Basic Paper Doll Construction
The goal of this tutorial is to demonstrate how I put my paper dolls together. I will be adding steps to this tutorial.
Later I will write instructions on how to turn your artwork into paper dolls. This tutorial goes along with my paper doll downloads.
Lets say you have your pattern pieces cut-out, drawn painted, copied or colored.
Cut out the paper doll head leaving a border.
You do not have to leave as much border like the picture, when you cut out the head, just leave whatever your printed spacing will allow.
Cut out the neckline and shoulders of the dress.
You can leave a border around the rest of it if you like. Glue the dress to the head.
To create a pose you can tilt the dress a little on the neckline. When you finish you can glue the head and the dress together to another piece of cardstock.
(I will fill in the rest later)
Tips for the legs and a sample of how they look on the back:
Here are examples of how the legs are attached.
I like to put them in the curves of the dress, but as you can see they do not have to be precise. They are made to be played with so that you can create whatever body language you want for your doll. They are also made so that you do not have to measure.
I have examples of several different spacings I have used in attaching the legs. I cover the back with another sheet of scrapbook paper to make it all look neat. If you punch holes in the top center of the legs it should be fine.
To create different poses with the legs, you can have the feet turn in or turn out.
After you glue the dress on to the doll you can use two sided print card-stock to create a lining.
To make the doll sturdier, add an additional layer of plain white card-stock.