Craft: Doll Bun Helper!

I know, long time no see! Marching band season is almost over, though, so soon you’ll hear a bit more from me. Good, no?

Well, today I have a fun craft that is worth the wait: Making a doll bun helper!

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Materials needed:

  1. Stuffing (I used poly-fill)
  2. Sewing machine/needle and thread
  3. Scissors
  4. Marker/pen
  5. Fabric similar to the color of your doll’s hair (I used black so that Kaya and Addy, with their dark hair, could share it)
  6. NOT SHOWN: Velcro
  7. OPTIONAL: Pinking shears and pins

*Please read all instructions first*

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Step One:

Trace out a rectangle that is 9 inches long by 3 inches wide.

Cut that out.

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Step Two: Sew the long, 9 inch right-sides together. (wrong sides facing out) Clip threads and excess fabric.

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Step Three: Turn the tube inside out, and sew one 3-inch side together about half an inch from the edge. Clip the threads but DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT cut off the excess fabric.

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Step Four: Stuff the tube with filling, stopping about 3/4 of an inch from the end.

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Step Five: Sew the other end shut in the same manner, cutting off thread but NOT fabric. NOT.

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Step Six: Hide the extra raw ends. I chose to pinking shear them off, but you could fold under the raw edges and sew it.

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Step Seven: Cut a small piece of velcro and attach to each floppy end, so that it can close like shown.

Ta-Da! You made the bun helper! Now, how do you use it? Watch and learn:

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Step One: Put your doll’s hair in a ponytail.

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Step Two: Wrap the ends of your doll’s hair around the helper, which is opened and held longways.

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Step Three: Roll the hair up around the helper.

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Step Four: Stick the velcro ends together.

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Step Five: Spread out the hair so it covers the whole helper, making a bun. As shown here on Kaya, it works on dolls with thicker hair but works the best on thin hair. Either way, a super cute bun!!!

I hope y’all enjoyed that easy craft 🙂

Toodles and pudding,

Shai ❤

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