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Make Doll Clothes - Getting Ideas
Inspiration for Making Doll Clothes with Kids
Designing outfits for a doll is fun and can be an inexpensive activity with a child or grandchild. It's likely that they have a doll already. You probably have many of the basic supplies for making the doll clothes. You just need various fabrics, a needle and thread and a pair of scissors.
This page is to get you thinking of what to make for the doll to wear. You won't need a pattern, just your imagination and some time. Let's get started making doll clothes.
Zazzle graphic of sewing supplies by sharonrhea
Let the Material Spark Your Ideas
for making a doll outfit
These fleecy scraps were saved from an old raincoat lining. They were going to become cleaning rags, until we decided to make a doll outfit from them.
Drape the doll in the fabric and consider what you can make. My first thought was a floor-length wooly coat and a matching hat. There wasn't enough fleece to make the back of the coat though or sleeves.
Another idea was to make old-west chaps for the doll. It was easy to find a photo on the internet showing what the chaps would look like. We didn't have a cowboy hat though to complete the look.
The next idea was to make a fleecy vest. This would require a minimum of sewing and the fleece wouldn't require hemming. Keep in mind the skill level of the child making the doll clothing.
Play around with some ideas for finishing the project. Here we try some brass buttons that had been saved. The look is sort of a Dr. Zhivago or cossack style.
Cut the pieces needed from the fabric after measuring them against the doll for size.
Turning Fleecy Fabric into a Doll Outfit - Photos by Virginia Allain
The Finished Doll Outfit
Fleecy vest with a red evening skirt
The final outfit ended up being for evening wear. The skirt is simply a scarf folded in half.
Here are the directions for making this no-sew doll skirt.
A Sewing Machine for the Young Seamstress - to learn to sew doll clothes
You can hand-sew the pieces together, especially for a simple vest like the one here. It also makes a good project to learn how to use a sewing machine. Of course, a child needs close supervision working with sharp items like scissors, needles and the needles of a sewing machine.
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A Toni Doll in a Dress Made from a Scarf
More Tips from Virginia Allain on Making Doll Clothes
- Toni Doll Fashion Parade
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.
- Make a Little Black Dress for a Doll
It's fun to make doll clothes with recycled materials. Here's an outfit made from an old sports bra and some netting. My tutorial walks you through the steps. It's fun making doll clothes for free.
- Doll Princess Dress from a Scarf
Expand your doll's wardrobe with skirts and even exotic outfits using scarves. You probably have some on hand so get started. No sewing is required. Have fun!
- 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 Wearing a Dress Made from a Discarded Sports Bra
More Ideas and Patterns for Doll Clothes
- Make your own DOLLY Panties (pattern piece included)
The Make It and Love It blog shows step-by-step how to make underwear for a doll.
- Doll Clothes Patterns | American Girl Dolls | 18 Inch Dolls
Doll clothes patterns to fit your American Girl dolls, that look just like the latest fashions, handbags and shoes girls want to wear themselves. Patterns fit many 18 inch dolls.
- Doll Clothes Patterns that Fit Perfectly | Doll Clothes Patterns
Doll clothes patterns can be adjusted before cutting, to ensure a perfect fit for a variety of dolls. The site shows the size difference in popular dolls and how to resize a pattern.
- Peonies In Bloom Swing Coat by littleseedlings on Etsy
You can find doll clothes already made on Etsy or request one specially made by a crafter on that site. Here's an example: Source: etsy.com via Nadine on Pinterest
© 2012 Virginia Allain