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I made a Lalaloopsy doll!

Updated on June 4, 2013

Why buy a 'rag doll' when I have plenty of rags at home!

Ever since my daughter picked out her first Lalaloopsy doll from the store, I have fallen in love with them. As I feel most comfortable in the craft room, everything about these dolls just appealed to me, from the button eyes and stitch details, to the concept of coming to life when their last stitch was sewn and taking on the characteristics of the outfit they were sewn from. But the thing that puzzled me was why these rag dolls are made out of hard plastic. The commercially available soft doll versions were not nearly as well constructed as they could be. They are rather flat looking and their outfits are printed on. Which got me to thinking, why not make one of my own?

photos by chibikitty

Giving a new look to an unwanted doll

After a recent trip to the local Goodwill, my daughter and I spotted this little cloth doll. Her face was absolutely hideous, but I thought her clothes were quite interesting. I told my daughter, 'I bet we can make this look like a Lalaloopsy doll.' She enthusiastically agreed. So for a mere 50 cents, we took this little gem home, lopped off her head and began the transformation.

Making the head

I rummaged around the house until I found a flesh-colored piece of fabric. This piece happened to come from a camisole I no longer wore. It has a nice four-way stretch which is good for getting that particular roundness that lalaloopsies have. I stenciled a large circle lightly and added an opening for the neck. I sewed around my markings then cut it, turned it inside out and stuffed it until it had a nice spherical shape.

Face time!

I used two black 3/4" four-hole buttons to make the eyes. I stitched these on by entering from the back of the head. Once the eyes were in place, I cut out two pink circles for the cheeks (I found a soda bottle cap was the perfect size) I used an iron-on interfacing on the cheeks so that they wouldn't pucker up so much when I hand stitched them on to the face. For the mouth, I traced out a little semi-circle between her cheeks and then stitched with black thread. The eyelashes are made from 5/16" black ribbon. I used interfacing on the ribbon to keep them from unravelling. Once the face was complete, I attached the head onto the body.

Adding the hair

This step took me the longest because I didn't exactly know what I was doing. I read up on all sorts of wig-making tutorials for dolls, but nothing seemed to fit right. I originally wanted to do yarn, but then realized I had just packed it up and put it in storage. Since I was not going to take time out to drive over there and get it out, I simply made do with what I had at the house. I found some black fabric which I draped around the head and then tacked it on with needle and thread. I then took strips of fabric and twisted them around each other to give them some bulk and tacked those onto her head until I found a hairstyle I was pleased with.

I call her 'Rita Senorita'

I call her 'Rita Senorita'
I call her 'Rita Senorita'

The Finishing Touch

I made a few adjustments to the skirt - making it shorter as Lalaloopsies like to expose their dangling legs. I twisted ribbon around her legs to make her shoes look more like ballet slippers. I tied a bow around her apron to shorten it, in addition to giving her a bow in the back. My stitching on the neck wasn't so great so I tied a red ribbon around her neck to hide it.

End result - one happy little girl!

If sewing a rag doll isn't your thing...

Although I had a lot of fun sewing up my own Lalaloopsy, I still like to collect them. These here are some of my favorites!

MGA Lalaloopsy Sew Magical Mermaid Doll - Coral Sea Shells
MGA Lalaloopsy Sew Magical Mermaid Doll - Coral Sea Shells

I bought this one for my daughter because she loves mermaids just as much as she loves Lalaloopsy.

Lalaloopsy Doll - Scarlet Riding Hood
Lalaloopsy Doll - Scarlet Riding Hood

I'm a big fan of the Lalaloopsies dressed as Fairy Tail characters. I have this one sitting on my shelf and she is so adorable.

Mini Lalaloopsy Ferris Wheel Playset
Mini Lalaloopsy Ferris Wheel Playset

My daughter is a big fan of the minis and will play with them for hours on end on their little playsets.

Lalaloopsy Alice in Lalaloopsyland Doll
Lalaloopsy Alice in Lalaloopsyland Doll

My all time favorite character Alice in Wonderland as a Lalaloopsy - how perfect is that!

Lalaloopsy Cinder Slippers
Lalaloopsy Cinder Slippers

I curse myself every day for not buying this one in the store when I had my chance! She is too cute.


And what became of the ugly head???

Sew a little bell on it, attach it to a stick and kitty gets a new toy, too!

Feel free to leave a comment! I'd love to hear from some fellow Lalaloopsy fans!

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    • mel-kav profile image


      5 years ago

      What a great idea! You are very talented!

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      5 years ago

      This is so cute. So is your little girl.

    • NekoIchi profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @JJNW: Thank you! She really is a lot more pleasant now ;)

    • JJNW profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      I love the makeover you gave the mean-face doll! Fabulous! Liked by a RocketSquid Greeter and Giant Squid.

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice one, very creative to see a doll made from, as you said "plenty of rags at home." Just goes to show what can be made with a little bit of this and that.

    • NekoIchi profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @takkhisa: My pleasure! I'm working on a new lens about making one from a pattern which will be included so keep an eye out ;)

    • takkhisa profile image


      5 years ago

      What a nice lens! Bookmarked and I will show this to my little cousin :)

      Thanks for the beautiful photos!

    • NekoIchi profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @shewins: Thank you! I live for cute projects!

    • shewins profile image


      5 years ago

      What an improvement on that doll. Cute DIY project.

    • NekoIchi profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @kerbev: Haha - no frowns in this house! Thank you for the helpful tip :)

    • kerbev profile image


      5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Way to upcycle that angry doll!

    • NekoIchi profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @DebW07: Thank you so much! They are really a lot of fun to make, too!

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      5 years ago

      What cute dolls. You did a great job making them!


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