Go to a dollar-theme store, get some of those cheap dish towels, and make the cutest skirt and matching jacket set for a large doll! Since dish towels come in so many different colors and patterns, and making doll clothes from them is such an easy project, your doll will end up with rows of matching skirt and jacket sets for all occasions!
You’ll need four dish towels for each set of clothing. One towel will become the skirt but it takes three to make the jacket. If the dish towel is the type that has the fringe on the ends, cut it off. Place the two ends together, so that their right sides are facing each other, and sew straight across to make a side seam for the skirt.
Turn the skirt right-side-out and position a piece of narrow elastic at the seam. Stitch around the waist of the skirt, stretching the elastic slightly as you go, and covering the elastic with the edge of the cloth. Use a straight or zigzag stitch to sew in the elastic. Now the skirt is done!
Although you can cut a dish towel down to make a smaller skirt it’s not a good look to cut additional pieces to make a larger skirt. The only way this will work is if you use two identical dish towels and use both of them whole.
To make the doll jacket, lay one towel flat on a surface with one short end facing you. Lay it so that the right side of the towel is facing upwards. Take a second towel and cut it from one short end to the other, right down the center. Sew binding, lace or ribbon around the cut area of each towel half. Lay one half of the towel on one side of the whole towel. Place it so that the cut side is in the middle and so that the right side of the fabric is facing the whole towel. Now lay the second towel half on the whole towel with it’s cut edge down the center.
Pin the tops of the whole towel and the tops of the two half-towel pieces together and stitch across them to make two shoulder seams. Leave an opening between the two seams to allow a neckline for the jacket. Now you should have a jacket back, and a jacket front, with a slit down the front.
Cut two rectangles from the last dish towel. These should be as long as you want the sleeve to be and wide enough to go around the doll’s arm. Position the center of the top of the sleeve at the shoulder seam and pin in place. Stitch this area together. Now sew from the cuff of the sleeve, up to the underarm area, then down to the hemline.
Make holes along the front of the jacket, on each side of the slit, and evenly space them an inch or so apart. Thread a cord, shoestring-style, through the holes and tie at the top. The lacing shouldn’t go all the way to the top; allow the corners of the dish towel to fall down to form lapels.
These fun and easy outfits for dolls can be made for holidays by choosing holiday towels. Or, you can combine solid color towel jackets with printed patterns on the skirt to create unique separates. It’s a fun and easy project that will have your dolls walking around in style!