From Russia with Love


Needing to make a few party favors for a little girl’s birthday, I hit upon the idea of making Matryoshka – Russian nesting dolls.  I decided to make them out of felt, and needed sturdy pattern pieces to trace the design with.  I created the design in MTC, and then printed it out on oaktag as the pattern.  Using MTC was nice because I could easily resize to make a series of them later.  I could have cut them out with the cutter, but it was faster to do it by hand as I was using many different colors of felt to make each one unique.


The pattern was easy to make by using basic shapes and modifying some with the pen tool in the nodes mode.

While I was at it, I decided that this would be good to cut out of paper, too, so I added a few more pieces to the design to make it a paper piecing project.  I didn’t want to dig around for paper.  Ah Ha!   A few brightly colored paint chips were laying on the desk, a perfect size to use.  Now I’m not advocating  that you use paint chips, but hey, they are free and come in every color you want.  Just sayin.


Here are the steps in pictures.


Parts for the Matryoshka:  Top Row L to R – Base, hair, eye/hair, kerchief.  Bottom Row, L to R – mouth, face, flower color, dress.  Small pink piece in middle is a leaf for flowers.

Cut out your parts.  You’ll need a base, a dress section with flowers cut out, a solid dress section the color you want your flowers to be, face, hair if you want a color other than black, eye and hair section, mouth section, kerchief, leaves.

Step 1 - Glue flower color to base

Step 1 – Glue flower color to base

Glue the flower color of dress to base.  Then glue dress with flower cutouts over this.

Step 2 - Glue hair to eye color

Step 2 – Glue hair to eye color

Next make the face.  If you are going to have hair color other than black, glue it onto the black piece.  Then take the face and glue the mouth onto it.  Then glue this onto the hair/eyes.

Glue mouth to face

Glue mouth to face


face and kerchief

face and kerchief

Above you’ll see the completed face and the paint chip that I cut the leaves out of.  Save this piece, along with the leaves.  You will use it as a glue template.


Glue on the kerchief.


Now glue on the leaves.  Using the template (piece of paper) from which the leaves were cut, align it over the flowers, and place glue in each spot.

DSC_0018 Done!



20 thoughts on “From Russia with Love

  1. Very cute! I have three Russian children I take care of and they would love making this project. Thanks!

  2. Great work! Last year we had the Kelly Moore Guy come out to help us with colors for our church. He had a box full of paint chips. He told me that it was the end of the year and I could just throw away the box with all the paint chips since they were getting new ones in a few days. I told him that I had a a better idea for the paint chips. Oh my goodness. I’ve used them for so many things. It’s great because there are multiple shades of colors. I use them often!

  3. Great idea on the paint chips, I have a handful laying around, as I just painted the inside of my house, I will have to put them to use! thanks for sharing!

  4. This was a neat project and good way to use up the paint chips. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Great idea using the paint chips. By the way, where do you find the wool you use in your projects? I often get asked about the best wool to cut on our KNK’s.

  6. Well done, Elizabeth!! I am sure the little girls would love the dolls. Using the paint chips is a good tip to remember when I am looking for a special color that I can’t find in the stores.

  7. adorable idea and the girls must love them. somehow I missed this post so I am late seeing it. very cute project!

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