My little girl has always been a nurturer. From the time she could walk and talk, she has found joy in taking care of others. When no one around her is sick or feeling under the weater, she takes care of her dollies. There’s always some sort of invented injury or illness that needs tending to.
She already has the American Girl wheelchair and Feel-Better Kit, but I couldn’t help but think that maybe she needed an old fashioned arm cast. You know, the ones that are white bandages and signed by all your friends? It turns out you can make a dolly-sized cast from very inexpensive materials. And they’re easy to make, too.
Do you want to make one for your child’s doll? It’s easy!! I’ll show you how.
Gather your materials
– two pieces of white flannel, 3″ x 4.75″ each
– 1 piece of cotton batting or white craft felt, 3″ x 4.75″
– 3″ of Velcro, cut in half lengthwise (make a long skinny Velcro strip)
– pair of old white tights cut crosswise (across the legs) into 3/4″ strips. I used a pair that my daughter had outgrown.
– fine point Sharpie permanent marker
Sew it together
1. Layer the cotton batting (or craft felt) piece between the flannel pieces.
2. Stitch the strips cut from the tights down to your flannel/batting sandwich.
Make sure that you don’t sew all the strips down in neat, straight lines. Overlap them, and let a few of them go wonky. After all, we want this to look like bandages wrapped around the arm.
I stitched with contrasting pink thread, thinking that it would show up better in a photograph, but my stitching lines are difficult to see. Just in case you feel like squinting, here’s a photo of what mine looked like after I stitched all the strips down.
4. Mark a dot roughly 5/8″ from the top and 1″ from one side, and then cut a small square around that dot. This will be for the doll’s thumb.
6. Stitch the Velcro strips to the short (3″) sides. Remember to stitch one strip to the top side of the cast, and then stitch the other to the back side.
I made the designs and words go different directions so it would look random. I included phrases like, “stay sweet”, “feel better soon”, “love ya lots” and “BFF”. I also drew little doodle-y pictures of a kitty and a peace sign.
Oh, no! Your doll has just fallen off of her bicycle and broken her arm! Get that girl an arm cast!!
Sewing machine photo’d in this tutorial is the Janome MC6300P.
By Anne Weaver