Make a doll clothes closet out of a shoe box #DollClothesPatterns #ValentinesDayCrafts

The image shows the Chelly Wood doll (it's really a Spin Master Liv doll that has had its face repainted and its hair dyed white-ish-grey) holding up a Simplicity doll clothes pattern #4883 for sewing a wardrobe to fit vintage Tammy dolls from Ideal Toy Corp. The article associated with this image asks blog followers to leave comments describing the first doll clothes pattern they learned to sew from as a child. Visit to join the discussion!

The pattern you see my Chelly doll holding up in the image above is a Simplicity 4883 vintage Ideal Tammy doll clothes pattern. But did you notice that it also has a shoebox closet on the front of the pattern?

It even gives instructions for making the shoe box closet for your fashion dolls, and it tells you what kinds of notions to buy for your shoebox DIY project:

The image shows the back of Simplicity Pattern number 4883 for making vintage Ideal Tammy doll clothes and a shoe box doll clothes closet that would also work for Barbie dolls and other, similar sized dolls. The back of the pattern includes notions for making the shoe box closet for doll clothes, including contact paper, a plastic straw, pipe cleaners, and roll elastic or a rubber band.
Please visit for free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

But of course there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube that show you how to make similar shoe box closets. One I recommend is entitled, “DIY How to make Miniature Wardrobe /Closet with shoe box. Guarda ropa para barbie con caja de zapato,” and it’s made by the YouTube channel DIY Dolls.

That DIY video shows you how to make a closet with tiny drawers, tulle curtains, and a scalloped overhang.

It’s super cute and would be a fun project for you to do with your kids/grandkids for Valentine’s Day!

In her video, the lady at DIY Dolls appears to be using scrapbooking paper instead of contact paper, which looks very feminine and modern.

If you’re new to my website, you may not be aware that in addition to doll clothes patterns, my website has a whole section for craft tutorials. To navigate to the craft section, just click on “Other” from the home page.

One of the craft projects I’ve made that would go nicely with a shoe box closet is a pipe cleaner hanger. Here’s that tutorial, in case you’re interested in learning how to make them:


If you’d like to purchase the Simplicity 4883 doll clothes and closet pattern, it can be hard to find in its original uncut form because it was published in the 1960’s and the original, uncut pattern can be hard to come by — not impossible though. (I own 3 of them!)

The image shows a Tammy doll (from Ideal Toy Corp) together with a Spin Master Liv doll holding up a vintage Simplicity pattern for making Tammy doll clothes. This photo illustration is used for a display on, where the exact sewing measurements for the vintage Tammy doll are given.
Please visit for free printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

Most of the commercial patterns I display and talk about here on are also available for sale on eBay. However, if you’ve never purchased a pattern on eBay before, it’s a good idea to read the article I wrote called, “Tips for Buying Used Doll Clothes Patterns on eBay.” It will save you time, money, and will likely prevent buyer’s remorse.

And by the way, if you use the links I’ve provided to make your eBay purchase, this website will receive a small commission, which helps fund the website, so I can continue to provide you with all the free patterns and tutorial videos offered here.

Of course, I’ve created my own Tammy doll wardrobe as well, so you might have a look at those patterns, which are available here for free, if you like to sew for your Ideal Tammy dolls:

The image shows a visual version of a free printable PDF sewing pattern for making doll clothes to fit the 1960s version of the vintage Ideal Toy Corp Tammy doll. The pattern includes capri pants and a top / shirt which can be sewn sleeveless or made with short sleeves. The pattern has a "creative commons attribution" mark on it, so if you download the free printable PDF sewing pattern for these doll clothes (found at, please show your appreciation by sharing this JPG version of the pattern with your friends, family, and social media followers.
Visit for free printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

In case you haven’t heard, my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” is now live on the Creative Spark platform. You can sign up any time you want!

And don’t panic if it seems like too much to take on right now — sometimes our lives get really busy. I get that. But for any class on Creative Spark, you actually have an indefinite amount of time to complete the course, according to the Creative Spark website.

To read more about my free sewing patterns and tutorials, please visit the “Helpful Tips” page.

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