This easy DIY will show you how to cut and make your own felt dolls with your Cricut machine (or scissors), with a free file download…
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This week’s crafting project features some self-designed felt dolls.
Since upgrading my Explore Air 2 to a Maker 3, I wanted to explore cutting and working with different types of material, like wood and felt.
I recently created a name puzzle for our daughter, Zoey, that you can see here featuring heavy chipboard and basswood (it turned out awesome).
And now I’ll be exploring with felt.
Felt dolls, shapes, and storyboards were always one of my favorite things to play with growing up, so I wanted to make our own little storyboard for our younger kiddos.
This tutorial walks you through how to make your own, but be sure to download my free PNG file at the bottom of this post to import this design if you’re short on time.
*This post contains affiliate links, however, all opinions are my own – as always!*
How To Make Your Own DIY Felt Dolls
Materials You Need For Felt Dolls
- rotary blade
- Cricut felt in colors of your choice (I’m using this sampler from Cricut)
- Cricut Maker
- scissors (optional, if making by hand)
- purple StrongGrip mat
- painter’s tape
Optional: felt board (or just use a large extra piece of felt)
*I have tried to cut felt with other blades (fine-point, deep-point, and even the knife blade) with little luck. The rotary blade seems to be the only blade to do a true hassle-free cut, so I highly recommend using this blade.
Cutting Clothes, Hair, and Shoes With The Maker 3
You can download my PNG file for this project with the form at the bottom of this post. Import them into Cricut Design Space.
To minimize the number of files you need to download, I’ve limited them to one free PNG.
For the clothing items, when you import the PNG, crop the image to one article of clothing or hairstyle, and Import.
Select to import the upload type as Cut Image.
Import the felt doll outline PNG next, and size it to around 8.7″x11.5″.
It will need to measure less than 12″ wide or tall to cut on a mat.
If you choose to do a single felt doll at a time, I sized my dolls to be about 2.788″x5.617″ (see screenshot below).
I also sized my dolls so that I could cut 6 at a time on a single 12×12 Cricut mat.
To create enough outfit combinations and hairstyle ideas, I added each item for each color I wanted to do.
The purple hair and outfits will be cut on one sheet of felt, the pink on one sheet of felt, the red on one sheet of felt, etc.
Cricut Settings For Cutting Felt
To cut my felt, I selected Flannel as my material and set the cutting pressure to More.
Assembling Your Felt Dolls
Once the pieces are all cut, you can gently peel away the felt from your mat and stick the shapes to your flannel board.
I got ours from Amazon here for only $10 – one side is flannel, the other side is felt.
Let your child (or students, if using this for a classroom activity) assemble the clothing and hair on each doll.
Enact different scenarios with the dolls, have them talk to one another, or do something kind for each other.
Talk about the weather, what you’ll be doing that day, how warm you’ll need to dress for the weather and encourage kind words.
Creating People Outlines And Doll Clothing
If you want to do the same thing I did in this tutorial, I’ll include this quick how-to for you as well in this post!
Because I appreciate all your support, and I want to help you create whatever your heart desires!
You might want to do craft something different from felt dolls, like barn animals, mermaids, or more intricate designs.
I’ll be featuring a weather chart craft with felt here soon, so stay tuned for that.
P.S. Don’t forget to download my free PNG for this craft below.
Because I offer the files for free, I just ask that you be part of my e-mail newsletter list, to whom I send all of my new and latest posts, files, and news (like BIG weekly giveaways I do on social media).
I created my doll outlines in a program called Canva, which I pay yearly for the Pro membership. I combined a human outline with a circle head because, at the time of this writing, I couldn’t find a contiguous outline (one where the head wasn’t separated from the body).
You could always use a free one on Google, but because I am distributing this for crafting purposes for free to a large number of people, I didn’t want to violate any copyrights.
I’m able to use the Canva images, however, because I pay for that membership, and I am not charging you for the design.
For the clothing and shoes, I used my iPad and the ProCreate app with my Apple pen. I simply drew the shapes of the clothes I wanted (really simple to do because I wanted simple shapes for my Cricut machine to cut).
You can also search through Cricut Access or free Design Space images for ones that would fit your design (i.e. a mermaid tail) if you don’t have this option.
I’m sure Canva would even have some simple outline images that would fit your crafting needs if you wanted to search through them!
This was such a fun project – I hope you enjoy! Please free free to tag me on social media (@slayathomemother) in your designs – I’d love to see what you made.