How To Transfer Doll Clothing Patterns

My favorite way to bust my fabric stash is making doll clothes. Barbie clothes help get rid of even itty bitty pieces! Here’s my easy way to transfer doll clothes patterns.

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Tiny paper pattern pieces get torn up quickly, especially if you use them often like I do. So to keep my patterns intact, I transfer them to poster board.

First, I lay the pieces out on my copy machine…

How To Transfer Doll Clothes Patterns

No need to cut them out, just a trim will do :)

Doll patterns often have piece names and instructions outside the pattern piece.

How To Transfer Doll Clothes Patterns

So cut the patten piece out, then use a glue stick to glue it to the poster board. You can glue the information to the back of the pattern piece.

How To Transfer Doll Clothes Patterns

If the piece is too small, or if its easier for you than glueing, just write the instructions on the back. Easy peasy!

How To Transfer Doll Clothes Patterns

Here’s my favorite part. Use a hole punch, and link the pattern pieces together with a carabiner! Now, it hangs up nicely and out of the way.

How To Transfer Doll Clothes Patterns

Update: I wrote this post back in the day- the photos aren’t the best but I think you can see what I’m doing. Nowadays I sew a lot for American Girl dolls, and instead of gluing my photocopied pieces to card stock, I’ve been using interfacing. It makes it a easier to cut around those small, curved edges! If you’re cutting an armhole from your card stock pattern, trace the curve rather than trying to cut around it. Hope this helps!

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9 Responses to How To Transfer Doll Clothing Patterns

  1. MARIETTE LOUW says:

    Hi there – just wanted to pop in and say thanks for the great idea…..
    I don’t have daughters of my own, but recently promised a friend to make clothes for her granddaughter and re-discovered the joys of making dolls clothes…

    Thanks again – one idea i will surely use!

  2. jennie smeath says:

    lovely site. I have been making dolls clothes for more than sixty years and just love it, I started when I was in the infants school when we had “free time” altho they were not too successful then! I graduated, after a few years to making my own dolls from china clay as I had a kiln back then, but now I make cloth dolls and all sorts of clothes for modern and antique dolls also quilts as sewing is a real passion for me.

  3. Liz v.d. Merwe says:

    Hi – I run “The Dolls Hospital” in a small town in South Africa. Admittedly I do a lot of repair work to all types of dolls – wax, composition, celluloid, plastic, porcelain. I get work from all over as I have being doing this work from the 1960’s.
    I received a order for Barbie Cloths – must admit that I have refused this in the past but just decided to get along with it this time – and I am enjoying the change. I do a lot of the tiny “dump doll” resporation and it was a bit hard to accept the absolute modern image of Barbie and not have pin tucks and antique lace etc. I was able to find some or the original Barbie Dolls and am using them as models. What a pleasure to find your site with all the ideas on it. Many thanks for shariung them.
    If I can share any of my many years of experience in doll restoration with anyone, don’t hesitate to contact me by email.
    Rgards – Liz

  4. deborah zarp says:

    Thanks fo rthe great idea. I do a lot of American girl doll ouitfits for my granddaughters and love to kit and sew. Keeping the pattern pieces together and stop all of the torn pieces togdther without scotch tape. Wow I like the idea Thanks alot.

  5. deborah zarp says:

    Well I planonrunning out and getting white poster board to glue my patterns on. This will be a livesaver when all of the same pieces are held together with a ring or ribbon. No more lost pieces.
    Thank sl much for the great idea.

  6. Helen Shubert says:

    Thanks for sharing your clever idea RE tag board patterns. Right now I’m looking for really simple dresses for 8 or 9″ floppy-headed baby doll. I’m collecting dollys for my great grandchildren who will soon be visiting.

  7. Gail says:

    Cardstock works great for this too and fits in the printer ..no gluing :)

  8. Good trick! I shudder at the thought of making doll clothes. But if I ever hit that point I’m stealing this idea for sure!

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