Sunday, September 30, 2018

Craft Doll Tennis Rackets

Left, two finished tennis rackets for our fashion dolls. Center, one of our dolls (a curvy Fashionista)
 is dressed and ready to play. I've included a pattern of her tank T-shirt below.
 Right, tennis racket covers made from felt will protect the racket from wear and tear.

       A tennis match between doll friends may be something you will need to craft on your own. So I have included here the first part of this DIY crafty sport, the rackets. Soon there will be an additional post showing how I made the tennis court and net.

Supply List:
  • black tape (color preference)
  • wire
  • masking tape
  • green acrylic paint (or a different color of your own choosing)
  • fine mesh netting (plastic, may be purchased from a hardware store)
  • tacky craft glue
  • white felt (a small amount)
Step-by-Step Instructions:
  1. Download and print out the tennis racket pattern below.
  2. Shape wires into tennis rackets up against the pattern for twisting the wire. 
  3. Wrap the racket in masking tape until it is stiff.
  4. Paint the upper half of the rackets, see picture below.
  5. Cut out the center of the racket's pattern and hold this on top of the netting while cutting out the shapes for the inside of your tennis rackets. Cut these a little larger than you need so that they can be slightly adjusted with scissors as you fit them to your doll rackets.
  6. Glue the mesh netting shapes in place with a tacky craft glue.
  7. Let the glue dry and harden before proceeding with the next step.
  8. Cut long thin strips of black tape to wrap the racket handles.
  9. Wrap these handles overlapping the tape just a little as you work your way up the handles.
  10. Now you can trace around the rackets including 1/4 an inch felt for a better fit for the tennis racket covers. You will need four pieces like this for two rackets.
  11. The cover should not cover the racket entirely see pattern below and picture above.
  12. Sew a straight seam around each set of felt covers.
  13. Turn them inside out and fit them to the rackets when they are in storage.
Left, Shape wires into tennis rackets up against the pattern for twisting the wire. Center, Paint the upper half
 of the rackets. Right, Glue the mesh netting shapes in place with a tacky craft glue.
Free guide for doll tennis racket and a free pattern for a doll tank T-shirt.

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