When my daughter was little I used to love to make little things for her dolls and dollhouse. She had big dolls and little dolls, ones with fancy cars and ones that just lived in the toy box. Sometimes, though, it was just fun to take some little scraps of this and that to create something new for her dolls. Upon getting bored from time to time I quickly learned to look beyond regular craft supplies. Sometimes I simply didn’t have them. But, many times, I would find suitable things around the house and make doll stuff from those things.
One such thing is an ordinary washcloth. It can be easily turned into a doll’s hat. With assorted embellishments you can make a nice collection of floppy hats for a large doll. You’ll just need one washcloth, and a little ribbon, for each hat.
It can be very helpful to make the hat if you first find a way to steady the doll. Stand her in an empty box or canister then place towels around her to hold her upright. If she’s a doll that can sit still on her own, even better.
Use a round object from around the house as a pattern for the hat. A bowl, large glass or similar item works great. This object main serves to cut the corners off the washcloth to give you a perfect circle of fabric. You can later cut the circle to be smaller, if needed.
Position the circular washcloth piece on the doll’s head. Pull the washcloth down over the face of the doll. Use a piece of ribbon to shape the hat. To do this, glue or pin the ribbon to the back of the hat, then continue pinning or gluing the ribbon around to the front of the hat. As you do this, position the ribbon so that it goes around the back of the head, above the ears, and across the top of the forehead. Now trim the washcloth to the diameter you want the finished hat to be.
If you sew, use the pinning method to attach the ribbon to the washcloth. After all the pinning is done simply stitch around the washcloth to attach the ribbon piece. If you’ve glued the ribbon allow the washcloth to stay on the doll’s head until the glue is dry.
Use fabric glue or a machine to attach lace around the cut edges of the washcloth. After that, you can do any number of things to embellish the hat. Glue on tiny flowers, spaced evenly apart, all the way around the lace trim. Or, create a cluster of dried flowers and glue them to just one area of the ribbon. Make a different design by simply attaching a large bow. Combine flowers, ribbons, fake pearls, netting and similar items to make a collection of hats your daughter will cherish!