Stuck at home? Today you can download, print and sew an easy gathered skirt for your 18 inch dolls like American Girl® dolls. Click THIS LINK to join my email list and find your free skirt patterns (3 sizes!) in your welcome email after you confirm your subscription. Sizes included: 18 inch dolls, 16 inch animators, 14.5 inch wellie wishers™.
Riley’s dress is a Party Time Peasant Dress with a simple variation- long sleeves. Use color and accents to create a dress in the Irish theme with hardly a shamrock in site.
Easy to sew St. Patrick’s Day Doll Clothes from Oh Sew Kat!
Emily’s Irish outfit is perfect whether spring has arrived or not by March 17th. The Popsicle Top can be worn with a shirt underneath for warmth- and the Four Season Skirt (Made with my FREE pattern) looks great with flip flops or boots!
The Playtime Peasant Top is a basic staple for your doll’s wardrobe. This PDF pattern is available in 5 popular doll sizes from 14.5 inches to 18 inches in my Etsy Shop. The pattern includes both the long sleeve and short sleeve options, as well as a fun, ruffled 3 tiered peasant skirt.
Here are 6 different ways to sew the Playtime Peasant Top PDF Sewing Pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
Make a Short Sleeve Peasant Top for your Doll
Make them in all colors- prints, checks, and solids. Your doll can use them with shorts, skirts, and under bibs too. You’ll see my dolls wearing lots of peasant tops, especially with the Backyard Bibs pattern like HERE, HERE, and HERE.
To make your Peasant Top into a Dress, add 2 inches to the length for the 18 inch doll
Optional depending where you want the sleeve hem to fall: Add 1/4th inch to the length of the short sleeve
Cut your two ruffles twice as long as the hem of the sleeve by 2 1/2 inches wide
Press each ruffle the long way with wrong sides together
Gather the raw edges of each ruffle and pin it to the right side of the sleeve hem
Complete your top according to the pattern directions
Joss looks so pretty in these soft floral prints.
You can also make it into a dress like Grace’s festive outfit below. She is also wearing Luciana’s red belt purse to complete her outfit. To make this dress, I extended the bodice piece by 2 inches to make it dress length and then added the ruffles instead of hemming the sleeves. These green ruffles are a little wider than the ones above, so the sleeves go down to her wrists. Add a belt if you like to complete the look; Grace is using Luciana’s belt purse from American Girl®.
Make a bright and sunny dress for your 18 inch doll.
When I designed the Sugar n Spice Pattern, my vision was to make a slew of solid color dresses and then have mix and match print pinafores to wear over them. This yellow dress is the same one I used for the Belle Princess Dress.
The floral pinafore looks even more special with pretty eyelet lace at the hem. This yellow floral fabric is by Camelot Fabrics. I buy most of my fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop.
PDF Sewing patterns for dolls are easy to use to make 18 inch doll dresses
What are you making this week? How about some 18 inch doll pajamas in a fun, cozy flannel fabric. I know there are lots of news dolls out there. They need some fun PJ or nightgowns for a good night sleep! And what’s great about these two sewing patterns, they make awesome (and easy!) outfits for clothes too! Let your imagination run wild- what will you make with the easy Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt pattern paired with the super easy Boardwalk Boutique Capri style pants?
Make 18 inch doll pajamas with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
Try a free skirt pattern for your American Girl® Doll by clicking the green button below to sign up for my monthly sewing inspiration for dolls. It has no pattern pieces- just cut two rectangles and sew!! (You will also get two other doll size skirts- 14.5 inch and 16 inch. ) Perfect beginner project!
Make a doll sized Cheer Bow with this easy tutorial
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Joss Kendrick™ is the American Girl® Girl of the Year for 2020. She’s a ten year old girl living in Huntington Beach, California. She loves to surf with her friend and surf sister, Sophia, and her brothers. In her story, she tries out something new- cheerleading. She finds that she can be both a cheerleader and a surfer in the process. Her cheer bow is an important part of her story. Here is a quick tutorial to make a felt cheer bow for your Joss doll or any of here friends. I used my cricut machine but you can cut the pieces by hand as well.
Find a full selection of easy PDF sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls and other sizes in my Etsy Shop to make your own surf outfits and cheer uniforms too!
hair clip, hair tie or headband to attach bow to (I like these alligator clips from Amazon.)
tool to push the hot glue and keep your fingers safe
1. Choose your bow design. You can use any image or design that will produce a 3D bow. In Cricut Access, choose a bow design that makes a 3D bow. You can also find an svg file on etsy or even google. You will know it is a 3d bow because it will import as pieces that might not look like a bow yet. I used the “short bow topper” without the band for the loops (duplicate the loop layer and make one smaller than the other so you have two), and the “cute little bow” as my base layer.
