This post is in partnership with STX Entertainment.
I love the Uglydoll backstory! Uglydolls started as an idea between David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim over a long-distance letter. Sun-Min surprised David with a handmade replica doll of one of his drawings he drew for her. The plush line launched back in in 2001 and celebrates imperfection, diversity, and friendship. STX Entertainment’s first animated movie, Uglydolls, opens in theaters May 7th and extends the brand’s message of believing in yourself.
Gifting stuffed animals is an endearing and memorable keepsake. What’s even cooler is when they are handmade. To me, handmade items show extra-special messages of care, creativity, and love. Kids can create their own Uglydolls at home with fabric or felt and the help of their parents. I actually planned a craft session to create my own Uglydoll. My doll is inspired by the artist who showed us that being different is super cool- David Bowie.
I started off by drawing out the shape and details of my character on a piece of paper. I pinned the paper to a piece of felt and cut around the shape of my Uglydoll. I did this to two pieces of felt.
I then cut out other shapes to create eyes, lightning bolt, shirt, etc. Once cut, sew the two body pieces of felt together, leave a section open to fill the plush up with poly-fil. Once filled to your desired firmness, sew the open section of the plush and admire your Uglydoll.
What’s perfect about Uglydolls is their imperfection! No two dolls are alike making this a fun and unique project. I feel this plush craft is best for kids 6+.
UGLYDOLLS is in theaters May 7th and is rated PG.
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