Are you on a tight budget when it comes to doll clothes for your 18 inch dolls like American Girl®? When my daughter was growing up, I know I sure was. The outfits at the store are super cute, but wow, do they add up quickly!!
My daughter really enjoyed planning her own doll outfits, and from this love and process, Oh Sew Kat! Patterns were born.
As you wander through Walmart for this or that, be sure to stop by the fabric & craft sections! You can find these darling packs of fabric (called Fat Quarter Packs, which means each piece in the pack measures 18×22 inches.) for just $3.97. You read that right! That is a full yard of fabric for under $4. PS. They also offer bundles with bunnies!! See the dresses I made HERE. Here are two outfits I made from just one of those packs…and I still have a whole lot left to go! That means at a MINIMUM, each dress was only $2. I still have almost the whole piece of the red polka dot (enough for another bib or easy up jumper– maybe some Playground Pants?) and a few scraps from the other three. That could mean 3 outfits total for just $4! Wow!!!
Yes, you do have to add the cost of the PDF sewing pattern- but at $4.99, or even $5.99, you can still consider the outfit less than $10. And the best part? You can use the pattern over and over again, reducing your cost each time you do! And without any bothersome tissue to lay out, cut out, fold up (only to rip each time you pin!), your print at home PDF patterns live safely inside your computer and your etsy (or other) accounts until the next time you need them!
The Party Time Peasant Dress is my absolute favorite for any holiday dress. I love the accents, the ease, and the full skirt! The top and waistband take inches of fabric. The problem with fat quarters is the skirt. Anything over 22 inches (remember, this was a fat quarter of fabric), has to be pieced. My answer to that seam was to offset it from the middle, and accent it with pretty bows! I also considered red heart buttons! I trimmed the hem with a gingham bias tape trim… easy and cute!!
And cute for Blaire too!!
The next pattern I turned to is the Backyard Bibs. This quick and easy overalls dress takes very little fabric, very little time, and looks adorable over the Playtime Peasant Top, which can also be used with other outfits. Cue the cute heart buttons for Kailey! Find these patterns in a special bundle value HERE. This pattern is also available for 14 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers!
So you see, making your own doll clothes really doesn’t have to cost too much because the fabric requirements (even for the 18 inch doll- smaller dolls require even less!) are so low. As long as you have a basic sewing machine, some basic tools, thread, pins, and maybe a few extras (see my favorite notions HERE), you too, can make a “SWEET” outfit for your doll this Valentine’s Day for very little money. See what I did there? 😉