Doll Sewing Series #5: How to make a pretty chest of drawers for your dolls

by Claire

Are all your dolls clothes stuffed into a shoebox, all stuck together with velcro? Would you like to have somewhere nice and pretty to store them? I previously shared the doll wardrobe that I made from this Japanese Licca sewing pattern book, but not all doll clothes can be hung up easily, so it’s good to have another option. The pattern and instructions for this pretty fabric covered chest of drawers are from Book 3 in the Licca sewing book series.

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Making the chest of drawers

The instructions may be in Japanese, but the diagrams in the book are really clear. It’s constructed using cardboard from 3 juice or milk cartons (which puts them to a good use!). I used up scraps of cotton fabric left over from a quilt I made. I’ve put some suggested fabrics in the ‘shop this post’ box. You’ll need to check the pattern instructions to order the right amount of fabric. I love the Liberty Carnaby collection – such lovely colours. The Google translate app will help you to translate the instructions and it’s accurate enough to be able to follow the instructions with each diagram. I have found that the easiest way to stick fabric to cardboard is using a hot glue gun. I tried fabric glue and it takes forever to dry and ended up in a sticky mess.

The trickiest part of making this is trying to get the corners nice and neat, but overall it was relatively straightforward to make. It does take a bit of time, cutting everything out and sticking it all together neatly, so allow yourself an afternoon to make it. It’s suitable for other doll’s clothes as well – so will work for Barbie, Sindy, Blythe or BJD clothes. Licca’s outfit is from the first Licca Sewing book – check out this post if you want to see how I made it, and the link to the book is above.

If you don’t have the time to make a chest of drawers for your doll, then check out the ready made doll furniture sellers below.

The verdict?

Skill level: intermediate – bit tricky in places, patience required
Overall: A lovely addition to any doll bedroom, with plenty of storage for your special doll outfits

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Claire x

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