This cute little doll clothes project is quick to make with scraps from your fabric stash. If you have a young one who wants to learn to sew, this would be a great project for them! This is a sponsored post. Any opinions given are completely my own.
Doll Clothes Garland
There is something so charming about a doll clothes banner/garland, especially one that mimics everyday life. This doll clothes project is quick to machine sew, or even stitch by hand. The winter shirts and trousers look like they came from vintage Grandpa’s closet. We don’t actually have any dolls at our house, because our family is all boys. However, I am sure these tiny garments would fit any Barbie or Ken doll quite well.
Thanks to Hoffman Fabrics of California for supplying the adorable Christmas Tree print and black and white stripe fabrics. You can see more of their holiday fabric collection here.
These scraps of fabric came from a couple of my recent projects but you could also cut up old clothes for this project. If you want to see more of how the original projects turned out, take a look at the Ragged Baby Quilt and Men’s Hoodie Pajamas. They turned out pretty nice!
For this project you will need:
Doll Clothes Garland Supplies
- 1/4 yard of red and black check fabric
- 1/4 yard of Christmas tree fabric
- 1/4 yard of black pin stripe fabric.
- 1 yard or more of twine
- Miniature clothes pins
- McCalls pattern #6051
This project was a bit of a mash up with the different fabrics. I started with the basic top and bottom pieces in the red/black print, then cut strips of the same fabric to decorate the other pieces as a contrast. I had fun appliquéing the little trees on the top and pants as patches with a simple zig zag stitch. Alternatively, you could use fusible interfacing to glue them in place instead of sewing. The fabric strips on the cuffs were zig zagged on top of the raw edges to give them a charming homespun look. Nothing was hemmed, I prefer the raw edges.
- Cut out banner pattern pieces. You will need three tops (one of each print), and two pants to coordinate with the top pieces.
- Cut out tree shaped as an oval from printed tree fabric, zig zag stitch on to knees of black and red print pants. Cut one tree out and attach to front of red and black print shirt with zig zag.
- Cut six 1″ wide x 3″ long small strips of red and black fabric for cuffs. Sew on to tree print shirt. Sew remaining pieces on to the bottom of the black stripe pants.
- Make an oval shape out the head of one reindeer and sew it onto the red and back print shirt with zigzag stitching.
- Stitch the black and print collar on to the reindeer shirt.
- Sew the side seams together of each shirt with right sides together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Clip the underarm area so you can turn them right side out. Press lightly.
- Stitch the top seam of the pants by turning under 1/4″ on the top edge.
- Sew the crotch seam of the pants together (it looks like a side seam) matching wrong sides together, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Finish by sewing the leg seam together, then turn right side out. Clip the crotch area if needed to get pants to lay flat.
- Cut a piece of twine 40″ long.
- Hang the doll clothes onto the twine with mini clothes pins.
I think this garland would be adorable in a child’s room, or even on a fireplace mantle. Christmas lights add to the festive look!
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