No-Sew Dresses for All Your Dolls

Last night I watched this video from My Froggy Stuff on how to make a no-sew doll dress. Wow! It was so simple and her finished product looked awesome, so I decided to give it a try myself this morning.

First, watch the video:

Now, take a look at what we made in less than an hour.

No Sew Dresses for Dolls

I started with a basket of clothes that Natalie has grown out of. Most of these are jersey material and are not really worth trying to resell and I don’t have anyone who really needs them as hand-me-downs either – well, except the dolls.

I followed MyFroggyStuff’s instructions and tada, we have:

No Sew dress for Monster High dolls

A cute green dress for Monster High doll Frankie.

No Sew top for 18" dolls

You have to alter the size of your circle based on the measurement from your doll’s neck to where you want the dress or top to hang then double it. Most of Natalie’s shirts were not wide enough to make a circle larger than about 14″ so this is a top for Madison (an 18″ Springfield doll) and we just paired it with leggings. The shirt had little jewels along the neckline already so I used that for the tie around the waist. Cute!

No-sew top or dress for BFC Ink dolls

This top we made for 18″ slim body BFC Ink doll Addison is my favorite! It started as an empire waist top with the jewels around the neckline and a tie in the back. I did a round neckline and then cut the neckline with the jewels to use as the belt. It matches the purple jeans that Addison came with already and she borrowed a purse from the AG girls.

No Sew Skirt for Bitty Baby

Using what was left of the shirt I used for Addison, I cut the shirt so the ties were left intact, pinned the hem up under the waistband to make a bubble skirt and now the 15″ Bitty Babies have a new skirt.

No Sew Dress for Ellowyne

Here is the dress we made for one of our 16″ Ellowyne dolls. I started with a fun ombre jersey dress that Natalie had loved. Using the skirt part, I was able to draw a circle that was about 18″ across so it fits Ellowyne like a dress. The top of the original dress had a tie with a bead on each end. Using my seam ripper, I removed it from the dress and used it for the tie around Ellowyne’s waist. The other cool part about the dress is that it had a smocked waistband that I was able to cut out with some extra length. I think I can easily stitch up the back of the two pieces to make two skirts for American Girl dolls or Bitty’s.

No sew dresses for dolls

Not bad for a Saturday morning – five new doll outfits that did not cost me a cent and were all made in less than one hour! With a little imagination, you can upcycle some of your old favorites into cute new outfits for your dolls. Just check with Mom or Dad before you start cutting!!

Thanks to My Froggy Stuff for the inspiration!!


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  1. Anastasia says:

    SOOO CUTE! I am so going to make this! : D

  2. Hey! I subscribe to my Froggy Stuff! Isn’t she just amazing? What a talent! She has videos for making beds for 18″ dolls! Both a regular bed, and a day/ trundle bed! I think her daughter is very lucky to have such a crafty mom who can make not only clothes for her dolls, but furniture and accessories as well!

  3. I love myfroggystuff I subbed her and she has the most wonderful stuff to make and I’m gonna make some clothes

  4. cute!

  5. Too cute! 😉


  6. cute, fifthie!

  7. I love MyFroggyStuff!

  8. This is probably the closest I am ever going to make it for one of the first comments! 😉

  9. caroline says:


  10. Wow, Monster High dolls are very… skinny.

  11. I didnt notice how big Elloynee ( sorry if i spelled that wrong) is! compared to moster high! the other big dolls make monster high look tiny!

  12. Erica- You’re right, now that I look at them they are pretty skinny compared to… everything. I guess they made it that way so it’s easier to hold them.

  13. That’s funny I watched that last night to :-)

  14. Pretty Irish AG says:

    I know this is kind of off topic, but I’m thinking about getting a Maplelea doll. I can’t decide between:

    -(Maybe) Saila

    Which do you recommend?

  15. Well, honestly I think Saila is the prettiest Maplelea doll, but it all depends on which doll your doll family most needs.

  16. Thank you so much for showing me this! Now all of my dolls are happily wearing *my* old clothes!

  17. caroline says:

    I am so excited! I didn’t know what to do today, and i didn’t have any green clothes for the March photo contest! Now i will have a whole collection of green clothes! :):):):)

  18. Pretty Irish AG says:

    Char, I was thinking of Leonie because I love music (As my posts about artists such as Celtic Woman and Suzie McNeil tell you). I also want to read and write about a French Canadian.

    I also want Alexi because she looks like me, likes science and can be any nationality I choose. If I get her, she’s going to be Chinese Canadian and half Buddhist, half Non Denominational. I chose this variety because, I look more like my dad and some of the relatives on his side are Buddhist and all are Chinese. I also chose Alexi to be Chinese because at my school, if you are Asian, then you get A’s in science class, and a 4.0.

    I also want Jenna because she’s a great alternative to Felicity. I really want a redhead doll because I’ve bought half of all AG dolls that look like me,and I want to shake things up. If I manage to get Mom to buy me Felicity, I think Jenna will be a twin sister.

  19. Princess Belle says:

    I have Taryn, Pretty Irish AG, and she is beautiful. My friend has Alexi, and she’s gorgeous too, and all of her clothes are bright and spunky. Her little sister has Jenna, and she’s nice, and I love her because I love redhead dolls. My other friend has Saila, and let me tell you, her eyes are goregeous! I am facinated with them! :) Another one of my friend’s has Leonie, and she is really pretty. I know that whatever one you choose, you’ll be pleased with. I have seen every Maplelea doll beside Brianne, and they are all high quality and unique.
    Char, I want McKenna, but I also really want Saila. You have seen both in person, so I was wondering which one you thought was nicer, because I highly doubt my mother would let me get two new dolls that cost 100$. Thanks.

  20. That is tough, remember McKenna is just here for one year, but Saila is so unique and just gorgeous in person.

  21. Pretty Irish AG- I dont have any og them. But Leonie and Salia are my forites. Lokk on youtube videos and maybe you can see them better

  22. LUV IT

  23. Pretty Irish AG says:

    I’m sewing a Valentines day/summer outfit for Janelle out of stuff I found at Goodwill

  24. Great idea! I like your Madison’s top best, with its neckline variation; then Addison’s top and third Elle’s dress. Bethany, Larissa and the others are bugging me now to raid my clothes and make something for them.

  25. does bfc ink dolls fit in ag clothes? and have you seen myfroggystuff hat how to vid? its so cute, and it took me 3 minutes to hend sew it. then again im fast at sewing…