Friday, January 23, 2015

Upcycling Stretch Rib Knit Cuffs for Doll Clothes

Several doll clothes were made for Christmas gifts this past season and still catching up. Had some fleece scraps an art teacher friend gave me and a pair of warm fuzzy white sweat pants that once belonged to my Mother.

The sweat pants were of the era when the leg bottoms had stretch rib knit knit cuffs.

I put those cuffs to use on this hat and top.
Hope this tutorial inspires you to recycle.

1. Cut off the rib knit cuffs leaving stitch line intact.
2. Cut apart at the seam.
3. Now cut off the former stitching line as close to stitch line as possible.  Cleaner cut to do it now than from the sleeve in step 1. Using scissors helps me to control a close cut.
4. Then I clean trim with the rotary cutter and ruler, because I can now lay it flat.
5. Cut off and even the ends with right angle.
6. Open flat. Do not iron as you will use the center crease as guide line.
7. An 18 inch doll does not need the complete width. Cut along center line.
8. Fold one piece in half and serge to neckline and sleeve of shirt. Don't use a pattern, just stretch slightly as you are sewing on to neckline and cuffs so the bands will be smaller than the openings. Cut off excess, then stitch side seams.
Note: Use any pattern you desire.  I used the one found at Strictly Homemade and notice it doesn't even use neck and sleeve bands.
No hemming sleeves or further finishing neck needed. 

The fabric for the top came from Mother's soft, white fuzzy pants. Stretch fabric clothing is easier for little hands to put on dolls, I think.

9. Since there were 4 pieces of stretch knit made, there's plenty leftover for the hat.  Following the Strictly Homemade hat pattern, the band pattern wasn't used, but rather just stretched the knit a bit as I sewed.  Be careful not to stretch so much that it won't fit around the dolls head.
 10. Had enough fleece left to simple cut a 24 inch by 1/2 inch strip for a scarf.
Note in the picture above, the shirt was turned around and used more like a jacket.
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  1. How lovely! Thank you for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  2. What a cute outfit you made, you make it look so easy, even though I know its not, lol. Stay warm. ~Diane

  3. What a cute idea. I'm always looking for great and fast projects for my little girl's dolls. She too is in the 18" doll craze. You have a lot of really great stuff here. I'm a new follower! :) Thank you for sharing it on KISMIF and come back sometime. I'd love to see your projects!--Shannon


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