Do you sew for 15″ baby dolls like Bitty Baby™ and Bitty Twins™ dolls made by American Girl®. Oh Sew Kat! has a large selection of patterns and value bundles designed specifically for this size doll. Find them HERE.
Free Baby Doll Bloomers Pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
When I released the Spring Shine Dress for 15″ baby dolls, I wrote the pattern to include the bloomers to go under the dress. As I created the most recent release, the Easy Up! Jumper, I took the time to turn the bloomers into its own stand alone pattern. This pattern is included when your purchase the Easy Up! Jumper as a second PDF download. Now, I want to offer this pattern to the subscribers of my email list for FREE!!!
If you are already a member of the Oh Sew Kat! Chat email list, you won’t be joined again but will be directed to your free pattern file. If you are not currently a member, you will be added to my list- don’t worry, I don’t spam you. I send out an inspiration email on the 1st of every month, and a mid month promo plus any new pattern releases.
Free Bloomers Pattern to Fit Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins
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Use the Oh Sew Kat! School Bell Blouse PDF Sewing pattern to make cute, floral feedsack dresses for the Depression era American Girl® dolls, Kit and Ruthie.
Easy Feedsack 1930s Dresses for 18 inch Dolls like Kit and Ruthie
The School Bell Blouse is a simple pattern with a few special details. It’s designed to make two different styles of cotton blouses. In THIS TUTORIAL, I explain how easy it is to make the blouse into a cute dress!! Choose vintage 30s fabric or soft florals to give your dress a 30s vibe.
Add a few buttons, crystals, or even a tab of fabric at the neckline!
It’s easy to add a collar or neck tab to your feedsack dress. Looking through pinterest, it seems geometrics were popular and pretty much anything goes. I just cut mine free hand and sewed it around the edge, flipped it and pressed it. I added some topstitching and basted it in place before sewing the dress to the lining. You could also try lace, ribbon or trims. Just remember to add an extra 1/4th inch to the top for the seam allowance.
Kat’s Tip: If the tab doesn’t lay flat after pressing your dress, you can top stitch over it, or add a little bit of iron on hem tape underneath to tack it down to the dress.
School Bell Blouse Pattern Hack: Make a Depression Era A Line Dress for your 18 inch American Girl Dolls
See how to make more historical fashions for dolls using Oh Sew Kat! patterns in the Inspiration Gallery HERE.
These Bitty Baby™ and Bitty Twin™ dolls are too cute in their reversible Easy Up! Jumpers, made by the Oh Sew Kat! testers. The Basic Baby Bloomers pattern is included in the Etsy Listing when you purchase the pattern as my gift to you!
15″ Baby Doll Jumpers- Easy Up! PDF Sewing Pattern
Michele (above) chose an undersea print for her jumper, while Carly (below) kept the solid denim jumper but added cute buttons to match the peasant top and bloomers underneath. Both looks are perfection!
Find the easy to sew Easy Up! PDF Pattern HERE in my Etsy Shop.
Sandi’s Bitty Twin™ has a reversible Easy Up! jumper on- the other side is lavender with printed pleats. FUN!!
The Easy Up! Jumper Sewing Pattern is now available Sized for 15 inch Baby Dolls
Make your Bitty Baby™ or Bitty Twins™ dolls an adorable, pull on jumper. The elastic straps make it easy to pull on over baby’s feet- no closures!! Use contrasting fabric on the cute kick pleat or choose to make it fully reversible. The pattern also includes a pattern piece and instructions to give the front a faux placket, trim it with lace or leave it plain.
Your Etsy purchase will also include a PDF file to make cute baby bloomers to go under it!! Find the pattern HERE. If you just want the free bloomers pattern, click HERE.
Make your Bitty Baby or Bitty Twins Dolls A Cute Jumper!
Make 1950’s fashions for your 18 inch American Girl® Doll like Maryellen Larkin with easy sewing patterns.
You can make iconic looking doll clothes for 1953 American Girl® character, Maryellen Larkin with Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns and hacks. Print the patterns on your home computer- find the full selection in the OhSewKat Etsy shop. Use these easy hacks (same pattern with slight changes) to make your doll a sweet wardrobe inspired by the Fabulous Fifties! Find more ideas for Maryellen in the Oh Sew Kat! 50s Gallery HERE.
Make Maryellen a Shift Dress with Overskirt- Add pearls and gloves for a Fabulous Fifties Outfit
Make a floral 50s inspired dress for your Maryellen doll with the Sunshine Dress pattern.
The Sunshine Dress is a simple, A Line dress (with short sleeves) that is timeless through the decades. Use THIS tutorial to make a sleeveless shift dress and then add an overskirt, made with the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern for the “skirt over dress” look that was popular in the 50s and 60s. The overskirt can be worn with the opening in the back (above) or in front (below). Try different fabrics with the same patterns.
Your doll can also wear the floral Sunshine shift dress all by itself for even more play value.
Find these and many other sewing patterns HERE. See more ideas for Maryellen’s fashions HERE, HERE, and HERE.
See more dresses made with this Playtime Peasant Top pattern hack here and here. Add a cute belt and matching shoes to complete the look!
