Sewing with Batiks Part 3- DIY Doll Clothes

Don’t pass by that huge fabric section of batik fabrics! I love to use batiks as “solids with interest”. With such a wide range of solid colors and fun patterns, you can create a whole new vibe for your doll clothes.

Use batik fabrics in place of solids to improve your doll clothes sewing.

This blue batik fabric was in my mother’s stash. It must have been a quilt backing as there is four or five yards of it! It’s my go to for a “denim” look because it’s so lightweight and easy to sew!

Easy Up jumper doll clothes sewing pattern- lots of options, beginner level, photo tutorial, pdf pattern from ohsewkat

This batik fabric has a pattern over it, but the muted colors behind it make it perfect for spring play clothes, like this adorable Popsicle Top and Sandbox Shorts outfit for Welliewishers™ sewn by Pam. Find both patterns in THIS BUNDLE.

Make a summer outfit for your wellie wishers doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing pattern for wellie wishers dolls sandbox shorts popsicle top.

Use Batik Fabrics to in Your Doll Clothes Sewing

This patriotic batik is a stunner. Each outfit will have a little different look with fabrics that change colors. These outfits are both made with the Backyard Bibs pattern.

Backyard Bibs Overalls Sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. Easy to sew PDF digital doll clothes patterns found at Oh Sew Kat!

Batiks are fun to sew with. You just don’t know what you will get until it’s done. Try it out today!!

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Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Oh Sew Kat! Doll Dress Patterns Made Up as Tops

Just as every doll top sewing pattern you have can usually be made into a dress, the reverse is true as well. Every dress pattern can be made into a top or shirt. Here are a few examples to use the patterns you have (or choose a new one) in a new way.

Use your Oh Sew Kat! Doll Dress sewing patterns to make cute doll tops too!

Sew your own doll clothes with easy PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat! #ohsewkat #sugarnspice #18inchdolls #americangirl

Kelly is wearing a cute spring outfit. Her top is made from the Sugar n Spice pattern. Instead of a full skirt, I just made it ruffle sized. Read more details in THIS POST. The skirt is a simple skirt like THIS TUTORIAL.

Easiest Pattern Hack Ever: Make a Dress Pattern as Top for Dolls

Western Style ruffled Twinkle Skirt with eyelet Spring Shine Dres/Top

In the above example, sewn by my amazing tester, Michele, Leah is wearing a top made from the Oh Sew Kat! Spring Shine Dress pattern. It’s simply the bodice with a little trim at the hem. Cute cute!! Find the pattern HERE. The skirt is made from the Twinkle Twirl Skirt pattern.

Michele also sewed the cute outfit Snow White is wearing below. Her top is made from the Sunshine Dress pattern. It doesn’t matter the doll size, this hack works for every size. Find the pattern HERE.

Disney Animators dolls sewing patterns

Use your Oh Sew Kat! Doll Dress Patterns to Make Cute Summer Tops too!

Use the Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern to make as summer doll top for your 18 inch American Girl doll. Easy sewing patterns for all seasons by Oh Sew kat!

Maryellen is ready to hit the beach!! The Backyard Bibs is my favorite pattern for every season. Shorten the skirt to ruffle length, and look how cute the top is! (The green shorts were purchased at American Girl®.) See more details in THIS POST. I simply made the ruffle even smaller in the patriotic outfit below. Paired with a pair of Bloomer Buddies bloomers and it looks like a bathing suit!!

Make a summer top or swim suit with the Backyard Bibs Overalls sewing pattern for dolls like American Girl. Easy to sew digital PDF doll clothes patterns by Oh Sew Kat!

Make Easy Doll Tops with your Oh Sew Kat! Dress Sewing Patterns

Doll top tutorial by OhSewKat

Pam, another amazing tester and photographer, always made the cutest outfits. Here she used the Sugar n Spice Dress pattern and made it into cute tops for Welliewishers 14.5 inch dolls. She paired them with Sixth Grade Skirts and added the pockets as in THIS TUTORIAL. Such cute outfits!!

