Monday, November 19, 2012

Washable, Color Your Own Doll, Craft



Here's one for those of you scrambling to craft up a homemade Christmas, or trying to put together a few extra gifts to have on hand.

This time of year I start sorting through my craft closet, with potential presents in mind, which is how I happened to find myself sitting in front of my archenemy - the sewing machine - with a scrap of white fabric, left over from some forgotten craft project or other, just waiting to be turned into a doll.  My sewing skills are sadly insufficient to the task, so the little dolls I came up with are sort of strange, but the girls loved them - so no judging!

I had them draw large paper dolls for me...



...to cut out, and trace onto the fabric...


...as a pattern (two for each doll).


Then, I sewed the pieces together...


...and stuffed them with polyfill.  If your sewing skills are as lacking as mine, I would suggest using a nice simple doll pattern, in a largish size, for slightly more normal looking dolls.


But really, my girls didn't seem to notice how oddly shaped, and lumpy their new dolls were, once I handed them the pack of washable markers...


...and told them they could draw the faces, hair, and clothes on for themselves.


We let the marker dry for a few seconds, before the played with the dolls...


 ...and much to my relief, the dry marker didn't come off on the girls' hands, but did rinse right off in the washing machine, in cold water (it might take two washes, depending on the colors used)...


...creating a clean slate for the girls to decorate again.


Not too bad for a scrap of cotton fabric, a couple of handful's of polyfill, a box of markers, and a rather frustrating hour, or so of sewing time.  I'm even thinking a couple of the old pillowcases taking up space in the linen closet might have to become color-your-own dinosaurs in time for Christmas, evil sewing machine, with it's wicked empty bobbin, not withstanding.

It's great to be a homeschooler.

13 comments:

Christy said...

You're back? How exciting!

This is so cute! I don't think I have the skills to do this with a sewing machine though -- someday!

Katie said...

I love this idea! :D

Joyful Learner said...

Missed you! Glad you're back!

spoileddaughteroftheking said...

What a cute idea! I know my girls will love it! Thanks!

Debbie said...

These are such a neat idea. Making me wish I had a sewing machine, well one that works.

Chiska said...

I love this idea! Thank you!

Ticia said...

Considering Princess just got 2 color your own dolls for her birthday, I can promise this would be a big hit in my house..... Now to whip up some for the boys.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Ticia - Believe me, you came to mind while I was wrestling with my stupid little sewing machine, and thinking with what ease, and joy a person who likes to sew could whip up adorable dolls and toys.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Christy, I'm not "officially" back - but I have to pop now and again, just to say hi :)

Phyllis said...

What a great project! It turned out so well!

Raising a Happy Child said...

I think your sewing skills are quite OK - the dolls are adorable. Perhaps I give this idea to Lars who is our sewing wizard.

AJ said...

Thank you for the inspiration! I made a color-your-own fish for my 3.5yo. Less frustrating for her if the coloring doesn't need to be precise.

http://pinterest.com/pin/354165958167054945/

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

AJ - Very nice!