Saturday, August 27, 2011

Glue and Wrap Dressing Technique for Paperclay Dolls

This is a continuation of my last tutorial in which I gave instructions on how to make a Paperclay doll. This tutorial I will give simple instructions for dressing your doll without sewing!

So, last time I wrote a tutorial, we made this kitty doll:

I've decided that this kitty is a lady. Therefore, she needs a pretty dress.

What You'll Need
Paperclay Doll
(Make your own with this tutorial:
Fabric - at least two complementary prints, colors, and/or shades
6" of Lace or Wide Ribbon
12" of Thin Ribbon
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Broken jewelry, glass beads, buttons, or anything else you may want to embellish with

What To Do
1. Decide which fabric will be your doll's skirt. Cut a 4 inch X 4 inch piece and fold in half. Cut a half moon shape being careful not to cut through the fold completely.

2. Place your doll in the middle of this fabric. Trim and cut down to size if necessary.

3. Play around with the fabric to determine how it will fall on the doll. Once you have a good idea of how you want the skirt to look, place a small drop of glue on the belly of your doll and wrap one side of the fabric across. Make sure the fabric is secured with the glue. Wrap the opposite side securing with another drop of glue.

4. Take your other fabric and repeat step 1. However, make this piece a smaller half-moon, leaf shape, or wide triangle. Whatever suits your fancy.

5. Again, play around with the fabric to see how it will fall. Make sure you place the fabric under the dolls little arms. When you are happy with your fabric placement, place a drop of glue on the doll's chest, wrap the fabric, place a drop of glue on the doll's back, wrap again. You may need a teeny drop of glue at the end of the fabric to secure it to the doll's body.

6. Now take your lace around the middle and fashion an apron, belt, or sash around your doll's middle using the same glue and wrap technique. You made need to use a bit more glue to adhere the fabrics together. Cut and remove excess as needed. Feel free to glue and wrap as much, or as little, as you please!

7. Take your thin ribbon and tie a bow in the back of your doll.

8. Use the same ribbon to make your doll a hair bow. Take your broken jewelry, beads, etc. to fashion a necklace by gluing the findings directly to your doll. Glue the hair bow to the doll's head. And congratulations! You've just successfully dressed your paperclay doll without sewing a thing!

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