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Ugly Christmas (or Holiday) Sweater parties a big thing these days and if you get an invite and don’t happen to have anything on hand, like Ruthie, all you need is a little bling, a little glue and some imagination and you are good!

Reindeer sweater for dolls

While this was an Ugly Sweater challenge, I think Ruthie’s Reindeer turned out adorable and appropriate for any type of Holiday party she gets invited to. And the best part – this took me about 15 minutes to make. Let’s take a look:

I Love to Create sent me a box of their sparkle products for inspiration and to use as I saw fit. The box included my favorite Tulip® Fashion Glitter® Shimmer Transfer Sheets, Tulip® Glitter Dimensional Paint and more regular glitter than I know what to do with! I just love the Shimmer Transfer Sheets so they were my inspiration.

Supplies I used:

  • White hooded t-shirt from MyDollsLife.com
  • Tulip® Fashion Glitter® Shimmer Transfer Sheets
  • Scissors
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
  • Iron – please get an adult’s help
  • Offray ribbon in red
  • Googly eyes – or in my case since I couldn’t find them, 2 white buttons and 2 black buttons
  • Candy Cane scrapbooking embellishment

To make the reindeer I used the Glitter Shimmer iron on sheets in gold, green and red. Cut out his head by folding a rectangle of shimmer paper in half and cutting the shape of a pear or open eight. I didn’t use a pattern – I just decided to start cutting. For the ears, I layered the paper so I got two identical ear shapes when I cut. I used the same method for the antlers, too.

The nice part about the transfer paper is there is nothing to peel, so you can layer, layer, layer and iron once! Just make sure you put the smooth side down on your fabric and you put a thin piece of fabric over your design while you iron it.

Doll sized reindeer t-shirt

Once the ironing is done, now it’s time to bring this reindeer to life. I made a bow using a wide piece of Offray ribbon and glued it at the base of the antlers. I added a candy candy scrapbook embellishment for fun.

Since I can’t find my  googly eyes, I layered white and black buttons from Buttons Galore and More and glued them to the reindeer.

Doll sized reindeer t-shirt

You could EASILY adapt this to make a matching girl size shirt, too!

Doll sized reindeer t-shirt

Ruthie has her presents ready to go and she is rocking that Reindeer Shirt!

So, the more I look at it I wonder if I should go back and outline her nose and her antlers with the Glitter Dimensional paint, or should I leave it as is?

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