Last week I started making felt paper dolls. You can see part one here. Today I want to finish what we started. Last time, I had created a doll and one outfit, one hairstyle, and one set of shoes.
A note about these images: I used my tablet to take this pictures. They aren't great! I think it's partly the tablet's camera and partly the bad lighting in my laundry room. You've been warned :)
Using the same method I used on the doll, I pinned clothing templates to felt and cut around them. Although you could cut through multiple layers, I found that cutting one layer at a time worked best. I wanted to work with the excess pink and purple felt in my collection. Using a limited palette helps to create a mix-and-match wardrobe, too.
I have a lot of fun supplies hanging around, including iron-on patches and some ribbon. Using a piece of felt, I ironed the patches on and used iron-on seam tape to add the ribbon. Felt sticks to felt, so any item I used had to have a felt backing in order to stick to the doll. Treat these like any other felt. Use a template and cut out outfits. It's a little bit tougher to cut this embellished felt, but still easy enough.
Here are two dolls, several hairstyles, and a wardrobe of mix-and-match outfits. This is a quarter to half of each sheet of felt. This is a super easy, super cheap little project!
For some of my items, I decided to glue pieces together. I cut out all the pieces I wanted to glue together and organized them before getting out my glue gun. That way, I could quickly glue everything all at once.
This is a close-up of a doll with a sweater set and jeans! I used the felt with the ribbon and cut out a shirt. Using the long sleeved shirt template, I cut out the sweater arms. I glued the arms to the shirt. I love this!
I don't really have sewing or embroidery skills and it shows here! Using a pencil, I sketched in a face (right) and sewed in some eyes and a mouth (left). The eyes are just embroidery floss threaded through in different directions and tied off. The mouth is a very basic chain stitch. Trust me, if I can do this, anyone can! If sewing is REALLY not your thing, glue on some eyes & a mouth, or use markers. Try different methods & see what works.
The colors aren't quite right here, but these are two completed dolls. The doll on the right has an embellished outfit. I took some small beads and used embroidery thread to sew them on. I added stitching with yellow embroidery floss to the jeans so they looked more like jeans. These were cut from the iron-on patch, but you could just as easily use iron-on seam tape and scraps of jeans from an old pair, iron it on to felt, and do the same thing.
And here's the little wardrobe! I added beads to a few things. I may do more embellishing before I hand these off to my nieces.
This was a fun experiment. I still prefer paper to felt, but it was nice to think a little differently! Any questions, feel free to ask!
Hopefully I'll have a new doll up on Friday. Halloween is a big day/night in our house, so we'll see if time allows....
Til then, have a happy, fun, safe, candy-filled Halloween!