Felt Elf on the Shelf Doll
We have Elves that visit our home every December. Just like the “Elf on the Shelf,” only our own silly elves instead. A whole little tribe of them.
I have a serious love/hate relationship with our elves. It’s been 5 years now since they made their first appearance. We’ve gone from two quirky elves to 5. A big happy Elf family. They arrive on December 1st and spend the month creating mischief and reporting back to Santa each night. After 5 years, finding new things for them to do is getting difficult. This creates the hate side of our elves. They can sometimes feel like a chore. A difficult one! Why do I continue doing it then? Believe me, I’ve thought of a million ways our elves could say goodbye and never come back. But they can’t. They can’t leave because my daughter would be heartbroken. Miss H. absolutely adores the elves. She is 11 years old, and she is autistic. She talks about the elves for weeks (sometimes months) before they arrive. She is also the reason I don’t often do repeat elf shenanigans and spend hours searching for new Elf ideas. She never forgets all of the funny little things they do. This is the love side of the elves… I love to see the joy they bring her. That sweet, innocent, childlike, perfect joy. So we will continue doing our Elves on the Shelf. For as many years as they are needed.
This year, our elves will bring a likeness of themselves that can be touched and played with. She’s going to love it. A Felt Elf on the shelf doll.
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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Felt Elf on the Shelf dress up doll:
I made these printable templates for my elf doll, and I’m going to share them with you. Please use them only for your personal private use, and share back to this original post. Thank you! You can either right click on the image and select “save image as…” to save a .jpg to your computer or you can click the link below each picture to save the ready to print .pdf file.
After you print our your Elf templates cut each piece out separately.
Trace your Elf template parts onto the felt, and cut out the felt pieces. I used two of the elf body pieces and one of each of the other templates.
Next, using a Blanket Stitch (here is a good tutorial for a blanket stitch, if you don’t know how to do it. It’s super easy!), sew the two body pieces together. If desired, add a thin quilt batting between the two pieces to give your doll some thickness or a 6-8 inch piece of floral wire between them for some bend-ability and support (that’s what I did).
Sew on the hairpiece, and the elf underwear (No indecent elves here!).
Add any additional details. I use a fabric puff paint to add eyes, nose and a mouth. I also used some puff paint on several of the clothing pieces I cut out.
You can blanket stitch around your clothes, or leave them as is. Our elves are going to be leaving some unfinished clothing and some puff paint so that Miss H. can decorate some of the clothes herself!
The felt sticks to itself enough that no steps are needed for attaching the clothing. It works just like a paper doll.
At our house, we don’t touch our elves. It disrupts their magic and they can’t get back home to the North Pole to let Santa know how we are doing. But now we have an Elf that can be played with and Miss H. is going to be so excited!
Please feel free to share! Thanks so much!