New to Sewing? Beginner Tips and Patterns for Sewing Doll Clothes

It’s a new year!! Does your 2023 goal list include starting to sew? Or making doll clothes? I got you!! Oh Sew Kat! Designs offers beginner level sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl®, as well as other popular doll sizes like Welliewishers™, Bitty Baby™, Animators’ by Disney, and A Girl for All Time. Oh Sew Kat! patterns are easy to follow with simple construction and designs to help even the newest seamstress to achieve success. Oh Sew Kat! patterns are PDF files, purchased in my Etsy Shop, and downloaded to your home computer. Print only the pattern piece pages on your home printer, and cut them out. You are ready to begin!!

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What kind of supplies do you need? A sewing machine, some pins, sharp scissors, fabric, a pattern, and some thread. There are lots of other tools to make your sewing easier, but these are truly the basics. Take a look at THIS POST that is full of beginner tips!!

The simplest pattern from Oh Sew Kat! is the Sixth Grade Skirt. With only straight lines, it’s a quick sew that uses just a fat quarter of fabric. In fact, you can make two skirts from just one fat quarter! Mix and match prints to make your own unique skirt. You can find fat quarter cuts of fabric in rolls or small folded bundles at Joann’s, Michaels, and Walmart. Or you can shop m favorite online selection from the AD: FatQuarterShop. Find the pattern is 6 doll sizes HERE. Want to see more ideas for this cute skirt? Check out the Inspiration Gallery HERE.

Make a very easy skirt for your dolls with the Sixth Grade Skirt beginner level sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Printable doll clothes patterns that are easy to sew for a variety of doll sizes. #dollclothes

When my daughter was young, and wanted to start sewing (She was around 6), we each selected a fabric and cut out two Sixth Grade skirts. I sewed my first seam, then she sat down and did the same. We went back and forth for every step until my excited little girl put her skirt on her doll.

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Once you have mastered the simple Sixth Grade Skirt, step it up a bit, and add some pockets!! A pattern hack is when you take an existing pattern, and make a change to it, to make it look different. The instructions to add the pockets are found HERE. The Sixth Grade Skirt looks so cute with added pockets! It’s also a great way to practice straight, steady stitching.

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Easy Skirt sewing pattern for diy 18 inch doll clothes. Perfect for beginners. Easy doll clothes sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

The Sixth Grade Skirt will give a beginner seamstress the confidence to move on to a simple top. And the next thing you know, you’ve got a complete outfit!

Easy Sewing Pattern to make doll clothes for 18 inch dolls- Oh Sew Kat! PDF digital sewing patterns for easy beginner doll clothes. Try this peasant top and twirl skirt.

The Playtime Peasant Top pattern is another quick and easy project to sew. Straight lines and feeding elastic in the neckline (and arms) are the only skills you need. You can make it long sleeved or short sleeved and if you stick with some basic colors (white, black, red, navy) you will have wardrobe pieces to mix and match with many more wardrobe items. Find the pattern HERE and be sure to visit the Inspiration Gallery for more ideas with this simple pattern HERE. Mary’s wearing her peasant top with a red skirt (below) with the Sixth Grade Skirt worn backwards with cute button accents and a simple ribbon belt for a completely different look! Look how many ways you can change up this easy peasant top pattern in THIS POST.

Easy Sewing Pattern for Beginners: Playtime Peasant Top

Use easy PDF printable sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! to make your Americna Girl Dolls curte skirts this holiday season. Easy to sew, few supplies and fun to make! Find a full selection of PDF sewing patterns for American Girl dolls in the OHSEWKAT etsy shop. #dollclothes #pdfprintable

Ready for another easy project? The Four Square Skirt is very similar to the Sixth Grade Skirt, and has just a little bit of gathering. It’s also a very simple pattern for someone new to try!

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Evette (below) is wearing the Four Season Skirt with the OhSewKat Popsicle Top- also available in the SHOP!

Easy Doll Sewing Patterns for Beginners

When you purchase a PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! you will get a beautifully laid out pattern, fully tested by more than four sewists of different skill levels, computer drawn, full size pattern pieces, easy to follow step by step instructions that include a color photograph for each step, and this blog, which offers more ideas, inspiration, tutorials, and pattern hacks to keep even a simple pattern, feeling fresh and new with every time you sew. Check out the tutorials and pattern hacks page HERE.