2. Cut your design from felt. I like felt because it’s inexpensive and easy to work with. Be sure to try leather or sparkly faux leather. You can use one color or many. Keep all of your pieces together and size them to your preference. (My cheer bow is about 3 1/2 inches across the base layer.)
3. Heat up your glue gun, and place glue in the center of the larger loop layer. Glue both ends to the center, holding it down until the glue cools with a tool or the hair clip.
4. Do the same for the smaller loop layer.
5. When the layers are completely cool, stack them on top of each other with more glue.
6. If you are layering your bow on a solid base with tails, like I did, glue the center band to the center of your bow, and wrap it around the back, securing the edges.
7. Glue the entire bow to the base with tails. When it cools, glue your clip to the back side. Add little sparkles or sequins for decoration with more glue if you want.
8. Put Joss’ hair in a high ponytail and make sure her cheer bow stands up tall so she can fly high! (Be sure the hot glue cools completely before you put it in your doll’s hair.)
There are many bow designs to choose from. It’s easy to make them bigger, smaller, with tails or without. Alternate colors and try different materials. If you make a smaller bow without the tails, you will wrap the center piece around all the layers, including the base layer and the clip and secure it with hot glue.
Easy craft for 18 inch dolls: Make Cheer Bows with a Cricut Machine
I also made Joss’ practice shirt. I found this design in Cricut Design Space Library and added it to a simple, sparkly tee shirt. Find more information on how to do this in THIS POST.
The chill is in the air and I thought I’d share some of my favorite Oh Sew Kat! patterns that will keep the dollies a little warmer. All of my patterns can be downloaded from my Etsy Shop as soon as payment clears, so you can print the pieces on your home computer and get started sewing right away!
Use the Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set to make your 18 inch doll a winter outfit.
The Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set PDF sewing pattern is three outfits in one great pattern. The long sleeve turtleneck shirt is my go to knit shirt for cooler weather. Add a pair of wide leg shorts and tall boots for a cute outfit, or include the reversible open sided apron jumper (attach with buttons to shorts or a simple elastic waistband) for a mock dress style based on the 70s. The great thing is this jumper works over a tee shirt for spring or summer too! See more ideas for the Jumping Jack pattern HERE.
Quick and easy- the Easy Up! Jumper is perfect for 18 inch Doll Clothes.
The Easy Up! Jumper is a quick to sew jumper with a few options to add contrasting straps or side kick pleats. It also has a fake button front option that is super easy to sew with no button holes required. You can also make it reversible. The Easy Up! Jumper has elastic straps and pulls up over the doll’s feet without any closures to sew. It’s also a great canvas for your machine embroidery, your applique, and your heat transfer vinyl (HTV) ideas! See more Easy Up! Jumpers HERE and HERE. Find the pattern and download it HERE.
Make a School Bell Blouse for your 18 inch doll with a printable sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
The School Bell Blouse has two options for two different doll blouses! Add the Sixth Grade Skirt in a thin wale corduroy and some tall boots for a perfect outfit for colder days like for Grace (below). You can also make either style into a cute dress which makes this pattern an even better value! Find the instructions HERE and HERE.
The School Bell Blouse pattern is available in 3 doll sizes HERE.
Backyard Bibs PDF Sewing Pattern for Easy to Make 18 inch Doll Clothes
No matter the season or the weather, the Backyard Bibs offers the most value of any other Oh Sew Kat! pattern. Pair it with a peasant top or a turtleneck, a tee shirt, or a tank top. With four options (two pants and two skirts) this quick sew project will be the one you turn to in all the seasons for both the style and the fun! Nicki’s Bibs have cute little buttons on them, but rest assured. This pattern has fully sewn attached straps. No buttons or button holes required!
See more ideas for the Backyard Bibs pattern HERE and HERE. It’s available for 5 sizes of dolls- find them all HERE.
Does the 18 inch American Girl® doll in your life have a lot of shoes? I know I have a lot of models here at Oh Sew Kat!, but even if I put two pair on each doll, I’d still have doll shoes to spare. There’s just something about the finishing touch of a handmade doll outfit being just the right pair of shoes.
