Monday, June 1, 2009

Baby Clothes to Doll Clothes -- TUTORIAL

My sister has four daughters, and when my daughter was born I inherited quite a pile of baby girl clothes. There was certainly much more than one little girl could ever use! Those same nieces are very much into their baby dolls, so what better way to utilize some of those baby clothes than to turn them into dolly clothes? As an added bonus, the dolls will never grow out of their clothes, PLUS it is so fun for the girls to put the same clothes on their dolls that they themselves used to wear!



Here I will show you a super simple way to make doll pajamas!


STEP ONE: Supplies! You need a doll, baby pajamas, LOTS of pins, a good pair of scissors, and your sewing machine.


STEP TWO: Turn the pajamas inside out and put it on your doll. (I am using my niece's doll she named "Crocodile." Such a pretty name!)


STEP THREE: Pin around the doll. You will make a seam across the neckline and shoulders, and down the arms. This will make the neck small enough for the doll. Then pin from below the wrist all the way around the legs and back up to the other wrist.


STEP FOUR: Carefully remove the pajamas, taking care not to lose or poke yourself with any pins. (This step also helps ensure your doll pajamas will go on and off the doll easily.)


STEP FIVE: Sew exactly on the line where you pinned, taking out pins as you go. (Sorry, it's hard to see the stitching in this photo.)


If your pajamas have a zipper, be sure to reinforce at the bottom of the zipper.


STEP SIX: Cut around your stitching, leaving at least 1/4" seam allowance.


STEP SEVEN: Turn the pajamas right side out, put them on the doll, and place a pin on the sleeve where you want the hem to be. Take off the pajamas, cut approximately 1/4" away from the pin, remove pin, and hem sleeves. (This is the hardest part of the whole project!)


STEP EIGHT: Put your jammies on your doll!

65 comments:

~julee~ said...

Thanks for sharing! My daughter loves having "real baby" clothes for her dolls.

LullabyLane said...

What a great way to reuse the baby clothes that I can't seem to let go of. I can't wait to try it! Thanks for the tutorial.

Emily G. said...

spectacular!

hiptobeme said...

So stinkin' cute! But I only have a boy and he hates dolls :( Oh well, I can look!

WendyCarole said...

wonderful dolls' clothes

Amy Jo said...

Love this idea! My daughter just started putting diapers on her baby. I'm sure that dressing her baby will be next!

casserole said...

I love this idea so much!!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-doll-jammies-from-babys-old-clothes/2009/06/02/
(Link will go live in 2 hours)
--Anne

Chrissy said...

This is such a great idea! I have linked to you at One Crafty Place!

LiEr said...

Clever! Oh thank you for saving me vast sums of money buying teeny overpriced dolly clothes for the army of dolls we have at home! We have so many of them, and of course they are all different sizes so no clothes-sharing. What a very, very smart idea!

lesthook said...

How clever!

Kathryn said...

This is positively genious!

sewmarm said...

This is such a cute and clever idea!

bAnyacska said...

Thanks for sharing!This is a great idea!I can´t wait to try it!My daughter gonna be thrilled!!!!

BenBirdy1 said...

Thanks to you we spent $4 at the Salvation Army and the better part of yesterday making clothes for my daughter's baby dolls. What an awesome, awesome idea and a totally user-friendly tutorial. Thank you so much for saving me from the pilled polyester outfits that the dolls came in.

Brigitta said...

To get around the tiny sleeve problem, sew most of the arm seam and leave the end open, then hem and finish sewing the seam, it may not look as good, but on small arms it is easier to do.
Christa in Australia

cynthi said...

I never would have thought of just putting the doll inside the clothes to make your pattern. This one seems easy enough that maybe even I could do it. Thanks!

K-Sue said...

I love the picture of the dolly all pinned up inside the PJs.

Bek said...

Such a great simple idea! I have already made one, and probably more in the future. THanks! I found it easier to hem the sleeves by hand after a disaster at trying to do it on machine!

Britta said...

I love this idea! My girls will love having new clothes for their dolls, esp. clothes that they wore. How FUN! Thanks for sharing!

Brenda said...

What a great idea. I will be trying this out.

Amy said...

great idea!

Emily said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I've found my daughter's old t-shirts (4T) are the perfect size for making nightgowns for my older daughter's 18 inch doll - no hemming required! The length of the shirt is the perfect length for the bottom of the nightgown, and the short sleeves are perfect for her long sleeves! Thank you so much!

Emily said...

I just wanted to let you know I linked to this tutorial at my blog. http://davimee.blogspot.com/2009/11/thinking-about-christmas.html Thanks again!

Cheryl said...

I have so many baby clothes that I was just about to give away, but this is a great idea! My daughter will love using the clothes she has seen her brother and sister wear.

Emily said...

Hi Care,

I just wanted to let you know I've again linked to your blog, and this time I posted a picture of my completed project. I am very new at sewing, so thank you so much for your tutorials! http://davimee.blogspot.com/2009/12/doll-clothes.html

Emily

Kaeley Lanae said...

thanks 4 doing this

SONDRA said...

Great tut! Thanks for sharing! I have a couple of shirts that I am making into doll clothes and you have given me some great ideas to make it easier! Thanks so much!