Have some fun with this new hobby. With such a small investment in patterns, fabrics, even time, you can experiment and gain confidence with each try. I can’t wait to see what you make!

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Last Minute Holiday Gifts – Easy to Make Doll Clothes

What gifts will you make? See more ideas HERE as well as on my facebook page HERE.

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Make it Monday: Holiday Nightgown for Dolls

It’s not too early to start thinking about your holiday gift list and what you want to make for dollies this fall! How about a cozy nightgown?

Make a beautiful plaid flannel nightgown for your 18 inch American Girl or other sized doll with the pattern hack from Oh Sew Kat! and the Playtime Peasant Top PDF sewing Pattern.

Make it Monday- Holiday Nightgowns for 18 inch Dolls

It’s easy to use the Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt pattern to make a simple, classic nightgown for your doll. This holiday plaid is also perfect for our 70s girl, Julie! Find the full tutorial HERE.

Make a 70s plaid nightgown for Julie Albright American Girl doll Beforever Character with the pattern hack from Oh Sew Kat! and the PDF Sewing pattern: Playtime Peasant Top.

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Pretty Pilgrim Outfits for Dolls

As Thanksgiving approaches here in the USA, our thoughts turn to our turkey dinner. Yum! Here are a few quick ideas to make a pilgrim outfit for your 18 inch doll like American Girl®.

Simple Pilgrim Outfits For Dolls

The easiest way to make a pilgrim outfit for your doll is to pull together some simple separates. You might already have them on hand! All you really need are a black or white peasant top, black skirt, black corset, and white apron. See below for some easy to make accessories to complete the look.

Pilgrim Dress and Hat / Bonnet for 18 inch Dolls

Black Dress: (These options also give you a head start on next year’s witch costume for Halloween. You can also use brown or gray instead of black fabric.)

Optional Corset:

  • The Everything Nice pattern includes a simple, reversible corset. Make it with or without ribbons, or use yarn for a more rustic look.

White Apron:

  • The Sugan n Spice Pattern includes a tutorial for an easy apron.
  • Use the Everything Nice overskirt pattern in white for a wrap around style apron.
  • Use white fabric to make Kirsten’s Meet Apron (Tutorial is HERE.)

White Cuffs:

  • You can easily make detached cuffs with white paper, felt, or even ribbon. Cut to five inches long and attach around her wrists. I used ribbon and a stapler.
  • If you are making a dress or top, simply add white cuffs in your sleeve design.

White Collar:

  • Use the Everything Nice cape pattern, without the hood and make it shorter from white fleece or felt.
  • Try this ridiculously easy Oh Sew Kat! collar tutorial HERE.

White Cap:

  • Use your kindergarten skills to make a doll’s pilgrim cap from white paper or felt. You can sew it or use a glue gun. (Find the doll sized tutorial HERE.)
  • If you have a Felicity or Elizabeth American Girl Doll– use her meet bonnet.

As we gather around the table this Thanksgiving, I am so grateful for my wonderful customers. Thank you for supporting my business.

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New PDF Sewing Pattern for 18 inch Dolls: Four Square Skirt by Oh Sew Kat!

New PDF Sewing Pattern for Dolls: Four Season Skirt

The Four Square Skirt is a simple to sew, front gathered skirt with big side pockets, & contrasting waistband.  Choose prints or solid colors (or some of each) to mix and match and create your own unique skirt. With an “easy to dress” open back, this pattern is perfect for little hands and also easy to customize for similarly sized dolls. This is a great, beginner level sewing project for all ages!!

Four Square Skirt Sewing Pattern – Perfect Beginner Level Project

The large pockets are sewn into the seams- no fussiness and perfect to hold of your doll’s favorite little goodies. Mix and match fabrics, or leave the pockets off for a skirt to suit your doll’s true style.

Find the new pattern HERE.

Add a Popsicle Top or Playtime Peasant Top (both patterns available from OH Sew Kat!) to complete the look- perfect for every season!

Visit the Four Square Skirt Inspiration Gallery for more ideas to sew!! Find the new pattern HERE.

