Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tutorial: Easiest Handmade Doll's Clothes

Hello. Are you following Just For Daisy on Pinterest and Facebook?

We made our own doll clothes! Yep - and it was super easy and hardly any materials necessary!

Here's 10 easy steps to make your own repurposed doll's clothes from your children's clothes or treasures you find at the op shop!

Miss Daisy and Li'l Peppa have both worn the same clothes... there hasn't been a lot of need for us to buy new things because we've been blessed to be given lots of hand me downs from friends and relatives. 

I've had a bit of an urge to clear out some of the clutter in our home lately and one of the things that was bugging me was the huge stash of clothes in the top of the girls cupboard that just sits there now they've both grown out of it.

I have an exciting way that we used some of the smaller clothes and repurposed them to make our own handmade doll clothes! You'll love how quick and easy this is and they make the cutest little clothes ever! Even better that now their dolly's can wear the same cute clothes they did!

By using the existing jumpsuits, tights, hats and t-shirts all of the buttons, hems, zips, seams and elastic are done! It's just a matter of a few simple alterations and they're perfect for doll friends to wear!

And the next best thing is that your subject doesn't wriggle and move while you're pinning!! And they'll try on the garments over and over again without complaining! Win!

This is so easy (and you have forgiving subjects anyway!) that even the most beginner of sewists will love this project! I promise! 
We started off with a selection of clothes sized 0000-00.  Smaller is better (depending on the size of your doll!) Miss Daisy had the important job of pinning this hat while I got down to business with the other items of clothing!

Here's what you'll need:
- preloved baby clothes (small sizes best!)
- pins (lots of pins!)
- sewing machine/thread
- scissors/shears
- a doll to fit the clothing to

Here's what to do:
1. Turn the item of clothing inside out and put it onto your doll. 
2. Straighten the seams out and pin along the shoulders to decrease the neckline slightly. 
3. Start pinning around the dolls underarms and torso leaving about 1/4" for seam allowance. 
4. Straighten seams again and pin crotch evenly
5. Pin around legs. (You get the idea now right? We're pinning around the body to shrink the suit!)
6. Undo the buttons or zip and carefully (without pinning yourself) take the garment off the doll

7. Stitch carefully along your pinned edge, allowing for your 1/4" seam allowance. Remove pins as you go. This doesn't have to be perfect, just keep it as even as possible :) 
8. Use a zig zag stitch if fabric is particularly stretchy (click pic below to enlarge)

9. Use scissors to trim around your sewn edge. You might like to serge the edges to reinforce.
10. Hem your arms and legs and you're ready to dress your doll! That's it! The same principle applies for tights, hats, t-shirts etc!

Enjoy! That's 10 simple steps to a cheap and easy way to give your little ones best friends a whole new wardrobe!

I can't wait to show you the rest of our outfits that we repurposed - but you'll have to wait as they're part of a special Christmas gift for one of my nieces who has a particularly well loved doll!

I'm off to keep sewing presents!!

Do you do handmade gifts at Christmas time?

Here's some other handmade gifts we've made.