Doll clothes can be made for free with some sewing know-how, a bit of creativity and a few patterns. Skilled seamstresses can improvise a little, but more novice sewers may want to get free patterns off the Internet.
Find fabrics around the home that are no longer needed. For example, maybe there are floral-patterned shirts, a colourful table cloth or old khakis no one wears anymore; use these items to create doll clothes instead of buying more material. You will be recycling old clothes and putting them to a new use rather than throwing them out.
Free Patterns on the Internet
Find and print out free patterns for doll clothing on the Internet. These resources have easy to follow outlines for different styles of doll clothing, which are free to print. If you do not have a printer, hold the fabric up to the screen and trace that way. Use a pen or something not permanent so the screen is not accidentally damaged. Or hold a piece of white paper up the screen with good lighting and transpose it from there.
Create doll clothing out of non-traditional resources, like paper bags from previous shopping trips, aluminium foil, coloured napkins, newspaper and other supplies you find around the home. While these resources are temporary and fragile, they offer a free alternative to purchasing new doll clothing materials.
Think outside of the sewing machine box and consider creating custom made robot dolls. Gather up aluminium cans and wash them out. Cut them into state-of-the art doll armour and outfit a whole army of robot dolls. Select soda cans as they have a thin, pliable aluminium exterior. Consider a dialogue for the dolls; what's their story and why are they outfitted in armour? This can be a creative way to step outside of your comfort zone and test your design skills with a new medium.
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