What other dress patterns will you use to make your doll tops?

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Make it Monday: Character Inspired Doll Dresses

Use your imagination and Oh Sew Kat! patterns to make doll dresses inspired by your favorite characters!!

Make a Snow White Inspired Doll Dress

Make a Snow White inspired doll dress using the Backyard Bibs sewing pattern. Easy beginner level pdf digital patterns for 18 inch dolls.

Make a Snow White inspired Backyard Bibs. Add a blue peasant top underneath to complete the look.

Make a Captain America Inspired Doll Dress

Make adorable Captain America dress overalls style bibs with the easy Backyard Bibs sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Be your daughter's superhero! Easy to sew printable PDF sewing patterns are available for dolls in 5 sizes.

The Backyard Bibs pattern is quick to sew and lends itself to easy colorblocking! Add a simple to make Captain America® logo with your cricut machine and easy press. Find the tutorial HERE.

Make a Gabby Gabby (Toy Story) Style Dress

Make your own Gabby Gabby inspired yellow polka dot doll dress with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Gabby Gabby’s yellow polka dot dress can easily be made with either the Sugar n Spice dress, or the Spring Shine dress by adding a collar, placket, and waistband. See more information in this POST.

What character inspired doll dresses have you made?

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Sewing with Batiks Part 2- DIY Doll Clothes

If you visit your local quilting shops- you will find full walls lined with bright rainbows of batik fabric. These fabrics can be a little pricer than the regular quilting cottons, because many of them are specifically dyed. Browse through this section and choose a few to try on your doll clothes. Some are multicolored and some are not, which makes them the perfect solids to use in outfits to make them pop!!

Using Batik Fabric to Sew Doll Clothes to Add Fun and Interest

Make an easy romper with tied straps for your 18 inch American Girl doll. The Backyard Bibs PDF Sewing Pattern from Oh Sew Kat is quick to sew and has four options- two pants and two skirts. Find out more in the OhSewKat etsy shop.

Joss is wearing the Backyard Bibs made in a colorful batik. I used ribbons instead of straps as outlined in THIS POST. This simple pattern is perfect to highlight the batik fabric’s watercolors. Find the Backyard Bibs pattern in five doll sizes HERE.

DIY Doll Clothes for American Girl Dolls with fun, Batik Fabrics

DIY doll clothes sewing patterns for Nanea Mitchell 18 inch American Girl Doll. Easy to sew PDF Patterns from OhSewKat.

Some batik fabrics have a defined print, such as this blue and green poinsettia floral of Nanea’s muumuu style dress. I used the Sugar n Spice pattern and THIS TUTORIAL. Find the Sugar n Spice PDF pattern in four popular doll sizes HERE.

Mix and Match Solid fabric with Batiks for Unique Doll Clothes

Ivy’s festive outfit was made with the Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt pattern. I paired a solid gold top with three different batik fabrics in the skirt. This pattern lends itself beautifully to a quilting precut called a JELLY ROLL. I purchase mine at the AD: Fat Quarter Shop. You can get a full range of colors and prints already cut in long strips to make into ruffled skirts and hems, which can be a big time saver too! Find the Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt pattern in five doll sizes HERE.

Add Interest to Simple Doll Clothes Styles with fun Batik Fabrics

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make it Monday: Backyard Bibs for 14.5 inch Dolls- Ready for Spring!

Ready for spring? How about some bright colors and feelings of sunshine about now? Use the Backyard Bibs to create these quick and easy fake overall dresses. The pattern also includes another skirt version and two pants (shorts and capris). The Backyard Bibs is available in five doll sizes!

Easy sewing pattern for Wellie Wishers and Glitter Girls 14 inch dolls- Backyard Bibs PDF pattern from Oh Sew Kat! #welliewishers #dollclothes
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make it Monday: Backyard Bibs with Love

Share the Love with Valentine Bibs for Dolls

Make your own 18 inch doll clothes with budget friendly fabric from Walmart and Oh Sew Kat! digital PDF patterns for beginners. Download, print, sew with these easy tutorials to DIY beautiful doll clothes for popular dolls like American Girl and Wellie Wishers.

