To make the board, I just cut the flaps off of a flattened corrugated cardboard box (I used a USPS flat rate board game shipping box), then cut a rectangle of flannel about two inches bigger on each side than the flattened box. I spread the flannel on the table (softer side down) and centered the box over it, then folded each side of the cloth over and hot-glued it about six inches at a time, so the glue wouldn't harden before I could press the fabric to it. I did opposite sides first, so I could pull it taut.
Here are photos of all the sets I made yesterday. I did it all freehand, but if you're not comfortable with the idea, I'm sure you could find simple patterns with minimal Google-ing.
|I made the body first, then laid it on top of the colored felt and traced around it to make the clothes and hair.|
|Then I made a second doll so she could have a friend. :) Here they are in their winter outfits.|
|Skirts with tops.|
|Shorts and T-shirts.|
|Elmo! This is 5 separate pieces, so it's kind of a mini-puzzle.|
|Mix-and-match silly faces.|
|Fish -- one of Sunbeam's favorite animals.|
|Healthy foods. That cream-colored blob is supposed to be a head of cauliflower. :)|
|Santa (this is also a 5-piece puzzle).|
I'm thinking of making more today. My mind is still churning out ideas: A nativity scene? A Christmas tree with decorations? A turkey with different-colored tail pieces? More costumes for the dolls? A weather set? I still have Christmas presents to make, so I can't let myself get too carried away, but the good news is that these are quick, easy, and cheap enough to make pretty much any time I want, and I can add to them all year long!