Emma asked me to cut the sleeves off an old sweater I had in my “clothing to repurpose” stash. I obliged, and she took it off to play with her dolls. About twenty minutes later, she asked me to add a button to the front and a button to the back to turn it into this shrug. For the sake of simplicity, I talked her into a few stitches instead of a button on each side.
Basically you cut the ends off of a long-sleeved shirt, and stitch the front and back together in the very center – the completed front will look exactly the same as the back. Then you can pull it over the doll’s head, turn in the raw edge, and it makes a little shrug. You can stitch the raw edge under, but we were too lazy for that. We made a second one with snaps instead of stitching, but didn’t feel that method was particularly superior. Plus, it was being worn by a baby that was being played with when I went to take pictures.
I think it’s cute, and a creative design for a five-year-old! She has more sleeve ends that she wants me to help her stitch into pants.
And this doll is from my own childhood! I got her for Christmas when I was nine, and she survived countless hours of play, moves, and years of storage. I had to stitch up her first-ever hole this week.