Make a Santa or Elf Apron for your Doll with this Boardwalk Boutique Pattern Hack

Here is a quick and easy sewing project (which doesn’t even have very much sewing!) to dress up any doll for the holidays~~

Make a simple holiday elf or santa apron for your 18 inch doll (like American Girl and other size dolls) with this easy pattern hack tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! #patternhack #holidaycraft #easychristmasapron #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

Make this easy apron, with fabric or felt.  Use the Oh Sew Kat! Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing pattern for this quick and easy pattern hack.

My favorite sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls! The Boardwalk Boutique pattern is quick and easy and perfect for beginning to sew for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and Welliewishers. #ohsewkat #easysewing #18inchdollpatterns

Make a simple holiday elf or santa apron for your 18 inch doll (like American Girl and other size dolls) with this easy pattern hack tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! #patternhack #holidaycraft #easychristmasapron #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 simple holiday elf or santa apron for your 18 inch doll (like American Girl and other size dolls) with this easy pattern hack tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! #patternhack #holidaycraft #easychristmasapron #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

It’s the perfect way for your doll to keep her special holiday dress clean!

Make a simple holiday elf or santa apron for your 18 inch doll (like American Girl and other size dolls) with this easy pattern hack tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! #patternhack #holidaycraft #easychristmasapron #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

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.

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Shop for the Boardwalk Boutique pattern in 4 sizes HERE.

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Step it Up Series: Make a Long Sleeved Dress for Dolls with this Easy Bloomer Buddies Pattern Hack

The Bloomer Buddies is already a very, versatile pattern.  With three lengths for both the top/dress and bloomers, you can mix and match to create an entire wardrobe for your doll.  Take that pattern one step farther with this easy pattern hack to make the long sleeved dress version. (This also will work for the top!)Make a holiday doll dress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with easy PDF sewing patterns from OhSewKat! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #diyholiday #holidaycraft #christmas

The Bloomer Buddies pattern is currently available in 3 sizes, for 18 inch dolls, for 16 inch Disney Animators’ dolls, and for 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers/Glitter Girls sized dolls.  Find the pattern HERE.

Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Easy doll dress, top, and bloomers in one easy pattern. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easypattern

Cut out all of your pattern pieces, including the sleeve.  Fold your paper along the sleeve’s fold line, or tape it to the top of a new sheet of paper that is folded in half lengthwise.  You now have a full sleeve piece.  Measure your dolls arm, from the center point between the shoulder and elbow, down to the wrist where you want the sleeve to end on your doll.  On your new sheet of paper, measure down from the bottom corners of the sleeve this same amount and extend those side lines.  Connect the ends of these new lines across the middle in a straight line.  Cut out your new sleeve pattern piece and follow the pattern instructions to make the top or dress.  For my polka dot dress shown here, I extended the sleeve by 3 inches for the 18 inch doll.  If you are not using any trim at the cuffs, use 3 1/2 inches.

Easy sewing patterns to DIY doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like American Girl, Our Generation. #ohsewkat #bloomerbuddies #sewingpattern #18inchdolls

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What other short sleeve patterns do you have that you can also make with short sleeves or vice versa?  Find more tutorials and pattern hacks on the Tutorials page.

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Five Holiday Pattern Hacks for Oh Sew Kat! PDF Patterns

It’s so fun to sew doll clothes for the holidays with easy and quick PDF patterns by Oh Sew Kat!  Below I’ve gathered up a few pattern hacks for you to share the holiday love this season!  Click on the photos to go right to the tutorials.  These pattern hacks can be made for any size doll.  You can find all of these patterns, plus many more in my online shops, like MY ETSY SHOP.

