Fairy Tale Dolls: Making Jack and Jill Dolls

Fairy Tale Dolls: Making Jack and Jill Dolls

 

Jack and Jill dolls

You know the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill: “Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown, and Jill came tumbling after.” Making fairy tale dolls or nursery rhyme dolls is a fun and creative experience. How about an easy doll idea for making your very own Jack and Jill Dolls? Here is an idea where you can use small plastic dolls for the bodies and sew together basic costumes for these dear nursery rhyme characters. So, come on. Let’s go make some Jack and Jill dolls.

First Things First: Getting the Necessary Materials

For this project, you will need the following materials available at most craft stores:

1 2 1/4″ doll head #7525

1 2 1/4″ doll head #7524

2 doll bodies #3025

1 6″ x 9″ white craft felt

1 4″ x 7″ royal blue craft felt

20 inches of 2 5/8″ red mini check (or gingham) ribbon

2 candle cups (for Jack and Jill’s pails)

royal blue and white thread

*Most of these supplies can be purchased at your local craft store except for the doll heads and bodies, which may or may not be. These are plastic heads and bodies. You may or may not find the exact number for the part. You may be able to do a search on Ebay, Amazon, or other such websites. So you may want to look on these websites as well as your local craft store. As long as the doll is approximately 6 3/4″ tall (head and body), it should be the correct size for this project.

Cutting

You will use pattern pieces to make the clothes for these dolls. Simply trace and cut out from the corresponding fabrics and colors. The numbers in parentheses in this post corresponds with the number on the pattern piece to clarify the article of clothing used in each step.

  • White Felt: Cut one underpants (1), one blouse or top (2), one collar (4), one 1/2″ x 5″ belt, and two 1/8″ x 2 1/2″ sleeve trims.
  • Royal Blue Felt: Cut one 7″ x 2 1/4″ trousers, one 1/2″ x 5″ belt, two 1/4″ x 3″ pail handles, two 1/8″ x 2 1/2″ trouser trims, and three buttons (5).
  • 2 5/8″ Red Mini Check (or Gingham) Ribbon: Cut one 10″ x 2 5/8″ skirt and two 5″ x 2 5/8″ shirt pieces.

Jack and Jill dolls

 

Making Jack

The following steps are uniquely for making Jack. He will need a shirt as well as a pair of trousers.

  • His Shirt: Fold the shirt pattern pieces (2) in half, matching the front and back edges. Cut half of a shirt from each 5″ x 2 5/8″ ribbon piece. Put the shirt pieces right sides together.matching the edges. Stitch along the top shoulder edge (1/8″ from the edge) and leaving the neck open.

Stitch the side and underarm edges 1/8″ from edge. Clip the underarm at the clipline and up the clipline, but not through the stitching. Turn the material right side out. Optional: (You may choose not to stitch, but rather, apply glue to the inside front side and underarm edges and press them to the back side and underarm edges.

Place the shirt on the doll with the slit in front. Overlap and glue the slit edges 1/4″. Cuff the sleeve edges 3/8″. Apply a drop of glue to the inside front and back of the cuff to secure. Glue two buttons to the front of the shirt.

 

  • His Trousers: Please refer to diagram. Cut a 3/4″ slit in the bottom center 7″ edge of the felt trousers piece. Cut a 1/4″ slit in the side edges 3/4″ up from the bottom, forming a tab. Fold one side toward the center slit and insert the tab into the 3/4″ slit. Fold and glue the tab onto the back of the trousers. Repeat with the other side. Allow to dry. Place the trousers on Jack with the front opening of the trousers overlapping the shirt bottom. Overlap and glue the right front edge over the left edge 1/2″. Gather the trousers waist tightly around the doll’s waist. Glue the white waistband around the waist, concealing the top edge of the trousers and overlapping the ends in back.

 

Jack's trousers diagram

Making Jill

Hello, Jill. I know you have been waiting patiently, but don’t worry: it is now your turn. We are going to make you some underpants, a blouse (top), and a skirt.

  • Her Underpants: Place the center of the underpants between the doll’s legs. Bring the front and back edges up to the doll’s waist. Overlap and glue the front side edges onto the back side edges to secure.

 

  • Her Blouse (Top): Fold the shirt pattern pieces (2) in half, matching the front and back edges. Cut half of a shirt from each 5″ x 2 5/8″ ribbon piece. Put the shirt pieces right sides together matching the edges. Stitch along the top shoulder edge (1/8″ from the edge) and leaving the neck open.

Using the appropriate color thread, gather the collar around the doll’s neck. Gather each sleeve around the doll’s arm. Glue the sleeve trim tightly around the bottom edge of each sleeve overlapping edges at the back of the arm. Glue the neck edge of the collar around the front of the blouse neck opening. Glue a button onto the blouse front.

