Bella’s Plush Doll Twin

Bella Doll 1This special project for my niece was so much fun! After we made Bella's birthday cookies I throught it would be fun to make a mini plush version of her (a twin!) as a fun gift….

Bella Doll 2
Bella Doll 3Here's how we made Bella's doll… First, I picked up a blank plush doll from Hobby Lobby. I painted it's scalp black and added yarn hair to match her cute bob. Then I painted a cute "swimsuit" and glitter shoes on the doll (all with fabric paint). Kinsey helped craft these adorable outfits. They are made with restyled fabrics and simply a tiny version of the outfit i bought for Bella. The bow and polka dots are painted on the fabric with Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint (our new favorite paint). She loves The Wizard of Oz, so I snagged some red glitter shoes for her too. It was so much fun. We whipped this doll up in a couple days in our spare time at the shop! 
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Bella Doll 6Hooray! Bella loved her new doll and her new outfit too! I love handmade toys and it was so much fun to make this doll for her! If you make a doll for your kiddo please share a link with me. XO. elsie
  • Thank you Thank you Thank you for this post! I made one for my niece too! Here’s my post:

  • SO cute! I made a doll for my daughter last year for Hinamatsuri which is the day to celebrate girls in Japan. Traditionally, girls have a very serious and formal set of dolls to display in the home, but I made my little Miss O a doll with a kimono….and a funny face!

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  • wow, the bows look like they were knitted in instead of painted. that sounds like so much fun!!

  • my mom used to do this for me because she made all my clothes. it was the best!

  • What a sweet idea! I just made a doll for Christmas, but I wish I could have done matching clothes, because seriously, how cute is that. Here is my doll.

  • So sweet and simple too! I wish I’d thought of buying a premade doll form. You can see the doll I stitched in the last picture of this post:

  • This project literally took my breath away in cuteness and whimsy. How do you do it?!

  • Aww, such a lovely thing for you to do! I don’t make dolls but I follow a lady on Facebook who does, and I thought I would share her creations!

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  • This is just toooooooooooo darn sweet! I can’t believe how grown up your niece is! She is adorable and her dolly too!!!


  • What fun! I would love to make these for my little boys- there are so few great boy dolls out there! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Thats adorable! And such a thoughtful gift too 🙂

  • So sweet! Wondering how the paint holds up on fabric after multiple washings? Would appreciate anyone’s feedback. Thanks!

  • This is one of the cutest things I have ever seen! Nice work!

    Savannah Marie

  • That is absolutely the cutest thing EVER. I don’t know if I could make the outfit (my sewing skills are pretty lackluster) but wow, adorable idea for my niece.

  • hi elsie, this is such a sweet + personal gift, not to mention adorable!!

    i make monster dolls (that my kids help me design) out of recycled sweaters. hoping to get an etsy shop out soon 🙂

  • SO adorable! I just made a doll recently too:

  • I absolutely LOVE handmade dolls! I crocheted my daughter a doll before she was born – Now she can *play* with her. Here they are:

  • She is so cute! 🙂 They look good together. 🙂 cool project!


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  • this is the cutest thing ever!

  • Beautiful gift, beautiful girl. The expression on her face is priceless. I so so so wanna come and play in the shop with you girls if this is what you whip up in your spare time!

  • This is so cute! Thank you for making me smile <3


  • Woaaaaah, that is one super cute cool dolly. Isn’t that every girls dream, to have a doll exactly the same as them? I know it was mine!
    nattie x

  • Oh my god this is so cute. The other day my dog saw a kid and got scared and I realized we don’t have any children in our lives! My dog doesn’t even know what a kid is! So sad!

  • adorable, little sweetie with his little doll!

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  • Sew cute! Cant wait to try it for my little neice : )


  • I just love how the bow looks on both tops. I love making handmade toys for my little girl.
    So sweet

  • this is so cute! i love the matching outfits. i don’t have a kid but i do make dolls! 🙂

    lily ♥

  • Oh my goodness that is so cute! Awesome. I would love it as an adult!

    PS Love Bella’s shoes!

  • The cuteness is overpowering! My niece is only three months old at the moment, but I’m bookmarking this for the years ahead 🙂

    motu viget

  • The photos of Bella and her doll are too, too lovely.
    My mum did a similar thing for me as a kid – my doll didn’t look like me (though just how I wanted her to!), but my mum made us matching party dresses and they made me pretty much the happiest girl in the world.
    What a fantastic aunt you are! 🙂

  • What a lovely, special and thoughtful gift. What a lucky niece you have.

  • Aww, I love her look-alike so much! I loved the Bella cookies too!


  • Hiya Elsie, I am a bit of a newbie to your blog 🙂 I have just posted about a man doll that I made for my small person, here is a link – – I am planning a self portrait doll next… Lots of fun. love the twins idea x

  • Oh my gosh I would have LOVED this as a little girl!! I just don’t understand how you find the time to do all of the things that you do!

  • This is so darn cute. She looks so happy. I know I would have been thrilled to receive something so beautiful and thoughtful.


  • Well, this is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long time! So precious 😀

  • SOOOOOO adorable!! Thanks for sharing!

    Stephanie May*

  • that was the sweetest thing ever 🙂


  • niece photos are one of my favorite types of posts! says the girl who posts her nieces & nephew all over her blog. 😉 very cute darling bella, & twin doll idea.

  • aw this is way too cute, i love the happy face in Bella, and her pretty red shoes, the doll is adorable 🙂

  • Matching outfits are so cute! I love this project. Would be a cute gift!

  • djsghakljdhja SO CUTE!

    Talia Christine

  • This is adorable! The best part (other than the lovely outfit on both Bella and her doll) was seeing her (Bella) smile at the end. I have to admit, I had a smile on my face too 🙂

  • This is so adorable! Such a lucky girl! 🙂

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  • What a sweet idea! Martha Stewart’s multi-surface paints are fantastic– I’ve used them on everything from glass to shoes– & now I have a new project to try!

  • She is just the cuuuutest, she seems to totally love the doll! So sweet!

    She’s lucky to have such a creative aunt 😉

  • Oh my gosh this is adorable! I love it!

    xoxo, Jjanga

  • i love this! i never thought to use fabric paint… such a great idea. i actually make and sell dolls in my etsy shop! 🙂

  • Adorable! I have a pic of myself, age 4, with the doll my grandma made to look like me! Special.

  • Such an amazing project! Home made gifts are amways the best, they are so personnal ,and clearly this one is perfect. Love it.

  • I would have loved this as a kid. I used to make stuffed bears when I was little with little button eyes, but they never looked this cute. I love their matching outfits.


  • ADORABLE! Your niece looks looks thrilled to pieces with her present! Every time my girls see those red sparkly shoes in the store they go nuts.

  • So cute! I love their matching outfits!

  • This is so cute/sweet!!!!!! I want to make one for my little sister! Great post 😀

  • Oh! Ideas like this make me so wish I had a girl!!! Maybe I could do a special teddy bear version of this for my son’s third birthday next month… Hmmmm….

  • How sweet! What a lucky kid. And you ladies never fail to impress me with your endless ideas and craftiness. Always so inspiring.

    xo, Corinne

  • That is SO adorable! I remember that my mother used to make my doll (which she would also make) and I matching clothes too. I absolutely loved it.

  • Aw, this is one of the cutest presents I’ve ever seen! And their matching Dorothy slippers are very sweet, what a lovely Aunty you are. I love the old dress patterns that come with matching patterns for dollies too. 🙂

  • I love this doll!! I need to make one for my daughter! Lovely.


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