Ugly Doll TutorialStep 1: Decide on the shape of your ugly doll and cut it out of newspaper. I suggest drawing it out, cutting one side, then folding it in half to ensure the other side is symmetrical.
Step 2: Use your pattern to cut two of the doll's shape...one for the front and one for the back. I cut the green one out of fleece and the purple one out of a crushed velvet knit.
Step 3: With right sides together, sew around the edges, leaving a hole for turning.
Step 4: Flip the doll right side out and make sure the ears and arms are turned smoothly. I made the connection between the arm and the body too small and couldn't get it to turn, so I had to unpick the seam right there, turn it right side out, then sew it back up by hand. I would recommend making wider arms to avoid having to hand-sew.
Step 5: Stuff the doll with polyester fiberfill. Make it nice and full because they will probably be squeezed and loved and dragged around and that tends to compact stuffing. You want a nice, smooth, fat Ugly.
Step 6: Hand-sew the hole you used for turning. I did it like this:
And here's a handy trick my high school home-ec teacher showed me. When you get to the end of the area you need to sew closed, tie several knots to secure the stitches, then put your needle down into the fabric next to your knot, and poke it back out of the fabric several inches away. Pull the thread tight and snip it off next to where it comes out of the fabric, and like magic, the thread tail is inside your project! Thank you, Mrs. Grow! :)
Now all that's left is to send them off to the little monsters in your life so they can be snuggled and loved!