 

  • Her Skirt: Overlap and glue the short edges of the skirt felt piece 1/4″ to form a tube. Place the skirt on the doll, overlapping the bottom of the blouse with the seam in the back. Gather the waist, fitting the skirt snugly around the doll waist. Glue the blue waistband around the doll’s waist, overlapping the ends in the back and covering the top skirt edge.

Accessories: Pails

This accessory item for each doll is a must. It is the defining article that associates the nursery rhyme character in the beloved story with these dolls. This is when you will use the candle cups. They often have a pail shape. (See photo.)

Apply glue to 1/2″ section at each end of the handle. Glue the handles to the inside of each pail at opposite sides. (See illustration at the beginning of this article.  Notice the pails and attached handles.)

candle cups

 

Climb That Hill

Well, there you have it: some simple instructions for making Jack and Jill dolls. Now it is time to hop to it. Get creative and make some precious dolls to share with others. Makes a great project to do with children. Teachers as well as parents will love it. Reinforce the nursery rhyme today! And Jack and Jill…be careful climbing that hill with heavy pails of water.

Jack and Jill

 

Source:

Doll idea inspired by
Fibre Craft Materials Corp.
Niles, Illinois: Fibre-Craft, 1982.

 

 


22 thoughts on “Fairy Tale Dolls: Making Jack and Jill Dolls

  1. You have a very interesting niche! Great post with very detailed instructions on how to make these dolls and take all the guesswork out of everything related to doll making. Thanks, Curtis

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post. So good to know this post helped you and that you understood the instructions. Glad you seem to enjoy this website. Feel free to look around at the other articles, etc. I am adding more to it all the time. Eventually, I hope to have a store here too. Thanks again for commenting.

  2. This is a great post and easy to follow. The only thing I would love to see is the dolls as they progress. Gives me more of a visual as I am making them. For me, I need that. Guess you could say that I am a visual learner 🙂 If I made this a children’s project, how old do you think they would need to be to be able to successfully put these together?

    1. Yes, my goal is to have more pictures along the way. I do have them for some projects, but not for every one. I will add more photos later, but I did not take pictures along the way when making many of the projects I have done. In the future, I plan to do this. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I would not think that a child under 8 could do this. Third or fourth graders (8-10 year-olds+) would be able to do much more with guidance. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Hi your website is adorable! I am the worst seamstress on the planet so I would not even attempt this hence sticking a pin through my finger or something
    Really cute ideas and dolls
    Good Luck
    Alison

    1. Glad you enjoy the Storybook Dolls website. If you are really interested in doing this, I believe you will get better with practice. I would start with a simple pattern that instructs to simply sew two pieces of fabric together and turn it out. Then, if successful with that, you can learn to do the next level project. Over time, it does get easier and easier–just like anything else we learn. Thanks for commenting.

  4. They are so cute! Thanks for giving instruction on how to make them. I like the idea of using glue instead of stitching their clothes. How would you recommend displaying them once you are done making them?

    1. So glad you like them and that the instructions seem clear. Yes, gluing the clothes is easier than sewing. A cute display for these dolls is to take astroturf–you know, the carpeting they use at the mini golf parks–and prop it up underneath to create the look of a green grassy hill. If you look closely at the main photo at the beginning of the article, you will see green astroturf around the characters. You could also make a well out of cardboard or paper mache.

  5. My wife has always been into crafts and making things. This is incredibly detailed on how to make these dolls, she will flip about these!!

  6. I never had really thought about the possibility of just making your own Jack and Jill dolls. You provided great steps and instructions on how to do so. I may just have to try and create my own for my family! Thank you for the great post.

  7. This is so educating and very explanatory… with the detailed steps and instructions you have created, one can be easily make his/her own. great job you have done there…

  8. Great article Rob….your instructions are easy to follow.

    Jack and Jill is such a famous nursery rhyme in every country!

    I am not to crafty but I wanna try making these dolls. My wife loves your site and articles. She would try this one out!

    Ravi

    1. ad to know this website is a blessing to someone, and that return to read more! Glad to hear it. Let me know how it goes or if you need any help or clarification. Thanks again for commenting!

  9. Very cute idea! I also would like to see some pictures of different stages of doll making to know I’m doing it right. Or even a video might help. I used to be very much into arts and crafts when I was younger so might get into it again after reading this post 😉

    1. Appreciate your thoughts. Yes, pictures throughout showing each step is nice. This post was a brief overview for this simple project. I do plan to write future posts that contain more photos and illustrations for the steps along the way. Perhaps one day I will make a video.

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