The Backyard Bibs PDF Sewing Pattern from Oh Sew Kat! is a versatile pattern with four different ways to make a set of easy doll bibs or overalls. The straps are permanently sewn, so no buckles or buttons required. If you like that look, add the buckles and buttons on top.

Kailey’s pink gingham bibs are made with the A-line dress version of the pattern. With our without the heart buttons, the dress will work well into the spring and Easter, with just a different top!! Riley has it on in the photo below with a sweet bunny Playtime Peasant Top and different buttons.

Make an Easter outfit for your 18 inch doll with easy PDF Sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Download and sew today! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #18inchdolls

See more ideas for Valentine’s Day Doll Fashions in the Valentine Inspiration Gallery or by clicking a photo below.

Make diy doll clothes for your 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers, Style Girls, and Glitter Girls. Easy to sew beginner level PDF doll clothes patterns are available in the Oh Sew Kat! etsy shop.
Make your own 18 inch doll clothes with budget friendly fabric from Walmart and Oh Sew Kat! digital PDF patterns for beginners. Download, print, sew with these easy tutorials to DIY beautiful doll clothes for popular dolls like American Girl and Wellie Wishers.
Make a cute skirt for your American Girl doll or Wellie Wishers with a free pattern from OH Sew Kat. Print at home digital patterns are easy to sew for beginners. #dollpattern #freepattern #skirt #americangirldoll #ohsewkat
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

18″ Doll Holiday Fashions: Backyard Bibs & Gnomes

DIY Holiday Doll Fashions with Easy Sewing Patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

I love to sew with holiday fabrics. There is just something about their bright colors and cute images that makes me smile. Every year I sew up a few new holiday doll outfits. This year, I chose a cute buffalo check plaid and some darling gnomes. Enjoy these photos of the Backyard Bibs skirtall and Jumping Jack turtlenecks I made.

There are new 18 inch dolls on the block!! Find the adorable Disney ILY4ever 18 inch dolls at your local Target stores and online. They are softer dolls, but easily fit American Girl® dolls clothes, Oh Sew Kat! patterns, and have some super cute accessory sets!

18 inch Joss doll in white shirt and gnome skirtall jumper on white background.

Find more ideas for your holiday sewing in the Christmas Inspiration Gallery.

Make 18 inch doll clothes with the Backyard Bibs PDF Sewing Pattern

Redhead 18 inch doll with red shirt and black and red gnome themed jumper with white background

The Backyard Bibs pattern is available in 5 popular doll sizes. It has four variations to sew, but I have to say the gathered skirt is always my favorite. See more Backyard Bibs ideas HERE and HERE.

Sewing Patterns for 18 inch Dolls: Backyard Bibs in fun Gnome Fabric

Try these other fun ways to sew the Backyard Bibs PDF Sewing Pattern for Dolls. Click the photos to go to the tutorials.

Make your 18 inch doll a new wardrobe with easy PDF sewing patterns from the OhSewKat etsy shop. Download and print your patterns and sew today!
Easy Backyard Bibs overalls sewing pattern for dolls by oH Sew Kat. Make it with a ruffled skirt with this easy pattern hack. FInd more patterns for dolls clothes at ohsewkat.com
Use the Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern to make a summer top for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. Find this pattern and many more at Oh Sew Kat!
Use fold over elastic when you are sewing doll clothes for quick and pretty accents, belts, headbands, straps, hems and more! Find easy to sew beginner level doll clothes sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Show your Doll’s Team Spirit with Oh Sew Kat! PDF Sewing Patterns

It’s Game Day!!

How is your favorite team doing so far? Every day can be Game Day with all of the fun team fabrics available in stores and online. With fun plaids, patchworks, logo scatters and more you can mix and match your school logos and colors to create your own Game Day Doll Fashions. Oh Sew Kat! patterns are simple to sew and let your team spirit shine.

Use easy to sew Oh Sew Kat! patterns to make fun team spirit and game day clothes for 18 inch and other sized dolls like American Girl.

