Karen here and today I wanted to show you how you can make your dolls their own Russian inspired plush doll and keepsake from the Sochi Winter Games. I love the Russian Nesting Dolls and I wanted to make a plush doll that you too can make at home with items you may already have on hand.
To create your own nesting doll you will need:
- Felt in various colors and patterns
- Glue, Hot glue or sewing supplies
- Stuffing (fiber fill, tissues, cotton balls all work well)
- Small Googly Eyes
- Downloadable Pattern
- A Pen
* Beads that spell out Sochi 14
Step 1- Assemble all your supplies. Print out the pattern and cut out the pieces.
Step 2- Choose your felt you would like to use for the body and cut out two pieces. I chose a patterned felt for the top and plain color for the bottom.
Step 3- Cut out the pattern for the face, heart for the body, small heart for the lips and the two hair pieces. Then cut them out of felt.
Step 4- Open your glue or plug your glue gun in to heat up. If you are sewing thread your needle.
Step 5- Run a line of glue along the inside edge of your felt and top with your body front leave the bottom open. If you are sewing your doll start your stitches now and sew the outside of your doll leaving the bottom open.
Step 6- Use your fiber fill or stuffing to fill your dolls head and then stuff the dolls body.
Step 7- Once your doll is stuffed to your liking run a line of glue along the bottom and glue or sew it shut.
Step 8- Glue the hair pieces to your dolls face and then the face to your dolls body.
Step 9- Attach your googly eyes with glue and the small heart for lips, use your pen to draw in your mouth, nose and eyelashes if you have space!
Step 10- I added a tied piece of felt under the “chin” as a kerchief for my doll, simply tie a knot and glue in place.
Step 11- Glue your body heart into place. If you are going to add beads with the Sochi 14 on your doll lay out where you want them to go and then glue or sew them into place.
I hope you have a wonderful time watching the Winter Games! I look forward to sharing more doll play ideas with you next week.