For more information on why I made this doll, please read THIS POST.
I'm so excited that there was so much interest in this yesterday! Thank you everyone for your outpouring of love. I never know how subjects like this will be received. And now, I give you, the tutorial!
The first step in this process is to find a full body picture of the subject and scan it into the computer. I had to look through all of my picture boxes for this because way back in 2001 I didn't have a digital camera! I've come a long way baby.
Next I needed to change the size. Above is a screenshot of how I did this on my Mac. I pulled the photo up in PREVIEW, selected "custom" for the "Fit Into" category, and selected "inches." The height I chose was 28" and my doll turned out to be right around 18" tall. (If you are using a PC you may find help HERE.)
Then I went to Spoonflower and uploaded the photo there (screenshot above). I selected "center" on the repeat menu, chose basic combed cotton for the fabric. If you want to do more than one doll you can do a basic repeat.
Cut around the fabric, then lay it on top of the backing fabric and cut out a mirror image of it. I used one of Dan's BDU shirts for the backing fabric. If you can use an article of the loved one's clothing as the backing I strongly recommend it!
Pin right sides together and sew. Make sure you leave a 3" hole at the bottom. Trim the seam allowance and turn right side out.
Hand sew opening closed.
***I have had a few people contact me asking how they can find someone who wants a doll so they can make it for them, which is just awesome. If you are in need of a memory doll or want to sew a memory doll for someone please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to get you in touch!***