How to use a Ruffler Foot to Gather a Skirt for a Doll Dress

When it comes to doll dresses, I say, can there ever be enough ruffle? Whether it’s a full, twirly doll skirt, or a cute ruffle at the hem of pants or a skirt, you can make your ruffles in mere seconds with this fancy accessory for your sewing machine!! Use this quick method when you sew the Boardwalk Boutique, Party Time Peasant Dress, Playtime Peasant Skirt, and the Sugar n Spice dress patterns from Oh Sew Kat! See the full pattern collection HERE.

Make bitty baby doll clothes with easy pdf sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Great for beginners, also fits Bitty Twins.
Bitty Baby doll in pink flowered dress

Learn to Use Your Ruffler Attachment for Your Sewing Machine

The first thing is to ensure you have the exact correct ruffler for your specific machine.  My machine is a Bernina 560 and the ruffler foot is #86.  I have a ruffler foot for my babylock machine as well, and even though it looks almost identical, it’s not compatible with my Bernina.  A ruffler for your machine is not a cheap accessory, but if you use it often, it can be a huge time saver!!! Be sure to watch a few quick videos on you tube to get familiar with how to use it. Generally, a ruffler will look like the photo below. It’s quite the contraption! But once I tried it, I fell in love!

Sewing Doll Skirts: Ruffler Tips

  1. There can be a lot of math involved when using a ruffler.  It has a few options and if you change the number and the stitch length, you get even more!  That all gives me a headache, to be honest. I’m an English teacher not a math teacher, remember? If you want a great tutorial on how to figure all of this out, I highly recommend searching you tube.  Me, I just want to put a piece of fabric in and gather my doll skirts in about 15 seconds!  So this is what I did and maybe it can benefit you too.
  2. The ruffler foot seems intimidating at first, but it really attaches just like any of your other sewing feet. You need to make sure the top “hook” (looks like a backwards “c”- see Fig 1) is over the needle bar (see Fig 3), which will move the entire mechanism. This is similar to some buttonhole feet. Once the foot is secure, and the “c” hook is over the bar, lower the foot and check that your needle moves in and out freely and doesn’t hit any of the metal.
  3. In Fig 2, you can see the front notch which shows the number of stitches between “tucks” or gathers. For tight gathers, set this to 1, so it will “tuck” every stitch. You can also set it to every 6th stitch or every 12th stitch. The smaller the number, the tighter the gathers. You will need less fabric the higher the number.
  4. The fabric will move front to back, just like your regular sewing. The center, middle of the foot has a darker, flat piece of metal. The back end of this piece has a zig zag type edge, which will grab the fabric. As the fabric is tucked, the needle stitches it in place. Your fabric is fed in between the two bars at the front, then under this little metal piece and out the back.
  5. In Fig 1, you can see that the foot has a two layer bottom. The fabric will feed in between these two layer bars at the front, then under the metal piece and needle etc. (Fig 4). Start slowly, and ensure the fabric and the little claw are moving correctly. You will hold/feed the fabric, watching the front guide. If you start to sew, and your fabric doesn’t start to move in under the needle, pull it out and try again.
  6. I sat down with a pile of cotton strips (I used the ugly parts of a quilter’s jelly roll, but you can use anything that is similar to the fabric you will gather the most. You can even ruffle a strip, measure it, pull the stitches out, and ruffle it again using the same strip more than once.)  The jelly roll strips were all 42 inches long (and 2.5 inches wide), which is more or less the width of fabric when you buy it off the bolt.  I sat down and set my ruffler to ruffle every stitch, (the little holes front and center) and my stitch length to 2.5.  I ruffled the strip.  The next one I ruffled with the stitch length set at 3.0 and kept moving up to 5.0 which is as long as my machine will let me set.  (No idea what a jelly roll is? Click AD: to see at the Fat Quarter Shop HERE. Jelly rolls (also called Bali Pops, Rolie Polies etc) are a type of precut cotton fabric, designed for quilters, but also great for doll clothes!)
  7. Once I ruffled each strip, I measured it and started making a chart. I entered the original length of fabric, the stitch length (2.5-5.0), the ruffler stitch count setting (every stitch, every sixth stitch, etc), and the finished, ruffled length. My goal was to see what stitch length would give me the closest measurements to the skirts in my doll clothes patterns. I add them to a white board or wall chart for quick reference. Look up the skirt measurements of your favorite doll clothes patterns with ruffles or gathered skirts. Cut strips to match, and start with the lowest stitch length setting, to see where you end up. It’s not hard to get right to certain measurements, and as I said, I’m an English teacher, and I didn’t want to do the math.  I needed the strips to be 1 or 2 inches LONGER than what I would use on the doll garment. I can trim off the end.  😉  If a measurement is too short, leaving an inch unruffled at either end can work as well.  This also makes it a little easier to add the hook and loop tape to a back closing garment.
  8. I found that a strip that measured 42 inches, ruffled at 5.0 stitch length gave me 14-15 inches.  This is what I use most of the time for 18 inch dolls.  I leave one inch at the beginning, and ruffle all the way to the end.  Once it’s pinned to the skirt, I can remove the part I don’t need (perfect for an apron like in Sugar n Spice pattern), remove a few stitches to flatten out the back edge, and attach it to my waistband. Time saver!!!

