Happy crocheting!

There are different ways to make a mouth when you crochet a doll, the most common technique  is to just sew it with embroidery thread, a strand of yarn, or glue one with felt. This is a tutorial to learn how to make a three dimensional mouth, which looks more complex, even though it is very easy to achieve once you know how to do it!

Mr Dummy, my guinea pig for this tutorial

Mr Dummy, my guinea pig for this tutorial

sep_lineTo start this tutorial, just make a head as you usually do until you reach the level where you want the mouth to be. I am using a little dummy I just made for this purpose, I named it… Mr Dummy.

I decided to start the mouth at this level

I decided to start the mouth at this level

Next row: just crochet around as usual until you reach the stitches where you want the mouth to start. Make a chain of 6 stitches and join at the row. (if you want the mouth larger, just add more stitches to your chain, and count an equal amount on row to join). Resume with your rows as usual.

6 stitches in chain = 6 stitches on row. if you want the mouth wider, just add equal number of stitches on the chain and row.

6 stitches in chain = 6 stitches on row etc…

Continue to work in sc for a few rows

sc around and continue for a few rows

Stop working on the head after a few row.

Start working on the inside of the mouth

Hold after a couple of rows to work on the inside of the mouth.

With yarn of your choice (you can use the same one, black, or pink, red..), I am using a darker shade of brown. Make a circle:
Make a magic ring
– Rnd 1: 6 sc in center of the ring (6)
– Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.
Note: if you made the mouth larger, you will have to make a larger circle as well.

The circle is worked as a spiral

The circle is worked as a spiral

Start sewing at the top corner of the mouth, using the back stitches of the hole, continue to sew all the way around until the hole is closed. Fasten off, and weave in the loose ends.

Sewing the inside of the mouth with the head.

Sewing the inside of the mouth with the head.

the head of the doll with the mouth done

The head of the doll with the mouth done

Now you can start stuffing the head, and resume with your work. You can add a little tongue with red felt in the inside of the mouth, but that is optional!

This tutorial is the same concept I used to make my Sackboy, but with a wider mouth: see Amigurumi Sackboy.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial, and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask me in the comments section!

Not long ago I stumbled upon this really interesting crocheted character called Miss Funny! It is a pattern created by Ulku Akcam, who has a pattern shop on ETSY called Denizmum. What I really like about Miss Funny is her face unique features, and her big blue eyes. She can smile, stick her tongue out, be mischievous, but not matter the expression, she look adorable.

Miss Funny, by Ulka Akcam

The finished doll is 14.5 inches tall. She is jointed at the neck, arms and legs.  You can turn her nose into a tongue by switching it into the mouth.  How creative is that?

Miss Funny, by Ulka Akcam, sticking her tongue out

Let’s face it, she would be hired on the spot in a casting call! Miss funny goes to Hollywood. I can imagine how fun it would be for a kid to play with this doll.

Miss Funny’s face expressions.

Miss Funny pattern is available on Ulku’s ETSY shop:  5 Ways Jointed Miss Funny Pattern. The pattern contains over 50 photos, and the finished doll is 14.5 inches tall.

About Ulku Akcam:
Ulku Akcam is a talented knitter and crocheter from Istanbul, Turkey. She has been an avid crafter over the past five years, and sells amigurumi as well as doll outfits patterns on ETSY. Right now you can buy 4 patterns, and get one free. Check out her work, everything she makes is very cute!


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