Karen here with a Safari Vest craft tutorial you can make for your dolls for our Safari Themed Week.

To make your own you will need:

  • Two large  card envelopes mine were 8 inches by 6 inches 
  • A Pen or Pencil
  • Duct Tape
  • Scissors
  • Your Doll

Step 1- Seal your envelope and lay it flat with the seam of the envelope facing you. Lay your doll on top of the envelope in the center, so that her neck rests at the edge of the envelope. Make a mark on the envelope on either side of her neck.

Step 2- Make a mark under her arm in her armpit area on the paper on both sides of her body and remove your doll.

Step 3- Free and draw two half circle lines from the dots you have made to the edge of the envelope. Then draw a line down the center of the envelope as shown in the photos above.

Step 4- Cut out your vest pattern from your first envelope. Then Cut straight across the bottom and then up the center line you created. Open the pattern and try it on your doll.*I found that my vest was too wide so I folled the vest  pattern so it would be a better fit . Cut a half circle at the neck as shown in the photo above bottom right.

Step 5- Cover your other envelope with your chosen duct tape pattern or color. Make sure to cover both sides.  Lay your pattern on top of the envelope *with the sides bent up if your pattern was too big and trace it onto the duck tape.

Step 6- Cut out your Vest and again cut straight across the bottom and up the center as shown in the photos above.  Reinforce the sides with more matching duck tape.

Step 7- Reinforce the shoulder seams with more tape as well, trim the neck opening.

Step 8- Try the vest on your doll and make any modifications you wish, trim or tape where ever you think is needed.

Step 9- Create pockets from the left over envelope you cut away. I added 4 pockets to my vest adding tape on all three sides to hold them in place. 

I hope you enjoy making your own Safari Vests!  Be sure to keep track of all the “wild animals” your dolls see this week – stuffed animals are perfect for a safari adventure.