It’s possible to ruffle and attach your skirt to your waistband at the same time. As long as you know you can trim off the excess at the end, you can do it in one step.  Having your handy chart of which stitch length will give you what approximate measurement will really help!  I encourage you to ruffle a few strips of fabric and make your own chart.  At first I used a notebook, but I’ve since put it into my google drive so it is now sorted by fabric length.  I add to it every time I ruffle a skirt or piece of fabric, and I reference it when I sit down to sew a pattern to speed up my doll clothes constructions.

How to Use a Ruffler to Gather Doll Skirts when Sewing

A ruffler foot can also be used to make your own gathered trim (think eyelet lace) and ruffles for any and every project. Have fun with this new tool!!

Use the ruffler foot to make the quick to sew Party Time Peasant Dress even quicker!! Find the pattern here.

Make a Party Time Peasant Dress for your 18 inch American Girl doll for St Patrick's Day. Find the easy PDF print at home sewing pattern at ohsewkat.com. #irish #dolldress #18inch #sewingpattern #irishcraft
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Anyone Gnome? Free Pattern: Make a St Patrick’s Day Doll Skirt

Free Skirt Pattern for 18 inch Dolls like American Girl® from Oh Sew Kat!

I could not resist this fun leperchaun/ gnome fabric when I was out fabric shopping one day. The print is a little large (and okay, a little obnoxious) for doll clothes, but the Four Season Skirt is the perfect choice for these fun, novelty prints. Pair the skirt with striped socks or tights, leggings, and high tops for a fun and funky holiday outfit.

Poppy is wearing her fun skirt with the Jumping Jack turtleneck shirt, white leggings, and fun orange high tops. You can also add the World Traveller Irish green sweater. Read my review of the Ireland outfit from American Girl® here. Need help making doll necklaces? See THIS POST.

Sew a St. Patrick’s Day Skirt for Doll with the Four Season Skirt free pattern

With a strong Irish heritage, we never let March 17th pass by without corned beef and green shamrocks. See more ideas to sew for St Patrick’s Day in the Inspiration Gallery, or by clicking the photos below.

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Sew up a lucky shamrock dress for your doll with this very easy sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Designs. Quick and easy PDF doll patterns. Find a free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #stpatricksday #dollclothes #irish #shamrock
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Courtney Moore 80s Doll Mix and Match Pink Belt Tutorial

DIY your own doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like Courtney Moore from American Girl®. Easy to sew PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! will help you be successful with full color photos plus written instructions for every step of the way. Be your own doll clothes designer!!

Make Fun 80’s Fashions for Your American Girl Doll- Free Tutorials

Create mix and match outfits with hot pink and houndstooth with easy sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Have you seen Courtney’s new mix and match wardrobe pieces from American Girl®? You can create the same look for less money with Oh Sew Kat! patterns and tutorials.

