Make a Doll’s Ballet Dress or Fairy Costume

ballet dress toni doll
The doll wearing the fairy outfit is a vintage Toni doll from the 1950s.

Help a child make a fairy princess costume for a doll. A surprisingly attractive outfit can be assembled from items you might normally toss in the trash. Save those dryer sheets, plastic sample cup, bits of lace and ribbon, and color sheets from the laundry. Those are just what you need to make this doll costume.

Check out the step-by-step instructions below and in a very short time, your doll is transformed into a medieval princess or a fairy.

Instructions for a Doll’s Fairy or Ballet Dress – made of recycled materials.

  1. Gather the supplies to make the bodice and skirt of the ballet or fairy princess costume for the doll. Depending on the size of the doll, you might need 5 to 8 dryer sheets. These should be used ones as the ones straight from the box are too stiff. Flatten the dryer sheets or press them with an iron. Cover them with a tea towel when pressing so they don’t overheat and stick to the iron.toni doll outfit from dryer sheets
  2. Select some ribbons or other trim for use as decoration on the dress and the cone hat.supplies for doll clothesYou’ll need two Shout Color Catcher sheets (used) to make the hat and the bodice for the doll’s dress. Save ones that are a pleasing color from a wash with red or purple clothing. Red clothing in the wash results in a pink Color Catcher sheet. Use it again with navy clothing if you want a lavender hue like the one below. toni doll princess 2
  3. Fold one edge of the dryer sheets and run a needle and thread loosely through those to form gathers. Draw the thread tighter to make a more bouffant skirt.princess toni doll skirt
  4. Once you have enough dryer sheets gathered on the thread to wrap around the doll’s waist, make a knot at the end.You can leave the bottom of the gathered skirt plain or fringe it by cutting slits upwards from the bottom.
  5. Use a Shout Color Catcher sheet for the undergarment for the skirt. This sheet picked up light purple from the wash water, so I’m accenting it with purple ribbon and white lace. Place the Color Catcher sheet (or alternate fabric) on the doll and wrap it under her to cover to the waist in back. It will be held in place by the ribbon waistband for the skirt. I decorated the top of the bodice with lace and trimmed the sides at an angle to fit around the arm area better. IMG_7700
  6. Sandwich the gathered part of the skirt between two ribbons. Glue the ribbons to each other with the dryer sheets between them, flattening them so the glue adheres. I used lace in place of one ribbon but there is less for the glue to stick to. The ribbon needs to be long enough to wrap around the doll’s waist and tie in a bow. Alternately, you can sew on a snap where the ribbons come together in the back.ballet dress toni

Shout Color Catcher Sheets – for your laundry and crafts

I resisted buying these at first, but after several episodes of red shirts or other colors bleeding in the wash, I decided it was a wise buy. Usually, I reuse them in 3 or 4 washloads if the colors don’t run much in one batch. Eventually, they absorb enough color that I retire them. Using them in making this doll outfit is the first attempt by me to repurpose the color catchers. There are several brands that you can use, but the sizes are different.

If you like learning with a video, here’s a different way to make a tutu for a doll.

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