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How to Create Your Own No-Sew Doll Clothes For Barbie and More!
Wondering what to do with leftover pieces of fabric? Use them as doll clothes!
All you need for this craft, is some ribbon and some strips of fabric. Whenever you have pieces of fabric, keep them for your child to dress up her toys. There are lots of ways you can dress up your dolls using strips of fabric. The best thing about no-sew clothes is that the clothes can be made to fit a variety of dolls. I remember when I was a kid, I didn’t only have Barbie dolls, I had dolls of different sizes and shapes. It was very frustrating to find clothes to fit them all: this technique allows you to dress up any doll, it doesn’t matter if they are different sizes!
Another great thing about no sew clothes is that anyone can do it. My 4 year old and 5 year old nieces dress their dolls up this way. If a 4 year old can do it, anyone can! It’s a great exercise for them too: it helps them with their fine motor skills and using strips of fabric allows endless wardrobe possibilities.
Would you make your own no-sew doll clothes?
This book is full of no-sew patterns for doll clothes. Lots of fun and easy to make.
Why No-Sew Doll Clothes?
Affordable: It doesn't cost a lot and you can use fabric pieces that you already have.
Anyone can do it! It’s easy to make and even children can dress up their dolls this way.
Inspires Creativity: Playtime is more rewarding when you’ve created your own looks from scratch.
It’s fun! It’s a lot of fun to design and put together your own doll clothes.
Use Ribbon, Lace and Strips of Fabric to Dress up Your Doll
I made the romper pictured on the right, using only a piece of cloth. I simply wrapped it around my doll and tied the ends together in a bow on the side. It was very easy to make. You can do this with any doll and with all kinds of fabric.
Strips of fabric can be used as a scarf, a vest, a top, a dress or even a skirt.
To make a no-sew skirt, cut a circle out a piece of fabric of your choosing. The diameter of the skirt that I made for this tutorial is approximately 12 inches (or 30 centimeters). Try to find a fabric that won't fray after you cut it. Then make a cut in the center that will be long enough to fit your doll:
Dress your doll in the skirt and secure it with a piece of cloth or some ribbon:
Make a Barbie Dress out of a Sock (Style #1)
This is a really easy craft, and there are many different variations. Depending on the size of the sock, you could have a long formal gown for your doll, or a mini skirt.
To get this look for your doll, cut the sock at the heel so that you only have the tube part of the sock left. Make sure that you cut it straight:
Keep the sock folded. At the top part where the elastic is located, cut into the sock. The length of the cut will depend on the size of your doll. The slits should be big enough for the arms of your doll to pass through. I cut mine about 0.4 inches in length or 1 centimeter. I do this on both sides of the folded sock:
Dress your doll by putting her arms through the holes that you have cut. You can dress it up with some ribbon, lace or an elastic for a belt:
No-Sew Doll Dress #2
Alternatively you can cut only one slit on the top of your sock. Pull your doll’s head through the hole and add a belt if you want:
Check Out these Doll Dress Creations by My Nieces!
These kids are only 4 and 5 years old and they can make their own no-sew doll clothes! They love dressing their dolls up this way (and even like it better than the doll clothes they already have). All they did to create these was take some fabric, wrap it around their dolls and tie it together with ribbon. Very simple!