Magnetic 'Paper Dolls' and Fun Foam Sewing Dolls
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?
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!
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