Adorable Dollies

Illustrations, Paintings

Dolly the purple dolphin and Walter the Meg Shark are so cute together! They’re good friends.

Walter wasn’t easy to make, I’ll admit. In fact, I didn’t intend to make him myself. I asked Budsies and even some giant plush manufacturers.

But, the response was always the same.

“We don’t make dolls over 3 feet long”.

“Oh, our Chinese factories are closed for the Chinese New Year, but they’ll be open soon!”

How soon was soon?

Me being me, I got sick of waiting and decided to make him myself. I watched endless videos of giant doll and shark doll making videos and all over YouTube.

Finally, I was ready!

Oh, but there’s no fabric store near me! And, I don’t know how to sew…

Joann’s Fabric Stores saved the day, as did Walmart. Got some fabric from Joann’s; bought some Aleene’s fabric fusion glue and Poly Fil stuffing from Walmart.

NOW, I was ready.

Construction paper on which I drew the template
Finally cut out the doll template
Cutting out the sides using the doll template
Both sides of him
Created a separate doll template for the underbelly
Cut a slit to make the mouth

Making him required:

  • 9 feet x 30 yard construction paper for the doll pattern
  • Scissors to cut out the trace pattern into the fabric
  • 3 twenty-lb boxes of Poly Fill stuffing
  • 9 yards of yellow fabric for the dorsal side
  • 2 yards of white Blizzard fleece fabric for his teeth and the ventral side (underbelly)
  • 1 yard of black Blizzard fleece fabric for his eyes, snout holes, and eyebrows
  • 1 yard of pink Blizzard fleece fabric for the inside of his mouth and tongue
  • 6 inch x 22 yard red satin fabric for his red bow tie ribbon that I tied around his “neck” (fish don’t have necks, but yeah. You get my point)
  • 5 eight-fluid oz bottles of Aleene’s fabrics fusion glue to glue his body, eyes, eyebrows, teeth, and tongue together (yup, I don’t know how to sew yet, so he’s a no-sew doll)
  • Some patchwork to reinforce the strength of the fabric and fusing glue

I realized his caudal fin was too short, so I made his tail slightly longer to make it more proportional to his big body.

Finally, I started feeding him stuffing.

And more.

And still more.

As you can see, Walter became rather… eh… bloated and plump. At about 10-12 feet long, he’s quite a monster, which is an appropriate name for a giant prehistoric shark.

But, he became so cute and cuddly, too.

The end result of 6 months of work was another sea creature as a bedside buddy. My dolphin was itching for another roommate, and a megalodon like Walter made the perfect company.

In the future, I’ll probably glue on his spots. In the meantime, I’ll look into some sewing classes around Atlanta.

Let me just say this: If you really put your mind to something, you can create anything.

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