Get your 18″ or other sized doll ready for Game Day with Sewing Patterns from OhSewKat and fun team fabrics!

The Backyard Bibs pattern is perfect to show off your team logos and team colors. Riley is a big Villanova basketball fan and can’t wait for the season to get started!

Villlanova Bibbed Skirt Doll Dress made with the Backyard Bibs easy PDF sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Great for all VU Wildcat Fans!

The dolls at our house like to get behind their favorite football teams too!! Like the Virginia Tech Hokies, and the NC State Wolfpack. Blaire’s cute dress is made from the Sunshine Dress pattern using this TUTORIAL to leave off the sleeves.

Use easy to sew Oh Sew Kat! patterns to make fun team spirit and game day clothes for 18 inch and other sized dolls like American Girl.

Keep your Game Day outfit super simple with the free FOUR SEASON SKIRT pattern and a Popsicle Top. Add fun hair bows (make them on your Cricut machine like in THIS POST) and tennis shoes to complete the look. Find this free pattern in 3 sizes HERE.

Use easy to sew Oh Sew Kat! patterns to make fun team spirit and game day clothes for 18 inch and other sized dolls like American Girl.

Easy to sew Game Day Doll Clothes are Fun for you and your 18″ doll too!

Are your dolls baseball fans? October is for baseball too! Go Nats!!

Make your Game Day outfit for your favorite team- football, baseball, even hockey!

Use easy to sew Oh Sew Kat! patterns to make fun team spirit and game day clothes for 18 inch and other sized dolls like American Girl.

Bitty Baby’s Hokie dress was made with the Party Time Peasant Dress pattern. Available in five sizes, it’s perfect for mixing and matching Hokie colors and patterns.

Use easy to sew Oh Sew Kat! patterns to make fun team spirit and game day clothes for 18 inch and other sized dolls like American Girl.

Make fun School Logo Tees, Hoodies and More!

You can also use your Cricut machine to add iron on logos and more with Heat Transfer Vinyl. See how in THIS POST HERE.

Use easy to sew Oh Sew Kat! patterns to make fun team spirit and game day clothes for 18 inch and other sized dolls like American Girl.

Make team spirit and game day doll outfits with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make it Monday: Pumpkin Looks for Fall

Make a perfect fall jumper and peasant top for 18 inch dolls like American Girl dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! #dollclothes #18inchdolls #fallcrafts

Blaire’s fall outfit (above) was made with the Backyard Bibs and Jumping Jack patterns. Quick to sew- add some boots and your doll is ready for fall!

18 inch doll sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Boardwalk Boutique is easy and quick to sew! Free skirt pattern for 18 inch sized dolls.

Kelly’s cute pumpkin jumper also uses the Jumping Jack turtleneck, and the Boardwalk Boutique halter top with some sparkly HTV. It’s easy to add a face to your jumper with your cricut machine and THIS TUTORIAL.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Step it Up Series: Fun Bias Tape Trimmed Hems

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Here is a way to make a big impact on the look of a skirt or dress with very little effort! Double fold bias tape!!

Use premade Bias tape for a fun hem accent to your 18 inch Doll Clothes

I love my patterned bias tapes. They add a quick and fun accent with very little effort. I prefer 1/2 inch double fold bias tape for the easiest application. You can look on You Tube for more detailed instructions to attach bias tape to your doll clothes. I simply open up the tape, (if one side is longer than the other, that goes on the inside of the garment), and line the raw edge in with the fold crease. I close the tape, and pin in place. When I sew, I sew from the right side, using my edge foot so my stitches are close to the edge but not on it. You can also apply bias tape in two steps. Open out the tape and sew the raw edge to the inside of your garment. (Right side of tape to wrong side of garment.) Fold the tape back in place with the raw edge neatly inside. Stitch on the right side of the garment just inside the edge.

I buy most of my bias tape on Etsy and at Home Sew. You need about a yard for an 18 inch doll’s gathered skirt. You can also make your own, with your cutting tools, an iron and this kit Ad: Bias Tape Makers.

