For Christmas this year I made two of my nieces and my daughter their own dress up dolly. It was fun to make and fun to play with. I especially enjoyed making the dollies their own super hero suit! I had seen a version before (no superhero suit though) that I think was called 'flats' but I cannot find the link any where so I have decided to write my own tutorial for those of you who would like to make one for the little girls in your life. It is broken down into 2 parts: the dolly and the clothes. I have made 3 dollies so some of the photos show all three but obviously you can just make one or two if you want to.
You Will Need:
Flesh coloured felt
Hair coloured felt (I used brown and orange to coordinate with their hair but you might need yellow or black)
Iron-on fusible bondaweb
Velcro (just the prickly side)
First of all make yourself a template, feel free to print out one of my pictures as a guide or just fold a piece of paper in half and draw half a person and then cut it out. Next iron some fusible bondaweb onto your backing fabric and then draw around your template onto the paper side. Cut these pieces out and then remove the paper. Put the side to stick face down onto your flesh coloured felt, cover over with a tea towel or some other fabric and iron the person to the felt. The felt won't survive under the heat of the iron without the tea-towel. When it has fused cut out the person again. You should now have your felt person fused to your backing fabric.
Now you need to make the 'underwear'. Using your template, measure some velcro to cut out knickers and a vest. You will probably have the vest in two pieces. Then use your glue gun to stick them on. I stitched a line around the neck line, vest hem and waist band using my sewing machine to make them extra secure but this is not totally necessary.
Next cut out your hair pieces using your template as a guide from the right colour felt and again glue these on. Your dolly is complete! Hold on to your template as you will need this next week to make the clothes. Zoe xx
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