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Yesterday I gave you my free medieval or Renaissance cloak pattern for your male fashion dolls or action figures (click here for that blog post), and today I’m giving you my sword belt and sheath, along with a how-to video for making swords:
On Friday, I’ll give you the patterns for the whole outfit — a jacket, shirt, pants, and boots — but today’s blog post is focused on making a 1:6 scale doll or action figure’s sword, and how to make the belt and scabbard to go with it.
This can be used as part of a fashion doll’s Halloween costume, for a Renaissance outfit, or for a medieval or pirate costume.
To make the sword, you’ll need to purchase a piece of pre-cut wood in the shape of a picket. (Wooden stir sticks can be used, but you’ll need to cut them to a point at one end.)
The bell guard is made using craft foam, and I wrapped my sword’s grip with embroidery floss.
For the belt and sheath, you’ll need some cotton fabric and two jump rings. You can also use additional embroidery floss to decorate your scabbard.
However as you can see in the image below, it’s possible to use a toggle clasp instead of the jump rings that are shown in the tutorial video for the belt and sheath.
You can also use an extra toggle clasp to attach the sheath to the belt instead of creating a cotton belt loop. Have another look, and you’ll see what I mean:
Today’s free printable PDF patterns will fit the following dolls or action figures:
- 11 3/4 inch (29.8 cm) Ever After High male dolls
- 12 inch (30 cm) Ken dolls (modern)
- 12 inch (30 cm) Ken dolls with muscular body (1968 to 1980’s versions)
- 12 inch (30 cm) Articulated Ken dolls
- 12 inch (30 cm) Jake dolls (Spin Master)
- 12 inch (30 cm) Regular Fashionista Ken dolls
- 12 inch (30 cm) vintage Ken dolls (crew cut Ken and Allen)
- 13 inch (33 cm) Tammy’s Dad vintage dolls
And here are the patterns and tutorial videos you’re looking for:
- Here’s your free, printable PDF sewing pattern for the belt, scabbard, and the sword’s bell guard
- This tutorial will show you how to make the belt and scabbard
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to do a backstitch
- How to use a needle threader
- How to do a basic straight stitch
- How to choose fabric
- How to tie a knot using a needle and thread
- How to press seams open, using a hot iron
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Disclaimer/Credit/Affiliate Marketing Link:
To honor the trademark rights of the doll and action figure companies mentioned in this blog post, I am including links to their websites here. Please feel free to visit their website and consider purchasing one or more of the dolls mentioned.
Tammy’s Dad dolls were part of Ideal’s “Tammy” family of dolls. The Ideal Toy Corporation no longer exists, but you can learn more about the dolls they became famous for at the Doll Reference website.
Ever After High, all Ken dolls, and the Endless Hair Princess Barbie are products offered by Mattel, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Mattel Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Tonner fashion dolls are products that were once offered by the Tonner doll company, which held the registered trademark for them (™), but it is no longer in business. However you can still learn about this company’s history on Wikipedia and purchased used dolls from eBay.