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Making a Doll's Vanity Chest

33 views  •  26 Mar 2024
Ms Felt
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How To Make A Doll's Vanity Chest

The doll's vanity chest is a miniature marvel, a whimsical world of make-believe tucked within the cozy confines of a child's playroom. This enchanting piece of dollhouse furniture stands as a testament to imagination and elegance in diminutive form. Delicately crafted from wood and adorned with ornate details, it boasts a dainty mirror framed with intricate filigree and a tiny stool with plush upholstery fit for a doll's royal primping.

Its drawers hold a treasure trove of miniature makeup, from pint-sized lipsticks to the tiniest brushes, allowing young caretakers to indulge in their doll's beauty rituals. With its timeless charm, the doll's vanity chest not only provides endless hours of imaginative play but also imparts a sense of grace and glamour to the miniature world it inhabits.


Materials Needed To Make A Doll's Vanity Chest

  • Small pink cardboard case
  • 25 x 20cm (9 7/8 x 8in) synthetic felt in candy pink
  • 16 x 12cm (6 1/4 x 4 3/4in) synthetic felt in white
  • 10 x 5cm (4 x 2in) synthetic felt in pale blue
  • 10 x 5cm (4 x 2in) lightweight iron-on fabric
  • Heart-shaped sticker
  • 3 medium-sized lilac beads
  • 2 flower-shaped sequins in pale pink and 3 in pale blue
  • 2 seed beads in white and 9 in pink
  • 1 pink sequin
  • 14cm (5 1/2in) pleated ribbon 2cm (3/4in) wide in pink
  • Miniature coat hanger
  • Sewing thread in pink and white
  • Sewing needle
  • Pins
  • Hole punch
  • Fabric glue
  • Soft (2B) pencil
  • Thick tracing paper
  • Very fine-tipped fabric pen
  • Paper scissors and embroidery scissors
  • Iron
Making a Doll's Vanity Chest
Making a Doll's Vanity Chest

Start Making The Doll's Vanity Chest

Step 1 — Create Templates

Begin by creating templates for the doll's clothes motifs (skirt, dress, dress pocket, and bikini). Cut out these templates using paper scissors.


Step 2 — Assemble the Dress

Take a piece of pink felt and cut it into two equal pieces. Place these pieces on top of each other and secure them with pins at the top, bottom, and sides. Place the dress template onto the felt and trace around it using a fabric pen.

Cut out the dress shape using embroidery scissors. Remove the pins and any markings. Place the pocket template on a strip of pink felt, trace around it, and cut it out.

Sew the pocket onto the center of one dress motif using a running stitch. Place the heart sticker in the center of the pocket. Sew three lilac beads down the front of the dress. Place the two dress pieces back-to-back and sew them together down the sides using a running stitch.

Sew two pale pink flower-shaped sequins onto the shoulders with a white seed bead in the center of each flower.


Step 3 — Craft the Bikini

Iron a piece of iron-on fabric onto one side of the pale blue felt. Place your bikini templates on the ironed side and trace their outlines with a fabric pen. Cut out the bikini motifs using embroidery scissors.

Glue on three pale blue flower-shaped sequins, following the picture as a guide for their positions.
Making a Doll's Vanity Chest

Finish Making The Doll's Vanity Chest

Step 4 — Make the Skirt

Cut white felt into two equal-sized pieces. Stack these pieces together and pin them. Place the skirt template onto the felt, trace its outline with a fabric pen, and cut it out with embroidery scissors.

Remove the pins and any markings. On the front of the skirt, create a belt by attaching a pink sequin with a pink seed bead in the center.

Sew four small pink beads to the right and four small pink beads to the left of the sequin. Create six small polka dots from a strip of pink felt using a hole punch.

Cut the flounced ribbon in half and glue one piece to the front of the skirt at the bottom. Fold the excess ribbon to the back and glue it down. Attach the polka dots to the front of the skirt.

Glue the other length of ribbon to the back piece of the skirt in the same manner as the front. Assemble the two parts of the skirt by sewing them together down the sides.


Step 5 — Final Assembly Of The Doll's Vanity Chest

Place the doll's clothes and the miniature coat hanger on top of the vanity case. Apply glue to the back of each piece and stick them to the case.


Congratulations! You have completed the doll's vanity chest project. Now all you need to do is make up a fun story and go on an adventure with your dolls and all their outfits and accessories. 
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