Use the free easy step by step instructions linked to this list to make removable clothing or costumes or shoes for any size of doll, including 'Barbie" ™, American Girl™ dolls, dolls' house dolls and baby dolls, and popular BJDs. There are a wide range of clothing possibilities for any level of sewer, including leggings, vests, jackets, shirts, jeans hats and shoes, made from easily available materials. Scroll all the way down and click on the 'next' button to go to the... rest of the pages in this list for commercial pattern sources and references for doll clothing patterns, custom fabrics and trims, as well as easy to sew felt animals and other items.
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Sew a Gathered Sundress From a Fabric Rectangle
It doesn't get much simpler than this gathered sundress for a doll made from a simple rectangle of fabric with ribbon straps. The dress is made from one piece of material and can be adjusted to suit the way it has to fit over the doll's arms, head or hips.
If you've never tried to make doll clothing before, this is an easy project, but you'll need a bit of fine elastic sewing thread. Click on the headline link to get to the instructions.
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This easy to hand sew doll swimsuit can be adapted to fit little girl and miniature dolls like Lottie, (see photo) or fashion bjds or larger children's dolls. There is no pattern for this swimsuit. The instructions show you how to cut and fit it to your particular doll. You can make it with or without a skirt, and with a number of different necklines.
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These beach sandals and flip flops can be made elegant or traditional depending on the materials you use. Use fine elastic cord or thread for 1:24 scale dolls, or make the shoes with patterned elastic or fabric covered elastic for larger dolls. The elastic used on the shoes makes them easier to fit on a doll's feet. For display only, you can use ribbon or other trims.
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You can make these shoes for any size of doll from a variety of materials. As shown here the shoes are just over 1/2 inch long and made from fine flexible faux leather which is easy to produce in any color.
Once you've made the basic shoe pattern for your doll you can adapt it for a number of different styles. The Simple Mary Jane Shoes are a good test of the basic pattern and can be slipped on and off your doll's feet with the aid of a doll shoehornContinue to 5 of 36 below.
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These miniature ankle boots can be made from a range of materials. I used faux suede to make a pair of soft green "desert boots" with a 'crepe rubber' sole. You can also use the faux leather fabric, or use fine leather from a number of sources. If you'd rather make a set of canvas 'high tops' just change the base materials and the cut of the sides slightly. You can use paint for the toes.
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You can make patterns for all kinds of dolls clothes for any doll if you begin with a custom fit sloper pattern, an exact fitting pattern for a doll's top, without any seams. Use these instructions to make custom fitted bodice or torso sloper for your doll, then use it to adapt commercial patterns, or clothes, or create pattern pieces for custom clothes and costumes for your doll.
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This basic long sleeved shirt can easily be made with a front (or back) opening. The sleeve length can be adjusted to suit your doll. Try it in a plain fabric first, then experiment with different fabrics and prints.
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This simple vest can be made first from felt, as a test, then from a range of fabrics or leathers to make various style vests for any size of doll.Continue to 9 of 36 below.
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Use these instructions to make a custom pants sloper pattern to fit your particular doll. With your pants sloper fitted to your doll, you can adapt the slope to custom fit a range of pants, short and culottes to the doll.
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This pattern for simple doll jeans is based on a pattern drawn from a custom pants sloper fitted to your doll. I used a worn blue jean work shirt for the fabric to make jeans in scale with this 1:8 scale doll. Take care to use fabric which is thin enough for the size of your doll.
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Once you've made the basic coat pattern for your doll, you can make a range of front opening lapel jackets and coats. The coat can only be fitted to dolls with arms that move enough to fit in the sleeves.
A good test of the pattern is to use it to Make a Custom Fitted Lab Coat for Any Size or Scale of Doll
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This simple nightdress / nightgown is made from lightweight cotton lawn with ribbon trim. Here it is shown on a Lottie Doll. This type of doll clothing is easy to make in smaller sizes using cotton handkerchiefs which are the right fabric weight and often have interesting patterns or embroidery.Continue to 13 of 36 below.
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Sew these simple doll leggings for any size of doll using the basic pant sloper pattern to cut the legging sections. You can sew these with no outside seam, or with an outside leg seam, depending on the shape of your doll. Shown here on a 1:12 scale bjd they are made from a baby's knit undershirt.
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Make Removable Camisoles and Briefs for Any Size or Scale of Doll
These essential underclothes can be easily hand sewn, even for tiny dolls, if you use the right fabrics. As shown here on a 1:12 scale doll the underclothes are made from a pair of baby tights, this makes them stretchable, without worrying about them unraveling. The briefs can be made for male or female dolls, and with simpler trims, the camisole can become a vest. For my dollhouse scale doll, I used baby stocking fabric for the briefs and camisole.
Make Camisoles and Briefs for Any Size or Scale... of Doll
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Make an Easy Stretch Tank Top for a Doll
Shown here with a simple circular skirt, the stretch tank top can be adapted to fit onto dolls with limited arm movement. This is a very easy project to hand sew.Continue to 17 of 36 below.
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Make Clothing for Baby Dolls
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Make an Easy Evening or Prom Dress for Any Size or Shape of Doll
This strapless evening dress is made from a simple tube of knit fabric. For smaller dolls, like the 3 1/2 inch tall Polly Pocket doll shown here, the dress can be fitted with a bodice made from a strip of wired ribbon trim. The trim helps to hold the dress on the doll like a "twist-tie".
Although this is an easily removable dress to make for small dolls, the method can be scaled up to make dresses for dolls in any size or scale. As the dress is pulled on over the doll's legs, it is... also suitable for dolls with larger than normal heads.