Make a cute holiday outfit for your 18 inch dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern for subscribers. #diyholiday #holidaycrafts #dollclothes #ohsewkat #sewingpattern


  1. Snowman Outfit:  How cute is this outfit?  Use the Jumping Jack pattern, all in white, to make a cute snowman themed outfit that also gives you basic pieces to mix and match with other outfits.  This pattern is also available for Wellie Wishers™.Doll clothes sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls ohsewkat


  2. Holiday Santa, Elf and Gingerbread:  The classic Boardwalk Boutique pattern is a popular pattern for summer halter tops and ruffled capris.  But wait!  You can use it all year long.  Use it as a base to make cute holiday themed outfits!  I just used some creative colors to whip up these quick and easy holiday cuties.  Layer them over a Playtime Peasant Top or a Jumping Jack Turtleneck! Make a Christmas Elf, Gingerbread Man, or Santa outfit for your doll with the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #christmaself #ohsekwat #santaoutfit #holidaycrafts #dollclothes

  3.   Molly’s Holiday Dress:  This one isn’t even a pattern hack.  Make a beautiful dress that looks like the classic made by AG for Molly McIntire with the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern in a deep green with a little lace.  This would also be adorable in red! Make your own doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like Molly. The Sugar n Spice pattern is available from Oh Sew Kat! for American Girl dolls and other popular doll sizes. #sewingpattern #dollclothes #molly #holidaydress

  4.   Make a holiday nightgown:  This white nightgown is perfect for the holidays and was inspired by Clara in the Nutcracker.  A few changes to the Sugar n Spice pattern is all it takes! Try this nightgown pattern hack of Sugar n Spice Dress sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! Easy sewing tutorial at www.ohsewkat.com to make a Clara inspired Nightgown for dolls. #ohsewkat #clara #nutcracker #dollclothes #sewingpattern

     

  5. Santa Jumping Jack:  The Jumping Jack pattern can also be used to make a cute Santa outfit.  White cuffs on the turtleneck and a black belt!Easy Santa doll outfit sewing pattern by oh Sew Kat! #holidaycrafts #sewingpattern #pdfpattern #americangirl #dollclothes #ohsewkat #santadress

Shop my full catalog of over 50 PDF doll clothes sewing patterns HERE.  Find more holiday doll dress ideas here and here.

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Make a Christmas Elf or Santa Outfit with the Boardwalk Boutique Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

No, it’s not too early for this!  It’s really not.  Do you know there are less than 80 days until Christmas? You need to get your sewing started now and I’ve got a few adorable outfits to inspire you!  You may have seen these images on instagram or facebook, but they are just too cute not to be shared here as well!

Make a Christmas Elf, Gingerbread Man, or Santa outfit for your doll with the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #christmaself #ohsekwat #santaoutfit #holidaycrafts #dollclothes

Wouldn’t Luciana make an adorable Elf on the Shelf?

I was working up some holiday ideas, specifically an apron using the Boardwalk Boutique top as a base (details coming in November), and then it struck me. Why not just use the whole outfit?  I immediately set to work and came up with these cuties!! No changes to the pattern- just add some belts, buttons, and ric rac and make some deliberate color choices.  I also think a snowman version would be adorable too!  They fit perfectly over the Jumping Jack Turtleneck Shirt or a short or long sleeve Playtime Peasant Top.

Make a Christmas Elf, Gingerbread Man, or Santa outfit for your doll with the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #christmaself #ohsekwat #santaoutfit #holidaycrafts #dollclothes

And who says the Gingerbread Boy has to be a boy?  Find the very easy Boardwalk Boutique Halter Top and Capri pattern HERE in 4 popular doll sizes.

Make a Christmas Elf, Gingerbread Man, or Santa outfit for your doll with the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #christmaself #ohsekwat #santaoutfit #holidaycrafts #dollclothes

Pin these images for later and see more Holiday Outfits for your dolls HERE.  I used ribbon ties for all of these outfits to keep them quick and easy.  They take so little fabric (less than a fat quarter!) and are so fast, you could really stock up for your fall craft shows with these!

