‘Tis the Season – Holiday Series Part Two – Nativity Craft!

Hi!! It’s Clara!!

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I’m excited to be here for my part of the “‘Tis the Season” Christmas series!!

Tis the Season!

Gracie wanted me to include the schedule…

     Part One, Wednesday, December 13Caroline, Collection Post {Check!}

     Part Two, Saturday, December 16 : Clara, Craft Post

     Part Three, Tuesday, December 19: Grace, Recipe Post

     Part Four, Friday, December 22: Julie, Photostory Post

Yep, so we’re on part two, a craft post!!

Yippee!!

I love arts and crafts, pretty much any time of year. So are you ready to dive in?

The craft we will be doing is…

 

A Miniature (AG size!) Nativity!

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What do you think? It’s very simple, but I think it’s pretty cute. And it’s actually really easy, too!

 

Well… Let’s start!!

Supplies:

  • Paperboard (such as cereal box cardboard)
  • Glue/hot glue
  • Paint
  • Scissors

That’s it!

Here we go…

Take your paperboard and cut out little shapes for the various nativity characters. Here is a list of the figures you can cut out:

  • Baby Jesus/Manger
  • Mary
  • Joseph
  • Shepherds (as many as you want)
  • Wise men (Traditionally three. Trivia: the Bible doesn’t actually say how many there were!)
  • Animals (Sheep, Donkey, etc.) (As many as you want)
  • Stable
  • Star

You’ll also want to cut out a rectangle to put all of your characters on later.

Now don’t worry! We’re going to keep it simple and EASY!! 😀

I’ll show you the shapes I cut for my nativity (with my and Gracie’s hands for size reference):

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See? Not too hard! 😀 😉

Next we’ll paint all the pieces.

Again, it doesn’t have to be complicated! Here’s mine:

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Hot glue (Or glue), each figure onto the base, and hold them upright until they stay up on their own.

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And you’re done!

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I love how cute and easy it is! And nativities are a good reminder of the TRUE reason that we celebrate: Jesus come to earth, humbly, as a baby. What a glorious truth!

We weren’t sure where it would go in our (messy) dollhouse, so I think Gracie has just claimed it for her own room… Maybe once we clean we can ask it back XD .

 

Are you going to make this? Do you have a nativity?

And be sure to come back and see Grace’s and Julie’s posts for the series!

 

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Craft ~ How to Make an AG Slow Cooker Set!

Hi there!! *Waves*

I’m……. Back!!!

It’s been a (long!) while. School has been keeping me busy lately, and I haven’t worked on posts as much. So I guess that means I’m back from an unofficial hiatus! I hope to get more on track now after my long break.

AND, I recently got something that I am excited to show you all… 😮 …

…in another post! 😉  So stay tuned for another post soon!!

ALSO, November is here… so I am looking forward to hosting another Basket of Thankfulness activity, like last year!! Anyone remember it?

 

SO, today I am going to show you how to craft a replica of American Girl’s slow cooker set!

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I’ve really liked this set for a while now, but it costs a pretty penny. So why not just make it instead? Enjoy!

 

You Will Need:

For the slow cooker: 

  • An empty cardboard paper towel or toilet paper roll
  • Colored craft foam
  • Hot glue (regular glue may work too)
  • Paperboard (like cereal box cardboard)
  • A pen or fine tip sharpie
  • Scissors
  • A bead

For the food (Chicken, Broccoli, Rolls, Butter):

  • Clay (I use Sculpey Polymer clay)
  • Acrylic Paint (If you have soft/chalk pastels then you can use those instead, but I don’t in this tutorial)

For the Utensils: 

  • Paperboard
  • Scissors or a craft knife like Xacto
  • Silver paint

Any pieces from the set that are missing from the materials list, I will give a short description for how to make them (or at least some ideas), but I haven’t tried it for this tutorial myself.

I also tried to label everything pretty clearly, so if you are interested in making something specific from this set, feel free to skip around!

Let’s Begin!