Here are some fun examples that I have sewn for 18 inch American Girl dolls and 14.5 inch Welliewishers Dolls. It looks like I tend to pull my bias tape out at holiday times!! 🙂

This Valentine's Day, show your 18 inch doll some love with beautiful DIY doll clothes you make yourself with easy PDF Sewing patterns from OH Sew Kat! Print at home patterns with full photo tutorials make it easy to sew your own doll clothes, even for a beginner.

Courtney is wearing the Twinkle Twirl Skirt with a red, striped bias hem. Find the hack to add the ruffle to the Playtime Peasant Blouse here.

Stripes and snowmen! Make a Backyard Bibs and Jumping Jack turtleneck outfit for your 18 inch dolls like American Girl with easy sewing patterns from OhSewKat!

Samantha is looking festive and cozy in her Backyard Bibs and Jumping Jack turtleneck shirt. I used the bias tape for the hem, the straps, and the waistband. Find the pattern bundle here.

Easy to Sew Doll Clothes using pre made Bias Trim for an Accent hemline

Fall Halloween Dress sewing pattern for Wellie Wishers and other size dolls. Easy sewing pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat! #halloween #dolldress #welliewishers #ohsewkat

Bias tape hems can make such a statement. Here Camille is wearing the Party Time Peasant Dress with a black and white striped bias tape hem.

If you don’t have an premade bias tape, you can either make your own, or you can create the same look with a very narrow hem band. Ashlynne’s cute pink panda bear outfit is made with the HalterAlls pattern.

Make a ruffled twirl skirt for 18 inch dolls like American Girl with this easy tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! More PDF Sewing patterns for dolls available!

Another Twinkle Twirl Skirt with striped bias tape hem. Kelly’s top is the Popsicle Top pattern. Find both patterns in my ETSY SHOP.

It’s easy to make your own doll clothes. Try bias tape for a quick and easy accent hem.

Make an 80s vibe fashion statement for Courtney American Girl doll with easy and free sewing patterns from OH Sew kat.

This rainbow bias tape was found prepackaged at Joann’s, like this one Ad: Double Fold Bias Tape. You can also use solid colors as well. Here, Courtney has a Four Season Skirt with a rainbow hem- for a fun 80s vibe! Her top was made with the Popsicle Top pattern and looks just like the one from her collection at American Girl! Get the Four Season Skirt pattern FREE right HERE.

Make an easy doll dress for your American Girl doll with the step by step PDF Sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Patterns fit 18 inch American Girl and Our Generation Dolls, as well as Disney ILY dolls.

Poppy’s halloween dress was made with the Party Time Peasant Dress. This is my favorite pattern to mix and match holiday prints for a fun and festive outfit and I offer it in 6 doll sizes from 8-18 inches! This bias trim includes a little lace crochet edge but it was attached the same way; I just put the raw edge of the skirt into the fold and stitched along the edge. See more skirts with this same trim HERE.

Show your 18 inch doll some love this Valentine's Day with the easy to sew Party Time Peasant Dress sewing pattern for American Girl dolls. Find more beginner patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Here’s another Party Time Peasant Dress– Grace is ready for Valentine’s Day!! I shop on Etsy and at Home Sew to find my patterned bias tapes so I always have a fun assortment on hand. See how to make the Party Time Dress with long sleeves HERE.

Make a holiday jumper for your 18 inch American Girl doll with a very easy jumper pattern by ohsewkat

Such cute and tiny snowglobes!! Nicki’s Easy Up Jumper is trimmed in cute red gingham bias tape. Bias tape works on non gathered skirts too (and takes less tape.) It accents her fun striped socks and cozy red Jumping Jack Turtleneck. You can find more ideas for this simple to sew jumper here and here. Find the Jump into Fall bundle with both of these patterns in my Etsy shop HERE.

I hope you will try the fun, patterned bias tapes on the market to give your doll clothes a lot of accent for very little effort!! Don’t forget to follow me on facebook and see new sewing ideas daily!

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