Make a Christmas Elf, Gingerbread Man, or Santa outfit for your doll with the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #christmaself #ohsekwat #santaoutfit #holidaycrafts #dollclothes

Make a Christmas Elf, Gingerbread Man, or Santa outfit for your doll with the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #christmaself #ohsekwat #santaoutfit #holidaycrafts #dollclothes

I tried the elf outfit with and without a ruffle tucked into the neckline.  Depending on the shirt you layer with it, both look cute!  Just be sure to attach the belt (I stitched black ribbon across the front and made a buckle with glitter HTV.) before you sew the side seams.

Make a Christmas Elf, Gingerbread Man, or Santa outfit for your doll with the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #christmaself #ohsekwat #santaoutfit #holidaycrafts #dollclothes

A little ric rac and some red and green buttons create an easy Gingerbread outfit.  Add some fun striped socks and layer it over a Playtime Peasant Top for a complete outfit. (Red high tops are made by AG).

Make a Christmas Elf, Gingerbread Man, or Santa outfit for your doll with the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #gingerbread #18inchdoll

Have you started sewing for the holidays! Share what you make with me on Facebook and Instagram (hashtag #ohsewkat).  Still soaking in the pumpkin spice?  See this same pattern stitched up like a pumpkin HERE.

Need a santa hat to complete your outfit? Find one for free here at YouCanMakeThis.

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Look!! It’s the same pattern!!

Download and Sew Your Own Today.Make a Christmas Elf, Gingerbread Man, or Santa outfit for your doll with the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #christmaself #ohsekwat #santaoutfit #holidaycrafts #dollclothes

Make a holiday outfit for your doll this Christmas season with easy sewing patterns by Ohsewkat. Easy to sew beginner PDF patterns to DIY doll clothes. #ohsewkat #christmasdress #dolldress #sewingpattern

 

 

 

Pumpkin Doll Jumper: Boardwalk Boutique for Fall!

It’s October!!  Who else is ready for a little fall?  How cute is this jumper?  I’m calling it Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice!

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.

I made this jumper for my 18 inch doll from the very popular summertime pattern, the Boardwalk Boutique.  Yep! It’s this one pictured below, and chances are, you may already have it in your collection.  It was one of the first Oh Sew Kat! patterns I published.  Find it in 4 different doll sizes HERE.  I didn’t make any changes to the pattern. I cut the longer top cutting line, and added the ruffle as usual. The jumper will be a little short if you tie the ties too tightly. I just pulled it down a bit and put it on over a few different shirts.

American Girl doll sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! The Boardwalk Boutique PDF pattern is found on Etsy, You Can Make This and Pixie Faire.  Make a halter top and capri ruffle pants outfit for your 18 inch doll.  #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #digitalpattern #dollclothes

The black checked blouse, and the white top below, were both made using the Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt pattern. You can read more about it HERE.  It’s available sized for 5 different dolls in my Etsy Shop.

For the pumpkin face, I used black, glitter heat transfer vinyl (HTV, like this AD:https://amzn.to/2DHrOGx).  I cut only the face from a design in the AD: Cricut Library; it was part of my access subscription.   A quick press and this adorable jumper was done!

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.

And here, it looks so cute with the Jumping Jack turtleneck shirt!  When I was working on the Jumping Jack pattern, I made turtlenecks in red, black, and white.  Now I’ve got the basics on hand for many different looks.  These same shirts are perfect with the Easy Up Jumper like in this post.

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.

This Boardwalk Boutique jumper takes such a little amount of fabric (fat quarter friendly for sure!) . With easy ties and no closures, it’s perfect to create adorable stock for your fall craft fairs or for that gaggle of special granddaughters you like to surprise with handmade doll clothes.  Why not download the PDF pattern and sew one up today?

See more ideas for the Boardwalk Boutique pattern on instagram (don’t forget to follow me!) and HERE in the Inspiration Gallery.