Here’s is the outfit I made for Courtney. I used the POPSICLE TOP pattern for the top, and THIS TUTORIAL for the skirt. Read below for how I made the hot pink belt to complete the look!!

Make a mix and match 80s outfit from houndstooth fabric for your Courtney American Girl Doll. More patterns available from Oh Sew Kat!

Make Courtney’s 1980s Hot Pink Belt

  1. Supplies: Belt Buckle, cotton or knit fabric
  2. Cut fabric 2.5 x 15.5 inches ( I cut mine at 2 inches wide, and decided it should be thicker but did not sew a new version so yours may look slightly different than my photos, but probably more like the one on the AG site.)
  3. With RST stitch up one side, with the last inch forming a slight diagonal to the edge to create a point.
  4. Turn and press well; the seam can be centered or on one edge, depending how you want your belt to look.
  5. Zig zag stitch or serge the open end closed.
  6. Place this finished end through the buckle, fold over and seam in place, just far enough so your foot does not hit the buckle.

Put your belt over the waistband and bottom edge of the skirt and top for a “dress look” and revel in the $48 plus shipping you may have just saved. You are welcome, Momma!! I put the skirt, top and belt items in my cart. Yes, you get two tops and two skirts and some accessories besides the belt, but if this is a passing phase for your kid (like it was with mine)- this is a great answer for a wonderful, time appropriate outfit for your 18 inch 80s Courtney doll from American Girl. And you can sew as many as you want! Click HERE for the skirt tutorial and HERE for the top tutorial to complete the outfit.

Easy to make houndstooth skirt and top outfit for American Girl Doll Courtney by Oh Sew Kat!

Find more ideas and tutorials to sew for Courtney by clicking the photos below. Be sure to visit the Courtney Moore Inspiration Gallery HERE.

Make your 18 inch Courtney Moore American Girl doll a Care bears nightgown with the easy to sew Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern from the Oh Sew Kat! Etsy Shop. Available in other doll sizes too!
Make doll clothes for 1980's 18 inch dolls like Courtney Moore from American Girl. Easy to sew doll clothes with easy PDF digital patterns, printables, and tutorials from OhSewKat. Also available on Etsy. Make a boxy crop top, hair scrunchies, and bubble skirts.
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Bow Tie Skirt for 18 inch Dolls

Follow these simple instructions to modify the Everything Nice Overskirt (Included with the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice Pattern bundle) to close it with a pretty bow at the waist.

Make the Sugar n Spice Overskirt Close with a Pretty Tie

Easy sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls- dress, pinafore, cape, corset, tutu, apron, and overskirt. Mix and match to make Halloween costumes and 18 inch doll dresses.

You will need the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice bundle pattern. The overskirt is part of the accessories set.

  1. Cut your skirt and waistband pieces according to the pattern instructions. I actually made my skirt more full at 33 inches.
  2. Hem and gather the skirt, including the short edges.
  3. Fold in each short end of the waistband 1/4th inch and press, then stitch.
  4. With right sides together, press waistband in half long ways.
  5. Open the waistband, and find the center. Also find the center of your 36 inch piece of ribbon.
  6. Decide if you want the skirt to close in the center or off to one side and place your ribbon in the waistband accordingly. Optional: Stitch some or all of the ribbon near the fold, to the back of the waistband piece so the ribbon will not come out during play. If you want to be able to tie it both in the center and to the side, you will need to leave the ribbon unattached so it can slide. In that case, put the ribbon inside, and use clips or pins to hold it in place and out of the way as you attach your waistband.
  7. Press the waistband closed again and complete the skirt as directed. The ribbon will be hidden in the waistband but the skirt will close with a cute bow.
  8. Use the skirt on its own, or over a dress frontwards or backwards.
American Girl Doll with red hair and Valentine's themed dress

DIY 18 inch Doll Dresses for Valentine’s Day with Easy to Sew PDF Sewing Patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Click HERE to find the Sugar n Spice PDF pattern in four popular doll sizes. Download and sew today!

