Free Printable Paper Dolls + Fabric Clothing Templates

custom paper dolls and 2 diy fabric outfits

Create your own custom paper dolls with these free printable paper doll templates. We’ve created a unisex body for boys and girls and two outfit templates to be used with your own scrap fabric. We’ve created the templates to work perfect with fabric charm packs, but any fabric, felt, or even scrapbook paper will work great!

I shared these little guys as a WIP awhile back on our Facebook and laughed for longer than probably necessary at the adorable dogs and cats in dresses. They now hang above the window in the kitchen ; makes washing dishes a little more fun!

free paper doll printables with clothes

Lola still loves making these and grabs her templates every chance she gets. Sooooo, still calling it a win! She even had some suggestions on what you guys might do with yours.

Ideas from Lola:

  • Make Christmas ornaments from them. Just add a ribbon to hang!
  • Print on patterned paper, then make clothes “like normal” (she means with the templates/fabric)
  • Use the top of the dress like a tank top with the shorts
  • Make stands for them from scraps of cardboard
  • Use your child’s picture for the face, or even your four-legged child (my addition to her list)

Print your free printable paperdoll template (cat and dog faces are optional! I found mine through a Google images search for free cat faces, and free dog faces) and have some fun creating your own custom paper dolls and clothing from scrap fabric!!

paper doll printable shorts_craft forest

paper doll printable dress_craft forest

xo, Jennifer (art direction by Lola)

Favorite Pins Thursday: Weaving Edition

weaving tutorials and inspiration

I remember learning to weave on a paper plate “loom” back in Miss Valenti’s art class in grade school. I loved it! I was so excited to work with the yarn to see the pattern take shape.  And I’m still excited. I’ve since moved on to God’s Eyes and some basic weaving on a cardboard loom.

These amazing examples and make me want to push my weaving skills even further.

Woven Aluminum Chair Makeover

Cotton & Newspaper Weaving

Complex Ojo de Dios or God’s Eyes

In awe of the work by Hannah Waldron

Woven Trivet
weaving trivet finished 2

DIY Rug Loom from PVC Pipe
rug loom

As a family we try to learn something new each season and as we move into fall (well, fall in the sense that school is starting) I think weaving will be my suggestion.

Do you weave? Do you have a loom or did you make your own? Check out our Weaving Pinterest board for more inspiration!

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Back to School Already!

Today is Lola’s first day of second grade! It’s the beginning of August. It’s too soon! I want more lazy days at the pool and binge watching cooking shows. The 7th grader has another week glued to the xBox off, maybe I’ll get him to have a few more adventures before summer ends.

While, much to her disappointed, Lola doesn’t take a bus to school we still had a blast making this school bus picture day frames from craft sticks. We thought you might want to make some with your kids and grandkids, too!

It’s going to be a great year! Now off to get the last few things (that we forgot) on the giant supply list.

xo, Jennifer & a really excited 2nd grader

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13 DIYs and Crafts for Teenagers

13 diys for teen boys from

My oldest is turning 13 this week. 13?! I wanted to tell you tons of stories about holding him for the first time, that he said (and still says) hilarious things like “La Petite is for chumps.” when asked how his day was at preschool, and that I can’t imagine meeting someone more interesting, challenging, kind, and creative…BUT when I told him I was gonna write about him he said “no mushy stuff, Mom. I mean it. None.” So, no mushy stuff, guys.

We had a great time looking around at diy projects for teens together. He actually said things like “oh, man we HAVE to make that“, which is pretty cool, and pretty rare. So here is your official 13-year-old’s stamp of approval round-up of cool crafts.

DIY Marshmallow Shooter
He asked his grandma for marshmallows for his birthday just to make this one. Looks like a winner, crafters!
diy marshmallow shooter
Source: Happiness is Homemade

DIY Speakers
We use a drinking glass for our iPhone family dance parties, but this is really cool and perfect for his room.
Source: All for the Boys

iPod and/or Cell Phone Case
Riley actually turned down having his iPod screen replaced because he was sure he’d break it again (and again and again…). So this is the perfect DIY for us!
ipod case
Source: Closed Etsy Shop?, no tutorial

The Classic Duct Tape Wallet
He remembered making these when he first started getting allowance and got all nostalgic for way back to 3 years ago. Both kids get duct tape in their stockings for Christmas each year and he knew just the right roll to make his next one.
diy duct tape wallet for boys
Source: Frugal Fun for Boys

Make your Own Light Saber
I know a bigger boy who is turning 39 on his birthday that would probably like this one, too!
diy lightsaber
Source: NewarkFarnell

Craftstick Bow & Arrow
He pretended this was cool for “younger” kids, but then started looking around for supplies. And the case reminded him that he needed something similar for Nerf wars. Teen approved.
diy kids bow and arrow craft
Source: All for the Boys

PVC Bow & Arrow
And for a larger scale version…I wanna play with these, too!
Source: Skip to My Lou

Giant Jenga
“Awww, sweeeeet” was the quote. So I think that’s good, right?
diy backyard jenga
Source: KID Collective

Paracord Bracelets
I asked him where, how, and if these would save his life one day and he wasn’t sure. But he was pretty sure that they looked “cool, real cool”. There you have it!
diy paracord bracelets for teen boys
Source: Artchoo!

Lego Desk Organizer
Great use for all the long forsaken landmines legos on the floor in his room.
Source: Kid’s Activities

Lego Terrarium
While we’re decorating with Legos, these are fantastic. We have so many mini figs, this would be a great way to see ’em all the time!
lego Terrarium
Source: Babble, Original tutorial not found

DIY Nerf Gun Bullets
We had a Nerf war in the park over the weekend and lost nearly all the bullets. This will come in handy for sure!
nerf gun bullets
Source: Instructables

Ninja Stars & Target Practice
Enough said. Lola wants a Ninja party for her birthday now, too.
NinjaPartyActivity (7)
Source: Craft Interrupted

Bonus #14: Dream Bank
I’m adding this one because I love the idea of visual savings (for all of us) and he’s already talking about saving for a car. This one that was sold by Uncommon Goods would be perfect. We’re gonna be inspired by this one and make our own.
dream bank
Source: Uncommon Goods, but they no longer carry the bank so it’s probably okay to tell you to make your own. Right?

So to set the record straight, boys like crafts. Pre-teen and teen boys, too. So go make stuff with your boys!

Jennifer, Old Mama & Riley, Teenager

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Two Videos with Jenny Doan from MSQC!!

I am over-the-moon excited to share the two new videos we made with Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Co!! We had so much fun and I learned quite a bit in her sewing studio! We made fabric fish from their Dresden template over on MSQC and paper flowers here on Craft Forest. I was a little nervous, could you tell?! Completely star struck. Oh, my goodness!

While I was in Hamilton, I picked up some new fabrics from the main quilt shop. And visited all of the others!! Oh, and we had the most amazing cookies from Poppy’s Bakery. Perfect day!

Pastel Pop Layer Cake

I’ve fallen in love with Pastel Pop and am going to use their layer cake to decorate a doll house I found for Lola at the thrift store. I also picked up a charm pack in an adorable fall pattern called Autumn Woods to make a perpetual calendar for the kids teachers. They’ll be back to school in two weeks. Craziness!

I’m off to enjoy the last bits of (our) summer! Have a great weekend everyone!

xo, Jennifer

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