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Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls

Tester Tuesday: Easy Up! Jumper Pattern for 18 inch dolls

My Oh Sew Kat! test group never ceases to amaze me. Their talent and creativity are top notch! I always love checking me email 2-3 days after sending out a test because my mailbox is full of photos like these lovelies below!! Enjoy the doll clothes eye candy- and click HERE to purchase the new Easy Up! Reversible Jumper pattern for 18 inch dolls.

Sew an easy and reversible fall jumper for 18 inch and 14 inch dolls with this easy pattern from Oh Sew Kat! More patterns and style available in my shop and find a free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #18inchdoll

Sew an easy and reversible fall jumper for 18 inch and 14 inch dolls with this easy pattern from Oh Sew Kat! More patterns and style available in my shop and find a free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #18inchdoll

First up is this Nanea stunner made by Michelle Anderson.  She put the pleat in the center instead of on the sides.  We will have a full tutorial on this later in the month.

Sew an easy and reversible fall jumper for 18 inch and 14 inch dolls with this easy pattern from Oh Sew Kat! More patterns and style available in my shop and find a free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #18inchdoll

Juliette Auckland’s baby cord jumper is stunning with the red heart buttons and long sleeve shirt. Her doll is ready for back to school!

Sew an easy and reversible fall jumper for 18 inch and 14 inch dolls with this easy pattern from Oh Sew Kat! More patterns and style available in my shop and find a free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #18inchdoll

Kathy McMillin has Josefina ready for the summer heat in her pretty, pink sundress version of the Easy Up! jumper.

Sew an easy and reversible fall jumper for 18 inch and 14 inch dolls with this easy pattern from Oh Sew Kat! More patterns and style available in my shop and find a free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #18inchdoll

Denim and gingham- what could be cuter? Sandy Simpson added cute bows to the sides of her jumper with the adorable daisy front and center.

This simple pattern has a lot of options to make it for any season in any fabric. Make it reversible for two dresses in one!!  Find the pattern here and see more Easy Up! Jumpers in the Inspiration Gallery HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!Easy doll clothes pattern for 18 inch dolls

Gingham Peasant Dress Outfit Tutorial for Julie Albright- A BeForever Pattern Hack!

I’m really enjoying sewing for Julie Albright, the BeForever character from 1974.  I think I’m attracted to her collection because I was seven years old in 1974 and I had very similar things- like her purple coat (mine was blue) and the sneaker skates (mine were bright yellow with orange stripes).

When I saw THIS PIN, I just knew that this peasant style outfit would be easy to recreate with Oh Sew Kat! patterns.

Make a 70s peasant top and skirt outfit for Julie doll

Click here to see other outfits I’ve sewn for Julie.

1970s doll dress skirt and top for Julie BeForever Doll

The top is simply the Playtime Peasant Top, sewn in white with long sleeves.  For the skirt, I used the overskirt that comes in the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice bundle.  I cut the gingham fabric skirt longer by 4 1/2 inches, but didn’t make any other changes.  Add a little lace at the bottom, and ta da! A perfect, pretty bell skirt! Add a red or gingham ribbon to complete the look.  This outfit will be perfect for the Christmas holidays!

Make a 1970s doll gingham skirt and peasant top for Julie BeForever Doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Download your PDF sewing pattern and print on your home printer to sew this afternoon! #ohsewkat #americangirldolls #juliedoll #sewingpattern

Find the patterns HERE.  Find more fashions for Julie (all made with Oh Sew Kat! patterns!) here and here.

Make a 70s outfit for Julie American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #70s #dress #Julie #sewing

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Step it Up! Series: Make a 50s Style Sunshine Overskirt Dress for Maryellen Larkin- A BeForever Doll Pattern Hack!

These outfits came about completely by accident.  They don’t even need a tutorial or pattern hack. I simply used pieces from two different patterns together to make a new outfit.