Kira turned the skirt around (bow tie is now in the back) and matched it up with a simple white tee shirt. These bicycles are just so cute!! I found the fabric collection at the ad: FAT QUARTER SHOP.

See more ideas in the Sugar n Spice Inspiration Gallery or by clicking one of the photos below.

Make your 18 inch American Girl doll a holiday jumper with this easy tweak to the Sugar n Spice PDF Sewing pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!
DIY doll clothes sewing patterns for Molly McIntire 18 inch American Girl Doll. Easy to sew PDF Patterns from OhSewKat.
Make an easy breezy summertime sundress for your 18 inch dolls with the simple PDF sewing pattern, Sugar n Spice, from Oh Sew Kat! on Etsy. Find more patterns for American Girl Dolls and other sizes too.
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make it Monday: Cute Love Banner for Dolls

Make a Doll Sized Holiday Banner with the Cricut Joy Machine

Easy doll craft! Make a doll sized banner to decorate your 18 inch Doll's Valentine's Day party. Use your cricut or cutting machine for quick and easy American Girl doll party decorations.

Make a Doll Sized Banner with the Cricut Joy- the Ultimate Crafting Machine for Dolls

Use the banner to decorate a fireplace, a bedroom, or a party set up!!

Easy doll craft! Make a doll sized banner to decorate your 18 inch Doll's Valentine's Day party. Use your cricut or cutting machine for quick and easy American Girl doll party decorations.

Find the LOVE BANNER TUTORIAL HERE. Visit the Valentine’s Day Inspiration Gallery for more ideas to craft and sew.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

New Sewing Pattern for Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins Dolls: Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice by Oh Sew Kat!

The Sugar n Spice Dress with Everything Nice Accessories is the perfect pattern to DIY baby doll clothes for Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins 15 inch dolls by American Girl.  The pattern includes the short sleeve dress, sleeveless pinafore (overdress, sundress, jumper) as well as 5 simple accessories to mix and match to make your own designs or princess dresses or Halloween costumes.  Tutu, apron, overskirt, cape, and reversible corset are included by Oh Sew Kat! Designs for Dolls.

Brand New Dress Sewing Pattern for Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins from OhSewKat!

The Sugar n Spice PDF pattern includes the short sleeve dress, sleeveless pinafore, plus 5 easy dress up accessories to mix and match with unlimited options. (No sew tutu, hooded cape, apron, overskirt, and reversible corset.). Also available for 18 inch dolls, Animators, and Welliewishers in the OhSewKat etsy shop.

The Sugar n Spice Dress with Everything Nice Accessories is the perfect pattern to DIY baby doll clothes for Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins 15 inch dolls by American Girl.  The pattern includes the short sleeve dress, sleeveless pinafore (overdress, sundress, jumper) as well as 5 simple accessories to mix and match to make your own designs or princess dresses or Halloween costumes.  Tutu, apron, overskirt, cape, and reversible corset are included by Oh Sew Kat! Designs for Dolls.

Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice Sewing Pattern now available for Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins

The Sugar n Spice Dress with Everything Nice Accessories is the perfect pattern to DIY baby doll clothes for Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins 15 inch dolls by American Girl.  The pattern includes the short sleeve dress, sleeveless pinafore (overdress, sundress, jumper) as well as 5 simple accessories to mix and match to make your own designs or princess dresses or Halloween costumes.  Tutu, apron, overskirt, cape, and reversible corset are included by Oh Sew Kat! Designs for Dolls.

New PDF Sewing Pattern for Bitty Baby: Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice

Find this Bitty Baby pattern in the Oh Sew Kat! Etsy Shop here! See more ideas for this versatile pattern in the Inspiration Gallery HERE.

