I made this set of Wellie Wishers™ outfits as a gift for a little girl, and I wanted all of the pieces to mix and match however she might choose. By choosing a focus fabric, and then using the same pink striped fabric in different ways on each piece, I easily created a unified collection of Wellie Wishers clothing by adding a few solid colors here and there.
Make your own capsule wardrobe for your 14.5 inch dolls with easy sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat!
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Try this easy craft project to make doll necklaces for your 18 inch dolls like American Girl® and Our Generation®. These necklaces are perfect for Valentine’s Day or for any time of the year. Finish off that special hand made outfit with the perfect jewelry accessory.
There are a few different ways to make your doll necklaces. You can string beads on a thin ribbon, string or piece of elastic and tie it in back. You can buy premade bracelets and put charms on them. Or you can buy jewelry wire and add your beads and clasps with crimp beads. Choose the option to give you the look you want. If you want to make a simple wire necklace with clasps, try THIS TUTORIAL on WikiHow.
My beaded necklaces are about 8 1/2 inches finished length. My gold chain necklace is 10 inches. I like this style of chain HERE as I can cut it to the length I want and just add the clasps. They offer it in GOLD too. Another option is to buy inexpensive chain bracelets or anklets at the craft store like this one. You can make your doll necklaces as long or as short as you like.
If you are just starting out, and plan on making a lot of jewelry, this KIT gives you a great assortment of beads, tools, findings and more. This smaller and cheaper KIT also has everything you need to get started.
I purchased boxes of small beads in assorted colors. They are available at most craft stores or you can find some similar pink beads here. I also added some sparkly crystal beads at set intervals on some of my necklaces.
Make an easy charm necklace for your doll.
Add a simple charm to a chain for a super fast and easy accessory. There are so many to choose from and you can change them to fit your doll’s mood. Choose charms that are smaller than your doll’s hand so they don’t look too big.
You will find a very large selection of inexpensive charms at your local craft store. When you use the chain necklaces, it’s super easy to swap out the charm for a different look. Check out this charm assortment on Amazon for a great selection of doll sized charms for necklaces.
Easy 18 inch doll necklaces that can change with the season.
You can also use the standard ball chains for easy necklaces as well. The clasps are easy to move around and charms easily slide on and off to change them out.
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.
Does your 18 inch doll need some pajamas to help her off to sweet dreams? Make your own cute pajamas with the Bloomer Buddies PDF Sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! With a few minor adjustments to this classic yoked top and bloomers, your doll will stay snuggly and warm all winter long in a new pair of flannel pajamas!
Make your 18 inch or other sized doll a cute pair of pajamas with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
Make Holiday plaid pajamas for 18 inch dolls- How Fun!
Make 18 inch doll pajamas with the Bloomer Buddies Sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
You already love the Bloomer Buddies pattern! You’ve made such cute summer dresses and Easter shortie outfits and then you probably put the pattern away until next spring. But did you realize you can use this pattern all year long? You can make cute holiday dresses like in this POST, but even better, the Bloomer Buddies pattern is perfect for snuggly, flannel pajamas for your dolls! Take a look!!
When you first look at the Bloomer Buddies pattern, you fall in love with the sweet bloomers and sundresses and the mix and match options. Look at these adorable summer sundresses for dolls! They stitch up quickly and easily with or without sleeves. Check out THIS POST and THIS ONE to make a nightgown with this pattern too!
Add enough length to the capri length bloomers to reach your doll’s feet. You can also use another pants pattern like the Boardwalk Boutique as well. Add to the sleeves to make them long for winter warmth. For Blaire’s black and white gingham jammies, I added an extra 1/4th inch to the long sleeve from THIS POST so I could put in some cute wrist elastic to give it a cute ruffle.
This same sewing pattern can be used to make an adorable set of pajamas for 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers™ and 16 inch Animators Dolls. Find it HERE.
18 inch doll pajamas made with Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns
I found these cute, doll scale plaid flannel fat quarter packs at Walmart. I like to cut the plaid or checked yoke on the bias (diagonal) to give the interest and contrast. I used my piping foot to attach baby sized piping as I attached the yoke. The splash of color is a perfect accent. For Luciana’s pjs I also lengthened the sleeves to 3/4 length, left the wrist elastic off, and added a few inches to the capri length bloomers to make jammie pants. (You need to taper the ankles a bit!) Luciana is ready for a slumber party in her Bloomer Buddies pj’s! See this same pattern to make nightgowns here and here, and don’t forget to check out the Inspiration Gallery for even more ideas.
