My Little Dress Up Book

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Playful Learning: My Little Dress Up Book Randi from Swoon! is with us today to share the lovely little dress up book that she created for her daughters. I can see that this little book could lend itself to hours of creative play…

Hello! It’s Randi again with a new handmade project for your little ones. I find myself looking for ways to occupy my kids when we’re on the go quite often, We recently took our children on a series of adventures that included a plane ride and long trips in the car. I love technology and the luxury it affords-my iPhone is full of kid-friendly apps-but it’s nice to have other options on hand as well. To prepare for our trips, I recently made a little felt dress-up book for my girls inspired by one of their favorite apps, Paper Town Friends.

Playful Learning: My Little Dress Up Book Playful Learning: My Little Dress Up BookThe book has a soft fabric cover and features three different animals. My daughters have spent a lot of time playing with the book and can’t believe it was made just for them!

Want to make a book of your own? I put together a step-by-step tutorial for making the book and assembling the three animals, complete with templates. You can download and print the instructions here. If you’re a novice at sewing or crafting, no need to worry! While the book takes some time to make, the steps are simple and easy to follow.

Playful Learning: My Little Dress Up Book

Playful Learning: My Little Dress Up Book

Playful Learning: My Little Dress Up Book

Once you’ve made your book, the real fun begins. Use one of the animal’s body templates to create simple clothing shapes and accessories out of felt. I embellished my clothing with embroidery floss, but there’s no need to get carried away, kids will love putting even the simplest of clothes on their animals!



Owner at Swoon
Randi is a regular contributor to Playful Learning, who specializes in crafts for kids. She also manages our wonderful contributors and helps to make this a beautiful place with a little design magic. She puts her passion for daydreaming to work over at her blog Swoon, where she shares ideas, original projects, and favorite things. She loves to laugh and considers herself a lifelong student. She lives in Seattle with her husband and three young children, and strives to make her home a beautiful, playful, and accessible place to grow up.


  1. Sarah M said on September 20, 2012 #

    Oh my *gosh* this is just too cute. Thanks for sharing your project with us–such wonderful, sweet inspiration for us!
    Sarah M

  2. Adrienn said on September 20, 2012 #

    Amazingly cute!

  3. susan said on September 20, 2012 #

    This is absolutely adorable!  Do you have a particular type of felt that you like to use?

  4. Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories said on September 20, 2012 #

    I love this idea. I will be making one for my son (and maybe every other child I know). :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. becky said on September 20, 2012 #

    how come randi always makes me want to go and do whatever it is that she is doing?! well, that goes for nearly every post on playful learning. i love being inspired daily!

  6. Maru Monroy said on September 21, 2012 #

    Wow! Beautifull! me encantó!

  7. Friday Favorites | The Vintage Wife said on September 21, 2012 #

    [...] absolutely adore this little dress up book and am filing this idea away for when Lucy is a little [...]

  8. Rebecca said on September 21, 2012 #

    Oh I think this is such a lovely version of. Old fashioned paper dolls.  Precious.  

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  10. Bonnielees said on September 29, 2012 #

    Great tutorial and patterns. I had lots of fun making this little book as a gift. I love the shape of the animals, very very cute. Thank you.

  11. Lori Hendrickson said on November 18, 2012 #

    I bought all of the materials to make the little felt dress up book, but I cannot find any patterns for the little clothes……. do you have templates for those?

    thank you!

  12. Julia Jurevicius said on November 29, 2012 #

    Hi there,

    this is gorgeous & Im keen to make one myself, except it keeps coming up with a google error every time i click on the link to download the instructions/templates – is there any chance you could email them to me – I’d really appreciate it.

    Thanks so much,


  13. victoria said on August 15, 2014 #

    This is amazing!! My pre-kinder students would love this. I would love to see pictures of all the little clothes!
    Thank you for sharing

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