Fabric Scrap Dolls from This Mama Makes Stuff

    Posted by  ·  June 16, 2010

    The amazing Carrie from This Mama Makes Stuff is here to share a wonderful take on paper dolls.

    Carrie writes…

    Since reading this post on Kiddley, back in 2006, fabric scrap paper dolls (and animals) have been a staple craft activity in our house. Here’s how you do it:

    -Download the fabric scrap paper dolls from the link below or draw your own doll shape and make copies on cardstock.

    Download my FREE scrap paper dolls HERE. (pdf)

    -Gather random fabric scraps from your overflowing scrap box and a handful of trim scraps. Start saving scraps ahead of time. Even the tiny and odd shaped pieces are great for this project! This three drawer Rubbermaid container works perfectly for us to keep all the materials accessible and organized.

    -Make sure to add a couple gluesticks, a bottle of tacky glue (dries slower but holds better) and a couple pairs of good kid scissors (it’s fun to create with a friend!) to the box too.

    -Then let the kids start designing their doll’s outfit! This activity is best suited to kids ages 6+ years old. Using paper scraps instead of fabric scraps would make it easier for younger children.

    This is a great way for sewers/crafters to use up all those scraps of fabric and trim – no matter how small or strange shaped. Avid scrapbookers can do the same thing and save patterned paper scraps to use instead of fabric. If you are neither a sewer, crafter or scrapbooker, ask a friend, mother, aunt or grandma who is to start saving their scraps for you so you can have this fun activity to keep the kids creating and busy this summer.

    For more wonderful ideas please visit This Mama Makes Stuff!

    Don’t miss all the great summer crafts!

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    1. Francesca
      Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
      can I have the link to the dolls's pdf? I tried to download it without success.
      Thanks in advance
    2. Posie
      Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
      What a beautiful idea! Can't get the download as I have a postal code no zip code to access file, help please:)
    3. stephanie
      Friday, May 31st, 2013
      I have attempted to download the paper doll templates with no luck. The message says I am not authorized to open the file. Help please!
    4. Melisa Smith
      Saturday, March 24th, 2012
      My family has made these dolls several different times and given them as gifts to littler sisters, they are always a favorite item to recieve. We were wanting to make another set and can't get the PDF file to "download" - do you have any tips??????
    5. Thursday, June 24th, 2010
      Also, had to post about it on my blog. http://tanya-alittlebitofeverything.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-pet-guinea-pigs.html
    6. Monday, June 21st, 2010
      thanks for these dolls!! perfect summer project
      have a great week
    7. Sunday, June 20th, 2010
      I Love it and my daughter will also love this. Thanks!
    8. Thursday, June 17th, 2010
      okay this is the greatest idea and I love those cute dolls( cat's and dogs) My girls love making cloth for paperdolls..
      Great project when they come from school tomorrow!!!!

    9. Thursday, June 17th, 2010
      So much fun! Thanks for sharing!
    10. Thursday, June 17th, 2010
      I love this!!! I'm filing this away for the next time I need (want) to get some sewing done. I'll print a handful of these dolls and turn my little girl loose with my scrap bin while I get some quality time with my sewing machine.

      I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:

    11. Joy
      Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
      Thanks Carrie and CindyLou. I'm working with older kids (ages 5-11) this summer and this is a perfect craft for them.
    12. Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
      I did something similar for a Parisian fashion design birthday party (http://bylittlehands.typepad.com/by_little_hands/2010/04/parisian-party-1.html). It was a really huge hit with the girls. I have never seen 14 six year old so quiet for so long!!!
    13. Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
      We are doing this TODAY!!! Thanks
    14. Elizabeth
      Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
      My kids loved decorating these characters this morning! Thanks for the awesome summer craft.
    15. Deborah Ocasio
      Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
      What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing! I think I will do this for my wedding reception for those little ones that can get bored!