I used a fat quarter of cotton fabric. I cut the ruffle first at 3 inches (I had to piece it together to make it long enough- I like to use double the length of the piece I am attaching it to- in this case, the bottom edge of the Playtime Peasant Top. Then I found I didn’t have quite enough fabric left for the full sleeve pieces. I cut the bodice as normal, and then shortened the sleeves so they would fit. I used the rolled hem on my serger to hem both the sleeves (a great way to hem if you are short on fabric!) and the ruffle.
I used a fold over elastic headband with a flower attached as the belt. I purchased this one in the baby section of Target or a similar store. You can easily make your own with this Tutorial.
Find the Playtime Peasant Top & Twirl Skirt Pattern in the Oh Sew Kat! Etsy Shop
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Electronic cutters are gaining popularity not just with paper crafters, but for those that sew and craft for American Girl® and other dolls too. I have had a Cricut machine since they first entered the market and have owned just about every version at one time or other. I currently own three of them! I also have one Silhouette Cameo and recently sold an older one. I added the Brother Scan n Cut to my craft room in 2020. All three machines have a place in my craft room. Read on how you can use your Cricut Machine to cut out your paper pattern pieces in a snap!
What are some advantages to spending the time to load your PDF sewing pattern into the Cricut Design Space and cutting them with your Cricut Machine?
The truth of the matter is that you can do pretty much the same things on all the machines. Which one you choose will likely depend on the ease of the associated software, the content libraries available, price, and whether or not you want to cut fabric “straight off the bolt”. The Cricut Maker and the Cameo 4 are the only machines on the market that can cut fabric that has not been bonded or stiffened. I’m not a fan of that extra step, so it was worth it to me to get the Maker.
Pattern pieces storage- with your pattern pieces just one cut away, there’s no need to hang on to the paper after you sew. When you want to use the pattern again, just open Design Space and cut a new set.
Pattern pieces are cut with precision
Save wear and tear on your hands and muscles
If you own a Cricut Maker, you can easily cut the fabric pieces as well using the same file
When you purchase a PDF pattern from Oh Sew Kat! you will receive a digital PDF file. There are a few ways to get this pattern into your Design Space software for cutting. I outline how to use Adobe Illustrator in this POST. You can find a full tutorial on how to adjust your PDF patterns in Adobe and Design Space to cut your fabric pieces on the Cricut Maker HERE.
Here is another method if you don’t want to tangle with fancy and expensive software.
Print out your pattern pieces as usual
Using a scanner, scan the image into your computer as a JPEG (photo) file (if you have software that will do this, it’s easier to do it that way. Print and scan it if you don’t.)
You will see your image and it will ask how complex it is. Choose the bottom choice, COMPLEX
You may have to zoom out. Use the magic wand tool and touch it to the background. The entire background will likely disappear. (Shown by a gray and white checked pattern). Continue to zoom in and out, erasing anything but your pattern pieces and the one inch square.
Click NEXT and choose CUT FILE. Give it a name and keywords to help you find it later
Highlight the file you just imported and add it to your design canvas.
In the top left corner of your grid, you can click the square to toggle between a blank canvas, one inch grid, or smaller grids. Choose the one inch grid.
Zoom out and resize your piece (or pieces as one group if you have more than one piece) until your one inch square matches the one inch grid lines.
Once it is correct, you highlight the group again, choose CONTOUR (bottom right) and turn off the one inch square if you don’t want it to cut.)
Save your project
Choose MAKE IT and load your paper or cardstock to cut your pattern pieces out. Please note: If you use this method for cutting the fabric pieces, you will have to duplicate pieces you need two of (ie sleeves) and create adjusted/full pieces for any pieces cut on the fold, as the machine can only cut one layer at time.
See more ideas to use your cutting machine with your doll crafts HERE, HERE, and HERE. After cutting your smaller pattern pieces, you can use THIS tutorial to make a paper pattern piece for your gathered skirts.
Do you have a Brother ScanNCut machine? See this VIDEO TUTORIAL for quick and easy paper pattern cutting.
The Oh Sew Kat! Etsy shop has quite a few pattern bundles to help you save a few dollars as your build up your pattern library. You can find the SEW BASIC wardrobe bundle in four sizes: 18 inch dolls, 15 inch baby dolls, 14 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers and 16 inch Disney Animator dolls. It has everything you need to get started and is perfect for young beginners!
Make your own doll clothes with the Sew Basic pattern bundle from Oh Sew Kat!
Each bundle includes three, simple to sew, patterns with full size pattern pieces (digitally drawn on computer), and step by step instructions with a clear photograph for every step. You can mix and match these pieces for unlimited wardrobe fun and easy dressing for young children.
What patterns are included: (Click each link to visit that pattern’s Inspiration Gallery). You can make two tops, pull on pants and a skirt.
Sew your own Basic Wardrobe for Dolls from American Girl™ with this easy Pattern Bundle
DIY Doll Clothers- Sew an Easy, Basic Wardrobe
Aside from the obvious outfits shown in the pattern, there are lots of ways to sew these patterns to get even more options! Find these easy pattern hacks and tutorials for these specific patterns here on the Oh Sew Kat blog.