My box of felt was getting dusty, so I decided it was time to make a felt toy for my little sweetie. How about a felt doll?!!
I started with a freehand paper template for the doll. I traced it on Pellon, then cut it out. (Pellon is a thick, white felt that is typically used for inter-lining, and can be found by the yard in most fabric stores.) Then used fabric glue to sandwich it between two pieces of light pink felt cut to the same template. From there I glued on hair and underclothes and drew the face.
To make the outfits, I just traced the doll on the back of colorful felts and cut out the clothes freehand. You could always make paper templates of the clothes as well if you want to test out different styles of clothes. I glued small pieces of velcro to the back of each piece of clothing. I don’t know that this was completely necessary, but it can’t hurt.
For the case, I cut the front and back pieces out of stiff, glittery felt and sewed them to a strip of regular felt for the binding. I hot glued a plastic mirror to a piece of regular felt and sewed it to the inside of the back cover for the wardrobe closet door. I also added a small piece of velcro to the inside of the front cover to help hold the doll during transit.
I am so excited about how it turned out! I even put this project at the top of my DIY Birthday/Christmas gifts list. For a boy, I am thinking of making a felt dump trunk with various materials to put in the back and dump (i.e. sand, rocks, water, trash….), or a felt sandwich or pizza with lots of toppings.