How to Make Dolls With My Own Face

Written by louise harding
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Retailers know the selling power of a doll made in someone's image. A re-creation of a child or an adult as a child into doll form is both cherished and collectable. The construction of a doll based on an adult is a unique project to undertake.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Iron-on transfers for computer printer
  • Scanner (optional)
  • Photograph or digital image
  • Muslin or cotton doll body/head
  • Scissors
  • Stuffing (0.454kg. bag)
  • Doll wig or yarn (optional)
  • Fabric/clothes for doll

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  1. 1

    Iron the muslin or cotton doll body/head until it is wrinkle-free and relatively flat.

  2. 2

    Select the photo of the desired face.

  3. 3

    If the photo is not a digital image, scan the photograph into the computer.

  4. 4

    Size the photo digitally according to the size of the doll's face.

  5. 5

    Place iron-on transfer paper into the computer printer according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  6. 6

    Print the photo on the printer according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  7. 7

    Cut the transfer to fit the doll's face.

  8. 8

    Iron the transfer onto the doll's face according to manufacturer's instructions.

  9. 9

    Stuff the doll and sew to close.

  10. 10

    Apply a doll wig or stitch yarn onto the doll's head for hair.

  11. 11

    Dress the doll.

Tips and warnings

  • For a personal touch, copy the clothing in the photo used.
  • A copy of the photograph used for the doll, along with the doll, makes a special presentation.
  • Make dolls from different time periods in your life and sit them side by side to see a time progression of your face.

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