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Make a Simple Removable Dress or Doll Skirt
This is a great starter project for learning to hand sew doll clothes. This simple skirt or dress can be made from 'fat quarters' used for quilting if you can find an appropriate small scale design for your doll. The skirt or dress takes less than an hour to make, even sewing by hand.
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Make a Basic Empire Waist Dress for a Doll
This empire waisted dress is a great staple for a doll's wardrobe. It can be made from quilting cotton as shown here, or you can use finer fabrics with a better drape. If you are working with a doll pattern like this one which has fabric gathers or pleats, use the information on Choosing Small Scale Printed Fabric for Pleated or Gathered Miniatures to help you select a suitable fabric.Continue to 21 of 36 below.
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This is a simple sewing project based on measurements on your doll, not patterns. I used swimsuit fabric and outdoor ribbon as my doll will be spending some time out of doors as a decoration. Any four-way stretch (wide and length stretch) fabric will work well. The doll shown here was only 3 1/4 inches tall but was very easy to dress.
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Make An Easy Removable Dress for a Dollhouse Doll
Make an easy full skirted dress with a crinoline for a dolls house doll or miniature stuffed animal. This is a good project for a beginning sewer.
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Use Toddler Socks to Make Quick Co-Ordinating Fashions for Dolls
A great source of knit fabrics for doll clothing are smaller sizes of knit socks. Learn how to hand sew a quick hooded sweater for a doll, and make a coordinating knit doll skirt from a sock leg in less than fifteen minutes.
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The hooded towel shown in these directions was made for a 1:12 scale baby, but you can use the same method to make towels for other sized dolls or real children. I made a piglet as I had pink toweling. You can use the same directions to make puppy towels, frogs, hippos, any animal that appears to have a 'snout'.Continue to 25 of 36 below.
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Weave a Simple Garden Hat For Any Size of Doll
This miniature garden hat is woven using traditional techniques for weaving over a form. You make the form from a roll of paper, so it can be custom sized for any size hat, from a doll, on up to a hat for a child or adult. As shown here I have made the miniature garden hat from garden raffia, but you can also weave it from paper, ribbon, or other flat weave materials.
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These cute hats are quick to make from scraps of four-way stretch fabric. If you adjust the seam and change the colors, you can make great hats for any elf. and change the colors, you can make great hats for any elf.
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Sources for Doll Fabrics and Trims
A range of suppliers have specialty trims and fabrics for miniature and dolls house dolls. Here are a few to try:
- Create Custom Small Scale Fabrics at Spoonflower Design
U.S. Small Scale Fabric Suppliers
U.K. Small Scale Fabric Suppliers
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This book is a classic reference on making, assembling and dressing dolls house dolls, including shoes, hats and undergarments and wigging for men, women, and children. The patterns are for costumes from the 1700's through to 1910. Unfortunately, it is now out of print, but if you can find it in a library it is an excellent reference for a beginner through advanced doll maker, with a wide assortment of well-illustrated patterns to choose from as well as good information on styles suitable to... various periods. Prices vary widely for this large format paperback book. Check to see if your local club or library have a copy you can borrow.
Published by David & Charles
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The Miniature Costumier, Removable Clothing for Dolls House People
This book by Catriona Hall features a range of removable modern dolls clothes for men and women, babies through the elderly. It includes information on dolls house linens, as well as knitting in 1:12 scale. Some of the work featured in the book can be seen on Catriona Hall's Webpage
Large Format Paperback Published by Sally Milner Publishers, ISBN: 9781863513296
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This large format paperback book features the creation of a 1:12 scale bridal salon, including the building of the salon, as well as the creation of several wedding dressing and all accessories for a wedding. The patterns range to accommodate a number of bridal styles, as well as a range of sewing skills. You can view photos of the completed wedding salon, as well as some of the bridal gowns at Sue Johnson's web page Sue's Enchanted Cottage.
Published by The Guild of Master Craftsmen.... ISBN-10: 186108451X # ISBN-13: 978-1861084514
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This book is a compilation of costume designs previously featured in The Dolls House Magazine. Costumes include projects by Janet Harmsworth of Mini Mannequins, as well as Carolyn Harding of CaroDoug Miniatures, and Sue Johnson of Sue's Enchanted Cottage. The projects are interesting, well laid out and illustrated, but they do not form a full collection for a learner or for someone who wants to dress a collection of dolls in related dress.
Large format paperback,Published by The Guild of... Master Craftsmen, ISBN-10: 1861085052 ISBN-13: 978-1861085054
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Printable small scale wallpaper and fabric designs, many of which are suitable for dollhouse doll clothing in 1:12 scale.Continue to 33 of 36 below.
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EQ Printable Ink Jet Cotton Lawn Fabric Sheets
Print directly on cotton lawn using your ink jet printer. Although this produces fabric which is a bit stiffer than regular cotton lawn, it does enable you to design and print your own miniature fabrics, suitable for trim or some styles of dolls house clothing.
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Information for knitters on working in dolls house scales. There is also a review of Lesley Manieri's Knitting Supplies. Lesley produces a range of miniature knitting patterns and also sells yarns and needles suitable for working in smaller scales.
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Miniature Crochet Projects in 1:12 Scale
Roz Walters book covers a range of crochet clothing for dolls, from layettes and christening gowns, through to outfits for a full wedding party. The patterns are mainly worked in English double and treble crochet (American single and double crochet) with much of the lacy detail of the pieces coming from careful use of various shell stitches. They are worked with steel hooks sized from .60 to 1.75 metric needles, or roughly # 4 to #14 American sizes (depending on the manufacturer). The book has... good information for beginners as well as experienced crocheters.
- Miniature Crochet Projects in 1:12 Scale
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Make a Simple Summer Shorts Outfit and Hoodie for Any Size of Doll
These three little spring or summer clothing pieces make a great set of co-ordinates for a doll.