how to make a mummy doll- osiris


Yesterday the little ladies and I were reading about the God Osiris and learned that he was the first mummy. This inspired us to make mummy dolls and tombs for them! Not only perfect for this time of year, but a great little project to pair up with our history lesson. Here’s our dolls with a pattern and instructions on how to make them. Fauna (9yo) made the one with the face appliqued on (designed and made all by herself);  Araina (7yo) preferred to make her mummy with button-eyes and had a little bit of help with the sewing.

You need:

mummy doll pattern
an old wool sweater or t-shirt cream or white in color
felt and floss if you applique the face on
buttons if you choose to do button eyes
thread and white embroidery floss
sewing machine (you could always hand-sew if you prefer)
fiber or wool for stuffing (or reuse plastic bags as stuffing)


1. Cut mummy doll from the sweater, be conservative with the fabric so you can cut wrapping strips from the same sweater.
2. Put right sides together and stitch around the mummy form, leaving an opening to stuff. I go around once with a straight stitch, then go around again with a zigzag stitch to make sure the doll will hold together well.
3. Turn the doll inside out then  stuff with fiber or wool.

4. Stitch on the face or button eyes.
5. Stitch opening closed with a needle and thread. The mummy looks great in this stage, but the little ladies wanted to add wrapping!

6. From the same sweater, cut 8-10 strips 1 1/2″ wide by 20″ long.

7. Starting at the bottom of the legs start wrapping the strips around the mummy.

8. Stitch the wrapping down with small stitches using a needle and thread – OR-  you can use glue. I threaded my needle with a long piece of thread and just created tiny stitches to tack down the wrap here and there.

9. Keep wrapping until you get to the top of the mummy’s head.
10.  Glue, trim, and tuck places that need it.

Today the little ladies will finish their tombs for their mummies!

To learn more about Osiris and mummies in general visit the Osiris Cult and Mummies.

“That’s all.”


  • November 26, 2010 - 9:08 pm | Permalink

    What an adorable little creation for a history lesson. They are soooo cute!

  • November 7, 2010 - 4:43 pm | Permalink

    How on earth did I miss this?! So cute!!

  • November 4, 2010 - 11:22 pm | Permalink

    oh, this is TOO CUTE!!! I know a certain 5 y.o. who might adore these, Halloween or any other darn time of year.

  • November 4, 2010 - 9:23 am | Permalink

    These are the most beautiful mummies which I have never seen… and adorable too!

  • November 2, 2010 - 2:31 pm | Permalink

    This is too cute. I’m putting this on my loveables list. Very fun. We are going to make one of these very soon.

  • November 1, 2010 - 9:55 am | Permalink

    Did you do it together with your kids? The product is super adorable!! Thanks for giving such clear instructions! (:

  • October 30, 2010 - 10:16 am | Permalink

    So freaking cute!

  • October 29, 2010 - 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Now this is a sewing project I can handle! As much as I’d like to be crafty, my sewing is a bit sloppy. This looks like it would hide slop quite well! And sooooo adorable. We are also Skippy John Jones fans–especially Mummy Trouble. “Ba-Da-Bing” kills me every time!

  • October 28, 2010 - 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Oh I love these!! They look so soft and sweet—especially for a mummy!!

  • October 28, 2010 - 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Too, too cute! The snuggliest mummy I’ve ever seen. I’ll be linking on Facebook. Thanks to the smile!

  • Dianne
    October 28, 2010 - 11:00 am | Permalink

    Love the mummies,you are amazingly creative. You inspire me everytime I visit your blog.

  • sminiatures
    October 27, 2010 - 4:43 pm | Permalink

    These are so cute especially for learning about Egypt. I am working on one right now, Thanks for the idea!

  • October 27, 2010 - 10:31 am | Permalink

    Oh those are so cute!! Have a happy Halloween :)

  • October 27, 2010 - 8:51 am | Permalink

    Oh!!!!!! These are going into our Africa continent bins too!!! A double header post; halloween and Egypt!!! These are awesome!


  • October 27, 2010 - 12:23 am | Permalink

    I have love at first sight! I’ll your mummies any day rather than the dried-up dead version! I like how you incorporated the craft with history, some of those Egyptian stories are so cool. Thanks for sharing!

  • October 26, 2010 - 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Have you ever read SkippyJon Jones in Mummy Trouble by Judy Schachner? “O-si, O-say, Osiris, (clap-clap)”…”Across the room stood the four-thousand-year-old sarcophagus of King Rootin-Tootin-Kitten-Kabootin.” [SkippyJon Jones is a Siamese cat that thinks he’s a chihuahua.]

    • October 26, 2010 - 10:17 pm | Permalink

      GET OUT! We LOVE SKippyJon Jones, but we haven’t read that one! Going to the library tomorrow to get it! Thanks for mentioning it. He is the funniest cat ever!

  • Robin
    October 26, 2010 - 7:46 pm | Permalink

    These are so cute!!!

  • October 26, 2010 - 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Oh dear…these are adorable. Benjamin loves mummies. Ever since he was 2! It’s a love he did not outgrow–I still remember when he was just tiny & he’d tell the librarians about how the Ancient Egyptians used natron to dry out the bodies! LOL

  • October 26, 2010 - 3:39 pm | Permalink

    soo crafty. Love it!

  • October 26, 2010 - 3:37 pm | Permalink

    “Are you my Mummy?” HA! H! HA! LOVE it. :)

    They are very cute. Oh how I wish I could sew. xo

    • October 26, 2010 - 3:38 pm | Permalink

      I knew you’d appreciate that Debbie! We were saying it all day yesterday!

      • October 26, 2010 - 3:46 pm | Permalink

        Debbie, I KNOW you could sew if you put your heart into it! You are a talented and creative woman!

        • October 26, 2010 - 4:46 pm | Permalink

          Perhaps – but there is such a huge learning curve and it requires a lot of devoted time and I’m pretty sure Isaac would never allow me that. :) At least not yet. Someday though. xo

  • October 26, 2010 - 2:49 pm | Permalink

    a little bit spooky and a lot of cute!!

  • Elle
    October 26, 2010 - 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Thank you. Please email me when the are on etsy:) Thanks.

  • October 26, 2010 - 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Ahhh…those are very cute little mummies! You are so creative. My kids would love these.

  • October 26, 2010 - 2:01 pm | Permalink

    hey! we’re studying mummies too! we took a wee break to study skeletons, but i think we’ll have to make these today!

    have you guys mummified a chicken yet??? super cool.

  • October 26, 2010 - 1:45 pm | Permalink

    so cute ladies!! i think goose and binky will enjoy making these.
    have a great week

  • October 26, 2010 - 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Adorable! (I think I’ve been saying that a lot around here lately….)

  • Elle
    October 26, 2010 - 1:04 pm | Permalink

    OMG! I love these. My two year old twins are standing over the my computer looking at these and saying “mommy I love them.” Any chance you will sell these in your etsy shop?

    • October 26, 2010 - 1:15 pm | Permalink

      I hadn’t thought about making them for my shop. I’m afraid it’s too late for Halloween, but I might make a few and add them to the shop now. ;)

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