I think it is fun to be able to dress up dolls no matter how old you are and put it down as an effort for "the sake of recycling". I prefer to use plastic bags over fabric to create my dolls because it saves me the hassle of having to pick the needle and thread to sew them up. With plastic, double sided tapes will do.
The following pictures show dolls that I have created using plastic bags and bottles.
This was created on the request of Gardenia Bakeries (KL) Sdn Bhd for display in their conference room.
Watering Pals created for the garden of the kindergarten my children attended.
Need more inspiration?
If you are interested to create your own, find out what are the scrap materials you will need to start collecting at the following link:
Nancy's Watering Pals
If you take time to read about its creation, you will be impressed by what else this doll can do for you.
Plastic bags can also be used to create costume for school concert. Here is one I created for my little girl.
For those who prefer to use fabric, remember that you do not have to buy new material for your creation. Look through your wardrobe to see if there are any outdated scarfs that you are no longer using and follow a devoted Grandma's easy instruction to create Scarf Dress. What a discovery! Grandma Carol also knows what you can create with your socks for Barbie.
If you think creating Barbie's turtle neck with one of a used sock is a mean thing to do, then check out Throx. His online store sells socks in set of 3s for the price of a pair.
Thank goodness, we no longer have to be bored with our dolls' costume when there are so many talented designers out there sharing their ideas and knowledge on patterns. Check them out yourself:
Star Wars! Costume From Team Padawan
Choosing Fabrics for Doll Clothes
You must also check out this website on "Period Clothing". Tudorlinks has taken the trouble to archive very useful information about period clothing and have also generously provided patterns on creating them. Spread the word around about it before this knowledge is abandoned and forgotten.
Maybe instead of buying a new costume for your children’s dolls the next time they ask, help them expand their creativity by letting them create their own, using whatever scrap material your imagination allows you.
If you are adventurous enough you can even create costumes for your children's next school concert or function.