Upcycling for some dolls clothes - Guest post tutorial from Becky at Creatively Content

Hi, I am Becky from a little blogging corner called Creatively Content. Jill it makes me smile to be able to hang out here on this great blog of yours, that is always getting better. Thank you for having me.

I am an American living with my family in the west corner of Turkey. I have adopted a theme since living here in Turkey that is 'use what you have".  Living in Turkey has put my life in perspective in many ways and I am truely grateful to not have everything I want at my finger tips, it has produced ingenuity in me. :)

On this fun Friday I want to share how my girls and I put together a few outfits for their dolls by simply upcycling/recycling some unwanted clothing.

A Sock hoody, Pant leg jean skirts, a Sleeve sweater 

and a Sock dress. 
I made these two yellow haired dolls some time ago for the girls. The third doll is a muslin ready made doll my daughter put together. They were scantly clad for way too long. So my girls and I went to work. I have put together a picture tutorial for each piece of doll clothing. They are very simple and take little time to create.

Sleeve Sweater

1. Find an old sweater.

2. Cut off sleeve according to the length of dolls waist

3. Take the doll's arm and measure from what is left of the sweater sleeve.

4. Cut a piece of sweater that is long enough and wide enough for a sleeve. Do this twice for two sleeves.
5. Sew newly cut sleeves closed - into a cylinder shape. Set aside.
6. For sweater bodice, take the piece cut off from the sleeve in step #2 and cut small holes in each side for the arms. 
7. Now take the sleeves you made and insert them into the arm holes of the bodice.

8. Turn sweater inside out, then take the sleeve that is poking through the arm holes and turn it towards the sweater. Sew the small piece of  sleeve around the hole that you made for the arms, so that the sleeve is now attached to the inside of the sweater. Do other arm the same.

9. Turn sweater right side out and tada ~ a doll sweater.

Sock Sweater Hoody

This sock hoody is very simple:
1. Find sock.

2. Cut holes for arms and head.
3. Cut the head and neck hole larger.

4. Cut the sock to fit to dolls waist.

Pant Leg Jean Skirt

1. Find old pair of jeans (these were mine)

2. Cut off pant leg to the length of skirt you want. (These jean skirts could easily fit an 18" doll)

3. Turn inside out and fold down material.

4. Sew around pant leg and leave an opening then  run elastic through opening with a saftey pin.

4. Tie or sew elastic in place. Sew up opening.

5. Turn right side out.

Here are our models: 

Melek (Angel) and Sari (Yellow)

Here are a few more examples 

of our recycled/upcycled doll clothes.

I hope all of you reading have enjoyed these fun doll outfits and maybe some of you now have a few new ideas for those mis-matched socks of yours that are hanging out in your laundry baskets looking for a home.

Please come on over and visit me at Creatively Content, I would love to have you. It is a place where I record my creativity and highlight lots of kids crafts, simple sewing, my reflection of culture, faith and being a mom to my 3 kiddos in a country that is not my own. I would love to have you come over and visit my corner of the blogoshere. Here are a few links of my posts to show you a bit of who I am, because my blog is just that, me. :)

From my little corner of the world to yours,



  1. This is great! What awesome ideas you've got, and it looks so easy to do, that's the best part!

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  3. Great, great idea. I love upcycling clothes for my daughter to wear but I had not thought to do with for her doll clothes. Thanks for the tip.

  4. Simply beautiful...lovely work!

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