A Quick and Inexpensive Way to Organize Doll Shoes in 15 minutes – Colorful Book Bins
It can be challenging to keep all of the little shoes, necklaces, food, hair bows etc for your dolls not only organized, but easily accessible for doll play. Just like many of you, this is an endless struggle. When my daughter was young and played dolls all of the time, we kept these items mostly sorted in binned drawers. This was fairly easy to maintain, as long as you were not looking for anything specific at any time. A 10x10x10 drawer of doll shoes made it hard to even find a match! Try this easy solution and get it all organized in less than 15 minutes in a way that she can find what she wants, but she can also easily put them all back away when she’s done.
Book bins are the perfect shoe storage solution- get organized in less than 15 minutes for less than $15
Recently, walking through the big box stores, I saw these colorful sets of book bins. Designed for classrooms and book shelves, they are higher in the back than in the front and can lock together side by side. I snatched up a few packs- different stores had different prices, but they were $3-10 per set of six or seven bins.
Easily sort doll shoes and organize them in a way that is easy to use and easy to put away.
I started by simply pulling out all of the doll shoes and sorting them into piles by color to see how much I had of each color. In some cases, I had to split out even a little further. For example, I have a lot of doll boots, so I sorted them by color away from the shoes for the moment. Once they were sorted by color, I put them in the corresponding colored bin. This only works for some of them, of course, but it’s an easy place to start.
Once that easy sorting was done, I lined the bins up on the shelves I had for storage. You can line them up along a wall or at the bottom of a closet as well. I realized that in some colors, I had very few shoes at all (purple and orange), and other colors were overflowing (black). So the purple bin became black or gray, and I added the purple shoes to the orange bin to save a little space. In the end, the black and brown boots stayed apart, but the white boots ended up with the white shoes since there were just a few of them.
Organize your 18 inch doll shoes so you can see them all at once and still put them away easily.
You can see from the photo above that the bins all have a little clear pocket on the front. You can make labels to help your organization if you like. These bins are also great to sort other doll items like accessories (glasses, purses, bows, headbands) and even things like doll food and doll dishes. Fun, functional and pretty – and best of all – they didn’t break the bank!
I can now easily add the perfect shoes to each outfit with very little searching after sorting my doll shoes into these fun and functional book bins on a small bookshelf. For now, I have smaller dolls shoes in their own boxes as I do not have nearly as many, but at some point, it may just be easier to have all the green shoes in the green bin no matter the size. We will see how it goes!! In the meantime, happy organizing!!
Fun and functional book bins are great organization for your 18 inch doll shoe collection.
The holidays are here! There is still time to download a PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! and stitch up a new holiday dress for your favorite 18 inch dolls like the dolls from American Girl® and Our Generation® and your 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers™ and Glitter Girls®.
The Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice PDF Sewing pattern offers all the options you need to make the perfect holiday dresses for dolls.
Easy to Sew- Make a Clara inspired nightgown for your 18 inch doll
A few tweaks here and there, and I used the basic Sugar n Spice dress pattern to make this lovely Clara inspired nightgown for my 18 inch dolls. I added length and ruffles to the sleeves, length and a ruffle to the gown, plus a simple faux placket trimmed with piping. Maryellen is ready for sweet dreams this holiday season! Find more details about the modifications to the pattern in THIS POST.
Sew your Molly doll a special Holiday Dress with this easy sewing pattern
Green kona cotton and some tiny lace combine to make a dress similar to Molly’s Christmas dress from American Girl® in her stories. (Molly’s original dress was green velvet, and this Sugar n Spice dress would be gorgeous made from velvet too! See more in THIS POST.)
The Sugar n Spice PDF Sewing Pattern is perfect for your Holiday Doll Clothes Sewing
Lengthen the sleeves and make a long sleeve version of the Sugar n Spice Dress. Add a pretty ribbon sash for a splash of color. This dress was part of an Angel Tree gift I made a few years ago. I also made a dress for Willa.
Make your 14.5 inch dolls (like Wellie Wishers™ a special holiday outfit.
When you purchase the Sugar n Spice dress for 18 inch dolls, it is bundled with the Everything Nice accessories pattern. For Wellie Wishers™ and Animators’, you can purchase the bundle or each pattern separately. Everything Nice includes an unlined cape and a quick to make overskirt. Julie H combined it all in this peppermint themed outfit for Camille. See more photos of this outfit without the cape HERE.
Make a 70s holiday outfit for Julie with the Everything Nice Sewing Pattern
Here, I lengthened the Everything Nice Skirt to floor length and added a Playtime Peasant Top (also available from Oh Sew Kat!) to make a perfect 70s Christmas outfit for Julie. See more photos and information HERE. See the Everything Nice Skirt in a new way here too.