Doll Princess Dress from a Scarf
Make a No-Sew Princess Outfit for a Toni Doll
Dress a vintage doll elegantly with some simple items you have around the house. I'll show you how to make a princess crown from some silver packaging foil, a skirt and train from a scarf and the dress top from a wide ribbon.
Since no sewing is needed, you can put this doll outfit together in a very short time. Put the doll on display or she's ready for playtime with your child or grandchild.
(all the photos on this page were taken by Virginia Allain)
Use a Long Silk Scarf Like This - for the doll's dress and long trailing train
Rummage through your selection of scarves. You may have just the right one for the doll's outfit. It isn't going to be sewn or cut, so you can have it back later to use as a scarf again. You can find scarves like this at yard sales or thrift shops.
More Ideas for Dressing the Doll
- Make a No-Sew Doll Sari
With a scarf and some other material, you can create a sari outfit for your doll. She'll look quite elegant and international wearing this dress from India. It's easy, you don't even have to sew.
- Doll Princess Dress and Cone Hat
It's fun to make doll clothes with odds and ends that you have around the house. This no-sew outfit turns your doll into a princess.
Photo Steps for the Outfit - taken by Virginia Allain
Make the Princess Doll Dress from a Scarf - No sewing required
- First choose a scarf. It needs to be silky enough to drape well.
See the example below.
- Use a wide ribbon for the top of the dress. The one I used has stiff beading on each side of the ribbon. Cut a long enough piece for it to wrap around the doll's torso and to overlap slightly in back. Glue or stitch on two small snaps to hold it closed in the back.
Below is the ribbon that I used.
- Experiment with the scarf and a rubber band to get the skirt length right. The scarf goes under the doll's torso with about 1/3 in front and 2/3 in back. Slip a rubber band up over the doll's legs to the waist. Now drape the scarf down in front to form a skirt. Here's how to make a doll skirt with a rubber band and a scarf.
- Drape the scarf down over the rubber band in the back to the feet. There will be quite a bit of scarf trailing at this point. Drape it back up to the head of the doll and pin it with a hat pin or bobby pin. Let the remainder drape back to the floor as a flowing train or drape it over the doll's arm.
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Making a Doll Crown Step-by-Step
Make a Princess Crown for the Toni Doll - from recycled silver foil
- Gather some supplies for the crown. I'm using the silver seal from a can of hot chocolate. It is stiffer than aluminum foil. The gold back from a long Christmas card might work also. At first I thought I'd use the plastic cup (with the bottom cut out) as the shaper for the crown. That didn't work well, so you don't need a plastic cup.
- Cut a strip from the center of the silver seal (about 1 1/2 or 2 inches wide).
- Cut the points across the top for the crown. I left one taller one in the center. This can be done free-hand or draw it out with a ruler if you like things to be precise.
- Add your embellishments (I used silver ribbon). Glue them to the silver or gold base.
- I tried using a star punch with the center peak of the crown. This is not recommended. The silver base jammed in the star punch and tore. I revised the design of the crown, removing the damaged part. Test something like this out on the scraps before using it on the crown.
- The finished crown is anchored in the doll's hair with pearl hat pins. Hair pins would be safer, but I didn't have any.
Just What the Well-Dressed Doll Needs
Vintage dolls are quite collectible. If you have one, check it in a guide to see what the value is.
You might like a trunk to keep your doll clothing in or hangers to hang the dresses up. Shoes are hard to find for dolls, so you can try making your own.
The Doll Shown on This Page Is a Toni Doll from the 1950s
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Toni dolls look great not just in the original 1950s little girl fashions. Try more modern outfits for her and experiment with a variety of looks, even some princess costumes.
© 2012 Virginia Allain
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