11.09.2011

Felt Dress-Up Dolls

A while back, we were in birthday-party-mode. We'd been invited to two birthday parties within two days of each other.  I was tired of spending money on gifts, and thus trying to figure out what to give to our 4- and 2-year old friends, when I remembered seeing these adorable felt dolls as part of a quiet book.  Now, I still want to make quiet books for the girls at some point, but when they realized what I was making for their friends, they begged me to make some for them, too.  And so, of course, I did.  Yeah, I'm pretty much crazy.


Meet Cailin, Janey, and Alisha, our friend.

And yes, I did make one for Breanne, too.  I don't remember why I didn't take pictures of it.  Also one for a friend, Willow.  I made 5 of these in an afternoon-evening.  A fun, reasonably easy project.  :)  My girls loved figuring out outfits to put together.


Each girl comes in a little book, with two pockets--one for big pieces of clothing, one for small pieces, like shoes and necklaces.


Everyday clothes--jeans and t-shirt


Dress and ballet flats


With the crown and necklace.  Because every girl is a princess and needs some bling.


More casual, some brown pants and loafers.


Red pj's.


Jacket, jeans, and cowgirl boots.  I wish I had boots like those.


Dancer.  My personal favorite.


More casual dresses, and you can't really tell in this pic, but pink maryjanes.  


Want to go swimming?  She does.



And since there are a couple people around here who refuse to wear anything but skirts...


So as you can see, nothing fancy, at all, but still a fun little project.  The exterior of the book matches the pockets, nothing fancy, but the girls loved picking out their own fabrics out of my stash.  You could easily make this a much more awesome and fun project by making more detailed clothing for the dolls, and fancying up the case, but I was going for quick and simple, so this is what we came up with.  I hope you like it.  My girls sure do... I was planning on taking these to church with us, but the one time I did, they spent the entire meeting "talking" to each other and playing back and forth, yelling about whose clothes are whose, instead of quietly changing their outfits.  Seriously, all I remember ever doing with barbies is changing their clothes.  These dolls aren't even 3D but they are fully animated.  Ahh, the joys of having multiple girls.  Sheesh.  :)

19 comments:

BECKY said...

I'm totally copying you on this. These are adorable!

April said...

I made one of those too when I made a quiet book a few months ago. They are so fun.

We Live*Laugh*Love said...

I'm totally making these!!!!

pinksuedeshoe said...

These are really cute. My mom has some that are magnetic, but I like the felt look better. Fun!

gilian said...

So much better than paper dolls. And cute.

Holly Decker said...

I'm Thinking...
you should be the mother of my children so that they can have cool toys made with love.

I'm Thinking...
that if I didn't like you so much I would be downright jealous of your sewing skills. oh wait, i am.

I'm Thinking...
those dolls are perfection.

Tannie Datwyler said...

These are adorable!! I love it.

Katherine said...

This is adorable! I saw something for boys which was a face with felt facial features: eyes, mustaches, noses, etc. Or I could make monsters. So many ideas (absolutely no time!)

Grandma Bonnie said...

Now this is one I have to make for my granddaughters. Their mom will love this in church. I hope!

Grandma Bonnie said...

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Shiloh said...

I absolutely love these! I love that you can start off small, and add outfits. I'm pinning this, and definitely gonna make it sometime. What a great gift. I bet you could make some ahead of time, and have them just for in case you have a last minute party.

va_grown said...

These are absolutely adorable! What a great idea!

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Super cute! My niece would love one of these!!!

kendascrafts said...

Those are so cute! What a great gift to give!

Casey said...

I love it! I've been thinking of something similar for my daughter for Christmas.

Jamie said...

That is so cute. My little girls would love these. Hope to see you at DIY Home Sweet home. I'm your newest follower. Cute blog
Jamie
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Annie said...

Great idea! Thank you for sharing!

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Great idea for car rides! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

Melanie
Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear
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SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, there! This is the most clicked and favorite blog of the week. I'll feature this tomorrow and thank you for linking up in the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)