We had a birthday party to attend recently, and the little just-turning-3-year-old LOVES Oompa Loompas. Yeah, I think the kid just has to be a little strange… (Kidding!)
Since I know only too well how much kids love to hold and play with their beloved characters, and since you can’t really find Willa Wonka & The Chocolate Factory toys anywhere, I made him an Oompa Loompa of his very own.
I used the pattern here as my base for the doll. I added a neck in order to do the necessary (and extremely time-sucking) stripes and added the funky pants and dressed the doll completely, down to it’s little swirly shoes. Since that pattern is from Dolly Donations but I used it for my own purposes, it is now on my list to make some dolls for donation. Although I don’t think I’ll do another SCARY Oompa Loompa!
It is not constructed the best — I had some (obvious) issues attaching the arms and legs — but the boy was T.H.R.I.L.L.E.D. I’ve heard it’s his favorite toy from the party. He dances and sings with it and takes it to daycare.
So, even though *I* even think the doll is kinda ugly, and I’m now a bit worried what Oompa Loompa lovers will google and find me, it was the best kind of success: a happy kid.
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