Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DIY Christmas Series / DIY Russian Dolls / Leopard and Plaid

Brittany from Leopard and Plaid is an adorable blogger who has a great eye for DIY's, check out this glitter deer she did, its so fun! Oh, and her etsy shop is fab!

Hi everyone! I am so happy to be here. Eileen is such a fun girl and I always love looking through her archives to get inspiration. :)

I went through a phase a few years ago where I bought fabric ALL the time. I always feel guilty when I look at my little fabric cabinet, like it's just wasted money sitting there. When we decided to do a mostly handmade christmas, I knew I wanted to make some dolls for my daughter. It has felt amazing to be able to use what I have from my stash.

I decided to make some russian dolls because I love them. I made an account with Sew Daily to download this free pdf pattern. I didn't follow the instructions because I knew I just wanted a pattern to cut out the shapes.

What you'll need:
3 coordinating fabrics (no need for anything bigger than a 1/4 yard)
felt squares for head, hair and cheeks
embroidery needle and thread for eyes and mouth
pattern cut outs (see download link above)
sewing machine
tacky glue

First I cut out all the shapes.

After that I glued the hair onto the head so that I could guesstimate where to hand embroider the eyes and mouth. Then I glued on the cheeks.

The whole face was then glued to the scalloped collar and then set aside.

I pinned the shawl fabric to the main body and glued it to the fabric. After applying the glue, I made sure to spread it flat to avoid any bumpy lines because the fabric was pretty thin.

Then I glued on the scalloped collar head to the shawl as well as the trim. I turned the fabric towards each other and pinned them together.

Got out the sewing machine and took about 10 minutes (if that) to sew them together. Turned it inside out and admired her. ;)

Stuffed with batting and hand stitched the bottom.

Voila! I hope she likes them!


  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these!! I've never seen a diy anything like it, so am really admiring your originality and creativity. My wheels are spinning as far as which little girls in my life would appreciate these. Thank you for this very special inspiration! Sooooo cute :)

  2. These are so cute! I would have loved to play with a cutie doll like that when I was little :)

  3. Oh my goodness Eileen these are so adorable!

  4. I'm not big on DIY, but these are so incredibly darling. I might just have to get crafty one of these weekends!

  5. So cute ! Thanks for sharing ;-)

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