My cousin had an awesome Hawaiian themed party for her daughter last weekend. In preparation, we thought that since all the kids had cool tropical outfits … maybe their dolls and stuffed friends should too. So, I came up with an easy idea on how to make them!
I used regular brown raffia (found in any craft store), but you could definitely use any color, to make the entire skirt. I took one long piece and wrapped it around the “friend” I was making it for … tying knots at each end so I knew how wide I need to make each skirt (the extra at each end is used to tie the skirt on the doll). I then taped each end to a chair to “hold” the skirt while I worked. (of course, you could enlist a child to help too … mine were too … busy) The next step was to take the raffia piece by piece, double it in half, put it up to the raffia I had taped to the chair, and looping the ends through to make a knot. I did this with each piece until the raffia knots were as wide as I desired. With that done, I tied the skirt around the doll and trimmed the raffia to the desired length. (you can use the leftover scraps in gift bags or other craft projects!) This could easily work for making skirts for kids 5 years and under, too!!!
Try it and post photos of YOUR skirts!
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Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.