I made my first doll with a mouth. A mouth “more-real” than just threads on a face.
I have always had an affinity for soft toys, stuffed animals, plushies whatever you call them, or trending word substitute it may be.
I like that they are cuddly. I can smoosh my face against it, and be comforted by the softness and squishiness. When I hold plushies at an arm’s length, they stare right back at me. I also like the responsiveness when I squeeze and release, and repeat. Without venturing into realism, I want to interact with my dolls.
And, most of my created friends are animals. I think it would be really fun having a mouth on a plushie so I can feed it.
The focus of this doll making exercise is to make a mouth that I can put my finger in. I made the pattern really simple, almost 2-d style plushie. The legs are one piece with the body. The arms are conveniently sewn between the head and body connection.
Snout & Mouth Shape
The snout is made of a shape like a 2/3 moon, cut 2 pieces, with an inset of fabric the inside of the mouth. I don’t know how to describe, so I’ve scribbled something like this.
As a result, I have a snout and mouth like this below.
I think that I did not provide enough protrusion on the bigger piece, therefore, the snout falls relatively flat on the bear plushie face.
If I pulled the lining out, it looks like he has an overbite.
What I learnt
Although Baxter didn’t turn out as intended (actually all dolls never turn out as intended, perhaps I have bad visualisation skill), I consider it a good study of a mouth on a flat surface, which served as a test for my subsequent dolls with open mouths.
As this was an almost all black tee shirt jersey fabric, I highlighted the paws with thick brown thread so they look like fingers.