Fur-collared Winter Jacket Tutorial

Tutorial: Keep Your BJD Warm with This Fur-Collared Winter Jacket

Even with a surprise blizzard, you can keep your BJD warm by creating this fur-collared winter jacket. The pattern fits any ball-jointed doll size – just plug in your BJD’s measurements. This is a quick and easy project with few required materials. The jacket can be sewn by hand or by machine.  Our FairyLand Minifee Shushu, Isabelle, is modeling the jacket.

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Materials

  • 1/4 yard felt
  • Sewing thread in matching color
  • Piece of fur, or faux-fur, long enough to go around neck opening
  • 2 beads
  • 2 snap closures
  • Sewing needle, or sewing machine
  • Magna-Tac or clear craft glue
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors

Measure Your BJD

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Measure from wrist to wrist. (wtw)

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Measure from collar bones to hips. (cth)

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Measure from wrist to half way between elbow and shoulder. (wts)

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Measure hand at widest. (h)

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Measure from collar bone to right above chest. (ctc) For example, the 1-inch mark in this image.

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Measure from one side of neck to the other. (neck)

Make the Back Pattern

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Draw a rectangle using the wtw and cth measurements.

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To get the width of the sleeve, divide the h measurement by 2, then add 1/2 inch. Draw a vertical line at each end of wtw with that measurement. Draw line parallel to wtw using the wts measurement. Draw parallel lines to cth. Cut.

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Center neck measurement on back piece, and draw a gentle curve 1/4 inch deep.

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Cut the neck opening. This is the pattern for the back piece.

Make the Front Pattern

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Draw a rectangle using 1/2 of wtw measurement and cth measurement.

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To get the width of the sleeve, divide the h measurement by 2, then add 1/2 inch. Draw a vertical line at the end of wtw with that measurement. Draw line parallel to wtw using the wts measurement. Draw a parallel line to cth. Cut.

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Using 1/2 of neck measurement, place a tick mark on wtw line. Using ctc measurement, place a tick mark on cth.

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Join the 2 tick marks. Cut neck opening. Make a duplicate of this pattern.

Cut the Pieces

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Pin the pattern pieces to the felt.

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Cut the pattern pieces out.

Sew the Jacket

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Pin the pieces together.

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Sew shoulder seams, stopping at neck opening.

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Sew body and underarm seams.

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To allow the underarm to lie flat, make a central incision at the underarm corner.

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Then make two incisions, one on each side of that central incision.

Repeat for other arm.

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Turn jacket right side out.

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Place a line of glue around collar, and glue fur in place.

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Glue 2 buttons in the upper part of jacket.

Sew 2 snap closures to keep the top of the jacket closed.

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7 thoughts on “Tutorial: Keep Your BJD Warm with This Fur-Collared Winter Jacket

  1. You could easily substitute thin No-pill fleece or faux suede, or ultra-suede for the felt in the jacket! Any fabric that doesn't fray when cut would work. Isabelle looks nice and warm, and the picture is lovely!

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