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I found these easy felt doll patterns!
I’ve been wanting to try making soft dolls and stuffed animal making for quite some time, but I am not great at sewing. It seemed really intimidating to try so I kept procrastinating. I was at the craft store one day and saw this felt doll making book with easy felt doll patterns and they were so adorable I just had to buy the book and give it a try!
So I sat down with my felt doll book and dug in. I have to say it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I expected! The instructions were easy to follow and the dolls and clothes are freaking adorable! These felt dolls are meant to be sewn by hand. So no sewing machine required. She recommends wool felt, but since I was practicing I just used craft felt that I picked up at the craft store for around 35 cents each sheet. It barely cost me anything to make these two dolls.
I just made my dolls very basic because I don’t have the patience for all the intricate details, but the clothes and accessories are quite beautiful if you do them just as outlined in the book. You can buy the book in a paperback format where you just photocopy the patterns or you can buy it as an ebook and print the patterns out. Either way, it’s super easy.
There’s a basic easy felt doll pattern that you use to create all the different dolls in the book. For the mermaid doll, you just replace the legs with the mermaid tail pattern. There are tons of clothes and accessories so you can create the different dolls. There’s even a boy doll pattern included!
My results using the easy felt doll patterns
My first doll turned out a little crazy. I didn’t stuff the head and neck enough and she had a bobble head. LOL. So I had to keep sewing and sewing to secure her head and she ended up with no neck. Otherwise I think she turned out pretty darn cute for my first try. So my word of advice is to stuff the head and neck more than you think you should. I also don’t love the yarn I chose for her hair. I used a thicker yarn that is really soft and it sheds a lot and the little fibers stick to the felt!
For my second doll, I decided to try the mermaid easy felt doll pattern. This one turned out so much better. I got the proper amount of stuffing in the neck and head. I had mastered the stitches better and I was able to finish it a lot faster. Again, I didn’t add all the small detailing to the mermaid tail and seashell top for the sake of saving myself some time. Plus, these were just my practice dolls. I used a regular thickness of yarn with sparklies in it for her hair and I absolutely love it!
I am really pleased with how easy it was to create such an adorable doll using these easy felt doll patterns!
Ideas to use these easy felt doll patterns
These would make the cutest gifts for kids for birthdays or Christmas. I know I would have loved one when I was little. Heck, I love them now! The best part is that the cost is really minimal. I think the largest expense is the beading and things for the intricate details. The basic doll is very inexpensive to make.
This is also an amazing idea to sell in your Etsy store or at craft fairs. The felt doll pattern designer allows you to sell the dolls as long as you give her credit for the doll pattern. She also has patterns for felt stuffed animals which are so so cute! She also sells an elf pattern that would be a great alternative to the Elf On The Shelf. It’s much cuter! I haven’t tried any of those yet, but it’s on my to-do list. I’ll keep you posted when I try it!
I would love to see pics of your felt dolls if you buy the book and try! Tag me on Instagram @hunnyboocreations
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