When I was a kid I was always trying to make stuff for my dolls out of things around the house. My Barbie dolls had furniture, clothes and even their own shopping catalog made from recycled cardboard and magazines. So now, with my own daughter, I'm always trying to come up with more fun stuff for her and her dolls that she can help make. Helping that creative sparkle glow a little I guess.
So, the other day we grabbed some scrap fabric and make a cute little sundress. This is for an 18″ doll, but you could make the same thing for any sized doll.
How to make a no-sew doll sundress
- Scrap fabric (cotton works best – think old pillow case)
- Fabric markers or paint
- Fabric glue (craft glue will work, it just won't wash well).
Steps to make a no-sew doll sundress:
- Cut a piece of fabric approximately 18″ square.
- Color on the fabric however you like. Don't add any extra embellishments yet, you can do that at the end.
- Cut a small square in the center of the fabric, this is how you'll get the dress on the doll.
- Glue ribbon on as trim wherever you'd like, let dry. Make sure to include trim around the top of the dress so your straps have a little extra strength behind them.
- Add the straps by cutting a small hole on two sides of the front of the dress. Loop the ribbon through and tie off (see image).
- Add any extra decorations you'd like. We just colored our dress, but you could add on buttons, gems or other pretty accents.
If you have a bunch of extra fabric, you could make a whole closet full of sundresses for your dolls using this method. Color them, paint them and if you know how to sew, stitch on fun extras. I've also made some matching sandals for this outfit using a recycled cereal box and the same ribbon used on the dress. Check out the tutoral on Doll Diaries to make your own doll sandals.