Wednesday, November 21, 2007

happy Thanksgiving Eve!

We did a fun craft today in school.
Caroline and I made an indian outfit for Anna, her American Girl.
This outfit is so easy to make out of 2 paper lunch bags.

Isn't it cute?

I saw it on an online site called
It's a great site, especially for homeschoolers.
I always need seasonal and holiday craft and coloring pages
This site is chock-full of them.

Here's how you do it if you're interested.
It's very easy and actually worked the first time!...

1) Take two paper lunch bags and open them up. Then crumple them up as hard as you can and smooth them out over and over until they're soft like leather. (The instructions said to iron them out but I'm too lazy for that! It worked without the ironing part.)

2) Now for the vest. Cut off the bottom of one bag. Now cut through the middle of one side of the bag (making a vest shape). Cut arm holes (I just eye-balled it) and fringe the bottom. Cut the front in a V shape. I held it up to Anna before I cut the arms out to make sure it would fit and it was perfect!

3) For the skirt, cut the bottom 2" of the other bag. The remainder will be a skirt that seems long but you're going to slide it up to the doll's waist. Fringe the bottom first. Then slide up to the waist and secure with leather cording or some old scrapbook yarn you have. :) Slide the skirt on first, then the vest.

4) For the headband, take a scrap from the top of the skirt and secure with a tab. Braid her hair for authenticity.

5) For the shoes, take the bottom of both bags that you cut off. Stick the feet in and gather them around, securing with cord or string.

Voila! Be very gentle with outfit, it's quite delicate and only good for one Thanksgiving I would say but at this price, you can make another one next year! I'm going to get some beads next time and let Caroline decorate the front.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!


Chelle said...

That is precious!

But I must be a blond at heart because I was trying to figure out who Eve was. (eyeroll)

Renee said...

That is so stinking cute! I love it. How fun to have a girl who plays with dolls. Maybe she could teach Page.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Jill LaFaye said...

Very creative:) Great job guys!
Happy Thanksgiving!
P.S. I am lovin' this cool cart! I haven't organized my paper in it yet..but I will very very soon:)

TracieClaiborne said...

Oh I am LMBO over Chelle saying "who is Eve?" It took me a while to figure to realize it's because I said Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Chelle - your blond roots are definitely showing!

Hollye said...

My child discovered American Girl dolls this weekend while we were in Michigan. Oh My Goodness! We've decided to get her a Bitty Baby for her 3rd birthday....if I can hold off that long. I am seriously thinking that Santa needs to return a couple of things he picked out and get her a baby instead!