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Topic: aunt Lindy's paper dolls and repurposed book cover carry case  (Read 1459 times)
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« on: December 10, 2011 03:08:13 PM »

i've been looking for a while for a nice, sturdy paper doll set for my 6yr old niece for christmas. i found this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386593.0 and purchased the fabric panel here: http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=1b30c51e-225b-4a2c-a99b-aafcc94a4abb once i received the fabric, i got started straight away. in researching a bit, i decided the best route for me was to do a rough cut off the dolls and clothes, and iron them onto a heavy interfacing (left from a previous project, and great way to use all of my little scrap pieces). after they were all attached, i cut the dolls and clothes out with my GOOD scissors. i knew i wanted to make a nice carry case for them, but wanted to keep each doll and their matching outfits seperate from the others. i have been dying to repurpose a book cover http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4RFH0q0Osk, and thought this would be the perfect project. after a few failed attempts at different kinds of pages/pockets, i decided to use 9x12 sheets of colored felt. i sewed fabric pockets to each sheet. i then sewed the felt sheets to one of sheet of felt that would be glued to the inside of the book cover. i used a box cutter to remove the page from a thrift store book. i sewed 2 strips of fabric and added a magnetic snap. using a heavy spray glue, i attached it the felt sheets to the book cover, including the magnetic snap straps. i let it set overnight, then i put each doll on one side of the page, and matching clothes on the opposite side.

in hindsight, i wouldve have purchased a taller, wider book. and trimmed the felt sheets to fit a little better before sewing on the pockets and gluing it to the book. and made the magnetic strap shorter, but now it can double as the handle. also havent quite figured out how to get the tabs on the clothes to lay down right on the dolls. let me what you think!
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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2011 09:27:30 PM »

I've done a couple paper doll sets for both girls and boys I know and I've always made the body of the doll out of felt so that I can back the clothes with felt and they'll stick but it doesn't look like that'll work with the set you've got. Maybe you can back the dolls with one side of velcro and then back the tabs on the clothes with the other side of the velcro. That way they should stick when you fold the tabs over the dolls. You wouldn't even have to worry about sewing the velcro on, I'd just use some E6000 since that stuff is amazing and will even go through the wash a few times without coming off.

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