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DIY Elf Dolls Tutorial

Turn cute giant dolls into these darling little Christmas Elves with this easy diy elf dolls tutorial and free patterns. The holly can also be used on shoes



  • Sew the Dolls according to the directions on the fabric panel. You can watch me sew the girl one in the video above or the boy in this video.
  • Cut the pattern pieces out. I used woven for the stripes but in retrospect I could have easily used the knit version and wouldn’t have to worry about fraying. But I think the fraying adds to the pirate feel.
  • Note I’m not doing any finishing work since they are doll costume but if you want to finish your seams, edge stitches the pointy edges, press and all that feel free too!
  • I used 1/4 inch seam allowances

Boy Elf Doll Costume

  • With right sides together sew the straight sides of the short pieces together (this will make the center seams).
  • Open up and sew along the curve of the inseam.
  • Iron the top edge under 1/2 inch and sew down to form a casing making sure to leave an opening for the elastic.
  • Insert elastic. Sew ends of elastic together and close up the hole in the casing. The shorts are now done
  • Make the vest by sewing the front vest pieces to the back vest piece at the top edge.
  • Then sew the side seams from the markings making sure to leave holes for the arms.
  • Top stitch the ric rac onto the right side of the vest along the front edge and neck. Now your vest should be done.
  • Cut a length of ribbon for the sash. And attach a Holly Shoe Jingle Bell.

Girl Elf Doll Costume

  • With right sides together sew the side seams of the dress.
  • Fold the arm holes under 1/4 inch and sew down.
  • Fold the top edges under 1/2 inch and sew down.
  • Thread the green ribbon through the neck casings you have just made. I like to use a loop turner for this. You will tie a bow to close the dress on the doll. Now your dress is done.
  • Wrap a Holly Shoe Bell around one of her pony tails and you’re good to go.


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