Wednesday, 2 September 2015

DIY Tooth Pouch

    I have put together an easy little tutorial for you, for making a tooth pouch. You don't need much to make this sweet little fellow. Simply save the below file to your desktop, print to the correct scale on an A4 page, and follow the instructions.

    Let me know if you make this tooth. I would love to see your efforts.


Here are a sample few pins that have inspired me this week…



Monday, 31 August 2015

Introducing Rosetta

    I told you I had something in the pipeline. I've been working hard on this project the past couple of days. Hardly did much else, I was so consumed in getting this finished and getting product into my online store. And here it is - I proudly present to you Rosetta…

© Melissa Gaggiano

    Rosetta has been a back burner project for a couple of months. It took me less than a minute to imagine her up. She was so perfectly formed in my mind there was no doubt how she must look if she were made.

© Melissa Gaggiano

    Finally the moment was right. It was time to take Rosetta off the back burner and bring her to life. And that is what I have been doing almost nonstop. You will find gorgeous Rosetta listed in my online store. Alternatively she is available as a pattern [and instructions]. Check her out...

Stay Tuned

© Melissa Gaggiano

    Right now I am developing a lovely new product. Stay tuned...

Saturday, 29 August 2015

DIY Silly Critters

Silly Critters
© Melissa Gaggiano
    I created a doll that could be made by people who believe they can’t sew. There is no right or wrong way to make a silly critter. In fact the aim is to make each critter as unique as possible. Go ahead and change placement of facial features, cut out strange shapes to make the eyes and ears. Go wild with this one.

· Scrap fabric
· Scrap felt
· Needle & thread/sewing machine/ or craft glue
· Scissors
· Doll filler

1. Using scrap fabric, cut out two body pieces*.

2. Using scrap felt, cut out ears*, chest, eyes, pupils, mouth and bottom. Design your own mouth shape and use any eye shape you want.

3. Pin chest piece to lower half of one body piece [this will become front of the doll. Stitch the chest piece to front of body. At this point you can hand sew, use a machine or simply glue it on.

4. Sew on or glue the pupils to the eyes.

5. Consider placement of eyes and mouth to front of doll – go crazy, make it unique. Sew/glue these pieces to front of doll.

6. Now for the ears. Bring the two body pieces together – wrong sides together. Slip the two ears in between the body pieces – you choose the placement and pin into position.

7. Sew/glue along the edges of the doll, but keep the bottom open for filling.

8. Now you can stuff the doll with filling.

9. At this point you have two options. [i] Sew/glue straight along the bottom to close the silly critter. Or [ii] Pin the bottom piece into the remaining opening, lining up the edges and hand sewing the silly critter closed. This bottom that will allow the silly critter to stand upright by itself.

* You have two different body and ear options to choose from.

Small Critters pattern
© Melissa Gaggiano
Print to scale on A4 paper.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Second Draft

© Melissa Gaggiano
    The second draft and the first mock up of a wolf mask all rolled into one. Model testing is next on my agenda for this mask. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, 25 August 2015


© Melissa Gaggiano
    As a side project I have begun work on drafting a wolf mask. I am making the mask for a photographer, who is planning on a 'fairytale' themed photo shoot. As always, watch this space so you can follow my design process.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Love What I Found

© Minki Kim/Zeriano
Mini pin cushions

    I just digitally stumbled across a photo of these lovely miniature pin cushions. These cute littlees are made by Minki and she has a visual tutee of how she made them… link here. Looking around Minki's site I'm just loving' the character she puts into her sewing illustration, and I think you will too.

Another Go

© Melissa Gaggiano
    I made another go at sculpting a doll head. Not perfect, but certainly a bit smoother than my previous attempt. I believe it is possible to make do with what one has on hand. But having the right tools can also make things so much easier. That said, I am having to 'make do'.
    By the way, this represents the last of my sculpey supply. So it'll be a while before I have anymore progress to share.

© Melissa Gaggiano

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Sirène Pattern Available

    I have a new product available in my store. I have created a pattern and instructions for my beloved mermaid doll. For those uninitiated, the mermaid has an accessory fishtail which the doll's legs can be tucked into. How awesome is that?