People always giggle when I tell them that I make dolls for a living. I mean, it does sound kind of funny and there is more to my day to day than making dolls. But I tell ya, doll making has it’s perks. Like, I can whip a doll skirt for any kid in the neighborhood in about 5 minutes. Which is pretty awesome.
It’s also earned me to do list about 4 miles long since most of the kids in the neighborhood decided they needed new dolls to go with their dolls skirts. Man. I didn’t see that coming.
Want to earn yourself the reputation of coolest person ever with the kids in your neighborhood? Or maybe your house? Let’s make some doll skirts!
Meet Isla and Isabelle. They’re happy friends. But they are sadly lacking in the doll skirt department. So I guess we should fix that. And it’s only going to take a few simple supplies.
You’re going to need
- 1/4 inch elastic
- a tape measure
- a safety pin
- a sewing machine
- a cup of coffee. Because coffee.
First things first. Let’s take measurements. Isla was willing to let me show your hers. She’s all about positive body image and embracing your hips.
Take your elastic and wrap it around your dolls waist. Cut it to fit. You literally want your elastic to be the same size as your dolls waist. Now. Measure how long you’d like your skirt. Take that number and add one inch.
Lets measure the fabric now.
You want your fabric to be a little wider than your elastic. This will give it a gathered look when you’re dollie wears it. As for length, that’s the number you already have. Easy peasy. Take a sip of coffee, you’re about to rock this skirt.
On each long side, you’re going iron down two folds. What I mean is, fold it just a bit. Iron it down to make a crease. Fold it again. Iron it down. Tada! No more raw edge.
On the other long side, you’ll need to make one fold a quarter inch and your second fold about 1/2″. This is what will form the casing for your elastic.
Now for the fun part. Let’s sew!
Partially unfold your sides and fold the fabric in half, short side to short side. Do a straight stitch up the the side to close it and form a tube of sorts. You can go over the edge with a zig zag stitch to finish it off.
Refold it and pin it down. Or don’t pinning is easier but you get on with your bad self if you don’t want to pin.
Time to sew! Using a straight stitch, completely sew around the bottom to form the hem of the skirt.
Flip it around and do the same to the top, only this time you’re going to leave a space about half in inch long open. You need to leave it open so you can put your elastic in.
Here’s where the safety pin comes in. Put the safety pin into the end of your elastic and thread it through the casing. The safety pin makes it super easy to guide through.
Pull your elastic through, pin it together and then stitch it together with your sewing machine.
Pull your waistband to make the elastic go inside the casing completely and stitch the opening closes. Trim the threads and you are done.
Ta da! You’re finished! You’re dollies are all dressed in new skirts. And it was super easy, right?
Until next time, Happy Wednesday!