If you have a little girl, she likely has doll clothes, and those clothes are good for more than just dressing Barbie. If she’s got a spare outfit – even if it’s not Barbie size – you can make an air freshener – or another cool craft.
You don’t need the whole outfit to make a craft from doll clothing. If the clothing is especially small you might want to choose a dress or one-piece outfit. These are slightly larger than a tiny shirt. If you’re using larger clothing just a shirt will do. Shirts are particularly perfect for this craft because you can decorate them in many different ways.
Whether long sleeve or short, and no matter what the design of the shirt, cut a piece of cardboard that will fill out the shirt, but make sure the cardboard doesn’t show at the collar area, or anywhere else. The cardboard needs to be ordinary cardboard which will allow a liquid to soak into it. Coated cardboard, or really thin cardboard pieces, aren’t suitable.
Spray the cardboard piece with your favorite perfume, or use liquid scents found at most craft stores, to give the shirt the aroma you want. A few drops, or a spray or two, is all it takes to scent the cardboard. Allow the scent to dry completely before continuing.
After the cardboard has dried slip it into the shirt or other clothing piece. Use fabric glue, or another adhesive, to attach the front and back of the garment to each other, at the hem and collar areas. To make the shirt a rearview mirror hanger simply attach a piece of stretch cord to the back collar area of a shirt or dress, or to the waistband of a pair of pants.
Use markers or fabric paint to write a cute saying on the shirt before hanging it on your vehicle’s rearview mirror. Use stencils or add the lettering freehand. You can also make other things with the small clothing, like a key chain. Stiffen the tiny article of clothing with the cardboard, and for the key chain, the scent is optional. You can add an eyelet so that it can be easily hooked onto a key ring, or you can just put a small hole in the garment and slide it onto the ring.
There are many other uses for doll clothes, especially in a little girl’s room. Cut the fronts of shirts, dresses and pants off of the backs, then use fabric glue to attach them to lampshades. Or, add roping to a shirt or dress to make curtain tie-backs. For the tie-backs it’s not necessary to add the cardboard piece.
After cutting the front from the back of the garments you can stitch the fronts on to a girl’s denim or other cloth purse. If you don’t have a sewing machine just use fabric glue to attach the clothing to the pocketbook. It makes a cute accessory for any young girl.
The fronts of the little garments can also be sewn or fabric-glued to little girls’ ordinary tee shirts and other garments. Really tiny clothing can even be added to little girls’ socks. Fold the sock down and stitch or glue the little article of clothing onto the outside ankle area.
If your daughter has doll clothing she never uses don’t let the outfits sit in a closet, useless. Gather them up and make all sorts of cute things for yourself, your daughter or someone else. If you don’t have a daughter, and therefore, no doll clothing, browse a dollar theme store for inexpensive outfits to complete some of these crafts.