How to Make No-Sew Doll Clothes for Barbies and More!

Updated on January 23, 2018
A No-Sew Doll Clothing Design
A No-Sew Doll Clothing Design | Source

How to Make Doll Clothes Without Sewing Anything

Do you have leftover fabric scraps laying around? I propose that you repurpose them into doll clothes. Why? It can be frustrating to find clothing for different doll shapes and sizes, but this no-sew method allows you to use those scraps to make custom garments.

This project is great because it's:

  • Affordable. You can use fabric pieces you already own.
  • Easy. Children can easily learn to dress up their dolls this way. My 4- and 5-year-old nieces use this method. If they can do it, anyone can!
  • Creative. Playtime is more rewarding when you’ve created your own looks from scratch. It's a great exercise to hone kids' fine-motor skills and broaden their imaginations as they use simple supplies to create limitless wardrobe options.
  • Fun. It’s a lot of fun to design and put together your own doll clothes!

With this method, I'll show you how to make:

  • Rompers
  • Skirts
  • Dresses (two styles)

Ribbon and lace can be used to dress up your doll.
Ribbon and lace can be used to dress up your doll. | Source

DIY Doll Romper

What You'll Need:

  • Ribbon
  • Fabric Strips
  • Lace

Instructions

1. Wrap a piece of cloth around the doll and tie the ends together in a bow on the side.

2. Embellish the romper with ribbon or lace for fashion accessories.

Use this method to create different clothing items such as scarves, vests, tops, dresses, or skirts!

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Easy Homemade Doll SkirtCut a slit in the center of the circle to create a skirt.
Easy Homemade Doll Skirt
Easy Homemade Doll Skirt | Source
Cut a slit in the center of the circle to create a skirt.
Cut a slit in the center of the circle to create a skirt.

DIY No-Sew Skirt

What You'll Need:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon/Lace

Instructions:

1. Cut out a circle from a scrap of fabric. The one I made has a diameter of ~12 inches (or 30 centimeters). Try using fabric that won't fray after being cut.

2. Cut the center wide enough to fit your doll. Be careful not to make the hole too big.

3. Dress your doll in the skirt and secure the new garment with a piece of ribbon or lace!

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The Completed DressCut the sock so you have the tube.Snip the sides in for the arms.Repeat on the other side.Put it on the doll and adjust to your liking.
The Completed Dress
The Completed Dress
Cut the sock so you have the tube.
Cut the sock so you have the tube. | Source
Snip the sides in for the arms.
Snip the sides in for the arms.
Repeat on the other side.
Repeat on the other side.
Put it on the doll and adjust to your liking.
Put it on the doll and adjust to your liking.

DIY Sock Dress

These dresses are quite simple to make, and it's fun to create many variations. Depending on the sock size, you can create anything from a mini skirt to a long formal gown.

What You'll Need:

  • Sock
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon/Lace

Instructions:

1. Cut the sock at the heel so that you only have the tube part remaining. Make sure you cut it straight across!

2. Keep the tube section folded. Cut into the sock at the top where the elastic is located. The length you snip 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" (1cm) in from the side. Repeat to the other side.

3. Dress your doll by putting her arms through the holes. Accessorize with strands of ribbon, lace, or an elastic for a belt!

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A Completed Halter DressPull the strap over your doll's head.Now is the time to accessorize!
A Completed Halter Dress
A Completed Halter Dress | Source
Pull the strap over your doll's head.
Pull the strap over your doll's head. | Source
Now is the time to accessorize!
Now is the time to accessorize! | Source

DIY Sock Halter Dress

If you want to create a halter dress, just make one change to the instructions for the first dress:

1. Cut only one slit at the top of the sock.

2. Pull your doll’s head through the hole.

3. Add a belt to finish off the look.

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Bratz Dolls No-Sew Clothing
Bratz Dolls No-Sew Clothing
Bratz Dolls No-Sew Clothing | Source

Anyone Can Do It!

My nieces made these outfits themselves! You can see how easy they are to make and how fabric can be cut to fit dolls of different sizes and shapes. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to try making your own designs!

Watch This No-Sew Doll Dress Tutorial

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      • Virginia Allain profile image

        Virginia Allain 

        9 months ago from Central Florida

        Our minds think alike as I've made no-sew outfits for my Toni doll from a sock, from scarves and a rubber band, and other fabric scraps. I have several hubs featuring those.

        Your nieces look like they are having fun too. My hubby thinks I'm a little old to be playing with dolls, but maybe it's my 2nd childhood.

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        Helen-Jean 

        3 years ago

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

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        Journey 

        3 years ago

        Wonderful. Do they work on my dolls?

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        cece 

        4 years ago

        thanks i'm a doll lover!

      • stillwaters707 profile image

        stillwaters707 

        5 years ago from Texas

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

      • FlourishAnyway profile image

        FlourishAnyway 

        5 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.

      • TheKatsMeow profile imageAUTHOR

        TheKatsMeow 

        5 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 

        5 years ago from Chicago Area

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

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