Slice, gently scrape, then sand down those pesky fins/crests.
Ta da! A seamless, easy to dress, pink body!
* Use your craft knife carefully to remove the bulk of the fin,
* Then use the back of the knife to scrape against the body which will leave slight striations as seen in the bottom arm picture.
* Get out your nail sanding block and sand away those lines until it’s invisible.
Now your monster can wear long sleeves and trousers!
The parts from both bodies are not interchangable.
Create a Monster limbs do not fit in either body’s sockets.
Grid underwear types work well as a standalone body replacement (if you can stand the plastic flaws and possible need to glue suede some of the joints) or torso for CAM.
Heads are a little too loose on the Heart underwear type neck knob.
Spare parts guide:
Create a Monster:
Grid type forearms,
Grid type lower legs with pegs built up with epoxy,
Heart type lower legs cracked out of the body with joints shaved down.
Grid type Torso with arms + legs cracked off, shoulders filled with epoxy and hip nubs cut down to fit.
Normal Monster High:
Heart type hands + forearms
Grid type hands + forearms with pegs shaved down.
If you need new forearms or hands for your monster high, go with the Heart type.
If you need a standalone body, go with the Grid type.
The colors are not an exact match and the plastic is not as sturdy as official bodies but this is a last resort option for those unable to find spare parts without paying $15 to import from overseas.
These can be found by searching for “monster doll body” on aliexpress or on €bay (more expensive).
1- Purchase dollar store faux fur fingerless gloves or cuffs (or search ebay for “fur” with free shipping, worldwide, under $1.50)
2 – Unpick the fur part from the wooly part using a seam ripper
Note: If you’d like to save the gloves, stitch through all the open loops using a matching yarn.
3 – Get out your doll and wrap the fur inside out around the head and pin into place.
4 – Roll back some fur all around the head and pin it.
5 – Put pins in place as close as possible to the head
6 – Remove the fur from the head and turn it out and make sure to brush or pull out any fur trapped in the seams made by the pins.
7 – Quickly backstitch the rolled back fur hem and the basic shape of the wig.
8 – Go over and over the seam with pillowstitch to secure it.
9 – Turn it inside out and you have a wig!
One pair of gloves can make two or three wigs. The third wig will be made of two leftover bits sewn together and will be more messy – like the one I just made for this tutorial.
The cheapy faux fur gloves come in white, grey, black and coffee but you can also get equally cheap arm cuffs in fancy colours like red and pink (The arm cuffs can make up to 8 wigs).
Obviously it’s easier if you purchase faux fur fabric and use a 5/6 inch head pattern but this is for people who don’t have access to a fabric shop or don’t want to purchase a yard of the stuff. A generic pattern may not be a snug fit for your doll unless it’s a monster high specific pattern because of their unique head shapes.
Bi-colour wigs can also be rotated to give different effects.
Monster Highs don’t have much in the way of casual trousers so here’s how to turn a pair of cheapy barbie sized trousers into nice monster high fitting ones without having to sew from scratch or move the velcro!
* Turn inside out (use a pencil or screwdriver), pin velcro closed.
* Move the waist to where it feels right on your doll then pinch and mark with a pen where the new crotch should be.
* Sew this very tightly through all layers.
* Unpick the old crotch and mark new lines then sew them up
* Pin the trousers so that the crotch and closure are aligned in the middle
* Pinch and mark new lines for the sides.
* Sew then trim (but careful to not trim too close if the fabric frays a lot)
* Now unpick the ankle hems then pin to the right length
* Cut the excess then sew it. Remember to do a hem or your doll’s feet will catch in the fabric.
Now you have a pair of monster high trousers!
I should have used a different fabric as denim is rough on the fingers to sew and this stuff frays like crazy so I had to go over all the seams with pillow stitch.
Anyway, enjoy the tutorial! Happy repurposing!
- Use wire cutters, a hacksaw and pliers to hack off the arms and legs from a clonezilla body
- Saw down the hip attachment pegs to match the C.A.M. hole size.
- Use epoxy putty to fill in the shoulder holes and mould them to match the arm sockets by carefully putting the arm attachments in then pulling them out before it dries.
- Let the epoxy cure overnight. Insert the arms and click the legs on the little peg bits.
Your doll will have almost as much movement as a CAM (can’t do the horizontal splits but can get half way).
Ta da! Zhaan has a working body!
Jadora the clonezilla got a Bratz body with a messing neckpeg.
Epoxy fixes don’t work with the hard vinyl of Bratz/Bratzilla heads because moving the head will crack the epoxy but clones and dolls with soft vinyl can use epoxy neck knobs proving you don’t need much head mobility. The best option is to use a head anchor from a donor doll and epoxy it into the neck hole as they are more flexible and allow up and down head movement. In Jadora’s case the body was too damaged to take a neck peg.