Was your school play cancelled? Have fun with kids/grandkids making a mini-school-play! #SchoolPlay #StopMotion

Did your school play get cancelled due to school closure? Consider this: re-create your kids’ or grandkids’ school play with dolls!

The video gives you some great ideas for adapting free patterns found here at ChellyWood.com and using stop-motion phone apps to make a miniature version of the school play that never made it to the stage.

Please scroll to the very bottom of this page for today’s free ghost costume pattern.

One of the costume suggestions was to adapt my free 5 inch doll “ghost” costume to turn it into a cactus. For this fun adaptation, I used the T-shirt pattern from Tuesday’s blog post to create the curly flower on top of Chelsea’s cactus costume.

This is one of the steps in creating a doll play video with doll costumes. As part of our school closure theme, ChellyWood.com is offering a tutorial video suggesting ways to re-create the school play that children may have missed out on, by making a series of easy-to-sew doll costumes and making a stop motion doll play video to replace the school play that everyone missed out on. Visit ChellyWood.com to learn more about making your own stop motion videos with dolls in costumes in the form of a "doll play video" as one of several "school play ideas" that are offered in the video on the same page of the ChellyWood.com website. This would also make a great senior project for high school seniors who enjoy stop motion and want a fun and easy way to create something they can share online as a senior project film or video production.

Just cut the T-shirt pattern out of felt and whirl it around your finger, like you see me doing here:

This is one of the steps in creating a doll play video with doll costumes. As part of our school closure theme, ChellyWood.com is offering a tutorial video suggesting ways to re-create the school play that children may have missed out on, by making a series of easy-to-sew doll costumes and making a stop motion doll play video to replace the school play that everyone missed out on. Visit ChellyWood.com to learn more about making your own stop motion videos with dolls in costumes in the form of a "doll play video" as one of several "school play ideas" that are offered in the video on the same page of the ChellyWood.com website. This would also make a great senior project for high school seniors who enjoy stop motion and want a fun and easy way to create something they can share online as a senior project film or video production.

The 5-inch doll’s Ghost costume pattern is used for the body of the cactus. Click on this link for the free printable PDF sewing pattern for my ghost costume.

 

The image shows a tiny 5 inch doll modeling a cute ghost costume made of felt. She appears to be trick-or-treating with her pumpkin-shaped candy bucket. The photo is part of a printable pattern for the ghost costume, which you're free to download at ChellyWood.com
My sleeves were made of a rectangle of felt, which you can see below:

This is a rectangle of felt that will be curled and sewn to the Chelsea cactus costume as part of the doll play stop motion video whose purpose is to replace the school play that children are missing out on due to coronavirus.

I din’t measure those two little swatches of felt for the arm pieces. I just kind of eyeballed it. Then I rolled each one and sewed them into cylindrical shapes.
This is a rectangle of felt that will be curled and sewn to the Chelsea cactus costume as part of the doll play stop motion video whose purpose is to replace the school play that children are missing out on due to coronavirus.
Of course you have to cut out arm holes in the sides of the cactus or ghost.
The image shows the 5" Chelsea doll wearing her cactus costume. Her arm extends through a hole that has been cut in the side of the costume. Her head pokes out from a large hole leaving room for her face to look out from the cactus.
Next I pinned and finally stitched the flower onto the top of the cactus. Note the small yellow pin holding my flower in place:
The image shows the Chelsea doll's Halloween or school play cactus costume from the back of the head. A straight pin has been inserted into the green felt of the head portion of the costume, to hold the cactus rose in place.
If you look carefully at the final photo, you’ll see that the arm tubes aren’t attached to the rest of the cactus. I just placed my Chelsea doll’s arms in the air, and slid each tube of green felt onto her arms.
This image shows a Mattel Chelsea doll wearing a handmade Halloween costume or school play costume. The free pattern that ChellyWood.com offers for making a ghost costume was used to make this little cactus adaptation. Click on the link in the caption to read the directions for making your own cactus costume for miniature dolls like Chelsea and other 5-inch dolls.
And that’s it!

I suppose you could use the ghost pattern to make other “school play” characters… sew it out of yellow felt and make an orange mane for a Lion King school play, for example. It’s really up to the imagination!

Just in case you didn’t catch those links earlier, here are the patterns and tutorial video for making the original ghost outfit…

Which dolls will this ghost costume fit?

Free patterns and tutorial videos for making this outfit:

Credit:

Enchantimals and Chelsea dolls are products offered by Mattel, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Mattel Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.

Breyer dolls and horses are products offered by Breyer, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Breyer website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.

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2 thoughts on “Was your school play cancelled? Have fun with kids/grandkids making a mini-school-play! #SchoolPlay #StopMotion

  1. Chelly, I think this is so darn cute. Thank you for sharing. I pray that you and your family stays safe,
    and well. GOD BLESS YOU.

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