I have a little fashion fun this morning.

Fashion Tip: Keep your eyes open for inspiration all around you!

Today’s idea is from the doll world.  It’s a braided belt inspired by Lea Clark, the new doll from American Girl.

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Lea wears her yellow braided belt with a sundress but Grace is trying out her own version, a green braided belt, with a shirt and khakis.

She’s ready for an adventure with her hair braided, a compass necklace and sunglasses.

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Make the braided belt for your dolls!


  • embroidery floss
  • scissors
  • tape

Cut 12 strands of embroidery floss 21″ long.

Tape the ends together.

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Divide the thread into two sections of 6 strands.

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Divide each section into 3 sections of 2 strands and braid it to the end.

Braid both sections.

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Tie the braided belt around the waist.  If you want to finish the back of the belt neatly, you can use the same technique as the tutorial here or add elastic to the back, just like here.

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The braided belt is fun with pants, a skirt or a dress.

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As always use your own creativity to add your own variations to this look.  Make it colorful with different thread color combinations. You can also use different amounts of thread to make a thicker or thinner belt.  Try one braid instead of two.  You have awesome ideas and I can’t wait to see what you make!

Just in case you are interested, here is more about today’s post.

  • DollGrace is American Girl’s GOTY 2015.
  • Outfit- Pink shirt, tan pants, and sunglasses are from my collection.  Compass tutorial is here.  Shoe tutorial is here.
  • Scene– Camping background from My Doll’s Life here.

Enjoy a little doll fashion inspired by Lea!