The ensemble shown at the top of this page was part of a doll clothes gift I made for a friend’s little girl, Navy. What a cool name this little girl has, don’t you think? Navy? I love it! That’s even a color of fabric!
Okay, so when I gave her this gift, consisting of all these handmade doll clothes, how did I package them? That’s what today’s blog post will address.
And you, my faithful followers, how do you package your handmade doll clothes for mailing/shipping? Let’s share our techniques, tips, and tricks, shall we?
Different sizes of dolls will have different sizes of doll clothes, obviously, so I try to keep a stash of different sizes and shapes of boxes for mailing my doll clothes and dolls.
The boxes that bank checks come in, are great for small dolls’ clothes, especially if we’re talking about single items or single sets of doll clothes. Electronics boxes can be useful for large quantities of small doll clothes or for an outfit of medium-sized doll clothes. And shoe boxes are the best for large dolls’ clothes, I’ve found.
So I keep a smattering of all of these box sizes in the linen closet, at the end of our hallway. If you don’t have a lot of room in your house or apartment, though, you can break your boxes down to flatten them for storage, and then put them back together with box tape at a later time, when they are needed.
I also like to place a sheet of folded and slightly crumpled tissue paper inside my box, resting the doll clothes somewhere in the middle of the tissue paper.
If I’ve created a mix-and-match ensemble, like I did for little Navy, then I like to lay out the doll clothes in such a way, that Navy will be able to imagine certain items of clothing that go together nicely. Take this raglan-sleeved pink shirt, paired with this jumper-style dress, for example:
By placing the shirt under the jumper before I lay this item in the box, it lets Navy know that this dress and this top will look nice together.
That doesn’t mean she can’t mix and match in a totally different way, like this skirt with the same top, for example:
But by laying the garments in the box strategically, she can easily see that the burgundy tank top actually goes quite well with the burgundy floral long skirt, while the pink top looks especially nice with the jumper:
I’d like to know what little tips and tricks you can share with all of us about how you box your handmade doll clothes. Feel free to leave tips and pointers in the comments!
And in case you haven’t been following my recent series of blog posts, and you’re wondering where to find patterns to make the outfits that were part of Navy’s doll clothes gift, I actually gathered patterns together from these three vintage patterns among my personal collection:
- Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern 5731
- Simplicity Barbie doll clothes pattern 7928
- Simplicity Barbie doll clothes pattern 8281
Most of the commercial patterns I display and talk about here on ChellyWood.com 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.
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