Sunday, December 12, 2010

team umizoomi dolls - progress!

I'm home with a cold this morning.  But since Lydia is gone with the rest of the family, it was too perfect an opportunity to work on her Team UmiZoomi dolls for Christmas!  So I bravely soldiered on and made a pattern, then started painting faces.

What I finally decided to do about a pattern was to print out Nickelodeon's Milli paper doll, enlarge it a bit, and use it as a guide to make the pattern pieces.  Geo is basically just like Milli, only with no dress, so I'm going to use the same pattern for both.

I intended to use fine point Sharpies for the face, but those bled too badly on my fabric.  So I fished through my fabric paints and found close enough matches for the colors I needed.  The features are so tiny, I painted them with the tip of a toothpick.  I used my handy dandy light box to copy the face onto the fabric.  Again, Geo's face is nearly like Milli's; the few differences I could spot were that his eyes don't extend quite so far on the sides, he normally has one eyebrow raised, and I chose to do a sideways grin to make his a little different.

If you're making your own Team Umizoomi dolls this Christmas and are posting your own progress, feel free to leave a comment with a link so we can all see!  And you may also see the previous post for other pattern ideas.

See the finished Milli doll here!

Also see Bot and Geo.

Update:  I am so flattered by the requests I have received to make sets of Team UmiZoomi dolls.  Even though it breaks my heart, I turn down these requests due to copyright issues, CPSIA red tape, and lack of time.  My purpose in writing these posts was to gather information, so that we parents could try and fill the gap Nickelodeon has left for us.  I continually refer people to the first and second posts in this series for sewing and crochet pattern ideas.  Hope that helps!


Anonymous said...

Great job! I am making something similar but with an iron on face. (not too good with small feature painting)
I can't wait to see how yours turns out!!!
I'm hoping to get at least Milli done by Christmas. I have a rough pattern on facebook on the Team Umizoomi page :)

Kim said...

The iron on face is a good idea - I almost went with that! I'll have to go check out that pattern - thanks for posting!!

Sandra said...


For Bot you could use the Umizoomi sticker, and enlarge it like you did for Millie. Maybe print it w/o the arms and leg which would be easy enough to do your own thing with. just a thought..though Christmas is a week away. Would love to see the Geo doll!

Kim said...

Thanks, Sandra! That would have been a good idea. I nearly have Bot finished, just eyeballing it, but I hope someone else can use the idea! Geo will be next on my list. Hope to have a new post with some photos soon.

Anonymous said...
Here's a crochet pattern for Bot