Ove the last two evenings I worked on one last project for our trip. I knew I wanted to do some dress-up dolls and some version of Mr/Mrs. potato head when I started making the quiet book, but didn’t really want to put them in my book. I saw an idea for putting little dress up dolls in a box, but I figured my kids would crush any box and it wouldn’t be overly portable. Then it hit me. I have plenty of little wipes containers because I get them every time I buy a new case of wipes. So I got busy designing on my computer and in no time the designs were cut out and since I had ironed Heat and Bond to the backs of each piece I cut out, I simply had to iron the pieces back to back so the items were all nice and thick (so they can hold up to the abuse I’m sure my toddlers will dish out) and identical on each side. I will be posting patterns after our trip so you can make your own if you want.
To make the potato head dress up set, I simply cut out felt in the general shape of the inside of the wipes case and then used some craft rubber cement to adhere the felt pieces to the case. Then I simply put all the pieces inside and the kids can now play with Mr and Mrs potato head on the go. And the case closes up once they’re done.
*Update: January 28, 2013. I have received some requests for patterns for these, and I finally figured out how to convert them to PDF files and will post each pattern as I get it converted. Pictures of the patterns can be found at the bottom of this post, but I will post the PDF files separately (as I really don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to posting PDFs on my blog. :P) Also, when cutting out pieces, if you don’t want to have to do any sewing but want them to be durable, simply iron some heat and bond onto the back of your felt, cut out duplicates of each piece, and then iron them together back to back.
Here is the PDF file for the Mr. Potato Head Pattern.
Here is the PDF file for the Mrs. Potato Head Pattern.
Here is the PDF file for the Felt Boy Dress Up Pattern.
Here is the PDF file for the Felt Girl Dress Up Pattern.
Next up are the felt boy/girl that can be dressed. To make this one I once again used a wipes case. I cut cardboard to be slightly smaller than the inside of each side of the wipes case. I then cut out pieces of felt big enough to cover the cardboard completely. I sewed the felt inside out along two sides, then flipped it right side out and pressed it, slipped it over the cardboard and then sewed along the top to seal it.
Once that was done, I put self-adhesive velcro dots on the four corners on each side of the felt covered cardboard. Then inside the wipes case I put the scratchy side (as my daughter would call it) in each of the four corners of the inside of the wipes case. I repeated this process for the other side, but on the other side I also sewed three rows of ribbons around the felt covered piece of cardboard. Once this was all done, I placed the girl doll on one side and the boy on the other side. Then I hung all the girls clothes/accessories on one side using mini clothespins on the ribbon and the boys clothes/accessories were hung on the other side. The boy and girl dolls are each reversible. On one side, the girl had blonde hair and on the other side is a brunette. The boy is wearing a blue hat on one side, and a yellow hat on the other side.
I can’t wait to see the kids reactions to all of these creations I have been working on, but they have to be a surprise until our trip because I am hoping the fact that they are new to them will make them more entertaining. Fingers crossed.