 

 

Slow Cooker:

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First off, Cut off a portion of a paper towel/toilet paper tube for the body of your cooker. Mine is a little less than two inches tall.

[This cooker is smaller than the AG one; if you want it bigger, then you can try using paperboard (or just craft foam) to make the tube from scratch.]

I also bent it into a more oval-like shape.

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Then wrap the outside of the tube in craft foam, gluing it down as you wrap it on. I chose a pink/red color.

At this point you can also trace the bottom of your cooker onto some paperboard, cut out the oval, and glue it onto the bottom of the cooker.

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Next cut out three pieces: (1) A paperboard piece cut from tracing the top, (2) A craft foam piece from tracing the top, and (3) a skinny craft foam rectangle/strip that is long enough to wrap around your slow cooker (i.e. as long as the circumference of the cooker), for the lip of the lid. The rectangle/strip does not have to be the same color as your cooker; I made mine grey.

 

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To make the lid, glue the craft foam oval to the paperboard oval, and then glue the strip all the way around those pieces.

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Find the center of your lid and glue on a bead for a handle. I put a little pile of hot glue onto the lid before gluing the bead on top, to make it a bit taller. Make sure the lid fits on your cooker.

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Next cut out a circle of grey craft foam (I just used a hole punch) for the temperature knob. Glue it onto the front of the cooker pot, write a little line on the knob, and write “OFF” “LO” and “HI” around the knob. I also wrote “SLOW cooker” onto the pot. You could write “crock pot” if you want that instead. [Note: for some of this writing I used a fine tip sharpie, and for some I used an extra fine prismacolor pen (like an extra fine tip sharpie). But if you just have the sharpie then that works, too.]

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Next cut out two little trapezoid shapes for the handles of the cooker. mine are approximately a little over an inch long, and a fourth inch wide.

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Glue each angled ends of the trapezoids to the sides of your cooker, forming one loop handle on each side. Maker sure the longer part is on bottom, and the shorter side on top. Here is your finished Slow Cooker!

 

 

Food:

 

Chicken:

 

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First, take some beige (light tan) colored clay and form it into… chicken-portion like shapes? Like badly shaped and flattened beans…… I think you get the point…..

Anyway…

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Then you can add some texture if you want using an old, thick bristled paintbrush, a clean toothbrush, or something like that. Also add the grill lines with a toothpick (or similar tool).

We’ll color it later, after it is cooked/dried! But first I made the rest of the food….

 

 

Broccoli 

 

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First roll out a snake of light green clay. It can be very messy and uneven, as mine is in the picture.

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Then chop the snake into small pieces. These are to be the broccoli stems.

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To make the tops, take pieces of a darker green clay, put a flattened ‘blob’ on a surface and add a lot of texture using a toothpick and a paintbrush/toothbrush. Then take it and wrap it around the end of one of your stems, forming it into the top of your broccoli. Repeat for each stem. [If you’d rather just stick the clay onto the stem and then texture it, that should work fine, too.] Then you can choose to leave each piece of broccoli separate, or combine some of them. I chose to combine them into sets of two broccoli ‘heads.’

 

 

Dinner Rolls

 

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I chose to make my rolls so that they would fit into my Our Generation muffin pan!

To make them, shape beige/light tan/bread colored clay into little cylinders (can shapes) for the dinner roll base. If you want them to fit into a doll pan, then size the base accordingly.

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Then make three little balls for the top of each dinner roll, and stick them on top of the base.

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Next smooth out the lines between the top and bottom of the rolls. Here is a comparison of the smoothed part on the left and the non-smoothed part on the right.

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And here are all of the finished ones! (minus extra coloring later!)

 

I decided not to make the fruit. But if you want to make it you could do a couple of options…

  1. Use clay: Form yellow ball; cut it in half for each grapefruit bowl; slightly push in the flat part to make it slightly caved in for the fruit to go in/on it; dapple the outside with a toothpick to make it look like grapefruit; and add clay pieces shaped like the fruit pieces in/on the bowl.)
  2. Use beads: Beads can make great fruit (especially berries). For the bowl to hold it you can either make one out of clay, or you can use something else (such as a vitamin bottle cap or doll bowl. Perhaps you could even use the plastic container you get from gumball-prize machines or the round part of a small Easter egg.

