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ITH Dresses for Small Felt Paperdolls

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  • 4” x 4” embroidery hoop
  • 3 ½” x 3 ½” of White craft felt for the back of each dress
  • Assorted scraps of craft felt of your choice for the dresses – largest scraps being 4” x 3 ½”
  • 2.5 ounce cut-away stabilizer
  • Spray adhesive

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Use solid and print craft felt and change up the colors of the decorative threads to match your materials. Keep the outlines of the dresses in black thread as this will make them match the style of the Small Felt Paperdolls. The backs of the dresses are made from the regular craft felt and not the stiff craft felt that backed the dolls. You do not need to put Velcro® on the dresses. The loopy Velcro® used on the doll will hold the felt dresses themselves. The dress shown in the instructions is SFPD06, which is Small Felt Paperdoll Dress 2. All dresses are made in same manner though some only require one color of felt.

    Step 1:
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    Dress 2 for Small Felt Paperdoll (SFPD06). Cut the 3 felt squares:
    a. White 4 x 3 ½” for the back of the dress
    b. White Glitter Felt 3 ¼” x 3 ½” for the top of the dress
    c. Pink Felt 3 ½” x 2” for the underskirt

    Step 2:
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    Run the 1st color stop (CS 1) as a placement line for the underskirt. 

    Step 3:
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    Lay the pink felt on top of the placement lines having the felt exceed the placement lines by ½” on all sides. Run CS 2 to tack the underskirt down. You do not need spray adhesive to hold it place. If stitching a one-color dress skip to Step 9.

    Step 4:
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    Trim off the felt approximately 1/8” on the side that will be covered by a second color of felt for all of the two-color dresses. Leave the remaining 3 sides of excess felt intact at this point.

    Step 5:
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    Run CS 3 as a placement line for the second color of the dress. 

    Step 6:
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    Place the dress top felt over the new placement lines and run CS 4 to tack it down.

    Step 7:
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    Follow the color chart to embroider any colored details on the dress.

    Step 8:
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    Trim the top fabric across where it meets the 1st fabric. Leave the felt intact around the other three sides.

    Step 9:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop. Lay the hoop down on a flat surface.

    Step 10:
    Spray adhesive on the back side of the white felt back and position over the back of the dress.

    Step 11:
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    Return the hoop to the machine and run the final tack down in black thread to complete the dress.

    Step 12:
    Trim through all layers of felt approximately 1/8th” from the tack down lines.

    Step 13:
    Dress 1 for Small Felt Paperdoll (SFPD05). For this dress cut felt:
    a. Top 2 ¾” x 2”
    b. Bottom 3 ½” x 2 ½”
    c. Back 3 ½” x 3 ½”

    Step 14:
    Dress 3 for Small Felt Paperdoll (SFPD07) For this dress cut felt:
    a. Front 3 ½” x 3 ¼”
    b. Back 3 ½” x 3 ¼”

    Step 15:
    Dress 4 for Small Felt Paperdoll (SFPD08) For this dress cut felt:
    a. Front 3 ½” x 3 ½”
    b. Back 3 ½” x 3 ½”

    Step 16:
    Dress 5 for Small Felt Paperdoll (SFPD09) For this dress cut felt:
    a. Top 2” x 2”
    b. Skirt 3 ½” x 2”
    c. Back 3” x 3 ½”

    Step 17:
    Dress 6 for Small Felt Paperdoll (SFPD10) For this dress cut felt:
    a. Front 3 ½” x 3”
    b. Back 3 ½” x 3”

    Step 18:
    Dress 7 for Small Felt Paperdoll (SFPD11) For this dress cut felt:
    a. Jacket 3 ½” x 2 ½”
    b. Skirt 3” x 1 ½”
    c. Back 3” x 3 ½”

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    Step 19:
    Dress 8 for Small Felt Paperdoll (SFPD12) For this dress cut felt:
    a. Front 3 ½” x 3”
    b. Back 3 ½” x 3”

    Step 20:
    All the dresses will fit all the ITH Small Felt Paperdolls. Have fun making wardrobes for each doll.

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams

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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at

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