9 Doll

Just what every six-year-old wants for his birthday – a dirty, post-apocalyptic, burlap rag doll that can steal a piece of your soul. And since my sister couldn’t find such a doll, I volunteered to make it for my nephew’s birthday.
There’s a good tutorial here, but I didn’t follow it for some things because I wanted to use clay to model the hands, feet, and eyes. Some Premo! Sculpey did the trick.

9 is moderately poseable and has a zipper that opens and closes.

So that’s my version of the “9” rag doll from the movie. I have to admit I’m pretty fond of him, but I think Phillip will be glad to see him go. Happy Birthday Otto!

*Edit – 2/20/13 – I have had lots of questions about this guy over the last few years, so I wanted to make a note that no, he is not for sale, and I do not make these to sell. I don’t have any trademark rights to him, and I’m not sure I could re-create him if I wanted to!

Also, for those of you asking, I am sorry, I don’t have a tutorial.  I may revisit this project in the future and document my work, but for now I’m putting effort into new (and original) stuff. However, if you make a good tutorial, let me know and I’ll link to it here!

**Edit – 10/10/13 – Looking for more 9 Doll awesomeness? Check out these other versions. The first has crafted working parts!

Stitchpunk 9 Doll by Wirecase

How My Art Beats 9 Doll


  1. J Snow
    Nov 29, 2017


  2. Kees Ricken
    Oct 4, 2013

    Hi Jill,

    Well, I finally finished the little guy! Okay, a month ago already but I was out on holidays in America for a month :-)

    I posted some picture of him, take a look here if you like!


    1. Jill
      Oct 10, 2013

      He looks great! The parts are really terrific! Thanks for sharing!

  3. sidney
    Sep 11, 2013

    i to was fascinated with the 9 character so i made one for my son’s birthday…i would love to do some more, but have moved on now….maybe someday i’ll try my hand at it again… your 9 looks great and the hands are wonderful…i didn’t think about clay for the hands…if you have a minute take a look at my version…enjoyed yours, sid

    1. Jill
      Sep 13, 2013

      Love it, Sidney! (And LOVE the monster quilt dolls.) All your stuff is beautiful – thanks for the link!

  4. reza gustiar
    Jun 1, 2013

    hey how you get hand and feet dolls?
    I can’t find it thanks before..

    1. Anonymous
      Jun 1, 2013

      I made the hands and feet myself by sculpting them from Scupley clay – using I believe gold and copper. I baked them directly on the wire and sewed the body on top.

  5. Kees Ricken
    May 30, 2013

    Hi! first of all I really like your work on the nine doll! And now for my question… I’m trying to make a nine doll myself but So far I’ve not been able to get the shape of his head right or even get the seams in the right place… could you give me some tips on this perhaps?

    1. Anonymous
      May 30, 2013

      Hey – I shaved the styrofoam – I believe I started with a ball and got it into an egg shape with one flat side. If you tilt the egg a bit when you put it on, you get a chin.

      For the sewing, I sympathize. I didn’t get his head quite right, and burlap is not very forgiving. Originally I wanted the head to be two pieces, but I ended up adding to it as you can see in the bottom photo. My advice would be to use felt or an easy material to work with first to get the shapes and seams right, then use sew the outer material directly to that. I sewed the black “seams” on top. If you’re using burlap – be ready to use some glue as well. Good luck and link me a picture!

    2. Kees Ricken
      May 30, 2013

      Thanks for the quick reply! So far I’ve been fighting with a bit of old denim and a t-shirt I cut to pieces, the last one being the easiest to work with. I’ll be sure to send a link when it’s finished!

    3. Kees Ricken
      Jun 26, 2013

      Hi Jill,

      It has taken me quite some time to do but I finally
      made a quite good looking head! Your Styrofoam egg for a head idea was a
      really good one! I still needed quite a few iterations to get the
      pattern right but I managed in the end! I’ll keep you updated, thanks




    4. Anonymous
      Jul 10, 2013

      It looks great! What did you use for the eyes? (And I love the steampunk computer!)

    5. Kees Ricken
      Jul 11, 2013

      Thanks! The rings + glass in the front are typewriter key leftovers from the computers I build. The tube I soldered together myself and the Pupils I made using a 6 bladed mechanical Iris pattern, these don’t move though but they are all separate blades glued in place. Looks okay-ish imho :-) (and thanks about the computer!)

  6. Natika Kennedy
    Nov 26, 2012

    Do you sell your art? Because if you do I would love one these 9 dolls. I have been looking for them everywhere but have not been able to find them. And I must say, your version is by far the best I have seen yet.

    1. Anonymous
      Feb 20, 2013

      I’m sorry – I don’t make these to sell – it was just an art project for my nephew!

  7. Gooo
    Mar 12, 2012

    can u teachhow to do it

  8. War987666
    Dec 29, 2011
    1. Anonymous
      Dec 29, 2011

      Looks great – did you use burlap or find something else that would work? I found that to be the worst part – burlap is not at all cooperative. Be sure to post a link to some finished pics!

  9. Theresa Turpin
    Oct 31, 2011

    Jill, I am really impressed, and I am looking forward to things in the future.

  10. Dayna
    Sep 14, 2010

    I was wondering if you could email me the body pattern or if you have the pdf file from the site you listed above. My son and I have craft day on Sundays and he would LOVE to make this. He lOVE the movie!! Thanks in advance. Always Dayna

  11. Suzy
    Jun 28, 2010

    Wow, Jill! He is AMAZING. What a lucky nephew to have you for an auntie! It really is an incredible doll. I miss living in the same town – you always inspire me with your art!

    1. Jill
      Jun 29, 2010

      Thanks! I’m feeling the need to bake some pink cupcakes or something – everything in my life revolves around boy things like fire trucks, rockets, and now steam-punk voodoo dolls.

      And I feel the same about your creativity – although I think I know you better now that we live hundreds of miles away from each other because I’m cyber-stalking your family.

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