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Holiday Crafting: Make a Blanket into a Doll

Thanks for joining me for my Dollar Store CraftFail. Usually I can salvage my projects enough to at least be photographed and written up as tutorials. I wrote this tute up just for you, failers!

I found this cute fleece blankie at the dollar store – it has a little dolly on it. So cute, right? I thought it would be a great and easy gift idea to take one of these blankets and turn them into an actual doll. (Exactly how is that cooler than just buying a doll at the dollar store?) And putting a little dolly ON a blankie would be a cool project… taking the dolly off the blankie and making it back into a… doll… well, that’s not really that cool is it? No, that’s just taking the doll idea right back to where it’s been for thousands of years.

Here she is all unfolded. This is a pretty cute blanket for a buck, I think. Why did I proceed with my ill-fated plan?

Project Materials:

  • Blanket with a doll appliqued on it, $1
  • Polyfil, on hand (but I never got that far)
  • Scissors, on hand
  • Ancient sewing machine that can’t sew on polyester fleece, priceless

Total: $1

To Make:

1. Cut around doll shape, leaving at least an inch of sewing space around the doll.

2. Cut that little strip of fabric behind her legs so her legs can dangle free like a real doll!

3. Cut a same-sized piece of fleece for the back of the doll. (I chose the Florida portion of the blanket, somewhere near Orlando.)

4. When you put the doll pillow thing together, you’re going to tuck her limbs up inside the pillow and then put the pieces right side together.

Here we go, right sides together.

5. Pin the daylights out of the pieces. I mean, you don’t want the doll to escape.

6. Start sewing. What’s that grinding sound? Okay, keep sewing. No, really, why is the sewing machine gnashing its teeth? Do sewing machines even have teeth? Just keep sewing. Just keep sewing. Don’t look back. Don’t look down at the seam that isn’t actually a seam because for some reason your sewing machine hates you and your cheap dollar store fleece. The bobbin thread doesn’t even know it’s supposed to make contact with the top thread. Okay stop, take a breath. Now start sewing again. Dangit, what is this machine’s PROBLEM? Maybe I need a special needle. A regular foot wouldn’t hurt, either (am I the only one who only has one foot for her sewing machine – the weird plastic one with one broken tooth – you know the one I mean. Oh, you don’t? Do sewing machine feet even have teeth?)

7. Stop in frustration and complain about how this was supposed to be a 15 minute project, including the photography part. I mean, all you have to do is sew a seam, for craft’s sake. But no, your sewing machine won’t comply.

8. Step away from the sewing machine as someone else in your family claims s/he* can make the sewing machine work. When asked how, the answer is, *shrug* “It will just work for me.”

9. Feel sort of smug when the sewing project is still going on 45 minutes after step 8.

10. Forget to take pics of what is now completely unsalvageable.

11. Log in to CraftFail.

*this person shall remain nameless

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