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How to Create Your Own No-Sew Doll Clothes For Barbie and More!

Updated on February 25, 2017
Easy and simple no-sew doll clothes ideas.
Easy and simple no-sew doll clothes ideas. | Source

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.

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Taylor's No-Sew Doll Clothes Patterns: Volume 1
Taylor's No-Sew Doll Clothes Patterns: Volume 1

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.

Ribbon and lace can be used to dress up your doll: no sewing required.
Ribbon and lace can be used to dress up your doll: no sewing required. | Source

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:

How to make a doll skirt without sewing or gluing anything.
How to make a doll skirt without sewing or gluing anything. | Source

Dress your doll in the skirt and secure it with a piece of cloth or some ribbon:

Easy homemade doll skirt
Easy homemade doll skirt | Source

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:

Easy no sew dress from a sock
Easy no sew dress from a sock | Source

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:

All you need is scissors and a sock to make doll clothes.
All you need is scissors and a sock to make doll clothes. | Source
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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:

A doll dress made with a sock
A doll dress made with a sock | Source
A simple way to make no sew doll clothes
A simple way to make no sew doll clothes | Source

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:

Pull the strap over your doll's head
Pull the strap over your doll's head | Source
no-sew sock dress
no-sew sock dress | Source
Add a belt to to the sock dress
Add a belt to to the sock dress | Source

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!

Bratz dolls no sew clothing: these are no-sew doll clothes made by kids.
Bratz dolls no sew clothing: these are no-sew doll clothes made by kids. | Source
No-sew doll clothes are fun and easy: even for young children.
No-sew doll clothes are fun and easy: even for young children. | Source

Check out this Awesome Video on How to Make a No-Sew Doll Dress

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      Helen-Jean 2 years ago

      Adorable site and good suggestions, even for this young gal of 73.

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      Journey 2 years ago

      Wonderful. Do they work on my dolls?

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      cece 3 years ago

      thanks i'm a doll lover!

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      stillwaters707 4 years ago from Texas

      I agree. It is creative and inventive. The pictures and thorough instructions were great!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      How inventive! People wonder what to do with those extra socks that never find a mate. Save them for the little girl who has a creative spirit and a couple of Barbies! Cute hub.

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      TheKatsMeow 4 years ago from Canada

      @heidiethorne thank you! I made these as a kid as well and it was a lot of fun :)

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Cute and creative! Reminds me of the fun I used to have as a kid making doll clothes.