The Sugar n Spice Dress with Everything Nice Accessories is the perfect pattern to DIY baby doll clothes for Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins 15 inch dolls by American Girl.  The pattern includes the short sleeve dress, sleeveless pinafore (overdress, sundress, jumper) as well as 5 simple accessories to mix and match to make your own designs or princess dresses or Halloween costumes.  Tutu, apron, overskirt, cape, and reversible corset are included by Oh Sew Kat! Designs for Dolls.
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make Fancy Pantalettes for Kirsten Larson: An Oh Sew Kat! Pattern Hack

With the release of the 35th anniversary dolls from American Girl®, not only have the BeForever® characters, Kirsten and Addy (and others) found their ways into a whole new generation of homes, but many moms are pulling out their childhood dolls to share as well. Sometimes you can find dolls second hand, on Facebook Marketplace, at garage sales, or in thrift shops. If you find one of these beauties and she’s missing a few of her outfit pieces, you can make your own! (Sometimes with older dolls, you’ll find the elastic has given out over time, even if their meet outfit bloomers are in tact). Click HERE to find my Historical Characters Gallery with links to my growing list of pattern hacks.

Make historical doll meet outfits for Kirsten and Addy- sew pantalettes or drawers with this easy to sew PDF pattern hack.

Make Meet Bloomers for Kirsten or Addy 18 inch American Girl Dolls

The Boardwalk Boutique pattern was one of the first ones I published, back in 2015. The wide leg loose capri pants are the perfect substitute for crisp, white pantalettes for your 18 inch Kirsten Larson doll, or make a pair of “drawers” for your 18″ Addy Walker doll, two of the BeForever characters from American Girl®. They might have different names for each of the dolls, but it looks like the undergarments in 1854 didn’t seem to change much by 1864- at least not for American Girl®.

You will need the Oh Sew Kat! Boardwalk Boutique pattern, some white cotton fabric (a fat quarter should work!), about 10-11 inches of 1/4th inch width elastic, and about one yard of “flat” eyelet lace. If the only lace you can find has a gathered edge, you can pick out the stitches or even trim off the edge, and iron your lace flat to achieve the same look.

Easy sewing pattern for your 18 inch dolls- Boardwalk boutique Halter Top and Ruffled Capri pants by Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns are print at home and easy to sew!

Both Kirsten’s pantalettes and Addy’s drawers have a finished length of 7 inches. I purchased my BeForever Addy from the Madison Museum Sale, and she came dressed in the blue dress, so she is original from the American Girl store. My Kirsten is the 35th Anniversary edition I purchased recently from American Girl®

Make your own meet pantalettes for Kirsten or drawers for Addy Dolls

When I measure the finished Boardwalk Boutique ruffled capris, shown on the pattern cover, they are about 6 3/4 inches. Place your lace along the hem line of the pattern to check the finished leg length. Measure from the waistband stitching line, NOT the top edge of the pattern piece, as that will be folded over as the casing for the waist elastic. Extend the length of the leg until you have a finished length of 7 inches (fabric and lace both), which includes the 1/2 inch seam allowance (1/4th inch of the leg and 1/4th inch of the top of the lace.) If you have narrow lace, it may be a larger extension like 1/2 inch or more. Wider lace may not need an extension at all, or may even need to be a little shorter.

You want the pantalettes/drawers to hit the top of the doll’s boots but not much farther, so the lace will peek out underneath the dresses. Simply follow the pattern directions and apply the lace in place of the ruffle at the pants’ hem. (Note: You can probably also use the Bloomer Buddies pattern to create a similar look. As of this writing, I have not compared the pieces or the lengths but the capri version is probably very close with lace instead of gathers at the hem.)

Make historical meet outfits for American Girl dolls like Kirsten Addy with this sewing pattern hack.

See more ways to sew for Kirsten here, and also in the Kirsten Gallery.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Knitting for Dolls- 18 inch Doll Fashions by Oh Sew Kat.

Knitting can add a great textured element to your doll clothes and can really add that finishing touch to any doll outfit. Two years ago I set a goal to learn to knit. My mother was a master knitter and I wish I had done it while she was still here to share in my success. I found a local knitting shop and signed up for a beginner class and have been working on my skills ever since. Lately, I’ve been working on lots of 18 inch doll knits. Knitting doll clothes (just like sewing) is a low cost and quick way to grow your skills. I’ll share more as I go along, but here are a few fun outfits I put together with some knitted pieces I recently created along with Oh Sew Kat! doll clothes.

