Try something new today! Do you have lots of scraps or small pieces of fabric? My mother was a big quilter, and she was always buying those cute little 5 inch square packs of fabrics. Here is a great way to turn those small pieces into cute, one of a kind doll clothes.
Use any sewing pattern to create a unique, one of a kind, patchwork doll top.
Make a patchwork top for 18 inch dolls.
The fabrics in this tutorial came from a pack of 5″ squares, called a “charm pack”. This one is by Doodlebug Designs- I love the whimsical images. None of the squares are big enough to make 18 inch doll clothes, so I picked a few of my favorites and patched them together, quilt style, to make my own fabric!
I used the Boardwalk Boutique pattern for this cute, halter top, but really any pattern will work to give the same effect.
- Choose your fabrics and lay them out on your table in a pleasing way. Try to offset the colors and place the rows so you don’t have a four square in the center of your top (unless you are going for that look 😉 . Ensure that your squares cover enough space for your entire pattern piece.
- With right sides together, sew the pieces together in rows, moving from bottom to top with 1/4th inch seams. Once you have your two rows complete, put them right sides together and sew them together to make a larger square or rectangle. Press all of your seams open.
- If needed, trim the edges so your fabric piece is neat.
- Pin your pattern pieces to your new patchwork fabric (being mindful of one way designs) and cut out as usual.
Once you have your pieces cut out, simply assemble the pattern as usual.
Ta da!! You’ve made a one of a kind top for your doll!