I wanted to make a toy I could wear on my shoulder at Disneyland. I see people walking around with Baby Groot, Grogu, and all sorts of characters from movies. Naturally I wanted to make one and not buy one. I have yet to see a handmade shoulder doll and I’m excited to see if I can do it. I would need to figure out a way to secure it to my shoulder. I think they use magnets on the ones they sell. I was thinking I would tie mine on.
At first, I was going to make Grogu from the Mandalorian TV show, but I’m a bit tired of making that character. I like bounding as Ursula, so I settled on making her. I envisioned that it would sit well on my shoulder.
I got to work. It took me a few days to figure out how to make her head. I made it in rows instead of rounds.
I was happy with the shape of it but was really disappointed with how loosely it came out. I should have started over, but I kept going.
The body and tentacles came out much better. After I stuffed it, I hated the head even more because it had those gaping holes! I almost abandoned the whole thing but carried on, figuring I would make a new one anyway. Also, I thought I could distract from the holes with the hair. I liked the hair, but then hated the face. I thought it was ugly.
In the end, I loved half of this doll and it might be too big for my shoulder! I’m still going to try. Even though I’m not as happy as I was hoping to be with this her, I got a lot of positive feedback on Instagram, gaping holes and all. It got me looking at her in a new light. What do you think? Do you like her? Should I take her to Disneyland?