Now you too can make your own Domo doll. The cuddly little monster, Domo Kun, is the mascot for the Japanese television station NHK . He lives in a cave with an elderly rabbit and loves rock and roll. His cuteness soon made him more popular than anticipated! Follow these simple steps and you can enjoy having your own cute and cuddly Domo Kun.
1/2 to 1 yard brown plush fabric, depending on size
1 square red felt
scraps of white felt
2 black buttons
chalk, pencil, or tracing wheel scissors
needle and thread
sewing machine (optional)
Domo dolls come in many sizes anywhere from 7 inches high to 16 inches high. The body is slightly rectangular and the legs short and dumpy. For a 7 inch doll, cut out a 6 by 16 inch rectangle for the body and legs and two 3 by 5 1/4 inch rectangles for the arms out of the brown plush. You can scale up or down accordingly, leaving 5/8 inch seam allowance all around.
From the red felt, cut a 2 3/4 by 4 1/4 inch rectangle. From two 4 /14 inch strips of white felt, cut Domo's teeth. Note that only the middle 3 inches of each strip will show. Draw a 1 1/2 by 3 inch rectangle centered on the wrong side of the body piece where you'd like the mouth. Draw a 1/4 by 1 3/4 inch rectangle in the center of the larger one and cut along this smaller rectangle. Clip diagonally at each corner and fold the fabric back on the wrong side along the edges of the larger rectangle. Sew or glue the felt mouth to the folded back seam allowance. Trim excess fabric.
Fold the body piece along the top of Domo's head and sew up the body, leaving an opening to stuff. After stuffing Domo, sew the opening closed with small, even stitches. Sew up and stuff Domo's arms. Sew them to his body just even with the bottom of his mouth. Sew or glue on his eyes and your Domo Kun is finished!