 

 

Butter

 

If you want to make the butter case that is in the AG set, you could use paperboard for the tray.

However I’m not completely sure how you would make the glass top, but here are a few ideas… 1) finding some clear plastic packaging shaped like the top (perhaps from a pen case or small toy?); 2) use transparent polymer clay. I haven’t tried, so I don’t know how clear it would turn out; 3) lastly you could make the top non-clear using paper or clay.

Onto the actual butter! This is a pretty straightforward thing to make…

Take some pale yellowish clay and form it into a 3-dimensional rectangle/box. Make sure it will fit if you have a container for it, with some room for butter slices on the end. I chose to make my butter to fit in my Our Generation butter box.

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Next take a sharp knife or other cutting tool (I literally used the plastic string from a “squirmles” toy to cut this! XD It worked amazing! ) and make a little slice or two at the end of your stick of butter. Bend the slices out a bit, but leave them connected to the whole stick.

And that’s it!

 

Now you can cook or let dry all of your pieces, and we’ll move on to coloring the Chicken and the Rolls!

 

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For the chicken, take some brown-ish colored paint (I mixed my yellow ochre and burnt sienna colors) and get some onto your brush. Paint it out on a (paintable) surface until the brush is mostly dry, and then dry-brush the paint onto your chicken. I used a mix of dry-brushing, and even wiping off paint with a damp paper towel to get the look I wanted.

Then take a darker brown color and paint over the indents (grill lines) on your chicken. Wait… why are there grill lines on crock pot chicken???   Oh well, it looks nice!

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For the dinner rolls, just dry-brush a brown color onto the top parts. I used burnt sienna. (make sure the brown you use isn’t too dark, making your rolls look burnt instead of nicely baked)

And your food is done!

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One fun thing about this set, is it all fits in the crockpot! (I’m not sure if the rolls fit, but they bake in the oven anyway)

 

 

Utensils

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First off, draw onto some paperboard a simple fork outline, or few…

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and cut them out. (I cut out one fork and traced it to cut the rest.)

I didn’t make the knife or the tongs, but here is how you can…

Draw out a simple knife shape (or few) and cut those out. (Pretty self-explanatory)

For the tongs, draw out a long strip. Make the ends a little wider and rounder than the rest of the strip. Cut it out and use a skewer, or other thin rounded object to bend the tongs in half. You can add a little glue on the fold/curve if it won’t stay bent. You may also bend the ends in a tad, if you want.

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To finish, paint your utensils silver. You may want a few coats. Also, If you want to, you can paint the knife handle a different color than the blade, like AG’s butter knife, to make the two ends differ from each other.

(Feel free to seal the utensils with mod podge if you want)

 

And that is it!

Here are a few things that I didn’t recreate from this set, and some ideas on how you could make them.

Plates: You could use the flat lid part of canning jars for the large plates, and this tutorial for the small ones.

Milk: You can use little plastic shot cups, or I’ve taken home the little disposable communion cups from church before. And then you can paint the inside of the cups white to make it look like it’s filled with milk, or you could fill the cup with white paint or puffy paint and let dry (Note: it might take a while to dry!)

Napkins and PotholderUse some fabric for the napkins (you can use normal fabric and hem the edges, use felt, or cut from a human napkin.). And you can also use fabric for the pot holder (if you want the edge you can hold, cut a longer rectangle of fabric, fold over some, and sew. You can sew on the little corner loop, too! Feel free to add extra layers of fabric or felt to give it more of an insulated potholder feel.)

Barbecue Sauce: I don’t know exactly how to find a tiny bottle like that, but perhaps an extract container or sprinkle container? You could also try making it out of clay.

 

And we’re finished!!

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial!!

 

Are you going to make anything from this tutorial? Do you like AG’s Slow Cooker Set?

