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Making An Iron-On Skeleton Doll - Free Pattern!

Halloween is almost here and if you’re looking for a spooky cute project to sink your teeth into, this is it! Making an Iron-On Skeleton Doll is fun and you’ll find the pattern and bones right here!


Making an Iron-on Skeleton Doll for HalloweenI don’t know about you but I have fun making dolls. Maybe it’s just the little girl that’s left over in me. But then again, as an adult what are you going to do with dolls? I always shied away from this craft because it seems like a lot of effort for something that isn’t very useful. Well, making an iron-on skeleton doll can be useful when you incorporate it into your Halloween Decorations!

You’ll find the free pattern and the images for the bones below and all you have to do is print it! Of course you can use the pattern printed on an average letter size paper but that will be small. You can change the size of the doll by printing on an 11” x 17” piece of paper or you can take the 8-1/2” x 11” paper and increase the size on a copy machine. The point is that you can make this whatever size will work for you from a tiny doll to fit in a cup or life size to sit in a chair on the porch! That’s crazy, right?

Making an Iron-on Skeleton Doll for Halloween Free PatternThe trick will be printing the bones to fit on the pattern for the doll. Since you can print the pattern or the bones to the size you want and of course I have no idea what equipment you have to print with, you’re kind of on your own here. I have sized it so that if you get the fabric pattern printed on an 11” x 17” page and the bones printed on an 8-1/2” x 11” they fit so you may need to play with the print ratios until you get where you like it.

Free Pattern and Instructions:

Here is the pattern for the fabric part of the doll. Cut out the pieces for the body from white fabric (2 each for the head and torso, 4 each for 2 arms and 2 legs). The fabric can actually be anything light so that the bones show up well. I used a piece of yellow cotton.

Dem Bones, Dem Bones!!

This is where you need to work out the size of the bones image (see image below) and print on “Iron-On Transfer Paper” that you can get at any craft supply store or on-line.

Side Note: Just in case this is the first time you are using Iron-On Transfer Paper and you go on to find other uses for it note that normally when you use this paper you need to be careful to print a reverse image if it contains writing so that it’s not like you are looking in a mirror. A friend recently told me that she found some Iron-On Transfer Paper that has done away with that issue but I haven’t used it. There is no need to worry about it right now anyway because this image can be used one way or the other.

How to make an Iron-on Skeleton Doll for HalloweenSo, once you have the image printed on Iron-On Transfer paper (I like to let it sit for a little while and set real good) cut out each part and place them on the pattern that you cut out from above. Then following the instructions for the Iron-On Transfer Paper, iron on the image to the correct body part. I’ve labeled the leg bones for you since I set them off to the side for an optimal print ratio (I hope that doesn’t insult you but I didn’t know and I’m sure there’s a few out there that might be confused too).

Pulling the Bones Together

Sew pieces together (for each 2 pieces - making 1 skull, 1 torso, 2 legs and 2 arms) leaving the opening as indicated and turn to right side. Stuff and close the seams with a blind stitch.

Stitch the arms to the torso by matching the symbols (A/T in divided circles) and the legs to the torso by matching the symbols (L/T in divided circles). If you can do this with one or two close pass throughs with the needle and a heavy thread the joints will be moveable.

Making an Iron-on Skeleton Doll for Halloween

The Finished Iron-On Skeleton Doll

Here he is tucked in with some of my other Halloween decorations. Now that’s a cutie! Alright! I know it’s supposed to be scary but you have to admit it’s cute! It wasn’t the easiest project I’ve shared but I hope you had fun and are very proud of making an Iron-On Skeleton Doll!

Just in case you liked this project but wanted something maybe even a little more cutsy...check out Making a Skeleton Doll and I'll show you how to create that sweetie at the bottom of the page!

Check out some of the other great ideas here for Halloween Decorations like the cute little Mummy Ball Jar Candle Holders in the picture with the Iron-on Skeleton Doll.

And for even more fun with this check out Making Mummy Dolls From Skeleton Dolls!

Well, Happy Haunting! Penny

Free Skeleton Doll Pattern