On Monday night we found out that my friend Tara’s three-and-a-half year old daughter, Molly, broke her arm and needed surgery. Luckily, her surgery went smoothly and she was discharged from the hospital the next morning. While there’s never a good time to break a bone, summertime certainly has to be the worst. Because she needed surgery, she’s in a hard cast, which means no swimming, no playing in the sand, being extra-careful, etc. I can’t imagine keeping a preschooler calm and entertained while her siblings run around doing summer things. I know as Molly recovers she’ll be able to do more, but during these early days of camping out on the couch with pillows we wanted to give Molly something that would help the time pass a little faster.
I thought about having Mike swing by the American Girl store to pick up a cast accessory for Molly’s doll (he works by it), but they don’t offer an arm cast. So, I quickly made one for her with felt and glue. It was so easy I made another one for a plush doll we gave her, too!
Colored Felt (if you want your cast to have a color)
Glue gun or fabric glue
Fabric marking pen/pencil
I drew out a pattern for the cast that’s about 5-inches wide by 2.75-inches tall, and cut out a little hole for the doll’s thumb. You can make your own pattern, or you can download my cast pattern here and adjust it for whatever doll you’re making the cast for. Trace the pattern onto your felt and cut it out.
Glue the pieces together. Make sure to really glue down the ends. The glue might make your felt a bit lumpy, but casts are pretty lumpy, too. STUNNING REALISM.
Cut some small pieces of velcro. These are about 1/4-inch pieces.
Glue the soft velcro on one side….
…and the scratchy velcro on the opposite.
That’s it! You’re done! It was so simple that I made another one for Annie’s American Girl doll, too.
Annie insisted that her American Girl doll would still wear sunglasses if she broke her arm. Beauty is pain.
Any questions, let me know!