Oh boy have I got a load of crafty cuteness for you. Today I'm going to show you how to make a felt paper doll and I'm including a free printable pattern to make it even easier for you to make one for that special little princess in your life. Are you ready for adorable in epic proportions?!
It's so cute right? You want to make one right this minute, right? It's such a perfect handmade gift idea for little girls, right? ☺
To make a felt paper doll, you will need: (aff. links)
- Craft Felt: "skin" color, "hair" color and white
- Batting (just a little bit)
- Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
- Fabric Scraps
- Oil Pastels and a Q-tip
Begin by printing the pattern, then cut out the body, hair and underwear pieces.
Sew the hair and undies on to the body. Add eyes with a permanent marker or stitch them on with dark thread. My favorite method for making rosy cheeks on dolls is to fluff the end of a Q-tip, rub it on the red oil pastel chalk, then gently add a bit of color where the cheeks would be.
Sew the body onto a large uncut piece of felt. It makes sewing around the little details so much easier. Another tip for sewing detailed shapes like this is to keep your needle in the fabric and lift up your sewing machine foot often. This helps you make tight turns and adjust your sewing lines around weird shapes. Make sure to leave one small hole for stuffing.
Next, press batting into all of the nooks and crannies. I've found that the end of a knitting needle works perfectly for this.
Sew the hole closed, then trim around the edges and your doll is done! I added little ribbon hair bows to my doll. You could make these interchangeable to match different outfits, but I hot glued mine on.
To make clothes for your cute little doll, line the back side of a scrap of fabric with Heat N Bond. Trace the dress pattern onto the paper backing and cut it out. Then peel back the paper and iron the dress to a piece of felt.
I chose to top stitch around my outfits. It's not necessary, but it sure makes the clothes cuter. Also, the more details you add (pockets, collars, trim, buttons, etc.) the cuter your clothes will turn out. Once all of the sewing is done, trim off the excess felt around the edges.
Velcro is also optional, but it does help the clothes stick to the doll better. I attached my Velcro with hot glue so the stitches wouldn't show through to the other side.
And there you have it. Now you know exactly how to make a cute little felt doll. This was seriously one of the most fun crafts I've made in a long time. There's so much room for creative expression. I loved digging through my notions to find cute little doodads to use. I think you're going to love this project! It was so, so fun.