I’ve admitted that while I do love things to make, I’m not crafty at all. In fact, my husband once told me that the highly recommends I don’t sew in front of the kids, because they should never see me like that.
Don’t get me wrong. I can sew. Both of my Grandma’s taught me and I kick butt in Home Economy in high school. I’ve made my fair share of pillows. I’ve made simple sundresses for myself and my girls once up on a time (honestly, they were too embarrassing to wear though!). I’ve cross-stitched, sewn on my husband’s umpire numbers each year, and that kind of simple stuff.
However, when my girls got American Girl Dolls for Christmas and became very concerned about their lack of wardrobe, the minimum $24 price tag inspired me. After listening to my daughters and getting caught up with how in love they are with their dolls, I sat down without a pattern and whipped out two pairs of pajamas using some old fuzzy blanket-type material I had left over. In fact, Julie is pictured above straight out of bed (that’s why her hair is so messy), in her new pajamas.
I’m using old clothes that were stained or had holes, plus some I was going to donate to make more. So far, I’ve whipped out scarves, jean skirts, and I’m about to start a t-shirt.
If you, like me, don’t want to drop $24 or more on tiny clothes and have some old clothes laying around, here’s a few patterns to get you started that you can download FREE and print at home:
- Trendy Tank Top
- Polo Shirt
- Spaghetti Strap Tank
- Trendy T-Shirt
- Retired American Girl Doll Patterns (6 Sets)
- Shoes or Slippers
- Styling Cape
- Rag Scarf
Now remember to get creative. I’m Molly’s Rain Slicker pattern to make a jacket by simply shortening the pattern and making a few minor alteration. The pattern just provides me the sizes! Plus, we have some old stained t-shirts that will work great with the trendy t-shirt pattern. In fact, since it’s stretchy, I’m hoping a I can make them without the Velcro back, since we are short on Velcro in our craft supply pile.
Use what you have on hand for materials. We tore apart old clothes for buttons, ribbon, lace, Velcro, and other add-ons. We’ve separated out small pockets, designers, bows, and even turned a pair of jeans into a jean skirt with zipper.
Have fun and put your kids to work! They can help cut, make the scarfs, and more depending on their age.