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Whether you use fusible tape, fabric glue, a hot glue gun, or find a pattern that requires just cutting, making doll clothes this way is a surprisingly easy craft project.
While I prefer making doll clothes with my sewing machine, sometimes a quick outfit with less hassle is a perfect option. And, my 6-year-old daughter prefers making no-sew clothes herself anyway.
Here is a master list of no-sew doll clothes patterns for dolls of all sizes–Barbies, American Girl Dolls, Our Generation Dolls, and more! And, in the end, I’ve even included a section of doll clothes that can be made out of socks that require no sewing either.
No-Sew Doll Clothes Patterns and Tutorials
Below are ideas for FREE no-sew baby doll clothes that use a piece of fabric or other household items. Many are for a specific doll size, but patterns can often be adjusted larger or smaller easily.
And, while all patterns I’m listing include only no-sew options, a pattern designed for a sewing machine can be made into a sewing-free pattern by using glue or hem tape for the seams and hems. Your options are practically endless!
1. Doll Poncho from Squiggly Twigs Designs
- This easy doll poncho uses only a square of fleece and sharp sewing scissors.
- If you want to make a reversible poncho that’s two-sided, you can break out a needle and thread for a more deluxe doll accessory.
2. Dresses and a Skirt from Three J’s and a Y
- There are three no-sew Barbie doll clothes patterns (two dresses and one skirt) using stretchy, knitted fabric and a piece of elastic for the doll skirt.
3. Upcycling Kids’ Leggings from My Little Shop of Treasures
- While not a detailed step-by-step tutorial, here are several more ideas for doll clothes made from kids’ leggings!
4. Sleeping Bag from Craft Create Cook
- For a fun accessory, check out this pattern for an American Girl sleeping bag.
- It requires only two half-yard pieces of fleece, and seams are created by tying pieces of fringe that you cut.
5. Doll Skirt
- My easy no-sew doll skirt (above) uses fusible hem tape.
- This pattern is easy to customize to any size doll by adding length or width before cutting your rectangular fabric.
6. Tutu Dress from The Tip Toe Fairy
- This doll tulle tutu dress can be adapted easily for dolls of all sizes.
7. Swing Top for Barbies
- This swing top uses an old t-shirt, mesh ribbon, and some fabric glue.
- While the pattern is for 11.5″ dolls, like Barbie it’s a simple enough shape and idea that you can tailor it to any doll size!
8. Doll Halter from Happier Than a Pig In Mud
- Using a simple diamond wrap ribbon, you can hot glue a snazzy doll halter top without having to get out a sewing machine.
9. Flip Flops from Sew Adollable
- Follow this flip flop creation tutorial to get these crafted in no time!
10. A Cast from The Spohrs are Multiplying
- This easy doll cast is made with felt, Velcro, and a glue gun. So fast and easy!
11. Mittens and Headbands from Craft Create Cook
- These doll mittens and headbands and a no-sew AND no-glue doll clothes project made from an old glove.
12. T-shirt from A Delightful World of Dolls
- This no-sew doll shirt pattern is for 18″ dolls, but it can be tailored to dolls of other sizes as well
Thanks to the stretchy nature of socks and their tendency not to unravel much when cut, they’re perfect for making no-sew clothes.
If you don’t have socks, other items that work are child’s leggings or even old arms of sweaters. Picking something that doesn’t fray or ravel is the most important part if you’re going to leave the cut edge exposed instead of sewing a hem.
13. Barbie Sock Outfit from Instructables
- Check out this tutorial for making a full outfit for a Barbie doll out of a toddler sock!
14. Doll Undies from The Vibrant Crafter
- These 2-minute doll undies are perfect for making for an 18″ doll with old socks or tights. No gluing or fusing is needed!
15. Extra Sock Outfit Pieces from Metzker Living
- This helpful tutorial features a few more outfit pieces made from socks.
16. Sock Dress from Brandy’s Happy Home
- 4. This sock doll dress tutorial is for American Girl Wellie Wisher dolls.
17. Holiday Dress from Daydream Doll Boutique
- This holiday dress for a doll from a sock has an off-the-shoulder version and a “mock neck” dress option.
18. Mermaid Tail from Pinterested Parent
- Check out this creative Barbie mermaid tail tutorial using just an old sock, a piece of cardboard, and some hot glue.
19. Cute Dress from Artsy Craftsy Mom
- Another cute no-sew Barbie dress, this tutorial shows you where to cut on a sock to make the outfit.
20. Bathing Suit from MyFroggyStuff
- With over a million YouTube views, this doll bathing suit pattern has been a big hit for almost 10 years now.
21-25. Meatloaf and Melodrama Patterns
- This halter top is for an 18″ doll, such as an American Girl. The pattern requires a good-quality, stretchy sock, color-coordinated ribbon, and a hot glue gun for attaching the halter straps.
- There’s also a sock skirt and accessories, sock Christmas outfit, and sock Valentine’s Day outfit among all the other American Girl doll clothes made out of socks.
Any other no-sew doll clothes patterns made out of fabric or socks you know about? I’d love to add them to this list! And, if you’re crafty with a sewing machine, check out my big list of 100+ doll clothes sewing patterns and 20+ sewing patterns for Barbie dolls.