I was making a doll skirt from my Everything Nice pattern. (The Everything Nice pattern is the accessory pattern that is sold bundled with the Sugar n Spice dress.) . It is a quick little skirt, attached to the waistband, with an open back. It was designed to give “dress up options” to the princess themed Sugar n Spice Dress.  In order to check my hook and loop tape placement, I grabbed the closest doll.  It was Melody, and she was wearing a Sunshine Dress I made for THIS post.  The dress seemed tight enough for my test, so I did not remove it.  As I stood back to check the skirt fit, I realized that by simply using two of my own patterns, I could create a similar look to Melody’s fancy dress or the popular overskirt fashions of the late 50s and early 60s.

I went right to Pinterest for some inspiration and found this pin,  and also this pin, and this pin.

Make a 50's outfit for Maryellen American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewing

Next I went to my fabric stash- and found some navy fabric to match one Sunshine Dress I’d already made…and chose some creamy, dreamy roses fabric for the other one.

Make a 50's outfit for Maryellen American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewing

This dress is the Sunshine Dress sewn with the princess seams option.  The Everything Nice overskirt fits perfectly over it- open it in the front or in the back!  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  Find the Sunshine Dress HERE.

Sunshine Dress sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls

 

Make a 50's outfit for Maryellen American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewing

Make a 50's outfit for Maryellen or Melody. DIY 50's 60's American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewingMake a 50's outfit for Maryellen or Melody. DIY 50's 60's American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewingMake a 50's outfit for Maryellen or Melody. DIY 50's 60's American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewing

What other patterns can be used together to provide more value for your time sewing and money spent?  Share in the comments below.  Make a 50s or 60s inspired dress for your dolls today by checking out these other pattern hacks here and here!

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Step it Up Series: Make a Sixth Grade Skirt with Ruffle or Lace Hem! Easy Skirt Pattern Hack!

Add a ruffle or lace hem to your Sixth Grade Skirt!

American girl dolls DIY skirt tutorial

The Sixth Grade Skirt is the perfect skirt to make for your doll all year long.  It takes such a tiny bit of fabric and goes together in a jiffy!  Here’s a way to give your Sixth Grade Skirt a new look! Add a cute hem to your skirt with this easy tutorial.

American girl dolls sewing patterns

First, you will need the pattern.  I offer the Sixth Grade Skirt in five sizes:  18 inch, 16 inch Disney Animators, 15 inch Bitty Baby, 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers, and 14 inch HeartsForHearts Girls.  (Because this skirt is fitted and does not use elastic, I encourage you to check the fit on your own doll before you sew on the hook and loop tape, especially if your doll does not have a cloth body.  If you purchased this pattern before June 2018, be sure to get the updated version! (Check your etsy purchase history, contact me, or Pixie Faire.)

Sixth Grade A line skirt sewing pattern for dolls

Step 1. To keep the skirt’s cute silhouette, you need to remove a little bit from the hem of the pattern pieces.  You can do this after you sew the pieces together, but it’s easier to just cut the seam allowance off the bottom of each pattern piece.  Cut out your skirt and put it together according to the directions.  Before you add the waistband, complete Step 2 below.

Step 2.  To add a fabric ruffle for an 18 inch doll skirt, cut a strip of fabric 2 inches by 27-36 inches.  (27 inches will give a less full ruffle than 36 inches will.)  You will need a thinner, and shorter piece for smaller dolls. Measure the hem of your skirt, and cut the ruffle to 1.5 or 2 times that length.  Pre-gathered eyelet lace also makes a pretty hem!

Skirt with lace hem skirt with ruffle hem Step 3.  With wrong sides together, press your ruffle the long way.  The fold will be the hem.  Gather the top, raw edges or use (my new favorite!) a ruffle foot.  With right sides together, pin the ruffle (or your lace or trim) to the hem of your skirt, and stitch with a 1/4th inch seam allowance.  Use an overlock stitch, zigzag stitch, or serger to give the seam allowance a clean finish.  Press it towards the skirt, and top stitch close to the edge.