Kelly’s red checked pj’s have bias cut (diagonal) cuffs too. Find even more ideas to make outfits with the Bloomer Buddies PDF Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat! HERE in the Inspiration Gallery.
Use this Easy to sew digital sewing pattern to make pajamas for your 18 inch doll.
All those cute holiday fabrics in the stores and online are just so hard to resist! Every year I love to sew up a few new doll outfits with the latest prints and colors. Here are some of my favorites. Find all of these PDF sewing patterns in my ETSY SHOP.
Make your doll a holiday outfit with the Backyard Bibs PDF Sewing Pattern
The Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern is a very easy sewing project. Even a very inexperienced seamstress will find the process easy to follow with awesome results. Pull out your awesome holiday fabrics and make your doll a Backyard Bibs skirt or capri outfit today!
Grace’s poinsettia bibs (above) bring a fun PINK color to the holiday season. I used it with the Playtime Peasant top pattern- you can find the 2 bundle value here. Perfect for warmer climates or add a cozy sweater and some furry boots! Nicki’s aqua snowman bibs are from the same fabric collection (Merry Merry Snow Days by Moda). I used striped bias tape to add more interest and she’s wearing it over a Jumping Jack turtleneck shirt (made with the lower collar option.) . Find the patterns HERE.
Make a quick and easy Easy Up! jumper in fun holiday fabric. Make it Reversible!
I love this pattern! I made a dress for my daughter a long time ago and this pattern is the result. See the full post here. The Easy Up! pattern looks complicated, but it’s really very simple. With a full front and front contrast straps and hem kick pleat, it’s the perfect pattern for your awesome and fun holiday fabrics.
I used a cute, gingham bias tape for the hem on this jumper. I didn’t, but it would be cute to use the same trim for the straps too. Have fun mixing and matching your fun fabrics. Go outside your box! Fabric is called SNOW GLOBE by Moda.
Your doll will be ready for the holidays and beyond with an adorable Jumping Jack 3 in1 Jumper Set.
The Jumping Jack pattern is probably the biggest Oh Sew Kat! sleeper pattern. It consists of three pieces, a long sleeve, turtleneck shirt, a pair of wide leg shots, and a reversible “front and back” apron style jumper that makes the complete outfit look like a cute dress. This pattern is based on a 1974 design. See more HERE. With three unique pieces, you will certainly want to add it to your pattern collection whether you use it as a set or for its individual pieces . Check out the turtleneck shirts I featured in THIS POST.
Sewing Tip- any time I make a reversible outfit for the winter holidays, I often make the reverse in Valentine fabric. This santa jumper has red and pink hearts on the reverse.
Holiday outfits for dolls? Yes, please. Try the Bloomer Buddies sewing pattern for so many options!
Bloomer Buddies is a very versatile pattern. With three lengths for the top (top, tunic, dress) and three lengths for the bloomers (shortie, knee, capri), you can make it with out without sleeves for even more options. Choose classic Christmas colors (See more photos HERE) or make it with long sleeves (directions in THIS POST). Use this pattern to make nightgowns and pajamas too!! (See THIS POST and THIS ONE.)
Every sewing pattern is just the starting point. Once you have a bodice and a skirt, you can make a dress that fits your dream.
Use Oh Sew Kat! patterns to make cute holiday outfits for American Girl sized dolls.
See my favorite patterns for Fall HERE and for Summer HERE.
When you learn to sew for your dolls, you now have the power to make your doll clothes in any style you like. Oh Sew Kat! offers basic patterns with simple instructions and few pattern details for this very reason. You can change up the colors, or add a collar or embroidery to make your doll clothes fit your latest inspiration or follow the latest trends. Find easy PDF patterns in 5 popular doll sizes from 14-18 inches in my ETSY SHOP and download and sew today!
Maryellen looks perfect in her Gabby Gabby inspired doll dress from the Toy Story 4 movie.
Make your doll a Gabby Gabby dress with bright yellow fabric and the Sugar n Spice sewing pattern. I trimmed off some of the bodice to add the white band, and added the collar and placket to create this Gabby inspired dress for 18 inch dolls.
The Backyard Bibs offers the perfect spot to showcase your favorite superhero’s logo, like this Captain America Dress.
