The felt dress-up bears I made nearly two years ago remain some of my kids’ favorite toys. I decided to add some variety to their dress-up games by making these felt dress-up dolls – and I scanned in the templates here, in case anyone reading this wants to make some of their own. And so I can easily print out templates for extras, should these go missing…
Felt dress-up toys like these can be purchased, but I prefer the handmade version – they are less expensive and easily replaced, should one go missing on a trip! These dolls have the added benefit of being smaller than the bears, so you can put them together in a smaller space. I drew the faces on with a ball point pen. The bears’ larger features are drawn on using a Sharpie.
Wondering why there aren’t any photos of my kiddos playing with these? They’re hidden away as Christmas gifts, which is why I’m linking this post up to a Present a Week at Works in Progress. It’s a lovely linky, and I even won a bit of fabric by joining up before! If you’re doing a handmade Christmas this year you should try to link up!
Need a felt board? Our travel felt boards remain my kids’ favorites – and all you need is a little fleece, foam core board, and duct tape!
MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.
20 thoughts on “Felt dress-up dolls”
Oh, so sweet! I made a felt Christmas tree for my son to decorate when he was tiny- it ended up being decorated with barnyard creatures and items of clothing from out other felt kits- sweetest Christmas tree ever!
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Thanks for sharing with the Play Academy :)
great idea. we have some of the big boards with scenes in felt and some small sets of felt themed kits.
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So cute and there is nothing better to play with than a mummy made creation!
We use a lot of felt here and it is perfect for coming up with different combinations and variations. It certainly is a versatile, durable and fun material to play with.
Thank you for sharing your templates. I think I will also be another one of your readers who will being whipping up some of these for our Christmas stockings over here in Australia.
I am very impressed with your hat. It’s no small feat setting a goal like that with three young children and actually achieving it.
Oh, you are so good at making things Mary Anne–like everything! I love this! You have got to fill me in on your secret of when you make all these super cool things. I am pulling my hair out just trying to get some very simple trick or treat sacks made for Jack and Joe. You are awesome Mary Anne, really!
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I love this. My kids love their felt sets and I know my daughter will go crazy for this!!!!!!!!!!
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Very cute, my toddler has just started getting into felt play, thanks for sharing the idea. :-)
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Thanks for visiting us at waddleeahchaa and we have no other wild turkey watchers! Your post reminded me to get out my flannel board. I used it on a regular basis in my class, put it away and now need to get it back out. I too enjoy making my own story board pieces. :) joyce
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Anna loves her felt dolls! In fact I think she could use more. Thanks for the templates!
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It’s a great idea to make your own – you could make a mini version of your family! Maybe you’ll come and share with our Play Academy on Friday?
I love this idea! I love using felt.
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I think I remember the bears. These are great! I really need to get on the ball and try this.
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This is a great idea! I saw something similar to this on another blog recently. Thanks for more inspiration. I think some of these will go in my kids stockings this year.
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Thanks for reminding me about these wonderful felt dress-up toys – they are now officially on my Christmas to-do list for my kids!
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I’m trying to decide if I want to do felt dress up dolls as well as the magnetic ones.
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@Ticia – I like the layering options with the felt ones…
That is adorable! I love that little doll!
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THANK YOU for sharing the template and your idea! I’ve been thinking about buying some off eBay, but now that I saw these, I’ll definitely be making my own!
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@Jennifer – You are very welcome! They are easy to make, and much cheaper than eBay =)
@Elisa – My kids will be getting these for Christmas this year =)
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