Most little girls have a baby doll at some point in their childhoods. Sometimes these dolls contain electronics that allow the doll to "talk." A child may enjoy making custom accessories for her doll, and this in turn can teach her valuable skills and encourage creativity. Talking dolls can use the same types of accessories as other baby dolls; however, it is important when making accessories that you do not make it difficult to access any panels to replace the batteries.
A pillow is a simple project for a baby doll. Buy felt or fleece, which do not ravel. Cut two identical pieces. An older child can pin the two pieces together and sew them by hand using a running stitch or back stitch, which is a good way to learn some simple sewing. For a younger child or a faster project, put the pieces together, then cut the edges of each piece into thin strips, making a fringe. Tie the fringe together to hold the pieces together, using one strand from one piece of felt and one strand from the other piece. For either method, stuff the pillow with batting before the two pieces are completely attached to one another. Decorate with more felt pieces or beads once the pillow is complete. A child may enjoy making a larger, matching pillow to use herself.
Cut a piece of paper into small, equally sized squares; about a 3-inch square is good for most baby dolls. Heavy paper, such as card stock, is better because it will withstand more wear. Have the child create a front cover and write words on the pages along with small illustrations, just like a real book. Staple the pages together along one edge to bind them once she has finished. If the talking doll says sentences, for instance, "I love you" or "Play with me" as opposed to "Mama," have the child write some of those phrases into the book. When playing with the doll and the book, it is easy to pretend that the doll is reading the book aloud.
Jewelry is a fast, easy project. Buy plastic beads and beading elastic. Beads that come in interesting shapes or have letters on them are particularly appealing. Cut a length of elastic that is a little longer than the part that the jewelry is intended for; for instance, to make a bracelet, wrap the elastic around the doll's wrist to measure. String beads onto the elastic, then tie the ends of the elastic together once finished. It is possible for a child to make matching jewelry for both herself and her doll, or to use letter beads to write out her name, the doll's name or any phrases that the doll says. If the doll's mouth moves while speaking, it may be better to not make necklaces and stick to bracelets and anklets, as the beads could become caught in the doll's mouth.
Making doll clothing can be complex and is a project that you may wish to do yourself. Buy a pattern that suits your child's tastes. Measure the doll's length and circumference to ensure that a particular pattern will fit. Choose clothing that is easy to remove, and again, if the doll's mouth moves, avoid clothing with high necks, scarves or hats that tie under the chin. If a child wants to make clothing herself but isn't ready for using a pattern, consider buying plain baby clothes and allowing her to decorate them with beads, sequins or trim.
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