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Doll Princess Dress and Cone Hat

Updated on April 12, 2015

Make an Easy Doll Outfit and Princess Cone Hat

Help a child make a fairy princess costume for a doll. A surprisingly attractive outfit can be assembled from items you might normally toss in the trash. Save those dryer sheets, plastic sample cup, bits of lace and ribbon, and color sheets from the laundry. Those are just what you need to make this doll costume.

Check out the step-by-step instructions below and in a very short time, your doll is transformed into a medieval princess or a fairy.

I have a number of pages with no-sew doll outfits so check those out if you'd like to create a doll's Indian sari or other dresses.

(photo by Virginia Allain)

Look at Fairy-Princess-Ballet Costumes on Amazon - for ideas for the doll's dress and hat

These aren't for you to buy, just to give you ideas. These child-sized fairy princess or ballet dancer or pixie outfits can serve as inspiration for making the doll's dress.

Isn't This One Cute

Plum Pixie Child Costume Purple Small
Plum Pixie Child Costume Purple Small

You could get this costume for your child so she and the doll will have matching outfits.


Here's What the Finished Doll Outfit Looks Like

The Toni doll in her princess outfit.
The Toni doll in her princess outfit. | Source

Photo Steps for Making a Doll's Fairy Princess Dress - Photos by Virginia Allain


Instructions for the Doll's Fairy or Ballet Dress - made of recycled materials

  1. Gather the supplies to make the bodice and skirt of the ballet or fairy princess costume for the doll.

    Depending on the size of the doll, you might need 5 to 8 dryer sheets. These should be used ones as the ones straight from the box are too stiff. Flatten the dryer sheets or press them with an iron. Cover them with a tea towel when pressing so they don't overheat and stick to the iron.

    Select some ribbons or other trim for use as decoration on the dress and the cone hat.

    You'll need two Shout Color Catcher sheets (used) to make the hat and the bodice for the doll's dress. Save ones that are a pleasing color from a wash with red or purple clothing.

  2. Fold one edge of the dryer sheets and run a needle and thread loosely through those to form gathers. Draw the thread tighter to make a more bouffant skirt.
  3. Once you have enough dryer sheets gathered on the thread to wrap around the doll's waist, make a knot at the end.

    You can leave the bottom of the gathered skirt plain or fringe it by cutting slits upwards from the bottom.

    Here are some other uses for used dryer sheets.

  4. Use a Shout Color Catcher sheet for the undergarment for the skirt. This sheet picked up light purple from the wash water, so I'm accenting it with purple ribbon and white lace.

    Place the color catcher sheet (or alternate fabric) on the doll and wrap it under her to cover to the waist in back. It will be held in place by the ribbon waistband for the skirt. I decorated the top of the bodice with lace and trimmed the sides at an angle to fit around the arm area better.

  5. Sandwich the gathered part of the skirt between two ribbons. Glue the ribbons to each other with the dryer sheets between them, flattening them so the glue adheres. I used lace in place of one ribbon but there is less for the glue to stick to. The ribbon needs to be long enough to wrap around the doll's waist and tie in a bow. Alternately, you can sew on a snap where the ribbons come together in the back.

Shout Color Catcher Sheets - for your laundry and crafts

I resisted buying these at first, but after several episodes of red shirts or other colors bleeding in the wash, I decided it was a wise buy. Sometimes I get several uses of them if the colors don't run much in one batch. Eventually they absorb enough color that I retire them. Using them in making this doll outfit is the first attempt by me to repurpose the color catchers.

Shout10CT Color Catcher
Shout10CT Color Catcher

I used it to make the cone hat for the doll. The color catcher sheet also worked for the bodice of the doll's outfit.


Video Instructions for a Cone Hat and Doll's Tutu

Look at Princess/Fairy Cone Hats on Amazon - to get ideas for your doll's outfit

Photo Steps for the Cone Princess Hat - Photos by Virginia Allain


Instructions for the Cone Princess Hat - for a doll

  1. The base for the princess hat is a shallow plastic cup, like those that supermarkets give out food samples in. You could use a plastic drinking cup cut down. The outer part of the cone hat is a Shout Color Catcher sheet saved from the laundry. The Color Catcher sheet is stiffer than most fabric, so it will hold its shape for the cone.

    Practice wrapping the sheet around the plastic cup until you get the cone shape you desire.

  2. This is the cone hat before applying the glue. The excess fabric at the bottom and to the side will be cut off later.
  3. Put tacky craft glue or fabric glue on the sides of the plastic cup and wrap the fabric around it. Make sure it forms a cone shape at the top.

    Put a line of glue from the tip of the hat to the base and press the fabric to the glue.

    Trim off the excess fabric at the base and along the side of the hat.

  4. Add braid or ribbon to accent the cone hat and give it a more finished look.

    I've draped it with a silk scarf that I had on hand. Hat pins may be needed to secure the hat to the doll's hair.

The Doll on This Page is a Toni Doll - You can get your own Toni doll on eBay

This 1950s doll is one I remembered fondly from my childhood. Finally I searched eBay and found a good match. She's a marvelous doll and it's so much fun to make clothes for her.

© 2012 Virginia Allain

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @OhMe: This is about the extent of my sewing capabilities. Most of my doll clothes involve draping, tying and maybe some gluing.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great instructions but I don't sew a lick. I sure admire people like you who do.

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      Susanna Duffy 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Your step by step photos are excellent

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @Rhonda Lytle: Thanks, your comment brightened my day. My husband is a bit worried about his wife playing with dolls in her retirement years. May be my second childhood.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      That skirt is absolutely adorable. Amazing you did it with dryer sheets. Loved the video on the hat, too. Awesome lens.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Cute. Liked and Pinned

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love how you've reused items to make a fun costume for a doll. So cool! I should help my granddaughter make one of these hats!