If you have a little girl in the family, you might be able to relate:
Does your little girl have about a billion pairs of really cute tights that have holes in the knees or worn out toes?
What do do with these pretty things after they become unwearable? You can’t donate them because of the holes, and they are too pretty to throw out.
Make a doll out of them!
Isn’t she adorable? And I made her with just half of the pair of stockings. I will make her sister out of the other half once I get a chance. Want to know how to make one for your little girl?
Here we go!
– 1 pair of girls tights
– yarn or felt for the hair
– matching thread
– felt or buttons for the eyes
I made this doll in an evening. A couple of hours should be plenty of time
This is an easy project. And if at first you don’t succeed, you have the other half of the stockings to try again.
Cut stockings in half from the crotch to the top. Also make 4 cuts along the legs.
1) separating the top from the leg
2) s small piece along the top which will become the head
3) a small cut in the middle for the arms
4) a larger amount for the legs
Feet will be cut off. They are probably pretty dirty from a little one running around in them so we won’t be using them. You can also adjust the cuts if there are holes in the knees etc.
Take the piece you cut right below the top and round both sides out so that you have a nice head shape. You will have four pieces that look like this now (technically you will have 8 if you want to make 2 dolls at once – one from each leg of the stockings).
Take the top (usually solid coloured piece) and shape it into two pieces that are smaller at the top. This will be used for the body of the doll. Refer to the photo below.
Sew the head pieces onto the front and back pieces – right sides together. Add a face to the front head piece. I used felt to create the eyes and nose and embroidered a smile mouth. Depending on how thick your stockings are, you could use safety eyes. I found mine a little weak and thought that the eyes might pull through. Buttons would work really nice as well.
Pin front to back right sides together. Sew along both sides – leaving a small gap for the arm placements on both sides. Also sew around the head pieces. I put double pins in mine to show where the arm gaps will be.
Take the shorter of the two remaining pieces from the stockings and shape them into two arms. I just cut them in half and left the folded side as is. Then sew them right sides together leaving a space in the top for stuffing.
Turn the arms right side out and stuff as much as you like. The stockings will stretch quite a bit while stuffing, so I opted for a smaller amount so that the doll didn’t end up with spaghetti arms. Pin them into the arms gaps and sew in place.
Create the legs using the remaining longer piece of stockings in the same manner as the arms. Turn right side out.
Stuff the body and the head of the doll. Also stuff the legs. Pin them in place making sure the bottom edge of the “dress” of the doll is folded up. Sew across.
I sewed across using a zig zag stitch just to make sure that everything was sewn in place well.
Add hair using your favourite method. I cut strands of yellow yarn and then placed them in a line on a napkin and taped them in place. Then I used my sewing machine to sew a line down the taped middle “part.” This makes a lovely scalp that you can then sew onto the head and style the way you like. You could also use scrap felt or faux fur as hair. Whatever you’d like. I have a tutorial on how to make short yarn hair that you might like to follow as well.
And then you are done! And you have a cool stockings doll. You can use the other half of the stockings to make her sister now.
Here is a look at the back. The tops of the stockings were getting a little weak, but when placed on the back it doesn’t much matter.
Super cute! And each one will turn out a little different and have a different pattern. Too much fun! And a perfect upcycling project in time for Earth Day.