Saturday, 29 August 2015

DIY Silly Critters

Silly Critters
© Melissa Gaggiano
    I created a doll that could be made by people who believe they can’t sew. There is no right or wrong way to make a silly critter. In fact the aim is to make each critter as unique as possible. Go ahead and change placement of facial features, cut out strange shapes to make the eyes and ears. Go wild with this one.

· Scrap fabric
· Scrap felt
· Needle & thread/sewing machine/ or craft glue
· Scissors
· Doll filler

1. Using scrap fabric, cut out two body pieces*.

2. Using scrap felt, cut out ears*, chest, eyes, pupils, mouth and bottom. Design your own mouth shape and use any eye shape you want.

3. Pin chest piece to lower half of one body piece [this will become front of the doll. Stitch the chest piece to front of body. At this point you can hand sew, use a machine or simply glue it on.

4. Sew on or glue the pupils to the eyes.

5. Consider placement of eyes and mouth to front of doll – go crazy, make it unique. Sew/glue these pieces to front of doll.

6. Now for the ears. Bring the two body pieces together – wrong sides together. Slip the two ears in between the body pieces – you choose the placement and pin into position.

7. Sew/glue along the edges of the doll, but keep the bottom open for filling.

8. Now you can stuff the doll with filling.

9. At this point you have two options. [i] Sew/glue straight along the bottom to close the silly critter. Or [ii] Pin the bottom piece into the remaining opening, lining up the edges and hand sewing the silly critter closed. This bottom that will allow the silly critter to stand upright by itself.

* You have two different body and ear options to choose from.

Small Critters pattern
© Melissa Gaggiano
Print to scale on A4 paper.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Second Draft

© Melissa Gaggiano
    The second draft and the first mock up of a wolf mask all rolled into one. Model testing is next on my agenda for this mask. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, 25 August 2015


© Melissa Gaggiano
    As a side project I have begun work on drafting a wolf mask. I am making the mask for a photographer, who is planning on a 'fairytale' themed photo shoot. As always, watch this space so you can follow my design process.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Love What I Found

© Minki Kim/Zeriano
Mini pin cushions

    I just digitally stumbled across a photo of these lovely miniature pin cushions. These cute littlees are made by Minki and she has a visual tutee of how she made them… link here. Looking around Minki's site I'm just loving' the character she puts into her sewing illustration, and I think you will too.

Another Go

© Melissa Gaggiano
    I made another go at sculpting a doll head. Not perfect, but certainly a bit smoother than my previous attempt. I believe it is possible to make do with what one has on hand. But having the right tools can also make things so much easier. That said, I am having to 'make do'.
    By the way, this represents the last of my sculpey supply. So it'll be a while before I have anymore progress to share.

© Melissa Gaggiano

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Sirène Pattern Available

    I have a new product available in my store. I have created a pattern and instructions for my beloved mermaid doll. For those uninitiated, the mermaid has an accessory fishtail which the doll's legs can be tucked into. How awesome is that?

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Hand Work

© Melissa Gaggiano
    Here's my first go at a sculpey hand. Not a bad first attempt. I would have liked having more tools for smoothing out the cracks. But I seemed to have mastered the general shape. It was important to me that I get the curve of the fingers. Have you ever noticed how your hand and fingers curl in a relaxed state?

© Melissa Gaggiano

What is Beauty?

    Seriously, what is beauty? Is it how we feel about ourselves? Or is it a projection of other people's contradicting expectations? Whose opinion really counts - yours or the social collective?

    Beauty blogger, Em Ford, puts herself out there make up free, and make up on. For just a moment put aside your perception of people with acne, and people who wear make up, and  watch this short video.

    It is said that thoughts can't hurt, only actions. But that message was phrased long before we had social media. Now thoughts can hurt. And they do hurt. Remember that inbuilt filter between brain and mouth, which stops us from saying hurtful things out loud. Perhaps it is time to hotwire that filter between brain and keypad. Just a thought…

Visit Em's blog…

Monday, 17 August 2015

Made For Walking

© Melissa Gaggiano

    Since finishing work on the Jean doll I have been practicing/playing with sculpey stuff. I came up with a leg and the base of a shoe. The shoe was moulded off the pictured foot.

    Useful mention: I think the baking process altered the shoe, making it an ever so slightly different shape to the foot.

© Melissa Gaggiano
    Of course this post has me thinking of this lil' song performed by Nancy Sinatra…