One activity that often lasts for several days at a time is that of dressing dolls in clothes that can be made quickly and easily, and here is a kind of doll clothes that can be made without any sewing at all.
To make a short dress, first measure your doll from the neck down to the knees. For a long dress, measure from the neck to the ankles. Now cut a piece of string about two inches longer than you have measured, and tie the string to a pencil. Use this string and pencil arrangement as a compass, to draw a circle on a piece of wrapping paper. When this paper circle is cut out, it will serve as the pattern for your doll dress.
Put the pattern on a piece of cloth and pin it down in several places. This will enable you to cut a neat circle of cloth. If you can borrow a pair of pinking scissors, the dress will be especially nice; but in case no pinking shears are available, regular scissors may be used.
When the cloth circle is cut out, fold it across the middle and cut a very small circle from the middle. This will be the neck opening. Slash a tiny cut on each side of this neck opening, then use a thick darning needle to punch four holes near the neck opening, as shown at the places marked "x."
That's all there is to making this dress. It is put on over the doll's head and fastened at the shoulders with ribbon or yarn that has been run through the holes. A belt is tied around the waist.
After making a no-sewing dress, you might make a short cape like that shown below, or any other garment for which you have appropriate material.
Almost everyone who plays with paper dolls knows that they last longer when they are mounted. Usually this mounting is done on paper, but you might like to try mounting some of your paper dolls on cloth. First cut out the doll or any of its garments in rough form, then spread a thin layer of glue all over the back of the paper. Place this down on a piece of cloth and press it under some heavy object, leaving it there for several hours. Then cut out the figure carefully around its actual outline.
When you are playing with paper dolls, one way of having them stand up is to provide a leaning place for each one. You can make a good leaning place for a paper doll by bending a narrow strip of cardboard and pasting an empty spool to the cardboard where it is bent.
Veronica Lewis from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania on March 10, 2012:
This is such a cute idea!! And it is so simple. I've been trying to find something my ten year old can do that's not too complicated. Thanks for a great project for her!
firstname.lastname@example.org on January 15, 2012:
I am looking for a 5inch Santa and mrs Santa, also 15 in doll bed patterns to make for doll to sit on bed. I am having a terrible time finding them. Any help would be appreciated.
Linda on November 25, 2011:
I ain't much on using fabric I'm better at crochet but I think I will give this a try.I have 2 18 inch dolls of my own,and love making things for them.
PS I am a Granny but ever once we all gotta let our inner kid come out.
bugslady8949 from The Bahamas on March 24, 2011:
I am going to try this out and make a lot of the doll clothes for my baby cousin.
craftybegonia from Southwestern, United States on January 12, 2011:
Nice and very simple!
Nancy DuPree on December 15, 2010:
I am going to try this. Looks easy and fun.
Craftsmith from India on January 26, 2010:
i like tht :) going back to doll craft.
heart4theword from hub on January 26, 2010:
There is some little girl who appreciates those who make doll clothes. I met a lady who had those re-birth dolls, I believe that's what you call them. They were amazingly realistic!