Don’t you just love projects that are really simple yet produce something elegant? Projects that cost little money but that others are paying big money to buy? That’s exactly what’s going on when you do some crafting with a washcloth. Use it to easily make a dress, shawl or other clothing piece for a Barbie doll.
Make a dress for Barbie by using a thin washcloth. Simply fold it in half, with right sides together, and sew down the side. The dress needs no hem unless you want to cut the washcloth. Slide the Barbie doll into the sleeveless number and decide on the length. Cut it or don’t – depending upon the dress you want to make. If you cut it, hem along the raw edge or sew on lace or ribbon trim. Make straps for the gown by just tacking on some short pieces of ribbon. Turn the washcloth so that the seam runs down the back before attaching the ribbon.
Use the same technique to make a skirt. Simple fold and sew the side seam, slide the doll into the skirt up to her waist, then cut the skirt to be the length you want. Cut a few of the stitches out of the top of the seam then attach tiny Velcro pieces to the two sides of the slit. Simply pull one corner of the slit so that it overlaps the other, then secure it with the Velcro. Or, sew in a small piece of elastic instead. The elastic version makes a fuller skirt whereas the Velcro method allows you to make the skirt fitted.
Make a matching or coordinating shawl by cutting a strip from the middle of a washcloth. Cut the ends off so that you are left with a piece of cloth that has four raw edges. Fold this piece so that the right sides are facing each other. Stitch down one short end and the open long end. Turn the shawl right-side-out and sew the last side shut.
Make a cape for your Barbie doll by simply altering one side of the washcloth. Lay a square washcloth in front of you then lay the Barbie doll on top of it. Position her so that her neck is in line with the top edge of the washcloth. Slide a piece of ribbon underneath the top edge of the washcloth and begin pinning it in place. As you do, make tiny pleats, so that this side of the washcloth becomes smaller and smaller. Wrap it around her neck every once in a while as you’re pinning to check for the appropriate size. Sew or stitch the ribbon in place then let Barbie wear her new cape. These can be made from thin wash cloths for a spring look or thick wash cloths for a winter ensemble.
Make a coat for the doll by using thick wash cloths. Lay one out flat, cut another in half, then set the halves on top of the whole one. Sew the shoulder seams together then sew down the side seams. Make two cylinder shapes from another washcloth, with one end of the cylider larger than the other, and pin it into the arm opening. Sew in these sleeves to complete the coat. Add buttons or other notions, if you want.
Making doll clothes is fun and easy when you ordinary wash cloths to do so. Your daughter’s Barbie doll’s will be sporting the latest fashions this year and no one will no you only spent a couple of bucks!