[Crafty Monday] Simple Clothes for Stuffed Animals

DIY Kids book cover

I bought this D.I.Y. KIDS book by Ellen and Julia Lupton for Elena awhile back, and she occasionally opens it up and does a little project. Yesterday, when I got home from the grocery store, she and her friend Haley surprised me with a wardrobe of clothes for their stuffed animals, made from fabric scraps.  I promised them I would feature the clothes on Charlotte’s Fancy today.

Everyone’s favorite is this ridiculously fashionable Panda with her scarf, vest and skirt. Elena made these from jersey fabric. What the girls found is that jersey was the easiest and best to work with because it stretches to fit different stuffed animals.

Miss Panda and her wardrobe

Don’t you wish you looked this good?

Panda's Clothes

The top is the skirt – cut a round piece of fabric, then a hole in the middle
The middle is the vest. Start with a rectangle-shaped piece of fabric, snip the two upper corners, then cut two holes for the arms.
The bottom is the very versatile scarf, with two holes for the ears.

Miss Arctic Rabbit and her poncho

Because all arctic hares need ponchos and rain hats, right?

Arctic Rabbit's wardrobe

The poncho is a square-shaped piece of fabric with a hole in the middle.
The hat is a circle-shaped piece of fabric with two holes for the ears.

Miss Foxy and her double ruffle skirt

Miss Foxy thang and her double ruffle skirt. The girls created this clever ruffle look by cutting out two skirts (one a little bigger than the other) and putting them both on. Miss Foxy is also sporting a vest and tiny hat.

Miss Guinea Pig and her get up

You may know her as Linny from the Wonder Pets, but now you’ll know her as an up and coming runway model. Purple couture scarf, hat, vest and skirt by Haley.

The Fashion Animals

“Fashion Animals” as the girls called them.

You can find a very simple tutorial for a circle skirt on the D.I.Y. Kids website as well as a handful of other fun projects from the book. If you have a kid who likes to make things, this is an excellent little book.

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  1. 1

    Ro said,

    I told her she had to finish the hems–that Michael and Nina Garcia would NOT be happy with unfinished edges. Make it work people!

  2. 2

    elena said,

    thanks for putting our animal clothes on charlotte’s fancy!

  3. 3

    tara g said,

    omg – so cute! definitely something i would have done as a kid. or now. my crafting skills haven’t evolved that much!

    elena – here’s hoping your crafting skills do evolve!! great work!

  4. 4

    Karin said,

    Awesome craft!!!! Can Elena make me an outfit like the panda’s?

  5. 5

    gray.com said,

    These are so adorable, and so clever, and so imaginative.

  6. 6

    Haley said,

    Thanks for showing off our designs. I especially like the panda clothes that Elena made!

  7. 7

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