2020-01-17
anniversary gifts for couples DIY Dress Up Dolls pillow covers farmhouse

I did. I remember having the paper dolls with clothes that attached with tabs {if you don't know what I am talking about, then you are MUCH younger than me}. I wanted to create some fun DIY dress up dolls for my sweet girls, but I wanted to use something other than paper so that they would be more durable. And then it came to me…;FELT!

This is an inexpensive and fun project that your little girls will love! With the holidays coming up, this would be a PERFECT gift for any young girls in your life. This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

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Make your Doll and the Clothes

1) Cut our your doll templates. You can either use your Silhouette CAMEO or Silhouette Portrait with the trace and cut function, or you can use scissors.

2) Next, prepare your doll. Firstanniversary gifts for couples, cut out your doll body, using the stiff felt in whatever color you selected. Then, cut out your doll's hair, using regular felt in whatever color you choose. Since my girls are blonde, we chose blonde. Use your craft glue to glue it in place. You will also want to cut out small lips for your doll and use glue to secure them. Finally, glue small pom pom eyes onto your doll.

4) Cut out your clothes and accessories using regular, soft felt.

5) Glue embellishments onto your clothes. Be creative! There is no right or wrong here, people!

{It helps if you have cute little assistants helping you every step of the way}.

Make the “;Book”; for your Dress Up Dolls:

1) Grab two pieces of stiff felt, in whatever color you like. Use your ruler to mark 1 inch increments along the edge of both pieces of felt.

2) Now punch holes on each of the marks that you made.

3) Now, thread your yarn through your yarn needle and stitch your book together.

5) Next, you want to make an envelope to store the doll's clothes in when not in use. I used a paper envelope as my template–;I traced it and cut it out using some leftover fabric I had from another project. Then I ironed the seams and sewed on little round velcro circles to keep the envelope closed. Next, I labeled the flaps by writing on them with a permanent marker so that my girls could follow the numbers to fold the envelop back all by themselves. It works like a charm! Finally, I used my craft glue to attach it to the inside of the “;book.”;

Add your child's name to the “;book”; cover:

1) I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut out my girls' names so that I could customize the outside of their books {trust me, with twins, it is sometimes important for them to feel like certain things belong to them}. I started by ironing on my Silhouette Clean Cut Fabric Interfacing to the back of my fabric.

2) Next, I used my Silhouette Fabric Blade and my Silhouette Studio software to cut our my girls' names.

3) Finally, I used my craft glue to glue the letters of their name onto the front of the “;books.”;

That's it! Check out the final product. Talk about the PERFECT Christmas or Hanukkah gift for a little girl!

To say my girls LOVE playing with their dress up doll sets in an UNDERSTATEMENT. My girls have already logged loads of hours on these and they are holding up great. Attley and Avery make up elaborate stories about what their dolls are doing. For example, they often make their doll come home from work, whereupon she quickly changes into her pajamas. I have NO IDEA where they have observed that behavior {that's a lie…;I change into my PJs immediately when I get home…;at 5:30 pm…;don't judge me}.

Tell me the truth…; Do you kind of want to play with this yourself? Don't feel bad, I have totally enjoyed playing with these with my girls! Think this is a great idea? I would love for you to share it on Pinterest or Facebook?

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