John Smith Customisation Tutorial

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Happy March!

This month’s second Midi tier pattern is the John Smith customisation tutorial.

Though I only just crocheted John Smith, as with Pocahontas I made a few changes. The primary one being to the Jawline of my Arlo Doll base. For most people, as time goes on you develop and improve on your skills and techniques. I was not happy with how the chin would sometime ruffle, so I made alterations to the pattern, and I am so much happier with the outcome. This year I plan to update and improve both my Avery and Arlo because it was years ago when I created them, and I have since learnt so much that can enhance these patterns.

The hair was done with thread weight yarn and sublimation printed eyes as with Pocahontas. The eyebrows were needle felted on. Like with Pocahontas, John Smith’s outfit is simple and does not require much faff.

My favourite part of this project was cutting and styling John Smith’s hair. The added realism from using the thread weight yarn alongside some hair spray made the whole styling process easier and the end result really elevated the finished look. He is looking so realistic that I am almost tempted to try out adding a mouth!

As with all of my person based male characters, I used my Arlo doll base and customised him into John Smith. This base pattern can be purchased in my Etsy and Ravelry stores. Just to note that I have done the template sizing based on making your Arlo doll using a 2.5mm hook. You can adjust the hook size and yarn weight when making the doll to increase or decrease your doll, but you will also need to adjust the size of the clothing template accordingly.


(Template size is based on the Arlo doll base made using 4ply yarn and a 2.5mm hook).

  • White felt *
  • T-shirt transfer paper *
  • Printer *
  • Iron *
  • Scissors
  • Felt glue
  • Yarn needle
  • Same yarn you used for your base doll (to stitch the nose)
  • Yellow thread weight yarn (for the hair)
  • Cornflower blue, navy blue, royal blue, and white felt (with matching/similar threads)
  • Fasteners (i.e. poppers, Velcro, buttons, etc.) approx. 5-7mm wide
  • Needle felting needle and lighter brown wool roving (OPTIONAL – You can embroider the eyebrows on)
  • Sewing machine (OPTIONAL: You can hand sew it)

* These items are required if you plan to use the t-shirt transfer paper eye method.

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You are now complete!

How did your John smith turn out? How did you find styling the hair? I hope you are happy with the outcome.

Next month’s Midi tier pattern is Meeko the Raccoon from Pocahontas.

Until the next post, happy crocheting.

Chantelle X

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