Diana Rambles: Recycle Skorts into 18" Doll Dress Tutorial

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Recycle Skorts into 18" Doll Dress Tutorial

This is my first in a series post about recycling/repurposing clothing and other items for use with an American Girl or 18" Doll.
My daughter has been showing more interest in her American Girl doll lately so I've decided to get her another 18" doll for her birthday. With 2 dolls she's going to want more doll stuff. I enjoy sewing & craft projects so I've decided to make stuff for the dolls myself. I came up with this idea of recycling clothing items into doll clothes when we were assessing my daughter's clothes the other day. My first project was taking 3 tier knit skorts and turning them into a dress or skirt. No gathering, no pulling through elastic, just a few easy steps!

Step 1- Cut the shorts out of the skorts and then cut up the seam. I was able to get 2 out of these 4T skorts.
Step 2- Sew the edges together. I serged mine and discovered that it's better to start with the elastic end.
Step 3- Turn inside out and add ribbon for dress ties or just leave it as a skirt for the doll.

This halter style ribbon was stitched on the inside of the elastic so it would be easy to tuck it in and use a as a skirt. Now I need to give a friend of mine an apology as we usually give her my daughter's hand-me-downs, but now they are all a basket of upcycle ideas!