Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pirate Doll

Pirate Doll | Red Circle CraftsI love to give my neices and nephew handmade presents. Maybe I just love making toys, but it pleases me to give them a present unlike anything else that they could receive. Over the years I've given my nieces all manner of sweet, princess-y, girly-girl presents. These are the things they're interested in even if they aren't exactly what I would make if it were up to me. Since my nephew was born three years ago, I've made for him some of my favorite toys ever. Things I want to keep forever and ever. This pirate is certainly one of them. He just turned out super adorable.

This pirate was inspired by a tutorial from One More Mushroom. I made the pattern myself after eyeballing the highly detailed photos included in the original post (to be fair there is a printable pattern available with the tutorial). So my pirate turned out a little differently. He's got loads of character though.

My favorite details: the peg leg and base of the hook are made from faux-wood screen printed fabric, the anchor on his breast is an actual working pocket, there's an X under his eye patch instead of a second eye.

The entire doll was made from scraps I had lying around: felt, pleather, cottons, embroidery thread, and a button. I wish I had some metallic fabric that I could have used for the hook and stuffed it, but the metallic fabric I had was too delicate for the hook. The great thing about this project is that you could use such a variety of different fabrics and accessories and still have it come out looking amazing.


  1. This is so cool! And your details are great. Well done.

  2. Thanks! Glad you like it.

  3. Could you please forward the pirate doll pattern to me! I can't find it

  4. There is a link to a pattern at the end of the tutorial at One More Mushroom, but when I click on the link it says that file is no longer available. I didn't use that pattern, so I don't have it previously downloaded or I'd be happy to send it your way. It appears that if you post a comment on the original post on One More Mushroom, she'll email you the template. Hope you can get it!