Jaime said...

tooooooo cute!

Jacinda said...

Thanks for this! I made some for my daughter's favorite doll today. A mermaid! And linked to you on PrudentBaby.com

nopinkhere said...

I'm so glad I found this! My son has "his" baby in one of his baby sister's outgrown nightgowns, but it's way too big. I had been planning on making something from scratch but have been putting it off as too much of a pain. This seems so much more reasonable. Thanks so much!

famr_4evr said...

WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!! Off to the storage room!! i knew I kept those jammies for a reason!

Grace Harbor said...

I made sleepers very similar to this for my preemie. I added elastic to the waist making a casing by cutting the sleeper in half near the waist and sewing it back together using the seam as the casing.

If you are interested in my instructions email me at tamiejp@yahoo.com Put Preemie Sleeper in subject line.

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Melanie said...

Greatest idea ever!!! I have so many baby clothes, and SO many naked baby dolls in our home ;) Thanks! When I make some, do you mind if I link to my blog?

Care said...

Sure, Melanie!

Send me a link when you've got them done -- I would love to see! :o)

jennifer said...

i just came across this recently -- this is INGENIOUS!! i just made some for my daughter's doll. i know she will absolutely love it! thanks for sharing!!!

Mira said...

Thanks for sharing! I also sew doll clothes and i got lots of ideas here: www.missbcouture.com
go have a look, I like it very much

Kami said...

Thank you for the help! I did some clothes today and they turned out great!

Emily said...

Thanks! This is such a great idea! I made one pair of jammies today but my almost three year old told me her baby didn't want any new clothes. Ah well, maybe later!

Chabelamarie said...

Thank you so much for this great idea! My daughter loves her Corolle Tidoo doll (12 inches) but the only clothes I could find cost $20!!! Thanks to your tutorial I made her the cutest pink PJ's and now my little girl says that Sophie (her doll) needs more!

Susan said...

I love that I found this! This is exactly what I needed to find today. Thanks a bunch!

dana said...

Thank you so much for this AWESOME tutorial! I was wracking my brain trying to figure out a way to use these old baby clothes from my dd to make her baby doll some clothes! Now I don't have to break the bank making her happy! THANKS!!

Lois said...

I can't wait to start sewing! My daughter is going to LOVE her new doll clothes.

amanda said...

this is the cutest idea ever!!! im goin to the second hand store and gettin some pjs for a buck! (since i got rid of all our baby clothes)

Michelle said...

Thanks so much for this easy to follow tutorial. I have been looking for one to turn my granddaughters clothes she has out grown into clothes for her baby dolls.

s.amna_rizvi said...

you really deserve appriciation.very welldone

Jessica said...

I used this to help me make some boy doll PJs. I linked back to you blog from mine. Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

my happy bluebird said...

What a great idea! My daughter is getting a Lalaloopsy doll for Xmas and I want to make her doll "special" pjs. Now I'm off to see if I still have some of her baby pjs...

Busy Mama3 said...

Thank you for sharing this! I am making Cabbage Patch clothes for my little girl for Christmas and this is perfect! I will be linking to this as well. Please visit my brand new blog. It needs some love:)
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Kay Pugh said...

Love this idea. Can't wait to try it.

The Homestylemom said...

Thanks for this post. My girls have had great fun this week sewing up dolly clothes from baby clothes.
-Whimsy

Tina GivingNSharing said...

Thanks for sharing this! I'm going to PIN it as soon as I finish this. I bought two 11-12" dolls at the thrift shop a couple weeks ago and haven't been able to find doll clothes at all. I and my 3 year old made "pillowcase" type dresses for them that turned out really cute. I'll post a tutorial here when I figure out how. LOL

I went to the consignment store today and picked up a couple of newborn onesies and plan on cutting those down and then I'll also use the scraps to make barbie clothes.

Thanks again! Tina
givingnsharing.blogspot.com

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frmmyheart2urs said...

OH how adorable! WIll have to do this soon! LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing!:)

frmmyheart2urs said...

OKay.....I couldnt wait to do this! I just took my daughters going home from the hospital outfit and made it to fit her American Girl doll! THANK YOU so much for posting! I cant wait to see the smile on my little girls face! :)

Margo said...

Thanks so much for sharing this. I'm a sewing novice and still managed to make a wonderful doll sleeper with this tutorial!

Jerri Washam said...

Thank you! I had been planning to donate my daughter’s baby clothes, but I think I am going to use this instead. After all, my daughter will enjoy having more doll’s clothes since they do get dirty much often, and they will be easy to clean.

Jerri Washam

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Amy said...

Great idea and tutorial on the baby doll clothes!!! I loved it so much I went and made a whole new wardrobe for my little girl's Cabbage Patch Dolls. :)I posted pictures of the dolls new clothes on my brand new blog - http://ribbonsbowsandwhoelseknows.blogspot.ca/ - and I linked to your blog entry, I hope that is alright!

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Sia D'Souza said...

Outstanding!!. I have a 1 year old baby girl and I just love to dress her up in cute baby clothes. I will try to make her these following the same technique but yes the bigger size of course. Haha...