How to make a doll out of felt
No. 20 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series:
“Tom, the Baker’s Son”,
a wet felting and sewing activity for children
Wet felting is such fun for children, and it is even more fun when they can make something out of the piece of felt they have devoted hours to. This activity shows you how to make a doll out of felt where children aged 4 and up can do or participate in every step. Imagine that! Children making their own doll, with just a little supervision from you. I bet this is one thing they will become super attached to, this doll made by their own hands.
Ned helped me to felt the brown piece and the felt ball head last weekend when we visited Bribie Island. But I sewed him up. You should have seen his face when I gave him little Tom. Priceless. I had trouble borrowing him for the last photo!
But I think what really makes this doll is his very sweet jacket. I mean, can he be any cuter? And he is SO easy. Here’s to a weekend project….? I’d love to see your little guys. Send me a pic.
How to make a doll out of felt.
1. The first thing is to make a piece of felt. Use this tutorial for a step-by-step guide. It is easy!
2. You’ll need a round piece.
3. Use the same process for the coat, but simply lay out a diagonal shape like this, with a pointy tip. Shape it to your desire when you are tucking edges under. Hang both pieces out to dry.
1. Fold your circle in half. Cut out a body template from a piece of paper and pin it to the felt so that the horizontal line of the arms is on the fold.
2. Pin it, and cut it out.
3. If children are doing this, pin the two pieces together so they don’t move. Thread a needle with a long length of brown cotton (60 -70 cm), pull it through half-way and tie a knot at the end to make a double thread.
4. Blanket stitch around the shape, starting at one hand and working up and down the legs.
5. When you are halfway up the second leg, stop and stuff the first leg and first arm with wool fleece or cotton.
6. Keep stitching until only the tip of the hand remains open. Stuff it more.
7. Finish stitching and tie off the loose threads.
8 & 9. Make a felt ball. Attach the felt ball to the top of the body with tacking stitches that run from side to side, underneath the ‘neck’.
10 & 11. For the jacket, cut two holes in the triangular piece of felt so that it fits the doll’s body.
12. Sew on a big 3D bead as your button to close the coat jacket. You’ll need to cut a small slit in the piece of felt on the opposite side where it overlaps. Pop on his coat, and away you go!
I think this is my favourite doll of the 30 Days of Dolls so far! What is yours?