Is anyone here doing Nanowrimo? I’m doing it for my first time! (I’ve done camp this past summer, but not the real Nano)

Also feel free to comment if you need clarification on any of my instructions! 😉

 

I should be posting again soon with the Basket of Thankfulness activity! … and after that my surprise find… 😉 😉

 

Have a blessed day!!

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How to Make a Mini Doll Christmas Tree!

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Hello!!

Can you believe that it is Christmas time already?

Well, believe it or not,

’tis the season…

to make Christmas trees out of pipe cleaners! You thought I was going to say to be jolly, didn’t you?!

Well, I’m going to show you how to make a cute Christmas tree for your mini dolls!

Let’s get started!

Gather:

  • Pipe Cleaners (8 or more green, and around 3 brown)
  • A Wooden Dowel (probably about as thick as a pencil)
  • Beads/Charms
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Brown Paint

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First, take your dowel and cut it so it is about an inch taller than your doll (depending on how tall you want your tree to be). Then paint it brown.

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Now take a brown pipe cleaner, and fold it so there are two folds, so the pipe cleaner is bent into thirds (make the center section a little smaller than the outer ones).

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Now fold in the middle of each of the 3 sections to make something like the three pronged formation. The orange arrows point to the places you bend, and the dark green is the pipe cleaner ends sticking up vertically. The pink shows where the corners end up.

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It should look something like this when you are done.

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Now allow little ends to stick up, and twist those onto the end of your dowel. Reinforce this with more brown pipe cleaners, twisting around the dowel to make the point of attachment stronger, and twisting around the prongs to make them stronger. This is the base of your tree! So make sure it can stand well on it’s own.

Now this part is a little confusing to explain, but we’re going to make the tree branches.

Take a green pipe cleaner and twist it’s end to the top of the dowel to attach it. Leave the tip of the pipe cleaner sticking up above the dowel. I can show you why later.

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Now you are going to start wrapping the pipe cleaner around the tree. Add branches as you go by bending the pipe cleaner out away from the tree, then folding it over, back to the dowel. Then you can wrap a little, and repeat. You want the branches to gradually wrap down the tree towards the base. Add more pipe cleaners as needed.

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Once you get to the base (or a little above) you can adjust the branches to your liking. And now you have a cute little Christmas tree!

And for ornaments, just take beads or charms, and put a little string through them. Tie it off, trim if needed, and hang in on the tree! Remember how I had you leave a little bit of pipe cleaner sticking up at the top? You can use this to put a star shaped bead on top! (Well, I used the back of a yellow flower, but it looks like a star 😉 )

And your done!

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The minis had a lot of fun with their Christmas tree, and if you make this craft I hope your minis will too!

 

Bye for now!

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Menu Monday #4

Howdy!

It’s dinner time! Or, at least, time to make it!

Today let’s stir up some soup!

Supplies to make the bowl:

  • Paper (card stock is preferred)
  • Glue
  • Tape (like scotch)
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick
  • A compass or a couple sizes of circle (a jar and a smaller circle object, for instance)

Ingredients for the soup:

  • Paper
  • A kind of stuffing (tissue paper, tissue, stuffing, etc.)
  • Beads or bits of foam or paper or something of the sort…
  • Paint
  • Modge podge or a clear drying glue
  • Toothpick

This first section is making the bowl. If you have a bottle cap or something else you can use as a bowl for this craft, then you can skip to the next part (after the “- – – – – – -“)

Take your paper, you are going to cut out a shape like this:

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Basically a rainbow a half circle in a half circle. I used a jar as a stencil for the bigger half circle, and a pencil sharpener for the other.

NOTE: Make sure that the half circles are about as half as they can be, not more, not less. And make sure that the smaller circle is the same length from the large circle the whole way around.

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Now pull the two ends together to make a cone/bowl like shape with an open bottom. Tape the ends together.

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Now put the bowl thing you made on some paper and hold it Carefully. You don’t want to bend the bowl, resulting in a lopsided traced circle. I set it on the paper, and then laid my two fingers on top of it like above.

