Young girls just love their American Girl Dolls. One of the best things about the doll is that you can dress them up in so many different outfits. The outfits however can become more expensive than your child’s clothes. However I have found that there are several ways you can help your daughter give her doll new clothes each month without spending a lot of money. Follow the list below to help you get started.
Step 1: Variety of material
Start by choosing a nice variety of materials to choose from. You can visit your local arts and supplies store or a fabric store, and allow your child to pick out the different materials and colors. Let your daughter know that they are going to learn to make their doll’s clothes themselves and you want them to pick out the material they would like. Most fabric stores have discount bins located at the front of the store. This is where you will be able to find all of the affordable material to use.
Step 2: Design Ideas
The next step is to help your child pick out some design ideas. If you have never made clothes before let her know that it may not look exactly like the picture since you are both learning. To get some great ideas click here. You can also have your daughter draw some of her own creative designs. This is a great way to teach your child how to be creative.
Step 3: Create the pattern
You can make your own pattern using a few YouTube videos, or you can do an online search to find several pattern ideas. If you don’t like to sew and you just want to let the creativity flow you can follow a basic no sew option for your doll. This website has some great no sew doll ideas. You can also try this pinterest page for some free pattern ideas.
Step 4: A little crochet
If you have crocheting ability you can crochet your child’s doll clothes or show them how to do it themselves. This is a great skill that they can continue to use as they get older. You can still use a pattern for this as well. The important thing is to really let your child’s creativity run wild.
Step 5: Make it a big deal
Last but certainly not least you can arrange for some of her friends to join her in designing her doll clothes. You never know how you might be inspiring your daughter or her friends on a career path in design. You can plan once a month doll clothes making parties. The girls will love it and moms can also participate to provide some guidance in making the clothes.