The Backyard Bibs and Playtime Peasant Top are a quick pair of patterns to create a unique and fun outfit in no time at all. With four options for the bibs (shorts, capris, a line skirt, gathered skirt), you will have time and fabric to make more than one set! Find the pattern in 5 sizes HERE. This pattern is also available in a value bundle with the Playtime Peasant Top pattern too. Find it here.
This Alice in Wonderland inspired dress was created with the Sugar n Spice Sewing Pattern.
The apron pattern is included in the Sugar N Spice sewing pattern. Find more accessories (like a corset and cape) in the Everything Nice bundle.
What doll doesn’t want to be Wonder Woman? This cute outfit was made using the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern.
This Wonder Woman inspired doll dress was made with the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice bundle. With one white dress, I can add accessories like the reversible corset and a starry overskirt to create the look I want. Mix and match the white dress with other pieces for even more dress up fun. See the Inspiration Gallery for more ways to sew the Sugar N Spice doll dress sewing pattern. See THIS POST for six different ways to sew this versatile pattern.
Oh Sew Kat! currently only offers one pajamas/nightshirt pattern. The April Moon pattern is offered in two sizes and was designed by April, a young girl in Minnesota. Read more about it HERE. But lots of other OSK patterns can be used to make adorable pajamas or nightgowns for your dolls.
A new year is here!! It’s time to clean up the sewing area and start brainstorming projects for 2019. Before I dive into another fresh year of sewing, I like to share my annual 5 latest “must have” tools and notions for doll clothes sewing (or any sewing really!) These simple tools can make sewing smaller doll clothes a little easier and you can find all of them on Amazon. Click here to see my list from last year, and here to see my list from 2017.
My annual list of best notions and tools for sewing doll clothes.
This brand new tool, made by Patty Young, is a game changer for doll clothes. I LOVE THIS TOOL. In a facebook group one day, Patty asked what tools we would like to see made that had her fabric designs on them. I suggested a gripping, foreceps type of tool and she not only picked my idea, she sent me one when it was actually produced about a year later! This handy tool is well worth the wait, and also the price tag (about $12). You will use it for all sorts of things- mostly to pull that slipped elastic back out of the casing, or to turn a tiny doll bodice right side out after you sew it together with just one little pull.
This little tiny iron really packs some punch for the price. It gets super hot, has a steam option, and doesn’t turn off by itself (which is an advantage and disadvantage for sure!). I first used one at a sewing retreat a few years back. We plugged it in and left it on all week long. Lightweight and tiny, it got the job done and is a perfect companion to your doll clothes sewing tools. I think the difference from some others on the market is that it’s a travel iron not a craft iron.
Everyone needs a pair of nice, sharp, high quality fabric scissors. You know the ones- the ones that you lock up yourself each night or threaten bodily harm to anyone found using them for anything other than fabric? I started using KAI scissors with my paper crafting. Strong and sharp, I found a pair that was a bit shorter and they are my go to for all of my fabric cutting. I own three pairs!
I know I’ve mentioned this little gadget before, but yes, this year, my ruffler foot is on my top five list. It’s just so quick to gather up a doll skirt (like 15 seconds quick!) that is really pays for itself over and over. I’ve kept a spreadsheet of some of my common skirt length settings (to make the skirt match up with the bodice for example) so I don’t have to figure it out each time. This foot is also great for the popular ruffled sleeves too, and makes putting a ruffle on a full skirt a breeze! Be sure to get the one that is correct for your specific sewing machine make and model.
I believe I have an omnigrid ruler in every size they make- from 1 x6 all the way up to 24 x 24 inches. However, even with multiple rulers right at my finger tips, this 4×8 inch one is the perfect size for so many of my doll clothes needs. It’s easy to use to extend a pattern (make pants from shorts, or long sleeves from short sleeves for example) or for cutting straps, waistbands, and skirts with my rotary cutter. Keep this handy ruler right next to your work area.
So there’s my Favorite Five for 2019. Use these few tools to make sewing your doll clothes a little easier and a little more fun. We’re going to have a great sewing year ahead, stop by again soon! Check out my other lists by clicking the photos below.
Sewing doll clothes this weekend? Snuggle up! Use the simple to sew Bloomer Buddies PDF pattern to turn the dress into a snuggly nightgown for your doll. This easy pattern that you download and print on your home computer will work on any size doll. Use this simple pattern hack to the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern to Step it Up!