Create your own fashion forward wardrobe for your 18 inch doll with easy PDF sewing patterns and simple knitted sweaters for dolls.
Create your own fashion forward wardrobe for your 18 inch doll with easy PDF sewing patterns and simple knitted sweaters for dolls.

First up is Joss. Joss looks amazing in anything but she really shines in bright colors. I knit her thin strap cami from a Ravelry pattern with Baby Bee yarn from Hobby Lobby. The cami is the perfect thing to put under the Kay Carr short sleeve cardigan from her 70s Mix and Match Knitting pattern. The raglan sleeves are easy to knit the and entire little jacket sweater knits up really quickly. Joss is wearing a pair of capri pants made with the Oh Sew Kat! Playground Pants (no pockets) and just made them shorter. This fabric is from the Flowerhouse Wildflowers collection by Robert Kaufman. Cute cute!!

DIY your own doll clothes with easy to sew PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Emily is wearing a Popsicle Top, Sixth Grade Skirt, and a Karina sweater.

Next up is Emily!! She’s wearing a hot pink Karina Sweater (pattern by My AG Doll Creations) in the long length. The yarn is Baby Bee from Hobby Lobby in the princess color. Emily’s outfit is a Popsicle Top and Sixth Grade Skirt, along with Saige’s buckle strap boots.

Create your own fashion forward wardrobe for your 18 inch doll with easy PDF sewing patterns and simple knitted sweaters for dolls.

And here is Riley! Riley’s outfit has a cool summer nights vibe. She’s wearing the Sandbox Shorts with patch pockets (as seen in THIS POST) and the pink thin strap cami made with the Baby Bee yarn. This cami was where I learned the duplicate stitch, by adding the yellow heart to the front of the cami. The cute yellow jacket is the same one Joss has on above, made with the Kay Carr 70s Mix and Match Wardrobe knitting pattern. This little jacket is such a quick knitting project and fits so beautifully, I know I will be making many more.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

American Girl Outfit Review: Team USA Medal Ceremony Set

Like so many of you, I love the Olympics and the coming together as a globe to watch the best of the best. I love the pride each country shows in their flags, anthems, and uniforms. I was thrilled to see American Girl® come out with an entire line of Olympic themed outfits…well…until I saw the price tag! At the time of this writing, the day before the Games begin, AG is now offering a buy one, get one half off sale. That would have been nice. But personally, I had to have the Team USA Medal Ceremony set for my collection, despite the very hefty $35 price tag (plus tax and shipping!) Here are my thoughts.

American Girl Outfit Review- Team USA Medal Ceremony Set. OhSewKat review of the jacket, flag, olympic medals outfit produced and sold for American Girl. Diy your own doll clothes with easy sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

What you get: a thin “windbreaker” type zip up jacket, with navy sleeves, a team USA decal on the back, and the USA flag and olympic rings decal on the front. Three medals (gold, silver, and bronze, all on red white and blue ribbons), a large USA flag with thumb loops, and a pamphlet about taking care of the USA flag.

American Girl Outfit Review- Team USA Medal Ceremony Set. OhSewKat review of the jacket, flag, olympic medals outfit produced and sold for American Girl. Diy your own doll clothes with easy sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Olympic Outfit for Dolls: Team USA Medal Ceremony Set

First things first. I love the flag, and the thumb loops make it very easy to photograph the dolls holding it, which can be tricky with the usual flag on a pole. That alone, for me, was worth getting the set. However, for the price, I thought this set should have at least come with an outfit- a tee shirt and shorts or something. Riley is wearing a plain white tee and a white Sixth Grade Skirt that I had on hand. She’s ready to watch the games!

American Girl Outfit Review- Team USA Medal Ceremony Set. OhSewKat review of the jacket, flag, olympic medals outfit produced and sold for American Girl. Diy your own doll clothes with easy sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Overall, like many sets from American Girl®, the set feels very high quality. The flag is stitched, not printed, and the medals are heavy (very heavy) and super shiny. The ribbons have hook and loop tape so they don’t have to go over the doll’s head.

