Karen here, I love St. Patrick’s Day. I always make Soda Bread and Stew for my family to celebrate my Irish Heritage. This year I thought it would be fun to make vests for my dolls out of felt from Consumer Crafts.Com and buttons from Laura Kelly Designs and Buttons Galore and More. I also bought a fun Scarf at the dollar store for $1.25 and  found I could make two scarves for my dolls! Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day makes you “Pinch Proof” is what I was told growing up so remember to wear green on March 17th!

To create the vest you will need:

  • 1 piece of green felt
  • 1 cut out and assembled vest pattern (download as a PDF file here) Tape the front pieces to the back pieces at the “x”s this will make less sewing for your vest!
  • A sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Thread
  • Buttons

Step 1- Print and assemble your pattern, place on your felt and cut out. (You could trace your pattern on the felt and cut out or just pin and cut out the vest)

Step 2- Once you have cut out your vest shape, thread your sewing needle and fold the vest so the sides match up, sew one side closed at a time, knot and trim. Once you sew the sides turn your vest right side out so the seam is on the inside.

Step 3-Sew on the buttons, you can use one to close your vest or two it is up to you! I also used buttons to add some embellishment to the vest by placing a smaller button on a light green flower button and sewing it to the front of the vest.

Step 4- To make the button holes you will need to make a small snip in the felt. To do this lay your vest front over the side you have sewn the buttons to then use your fingers to pinch the felt over the first button and make a very small snip in the felt, work the button through and repeat on the remaining buttons.

Step 5- Try your vest on your doll!

Now to make the scarf

Step 1- Using the scarf I purchased from the dollar store I created two scarves for two of my dolls. Simply line up the ends of your scarf and cut a straight line across the center of the scarf. This will give you two pieces.

Step 2- Knot the ends of each piece of the scarf pieces you just created, one edge will be the finished edge and the other the raw edge. The knot will  look like a bow.

Step 3- Place over your dolls head and double if you would like as I have in the photo above. Now your doll is ready for St. Patricks Day!

I look forward to sharing more craft and doll play ideas with you next week!

Today I used my Doll Ruby from The Dolls House LTD (UK) as my model.