Karen here wishing you a very Happy Spring! It has been a long winter!  To welcome Spring I always have  a tea party and thought I would share with you some of my table setting tips for your dolls.I have used Rit Dye and some scrap fabric to create a table cloth and runner with matching napkins. Dollar Store Flowers and easy to find items craft store items round out today’s Spring craft.

To make today’s Craft’s you will need;

For the table cloth, runner and napkins

  • Some light colored scrap fabric or cotton blend fabric purchased to dye
  • Liquid Rit Dye I used Kelly Green
  • A bucket to dye the fabric in
  • Hot Tap water
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • A squeeze of liquid dish soap
  • A Metal Spoon
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • A sewing machine or fabric glue
  • Scissors

For the Napkin Rings you will need:

  • A Pipe cleaner in the color of your choice
  • Small artificial spring like flowers
  • Hot Glue or Craft Glue

For the Flower bouquet that your dolls can hold and display on your table you will need:

  • Small Artificial flowers. I used the same ones for the napkin rings
  • A doll sized tea pot with the lid removed or doll sized glass to work as a vase
  • Green tape or Floral tape for wrapping the flowers together into a bouquet
  • Scissors

Let’s start with the table cloth, table runner and napkins:

Step 1- Assemble all your supplies.

Step 2-  Make sure your fabric you choose will cover what ever doll table you wish to have a table cloth, mine measured 15 inches by 12 inches for my table cloth, for the napkins 4 5 inch squares and for the runner  5 inches by 12 inches. Be sure you are  leaving 1/2 to 1 inch to fold under and sew or glue after you have dyed your fabric.

Step 3- Fill your bucket with hot tap water, a 1/2 to a full bottle of liquid Rit Dye, 1/2 cup of salt. Use your spoon to stir.

Step 4- Get your pre cut fabric very wet under the tap, unfold your fabric and place it in the bucket of dye you prepared, stir and make sure that your fabric is fully submerged under the water.

Step 5- Allow Rit Dye to work it’s Magic, the longer you leave it the darker the color. Be sure to stir it every 15-20 minutes. I left mine in the dye for 3 hours.

Step 5- When your fabric is ready to be rinsed and dried, wear gloves and  squeeze the liquid out of your fabric, then rinse under clear water until it runs clear and then dry your fabric. I dried mine in the dryer but you can hang yours to dry.

Step 6- Once dry iron your fabric.

Step 7-  Fold and iron the edges of the sides (twice so no raw edges are exposed) of your napkins, table cloth and runner. You can stitch by hand, sew with the machine or use fabric glue to secure your edges.

To Make the Napkin Holders:

Step 1- Bend a pipe cleaner in half and use your scissors to cut it in half, then fold each piece in half again and make a cut.

Step 2- Shape each piece into a circle and twist the ends so that they stick out slightly as shown in the photo above.

Step 3- Remove flowers from their stems and note the plastic stem has a hole perfect for placing the ends of the rings in, add a little glue and press the flower onto the holders

Step 4- Let dry and place your napkin ring over your hand made napkin. Repeat on all four napkin rings.

Step 1- Remove and cut flowers to about 3 inches from the bloom to the stem, gather them together in a bouquet.

Step 2- Use the green tape or floral tape at the base of the stems and work your way up to about 1 inch from the blooms, wrap the stems tightly and cut of the tape, securing it in place.

Step 3- Use a doll sized juice glass or dolly teapot to display your flower arrangement and place it in the middle of the dolly table or place it into your dolls hand.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Spring Craft and I look forward to sharing more doll play ideas and crafts with you next week.