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Magnetic 'Paper Dolls' and Fun Foam Sewing Dolls

Posted by  ·  October 1, 2009  ·  Last Updated: October 1, 2009

I have been having some more fun with the Cricut. They just released four new awesome cartridges, Every Day Paper Dolls, From My Kitchen, Sweethearts and Winter Woodland. So much you can do with this machine and so little time. I tried out the new Everyday Paper Doll cartridge and my little girl was in heaven.

We used the Paper Doll cartridge and fun foam to make  perfect sewing dolls.


To cut the fun foam I purchased a Deep Cut Blade. For best results I set the blade depth to 5.5 and used low speed and high pressure. This doll is 11″.


I used a 1/8 ” hole punch to make the holes for sewing. Once I had the doll punched I placed the clothes underneath and used a dull needle to mark where the holes on the clothes needed to go so they matched up.


A dull yarn needle and some yarn works great to sew the clothes to the doll!


Magnetic sheets, paper  scraps, recycled cardboard and spray adhesive made darling magnetic dolls.


I had best results when I used the deep blade set at 5.5 with high pressure and low speed. I found the mat must be really sticky! The cereal box was cut at 6 blade depth, max pressure and low speed. I am sure settings will vary, this is just a starting point! This doll is 7″.


After the doll and clothes were cut, I glued the patterned paper  to the shapes with spray adhesive. Make sure you glue the paper to the appropriate side of magnet so it is magnetic.  The doll shape was glued to a recycled cereal box to make it more rigid. They do make magnet sheets that are adhesive if you like. You can probably cover the black magnet with paper to match you child’s skin tone, but my daughter wanted hers black.


I even made her a little holder for her dolls. Wouldn’t this make a cute gift?

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This machine is clearly a crafty investment.  If you are unable to make that investment right now have no worries. Simply draw out a doll shape (look online or at coloring books for inspiration) on the fun foam or magnetic sheets and cut by hand.

I was concerned that since I don’t scrapbook this machine would go un-used–so not true.  I have found that we use this machine for a variety of uses. My boys 17 & 12 have made cards, favors and completed school projects, my husband was able to make a vinyl lettered sign for work (all by himself and was thrilled to have saved hundreds of dollars), I have enjoyed cutting favor boxes and fabric for applique. It has been unbelievably handy for Sunday School and cutting shapes for various projects. It is just a very useful and clever machine!

Cricut is hosting another fabulous giveaway to Win a Gypsy and a trip of a lifetime!  They’re giving away over 200 Gypsies, 20 travel packages and a “Cricut Swarm” in one of five fabulous locations. Purchase one of four new Cricut cartridges for a chance to win. Look for winning cards in the new Every Day Paper Dolls, From My Kitchen, Sweethearts or Winter Woodland cartridges.

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  5. Heather W
    Thursday, April 28th, 2011
    Which Cricut model did you use? And I've tried cutting fabric with mine (it's just the basic one) but without any luck. I wonder if I used the wrong settings.
  6. Jill
    Saturday, January 15th, 2011
    What great ideas. I'd never thought of having sewing "cards" that one could actually sew together. Thanks.
  7. Erin
    Saturday, November 21st, 2009
    What brand of magnet "stuff" did you use. The one I was looking at today at Micheals didn't seem like it would stick together.
  8. Friday, October 30th, 2009
    I love these ideas! I love my Cricut, but never thought about cutting magnet sheets with it. Can't wait to try it. Thanks!
  9. Rachel
    Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
    Yes, I would like a tutorial and a template if you don't mind.

  10. Rachel
    Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
    Thanks for this information. I wanted to make some of these magnetic paper dolls. How did you make the holder for the dolls and the clothes.
    • Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
      The holder is two pieces of felt (the cheap kind). I added the flower on the front, then sewed vinyl pockets on the inside. Then I sewed the outside and inside together (wrong sides together). Slip a cord loop in the side to loop around the button before you sew up the side. I can make a tutorial and template if you like?
  11. Thursday, October 8th, 2009
    question: Do you know if you can paint the magnets without affecting the, uhm, magnetism? I'd like to give my dolls cute little faces.
  12. Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
    Great idea! Love the book to hold them in too.
  13. Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
    K so I just did the magnet thing and it did not work out very well. I used the adhesive kind of magnets and it is not strong enough to hold the clothing made from magnets. Where did you get your other kind of magnet? Thanks This is a great idea my dd loved it
    • Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
      I bought the magnets I used at Michael's. Make sure the magnets are facing the right direction-- in our case, black to black sides to make them stick. I hope this helps!
  14. Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
    now that I switched to digi scrapping, I haven't used my Cricut in a while. Great ideas!!
  15. Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
    I never even thought to cut fabric on my Cricut. I'm going to have to whip it out and try that! Great ideas. I'm going to have to come back here when I get a deep cut blade for my machine.
  16. Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
    Now that's just cute!
  17. Friday, October 2nd, 2009
    I love my Cricut!
  18. Friday, October 2nd, 2009
    Holy freaking cute! I absolutely need to make these! My kids would be so happy and quiet in church!! How long did it take you to make these?
  19. Friday, October 2nd, 2009
    I have both of the paper doll cartridges and they are by far my favs! Thanks for the ideas! My mind is in overlaod now and I can't wait to get my hands on some foam!!!! :) Thanks so much!
    P.S. - Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!
  20. Thursday, October 1st, 2009
    I have both of the paper doll cartridges and they are by far my favs! Thanks for the ideas! My mind is in overlaod now and I can't wait to get my hands on some foam!!!! :) Thanks so much!
  21. Thursday, October 1st, 2009
    Wow...brilliant and fun! I will definitely give this a try, my kids will think I'm the bomb!!! Kim
  22. Jenny
    Thursday, October 1st, 2009
    Wow! This is the greatest and could provide hours of fun. The Winter Woodland set looks fabulous too! I love it that you made the folder to hold all of the dolls and clothes! What a great mom you are! Fun!!
  23. Thursday, October 1st, 2009
    I absolutely love! I'd love to get a cricut but maybe I'll ask Santa for Christmas!
  24. Thursday, October 1st, 2009
    now I want a Every Day Paper Dolls cartridge. I love it how when you glued the magnet sheet to the cereal box it looks like it has blue eyes.