Then trace the inside of it (Carefully). Then cut around the lines you made (not on them, the circle should be a little bigger than the traced one)

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Now see how the circle can lay on the bowl?

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Put the circle on some paper or something (in case it gets stuck to it in the proceeding steps), and then place the bowl on top of the circle, lining it up with it, so that it’s fully sitting on it (or as much as it can be). put a drop (only a drop) of glue in the center of the circle. Get out your toothpick. Hold the bowl gently, similarly to how you held it to trace it earlier, and use the toothpick to push the glue to the sides of the bowl, so that it can dry holding the bottom edge of the bowl to the little circle/ bottom of the bowl.  Let dry.

Take the bowl off the platform it was sitting on, but be careful (I wonder how many times I used that word) in case it stuck, (and make sure the base is securely glued on) You may paint it if you like.

 

And now you should have a nice bowl!

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Let’s make the soup now, shall we?

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Glue some stuffing into the bottom of your bowl.

Cut a circle of paper slightly smaller than the rim of your bowl. It should sit in the bowl leaving some space left for a thick layer of “soup.” You may need to push the stuffing down. That’s fine; it’s there to (hopefully) help hold up the paper. Now remove it, so you can put glue…

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…along the edges of the stuffing in the bowl. Push the paper circle over the stuffing (make sure the edges meet the bowl, but don’t cave it in) and put something with a little weight on it (like a paint bottle), to hold it down while it dries (so the stuffing doesn’t push it up).

Once dry, put a pretty large glob of paint (the color you want your soup to be) into your bowl, as well as another glob of modge podge/a clear drying glue (The glue helps take up space and make the paint more liquid-y). Mix them together in your bowl and spread the paint mixture evenly over the bowl. Add more, if needed, until your bowl is filled up as much as you want. (The paint should be deep enough that your beads and things are taller, but that they don’t practically sit on top of the soup. They’re supposed to be in the soup 🙂 )

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Drop beads or pieces of foam or paper into the bowl for the things in the soup (carrots, beans, or whatever is in your soup).

Let dry.

And now you have some tasty soup for your doll! 😀

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I made four kinds; one for each doll: Black bean, broccoli cheddar, clam chowder, and chicken noodle soup.

I hope you enjoy this craft!

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Sockathon! Day 2

Ready for Day 2 of the Sockathon?

Today we will complete our outfits from Day 1 with accessories!

First, I’ll show you how to make hats!

This first version is a slouchy beanie.

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Cut off the sock right before the heel. Make it as long as possible!!!

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Then put it on your doll and adjust it as desired. I had to kind of hold it on her head, and pull/fold the slouchy part until I liked it. I think it turned out super cute. 🙂

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You can also fold up the edges and pull it on so it’s not slouchy.

If you do not want a slouchy beanie, nor folded edges,.you can just cut the hat smaller.

 

Headbands are very simple to make.

Both of the following 2 pieces can be used for headbands:

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(the two pieces on the right)

On the doll:

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Alright, on to scarves!

Let’s make some infinity scarves!

You can cut straight across, just like the thick headband, and get something like this:
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It’s nice, but it’s kind of tight. So…

You can also…

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(It’s the top piece we’re lookin’ at)

Cut a long angle. I cut from the foot of a sock, but you can also cut from the leg/ankle.

Then you can trim the edges so the width of the scarf is more uniform,

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And you can lay the sock like this, and cut a little, where the orange lines are, to make the scarf longer.

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To make a straight scarf…

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Cut out the middle section of the sock, lengthwise (so the toe stays intact, to become the middle of the scarf.

Unfold, and add fringe, if you want to,

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And try it on your doll! Cute! 🙂

I made a few different outfits with the accessories and clothing I made for these last two sock sessions 😉 .

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I used the long infinity scarf and wrapped it around her neck twice for this one.

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You can use a headband as a hair tie/scrunchy, too.

I hope you enjoyed all this DIY no-sew clothing!

But the Sockathon isn’t quite over yet! Tomorrow is the bonus sock outfit–a mini-doll Halloween costume! Stay tuned!

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