Hi! Have you heard of the Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch? I somehow missed it when I was a kid and didn’t discover it until I had a daughter. It’s a great, empowering, heroic girl vs. dragon story.
If you haven’t read this illustrated book yet, a dragon attacks Princess Elizabeth’s kingdom, destroying pretty much everything, including the fancy gown she was wearing. With nothing to wear, the princess dons a paper bag and sets off to save the prince.
After our lengthy Quidditch uniform tutorials, we’re going simple today. I’m going to start this series of tutorials with a literal paper bag dress. No sewing today. We’re strictly in craft territory today. From here, we’ll move on to a crown tutorial and finally a sewn, fabric ‘paper bag’ dress (much more durable and longer lasting.)
The paper bag dress is incredibly easy. A regular lunch size bag will fit your 18 inch doll. This dress can be done in a few minutes with scissors and tape! (Sometimes a fast costume to go along with a read-aloud is all you want!)
First, cut the bottom 3 inches off a paper bag.
Use the piece you cut off and trace the bottom curve onto your remaining bag. Cut that piece out.
Next, cut a line up the center of the back and cut a neck hole in the top.
You can cut the arm holes in two different ways:
- You can cut them with the corners of the bag left on for a boxy look
- /or/ You can cut the corners off when you cut the arm holes
Check the length to see if you like it. I ended up cutting another 1/2″ off my dress.
Fasten it at the back with tape.
Your doll is ready to save her kingdom!
We’ll have another quick post tomorrow on how to make the ‘melted’ crown.