American Girl Outfit Review- Team USA Medal Ceremony Set. OhSewKat review of the jacket, flag, olympic medals outfit produced and sold for American Girl. Diy your own doll clothes with easy sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

OhSewKat’s review of the Team USA Medal Ceremony Outfit for Dolls from American Girl®

American Girl Outfit Review- Team USA Medal Ceremony Set. OhSewKat review of the jacket, flag, olympic medals outfit produced and sold for American Girl. Diy your own doll clothes with easy sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

All in all, I’m happy with the Team USA Medal Ceremony set and I’m glad I have it. I may regret the $$ if it ends up on clearance after the games, but with a buy one get one half off, it’s the perfect add on set to any of the sport outfits. It could have more included for the high price tag, but it will always remind me of the craziness that has surrounded the summer Olympics of 2020/2021 and I like that. If I were to buy this for my child, I would certainly pick out one of the sport outfits to go with it, even though the cost of both would be almost as much as a new doll. You can find this set in the American Girl online store.

Go Team USA!!

See more Oh Sew Kat! reviews of products made by American Girl on THIS PAGE.

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Quick Project: Two colored doll headband like Kira Bailey’sâ„¢

Easy Headband Tutorial: Make a two colored knit headband for your 18 inch Doll

Kira Baileyâ„¢ is the 2021 Girl of the Year from American Girl®. This Michigan girl spends the summer in the Australian Outback, working at her aunt’s animal rescue. Her fashions are utilitarian and pretty! Make your Kira doll a two colored knit headband with this easy sewing tutorial.

Make your 18 inch doll a two colored knit headband just like Kira's from American Girl. Easy to follow sewing tutorial for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Use a stretchy knit fabric for the best results. Tee shirts from the craft store are perfect for this project.

  • Cut two rectangles of knit fabric, one of each color, 2 inches by 10 inches.
  • With right sides together, use a 1/4th inch seam to sew the long side of each piece, to form tubes (Photo #1)
  • Turn the tubes right side out, and give them a press with steam to reduce any stretch from sewing. (Use the FASTURNS to make this task super easy!!)
  • Lay the tubes on the table, forming a cross. One tube will be below the other at the middle. (Photo #2)
  • Fold the bottom tube in half, aligning the short ends, so the other tube is inside (Photo #3)
  • Fold the other tube to align the short ends with the short ends of the first one. All four ends are now stacked on top of each other. (Photo #4)
  • Stitch across the four layers using a 1/4th inch seam.
  • Turn the headband right side out, so the stitching in on the inside, and pull the headband so one color is on one side, and the other side is the other color. (Photo #5)
Make your 18 inch doll a two colored knit headband just like Kira's from American Girl. Easy to follow sewing tutorial for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

This headband is a quick project! Finish it in an hour or less!

Make a knit headband for your Kiraâ„¢ American Girl Doll

Make your 18 inch doll a two colored knit headband just like Kira's from American Girl. Easy to follow sewing tutorial for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

This headband is quick to make – you can make it in colors to match all of her outfits. It looks just like the headband that American Girl® sells with the Kira Baileyâ„¢ comfy jumpsuit outfit.

See more tutorials for 18 inch Doll Accessories by clicking the photos below.

50s scarf doll tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Easy sewing patterns for beginners to print and sew at home.
Make an 18 inch doll necklace for Valentine's Day. Easy bead and chain 18 inch doll jewelry look great with doll fashions made from Oh Sew Kat! pdf sewing patterns on Etsy.
How to make an infinity scarf for your doll with Dollar Tree Supplies. Visit www.ohsewkat.com to try a free doll clothes sewing pattern. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #craft #tutorial #18inchdolls
Make a quick and easy cheer bow for your 18 inch doll like Joss Kendrick with this cricut tutorial from OhSewKat! Make it with felt, leather or vinyl and pair it with DIY doll clothes made from Oh Sew Kat! etsy shop PDF digital sewing patterns for dolls.
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!