Step 4.

That was easy!  Complete the skirt according to the directions.  Your Sixth Grade Skirt is complete!

Skirt with lace hem skirt with ruffle hem

This post is the second post in a series of six posts:

Six Ways to Sew the Sixth Grade Skirt!

  1.  Add pockets to your Sixth Grade Skirt
  2. Add a ruffle or lace hem to your Sixth Grade Skirt
  3.  Check back to see another way to Step it Up!
  4. Check back to see another way to Step it Up!
  5. Check back to see another way to Step it Up!
  6. Check back to see another way to Step it Up!

Each post in this series will feature a new way to “Step it Up” and make your Sixth Grade Skirt just a little more unique.  Find the quick and easy pattern in my Etsy Shop:

Sixth Grade Skirt for 18 inch dolls like American Girl®

Sixth Grade Skirt for 15 inch dolls like Bitty Baby®

Sixth Grade Skirt for 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers™

You can also make Sixth Grade Skirt for Disney Animator Dolls and Hearts for Hearts.

Try Oh Sew Kat! simple sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and WellieWishers. Easy skirt pattern can be made in less than two hours. Try a freebie at ohsewkat.com. #easysewingpattern #dollclothes #americangirldoll #ohsewkat

Grace Thomas doll in Sixth Grade Skirt

Six ways to sew the Sixth Grade Skirt

Share your skirt with ruffles or lace online with hashtag OhSewKat.  Click HERE to see another way to step up your Sixth Grade Skirt.

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Step it Up Series: How to Make a Patchwork Top for Dolls – Try this Fun Pattern Hack!

Try something new today! Do you have lots of scraps or small pieces of fabric?  My mother was a big quilter, and she was always buying those cute little 5 inch square packs of fabrics. Here is a great way to turn those small pieces into cute, one of a kind doll clothes.

How to make a one of a kind patchwork doll top with easy sewing pattern by oh sew kat. Boardwalk Boutique easy, digital sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls. #18inchdolls #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat

The fabrics in this tutorial came from a pack of 5″ squares, called a “charm pack”.  This one is by Doodlebug Designs- I love the whimsical images.  None of the squares are big enough to make 18 inch doll clothes, so I picked a few of my favorites and patched them together, quilt style, to make my own fabric!

I used the Boardwalk Boutique pattern for this cute, halter top, but really any pattern will work to give the same effect.

How to make a one of a kind patchwork doll top with easy sewing pattern by oh sew kat. Boardwalk Boutique easy, digital sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls. #18inchdolls #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat

  1.  Choose your fabrics and lay them out on your table in a pleasing way.  Try to offset the colors and place the rows so you don’t have a four square in the center of your top (unless you are going for that look 😉 .  Ensure that your squares cover enough space for your entire pattern piece.
  2. With right sides together, sew the pieces together in rows, moving from bottom to top with 1/4th inch seams.  Once you have your two rows complete, put them right sides together and sew them together to make a larger square or rectangle. Press all of your seams open.
  3. If needed, trim the edges so your fabric piece is neat.
  4. Pin your pattern pieces to your new patchwork fabric (being mindful of one way designs) and cut out as usual.

How to make a one of a kind patchwork doll top with easy sewing pattern by oh sew kat. Boardwalk Boutique easy, digital sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls. #18inchdolls #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat

Once you have your pieces cut out, simply assemble the pattern as usual.

How to make a one of a kind patchwork doll top with easy sewing pattern by oh sew kat. Boardwalk Boutique easy, digital sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls. #18inchdolls #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat

Ta da!! You’ve made a one of a kind top for your doll!

How to make a one of a kind patchwork doll top with easy sewing pattern by oh sew kat. Boardwalk Boutique easy, digital sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls. #18inchdolls #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat

Find more tutorials for the Boardwalk Boutique pattern here and here.

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