Tutorial: Fabric Scrap Paper Dolls {Free Printable Template}

by This is Carrie on September 17, 2010

Since reading this post on Kiddley, back in 2006, fabric scrap paper dolls (and animals) have been a staple craft activity in our house. Here’s how you do it:

-Download the fabric scrap paper dolls from the link below or draw your own doll shape and make copies on cardstock.

Download my FREE scrap paper dolls HERE. (pdf)

-Gather random fabric scraps from your overflowing scrap box and a handful of trim scraps. Start saving scraps ahead of time. Even the tiny and odd shaped pieces are great for this project! This three drawer Rubbermaid container works perfectly for us to keep all the materials accessible and organized.

-Make sure to add a couple gluesticks, a bottle of tacky glue (dries slower but holds better) and a couple pairs of good kid scissors (it’s fun to create with a friend!) to the box too.

-Then let the kids start designing their doll’s outfit! This activity is best suited to kids ages 6+ years old. Using paper scraps instead of fabric scraps would make it easier for younger children.

This is a great way for sewers/crafters to use up all those scraps of fabric and trim – no matter how small or strange shaped. Avid scrapbookers can do the same thing and save patterned paper scraps to use instead of fabric. If you are neither a sewer, crafter or scrapbooker, ask a friend, mother, aunt or grandma who is to start saving their scraps for you so you can have this fun activity to keep the kids creating and busy this summer.

Click HERE for detailed instructions on how to make A Fabric Scrap Paper Doll Kit to give as a gift!


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sandoz18 January 25, 2011 at 5:55 pm

This is brilliant! I’m going to start saving up scraps for my little girl.

BlessedCP February 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm

This is such a wonderful project. I know my daughter is going to be thrilled. Whenever I am cutting something out she asks the “Scrap Fairy” to come and visit her.

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March 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Thank you so much for this great idea/tutorial! I did it today with my 4.5 year old and we both had a ball. I wrote a post about it on my blog with links back to you. Thanks again!

Jen B December 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

We’re having my daughter’s 7th birthday tomorrow – a fashion-girl party – and these are PERFECT for our project. Thanks for the templates!!

Heidi February 25, 2013 at 6:12 am

Thank you for this idea, I just made this gift to a little girl and she liked it very mutch. :) T

Holly March 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Thank you SO much for this post and the free printables! My sister gave a kit to my daughter for Christmas, and she loves it so much that this is now an activity for her birthday party next week – I know the guests will love it as much as she does!

Joanie April 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Love the idea, every little girl would love this. May I have your permission to make these and sell them at our church circle,s bazaar. The proceeds from the bazaar are used for mission in our area and state. Please email any info you would need from me.Thank you.

Randi April 19, 2013 at 8:13 am

Thanks so much for sharing this! It has kept my daughter entertained for hours!

trixi July 18, 2013 at 2:54 am

what a fun activity…if only my kids were still little!

Shoregirl November 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

Thanks so much for the free printable paper dolls! I plan to use these in a gift for some of my nieces this Christmas!

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I volunteer at a school in Kenya, and can’t wait to take these dolls and scraps of fabric for the children to have fun with. Thank you very much!

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