As usual, there is a wealth of tutorials and ideas around that I really enjoyed perusing. The whole project can be no-sew if you want - which makes such a satisfying quick project. If you want to make a set of dolls, or a felt board, have a look at what I did and some of the great links below.
I made each of the girls a small felt board with a pocket on the back (the link for this tutorial is below!). I can store them face to face, and stuff all their accessories in the pockets. I put all the parts in baggies and drew pictures of some of the parts that are inside - I don't really expect this to last long, but it makes me happy now. :) I think these are great for traveling, but a really big board would be fun, too.
I cut everything from cheap craft felt with sharp scissors. Craft felt can be thin at times, which is really okay for this project, but I did put fusible interfacing on the back of the doll bodies to make them a little sturdier. I used fabric glue for attaching permanent things like hair and bows on dresses.
My template (scroll down) includes a child and an adult size - I've only made the child so far. I cut out the bodies first, and then used my body template as a guide for the clothing instead of drawing out each garment first. I also threw in some random shapes that I thought I might use as guides, but mostly I just free hand cut everything else.
I made a playground.
The girls love the tea party. They can push the boards together when the dolls want to have a party.
Felt board tutorials:
- Jennifer Dawn has a great felt board tutorial which is what I used, and I totally recommend. I haven't used a glue gun since college, but making this board reminded me why people love them so much: they're awesome.
- I also loved this chalk board and felt board pair for a playroom
- Find more fun ideas like this postman set, at Artful Parent
- Here is a simple felt doll template by Jennifer Dawn who made the board above.
- About has some paper doll templates and lots of clothes that would work nicely.
- If you use die cutters, this is a really nice set.
- I loved this doll and her clothes. I thought she was a bit too mature looking for my toddlers, but I love the details on the clothing. I meant to do more of that, and maybe I still will.
- Another cute felt doll set with some fun details
- You can use printed fabric for dolls, like Mayamade (with a nice travel board tutorial also).
- And if you'd rather have a full blown pattern, there are some tidy simple sets for sale on etsy by Lucky Penny.