Scrap Fabric Paper Dolls
These scrap fabric paper dolls are inspired by the paper dolls that I used to play with when I was a child. Do you remember them, the books for dolls and paper clothes that you used to colour and play with for hours and hours? I have teamed up with the ever-talented Tasha Goddard Illustration again with these beautiful scrap fabric paper dolls.
Scrap Fabric Paper Dolls
I have a lot of fabric, which means lots of scraps and that is great for a project like scrap fabric paper dolls. It is great scissor cutting practice and cutting fabric is much more challenging that cutting paper as it is floppy and doesn’t hold its shape. My boys know that I have separate scissors for fabric and paper and that scissors are sharp, so it is really important to supervise children when they are using scissors
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- Our doll templates
- Scraps of fabric
- Pens or pencils to colour the dolls in
- Scrapbook or patterned Paper (to use in place of the fabric)
How to use Scrap Fabric Paper Dolls
There really is no right or wrong way to use these fabulous unisex paper doll printables. In fact, you can tailor the play for different ages of children.
I used these with a four year old and with eight, nine and ten year olds too. It was fun to see how they all approached differently.
I laid out the scraps of fabric, some scissor options (pinking sheers), glue and a stick to use with the glue, oh and lots of the dolls and mouse printing on card.
I sat and watched whilst they all enjoyed themselves. if you have younger children, who are finding it hard to cut the fabric, then you can use patterned paper or colour the dolls in. Or even cut some of the fabric into small pieces for them to collage.
Perhaps your child would rather dress an animal, then don’t worry Tasha thought of that and we have an adorable mouse for you too.
Download your free Scrap Fabric Paper Dolls Printables
The importance of scissor skills
Cutting allows a child to build up the tiny muscles in the palm of their hand, by allowing them to continuously open and close their hand.
You have to also use both hands to cut. One to hold the scissors and one to hold what you are cutting.
Cutting also helps with hand-eye coordination, which can be really challenging for younger children as they have to use two processes at the same time.
It helps to use the right sized and oriented scissors – so left-handed ones if necessary (my best friend has a lefty and these were transformational for him). We really rate the following ones:
- STAEDTLER right handed scissors for children ensure high quality cutting
- Staedlter right handed scissors for children ensure high quality cutting
- Right-handed scissors for children for high-quality cutting
- Staedlter left handed scissors for children ensure high quality cutting
- 【SHARP AND DURABLE】：Some Tailors May Encounter Such Troubles：Pinking Shears Can’t Cut Flexible Fabrics.But We Can Do It,And From The First Sawtooth To The Last Sawtooth Is Sharp.The Trimming Is Not Worn,Also Suitable For Cutting: Denim, Leather.It Has Sharp Wear Resistant And Sturdy Stainless Steel Blades For High Performance Cutting Actions Which
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From left to right:
Rainbow Scrap Fabric Wreath by Teach me Mommy
Pictures from Scrap Fabric by Peakle Pie
Fabric Fairy House by Nemscok Farms
Fabric Garland by Playdough & Popsicles
Pompom Monsters by Words n Needles
Fairy Wands by Play Learn Everyday
Scrap Fabric Wreath by The Gingerbread House
Cloth Pencil Holder by Kidz Activities
Fabric Scraps Posting Game by Powerful Mothering (not shown)
Scrap Fabric Paper Dolls by Mum in the Madhouse (not shown)
Scrap Fabric Plant pots by Mum in the Madhouse (not shown)