ARE YOU MY MUMMY????
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.
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!