Plush Matryoshka Doll Tutorial


Plush Matryoshka Doll Tutorial | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette



Ever since my mother in law gave me my first set of Russian matryoshka dolls I’ve been enchanted by them. I am in awe of their intricate details and beautiful stories they tell. The skill of the artist becomes more evident as you open each one up. Even the smallest doll is painted with such loving detail. Their craftsmanship is something to behold.


As you can imagine, I was thrilled to find a matryoshka shape in the Silhouette Online Store. When paired with colorful fabric and black glitter heat transfer material it makes the perfect doll any little one would love to snuggle with.

  • Zoom in to the top part of the matryoshka shape. Double click on the outer line that was just created. Delete some of the points to smooth the outline out a bit.

Plush Matryoshka Doll Tutorial | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette

  • At this point I like to fill in the shape to help me envision the finished product a little better.
  • Open up the offset window again and create a round offset with a distance of 0.75″. Move this line to the side of your cutting space for now.

Plush Matryoshka Doll Tutorial | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette

  • Select your main matryoshka shape and flip it horizontally. Please don’t forget this step when using heat transfer material!
  • In the cut settings window, select heat transfer material. Load the heat transfer material into the machine with the glossy side down. Make sure your blade is set to the correct cutting depth and send your shape to be cut.

Plush Matryoshka Doll Tutorial | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette

  • Trim around your project and weed out the negative space. I use the filled in shape on my screen as a guide.

Plush Matryoshka Doll Tutorial | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette

  • In Silhouette Studio, move the matryoshka off of your cutting space. Place only the outline on your cutting space. Cut it out of a piece of cardstock to create a paper pattern to follow. With this paper pattern cut a front and back for your doll out of the fabric of your choice.
  • Position the weeded heat transfer material on the front piece of fabric. With an extra piece of fabric between your iron and the clear plastic sheet, iron the design down until it stays. Peel off the clear plastic sheet after it has cooled.

Plush Matryoshka Doll Tutorial | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette

  • With the front and back pieces of fabric facing each other, sew around the edges. Be sure to leave an opening for the stuffing.
  • Turn it right side out and fill with stuffing. Hand stitch the opening closed.

Plush Matryoshka Doll Tutorial | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette



I love how she turned out with the black glitter heat transfer material! Remember, you can adapt these same steps using whichever shape works for you. Have fun creating your own little plush!



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