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Camp Benzie: Cross Stitch Dolls


Cross stitch paper dolls

Paper dolls are a staple of childhood play and creativity on long, hot summer afternoons. This tutorial reimagines classic paper dolls and introduces young crafters to a new technique – cross stitch. These cross stitch dolls are modern, durable and can be completely customized to look like you and your friends! Let your imagination soar while your fingers fly with Cross Stitch Dolls by Benzie Design Maker Team member Camille of @notsomodernmillie.

Skill Level: Kid friendly, Beginner

Time: 3+ Hours

Shop Supplies

Additional Supplies:

Cross Stitch Doll Pattern  (click to download)
Assorted Embroidery Floss


1. Click the link above to print the Cross Stitch Doll PDF Pattern. The pattern
includes basic instructions for cross stitch and customization.

2. Select the coordinating felt and thread colors to match the doll(s) you are going to stitch. Benzie Design’s Doll Face floss selection is perfect for matching skin tones if you’ve decided to customize a doll. If you don’t have the exact thread colors that are listed on the pattern, use similar colors you have on hand.

cross stitch dolls

3. Start stitching! Be sure to reference the pattern carefully so the dolls are properly placed. (This step might require adult supervision if the child has never read a pattern before.) Each sheet of perforated paper should fit two dolls with room for cutting them out.

Cross Stitch toys

Cross stitching is a great start and stop craft. This is not a project that has to be
completed in one sitting!

Cross Stitch People

4. Cut out the finished doll. Allow a space between the stitched squares and the
cutting line so that the finished stitches are not severed. (This step might require
adult supervision.)

Felt Play Dolls

5. Glue the doll onto felt for backing. Benzie Design’s Doll Face felt palette
coordinates with the Doll Face embroidery thread. Pick the felt that best matches your doll’s skin tone.

Play Felt Dolls

Once dry, cut again around the edges of the doll.

Paper Dolls and Cross Stitch

6. Play!

Felt Dolls

These dolls are durable for small hands and easy to store until the next afternoon storm (or boredom) strikes.

Paper Doll Twist

They are also perfect to send a far-away friend to take on adventures! So many possibilities – so many days of Summer.

Flat Stanley

Thanks to Camille for designing and writing this tutorial. You can follow her on Instagram @notsomodernmillie or visit her website. Stay tuned for upcoming projects!