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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Mannequin Accessory Display Tutorial

I am very excited to announce that my shop was approved for a judged craft show that will be taking place on the 4th of July!  It will be the 40th annual show for this event, and it draws a huge crowd.  It will be my first time working the event. You can expect me to not only share my finished booth with you all, but from now until July I will be sharing different ideas for displaying your products at craft shows.  Here is my first new display to share with you all.  I found the idea on Etsy at the lovely Hudson's Holidays Shop.  I was actually feeling sort of lazy, and messaged the shop to see if they had any mannequins to purchase, since I only saw patterns for mannequins listed in the shop.  Since they were out of stock, I decided to tackle making a mannequin myself.  I loved the final product so much I decided to make a second one.  Who knows, I might even make a third before July for my craft fair.  Would you like to know how I did it?
Materials Used:

Fabric about a FAT Quarter for each mannequin
Cotton Filling
Tulle (for belts)
Floral Pins with Diamonds or Pearls (for hanging rings and bracelets on mannequin)
Dollar Store Wooden Back Scratcher (or large dowel for keeping Mannequin up right)
Dollar Store Vase (or what ever vase you prefer to use)
Glass Gems From Dollar Store (It will take about 3 bags to fill the vases I used) 

Remember your pattern will look bigger then your mannequin, Once you add a seam and stuff it with cotton it will get smaller. I drew by hand half of my mannequin pattern, then folded paper in half and cut out with scissors to ensure it was symmetrical.  If you have any trouble with this, you can purchase patterns for only $8 at the shop I mentioned above.

I cut my fabric doubled to save time.

Remember to sew together with the good sides of the fabric facing in.  You will  leave an opening at the bottom of the mannequin large enough to get your hand inside for stuffing with cotton. You might want to iron your fabric if you need too before stuffing.

The stuffing is the hardest part in my opinion since you will want to make sure your mannequin doesn't look lumpy.  Once you have it stuffed firmly, you will sew the bottom back together by hand.  As you can see in the picture, I did not sew the entire thing back together, I left about a 1 1/4 inch hole in the center bottom of the mannequin.  You do this so that you will be able to stick a large dowel or stick inside of your mannequin so that it can stand up on it's own.

Once you have your dowel or back scratcher as I used inserted into your mannequin, you will insert the rest of your dowel into your vase, and fill with glass gems to weight it down and keep dowel/scratcher vertical. 

You can add a belt with tulle if you like.
That's it!  The entire project probably took less then 2 hours to complete.
Using large floral pins you can hang your bracelets, rings, and more onto your new mannequin.

Well I hope you have been inspired today!
Thanks again to Hudson's Holidays Shop for the lovely inspiration.
If you decide to make a mannequin I would love to hear about it in a comment below.
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  1. Thank you so much for this awesome tute!
    I'm doing my first craft market shortly and Ive been working on my awesome display.
    I'm going to try this for sure, I will show you when I complete it :)

    Thanks again!!

  2. This will be great to remember if I start crocheting more Jewelry. If only I could make a mannequin head for all of the hats I make.

  3. What?! I might have to do this!!

  4. Thanks a lot for sharing this.Just awesome!sell my house

  5. I live that idea. I think it would make a cute decoration in a little girls room or a place to store necklaces on a vanity. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    PS. good luck at the craft show.

  6. Congrats on the show! My daughter has been wanting a little manequin (I think I just mis-spelled that...) for her room to hang things on. This would be a great project for us to do!!

  7. These are so cute!
    We'd love for you to join our Beautify It Monday link party going on now at

  8. I love these! thanks for the tut!

  9. Mindy this is a beautiful way to display jewelry!! Love it! Thanks SO much for sharing this at The Mother Lode linky party over at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

  10. Awesome idea!

    Mrs. Delightful

  11. What great ideas you always have!! Thanks for sharing this at my party! Have a great weekend, Mindie!!

  12. Great idea! Congratulations on the show!

  13. This is so cute and different.

    I'm so glad I found you on the craftionary blog link. I'm inspired. and... I'm your newest follower. I hope you'll come visit me at We're a new little blog, but we're a good little blog.


  14. Hay, I want to let you know I'm going to feature your wonderful tutorial this Sunday at the Sunday Round Up on my blog.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  15. /this is totally cute! I am featuring it at

  16. so cute!! I may something very similar a few months ago...but dressform pincushions! View em at the very bottom of this post:

  17. Mindie, this is such a fantastic and attractive display idea! I will have to try making one of these to display my jewelry...they'd look great in Etsy photos as well as a live craft fair like the one you're doing! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!!

  18. This is such an amazing tutorial and much easier than trying to cut steel rods. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!

  19. Thanks for linking up to Sunday Round Up!
    Also, I am pinning this, so I have it to make for my dresser or in our bathroom to put my jewelry on. Plus, I think its a great gift idea.

  20. Awesome. I am getting ready for a show in the fall and that would look great in my booth. Hmmm....maybe you should do a post where you solicit others to share booth ideas and final booth photos.

  21. I would totally buy this! It is lovely! I might even be able to do this myself. Thanks for a great tutorial and for being willing to share it with us all. Can't wait to see what else you make for this show.

  22. I would use this to store my necklaces on :)

  23. This has been featured today on Serenity Saturday Link Party!
    Natasha xxx

  24. Shared it on my accessory stores page:

    Can't wait to make these! Thank you so much for sharing!

    P.S.: How did you attach the fabric to the dowel rod?? Maybe I missed that step.

    1. I did not attach it, just inserted it. This way when you want to store or travel with them, they can come easily apart. The glass gems in the vase will keep your rod up right.


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