Roly-Poly Dolls | Donna Noble | Doctor Who

Roly-Poly Dolls | Donna Noble


Yesterday I made a miniature, roly-poly Captain Jack Harkness doll. Today I’m making a roly-poly replica of my favorite companion, Donna Noble. With pencil and paper in hand, this adorable version of the feisty and compassionate Donna is ready for whatever adventure Space Man throws at her.

 

The finished roly-poly Donna Noble doll.

 

Supplies:

  • Fabric
    • Beige
    • Light grey
    • Dark blue denim
    • Coppery brown
    • Purple
  • Thread
    • Beige
    • Light grey
    • Dark blue denim
    • Coppery brown
    • Purple
  • Auburn Mehron crepe hair
  • Acrylic paint:
    • White
    • Black
    • Light blue
    • Auburn
    • Silver
    • Pink
    • Dark yellow
    • Beige
    • Dark blue
  • Birdseed or rice
  • Fold-top sandwich bag
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • 1/8″ ribbon
    • Dark blue
  • Permanent adhesive
  • Toothpick
  • Exacto knife or woodcarving tools
  • Sandpaper
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Masking tape
  • Colored pencils

 

Patterns:

 

The first step is to make the doll head and arms. Follow the directions in the pattern. See the posts for the 1st and 2nd Doctor dolls for more detailed photos. Next, paint the face. I went for a light blue, since that’s what Catherine Tate’s eye color seems to be. I recommend using a paintbrush with a fine tip or the head of a pin to paint on the fine details.

 

Painting the face on the roly-poly Donna Noble doll.

 

Once that’s done, unravel the crepe wool hair and use a steamer or a hair straightener to take out the curl. Donna has long, straight hair with bangs (or fringe for you Brits). Apply glue along the hairline of the doll. Cut off 2-3 -inch strips of the wool, stretch them out into a 1/2-inch line, and stick one end into the glue. Use shorter strips for the bangs. Glue on more strips of wool hair as needed to fill in the hair. After the glue has dried, use scissors to trim away any excess and shape the hairstyle.

 

Gluing the hair on the roly-poly Donna Noble doll.

 

Sew together the shirt and trousers. Follow the directions in the pattern. While you’re doing that, don’t forget to fill a fold top sandwich bag with birdseed or rice and tie off the top. It should be about the size of an orange or a small softball.

The final step in making the shirt and trousers involves gathering stitches around the neck of the doll. Here are some important tips to remember when gathering stitches:

  1. Change the stitch length on your sewing machine to the longest stitch possible.
  2. Do not back-stitch at the start or end of your line.
  3. Make sure the two lines of stitches are parallel and do not cross paths.
  4. Gather either all the top stitches or all the bottom stitches. Do not gather both the top and bottom.

Once the neck has been gathered and tied off, push the bag of birdseed through the bottom hole and tighten the drawstring. Tie off the drawstring.

 

Assembling the roly-poly Donna Noble doll.

Assembling the roly-poly Donna Noble doll.

 

Now it’s time to sew the shirt and belt. Follow the instructions in the pattern. Glue the shirt piece to the doll using permanent adhesive. Then glue the belt around the waist of the doll, just below the arms. You can use pins to hold them in place while the glue dries, but be carefully not to puncture the bag of birdseed or rice.

 

Gluing the belt and shirt on the roly-poly Donna Noble doll.

 

Next it’s time to sew Donna’s coat. I couldn’t find any smooth, coppery faux leather, so I went with coppery brown cotton instead. Unlike the other coats I’ve made, Donna’s has small, circular lapels. Follow the instructions in the pattern.

 

Sewing the coat for the roly-poly Donna Noble doll.

 

Finally, our super temp needs a pencil and a pad of paper. The pencil is made from a toothpick I cut to 3/4-inch length using an exacto knife. I then sanded and painted it accordingly. The notepad is 1/2-inch wide and 3/4-inch tall. I measured and cut thin cardboard for the back and around 8-10 sheets of plain printer paper for the body. I drew parallel lines (1/8-inch apart) on the printer paper before gluing them to the cardboard. I then used a thin strip of masking tape to secure the glued end and painted it blue.

 

Making the pencil and notepad for the roly-poly Donna Noble doll.

The finished roly-poly Donna Noble doll.

 

Voilà! Or should I say molto bene? Your very own roly-poly Donna doll, ready to save the universe with the sheer brilliance of her witticism.

 

Donna Noble from Doctor Who

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