First, you need the Bloomer Buddies pattern. It’s available in three sizes where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold. Print out the pieces for the dress with short sleeves.
You will need to make a few minor adjustments to the pattern pieces. You may be able to lengthen the pieces on the original printout, or you may need to cut it out and then tape it to a fresh sheet of paper first, depending on the size doll you are sewing for.
Using the short sleeve pattern piece, and THIS TUTORIAL, you will need to lengthen the sleeve pattern piece to make it a long sleeve. Measure down from the side edge, not the center, and draw your new sleeve hem edge straight across, not curved. For this 18 inch doll nightgown, I lengthened my sleeve by 3 1/2 inches, and used a 3/8th hem/elastic casing. I used 4 inches of elastic for the wrist.
Sew the dress as directed by the pattern. Choose a snuggly flannel or pretty cotton for your nightgown. The nightgown Grace is wearing below, is the same dress length as the dress length pattern lines.
Another option is to add a pretty ruffle to the bottom of the dress length. Here I used a piece of a jelly roll, that was 2 1/2 x 40 inches long. A jelly roll is a quilting fabric precut of 20-45 2 1/2 inch strips like this one Ad: https://amzn.to/2VNxmED. I keep a few on hand to use as precut dress and skirt ruffles. I used one end of the same strip to cut the yoke. Any size ruffle will do; you can choose how long you want your doll’s nightgown to be.
Your dolls will be ready to snuggle into bed in a new, cozy nightgown. See more ways to sew the mix and match Bloomer Buddies pattern here and here. Be sure to pin these images to save them for later!
You only need the FRONT pattern piece. This pattern hack is super easy if you just use felt, but you can certainly use other fabric and fun materials like fringe, cotton balls, jingle bells, htv, vinyl, embroidery, scraps, felt etc. I used felt for my samples because I wanted a “no fuss” project, which is also very inexpensive and available at every craft store.
You only need to print the front pattern piece. On your paper pattern piece, measure over 1/2 inch from the center fold and draw a new fold line. Cut off the extra 1/2 inch and use this as your new center fold line. Cut off all of the seam allowances, top, sides, and bottom. (Especially if using felt, which does not fray.) . Draw a line across the top from where the front meets the strap, to your new fold line. This “fills” in to make a top that goes straight across. If you like the look of the squared off front, just realize you will have to trim those edges in step 5.
For the length, measure up 1/4th to 1/2 inch up from the “Cut here for ruffle” dashed line and draw a new line. Use this as your new hem line.
Cut out the front pattern piece on the fold of your fabric. Do not cut into the square neckline, leave that filled in so it’s straight across the top.
Using a heat and bond product, or a careful edge stitch, add a 1/2 inch wide, black ribbon across the middle to form the belt. Trim even with the apron sides. Add lace or a white band across the bottom, turning in each side’s raw edge by 1/4th inch. If you want to add a Santa beard, or a pointed elf collar, cut them from felt, and bond or sew them to your apron.
Enclose the top, raw edge in a 5 inch piece of bias tape and stitch. Do the same for each straight side edge, turning the raw end of the bias tape under at the hemline. Trim to be even with the edge of the apron. (You could also use ribbon or even fold over elastic.)
Cut 2 straps (also of bias tape) 30 inches long. Mark the center of each strap and place it at the middle of the armhole. Place your apron in between the bias tape and pin in place, working your way out to the edges, attach the bias tape and when you sew, continue the seam from one end to the other so the strap is sewn together and the apron is sandwiched in between.
Try it on your doll and trim the straps to the length you prefer with a diagonal cut. If you used bias tape, you will not need to turn in the raw edges.
Using ribbon, a buckle, or glitter heat transfer vinyl, cut a one inch belt buckle and attach it to the apron. Add buttons, bells, pom poms etc (glue or sew on) if desired.
SNAP or Hook and Loop Tape VARIATION IDEA: Cut your ties to 18 inches each. After you finish the apron, try it on your doll and add velcro or snaps at the neck and waist, trimming off the long ties for a more fitted, easier to put on apron.
Make a holiday apron for your 18 inch doll.
It’s the perfect way for your doll to keep her special holiday dress clean!
Would you rather a full outfit for your doll? Find the Elf, Santa, and Gingerbread outfits from this same pattern HERE. Find my 5 Favorite Holiday pattern hacks HERE.
Shop for the Boardwalk Boutique pattern in 4 sizes HERE.