Easy Doll Skirt Sewing Pattern: Four Square Skirt

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Easy to Sew: Bloomer Buddies Pattern Hacks

The Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern for dolls (available from Oh Sew Kat! in three popular doll sizes!) is a great basic pattern to have on hand to make quick and easy tops, bloomers, and dresses for your dolls like American Girl. Mix and match the pattern pieces for a full playground mix and match wardrobe. Find the patterns in my Etsy Shop!

The Bloomer Buddies pattern offers a top or dress in three lengths, with or without sleeves (6 options), bloomers in three lengths, with or without elastic (6 more options!) for a total mix and match wardrobe.

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

In addition to the cute many included options for tops, bloomers, and dresses, you can use this pattern to create all kinds of additional outfits. Click each photo to go right to the Tutorial. All of these outfits were created with the Bloomer Buddies Pattern. See more in the Inspiration Gallery here. Which will you try first?


Create different looks with a simple to sew top pattern for dolls

These pattern hacks will also work for other sized dolls with minor adjustments. The pattern is available for 18 inch dolls like American Girl®, 14.5 inch dolls like Glitter Girls® and Welliewishers™, and 16 inch dolls like Animators’® dolls.

Make a 70s inspired calico top for your 18 inch Julie American Girl doll with this easy pattern hack from Oh Sew Kat! Bloomer Buddies PDF Sewing pattern. Find more doll clothes patterns at Oh Sew Kat.
Make a muumuu dress with this easy pattern hack of the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. Make a diy doll clothes wardrobe.
Make a long sleeve dress for your 18 inch doll with the Bloomer Buddies PDF Sewing pattern and this easy tutorial. Make your own doll clothes for every season with beginner friendly OHSEWKAT patterns.
Sew a 50s style sundress with patch pockets with the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls like Maryellen from American girl. Find more easy to sew doll patterns from OhSewKat.
Make a long nightgown with the OhSewKat Bloomer Buddies sewing pattern for 18 inch American Girl dolls. Easy to sew beginner level patterns and fun pattern hacks and tutorials at Oh Sew Kat!
Make your 18 inch doll an adorable set of holiday pajamas pjs with the easy PDF Bloomer Buddies sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Quick to sew, step by step beginner level patterns to make your American Girl sized doll shine this Christmas holiday season.
Easy sewing patterns to make 70s and 80s retro doll clothes for 18 inch American Girl doll like Julie Albright and Courtney Moore Find more pdf sewing patterns in the Oh Sew Kat etsy shop.

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Find more patterns and tutorials on THIS PAGE.

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Quick to Sew: Playtime Peasant Top Pattern Hacks

The Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt PDF sewing pattern for dolls (available from Oh Sew Kat! in five popular doll sizes!) is a great basic pattern to have on hand to make quick and easy tops and dresses for your dolls like American Girl. Find the patterns in my Etsy Shop!

Easy Sewing Pattern to make doll clothes for 18 inch dolls- Oh Sew Kat! PDF digital sewing patterns for easy beginner doll clothes. Try this peasant top and twirl skirt.

In addition to the cute 3 tiered ruffled skirt and a basic peasant top, you can use this pattern to create all kinds of additional outfits. Click each photo to go right to the Tutorial. All of these outfits were created with the Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt Pattern. See more in the Inspiration Gallery here. Which will you try first?

Create different looks with a simple to sew peasant top pattern for dolls

These pattern hacks will also work for other sized dolls with minor adjustments. The pattern is available for 18 inch dolls like American Girl®, 15 inch baby dolls like Bitty Baby®, 14.5 inch dolls like Glitter Girls® and Welliewishers™, 16 inch dolls like Animators’® and 16 inch A Girl for All Time® dolls.

Make a western themed ruffle peasant top dress for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and 14 inch dolls like Wellie wishers with easy to sew PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
Make Nanea American Girl Doll a muu muu inspired by Hawaii! Use this easy pattern hack tutorial of the Playtime Peasant Top PDF Sewing pattern for all American Girl doll clothes. Find more patterns at Oh Sew Kat!
Make your 18 inch American Girl doll a cozy nightgown with the Oh Sew Kat! Playtime Peasant Top PDF sewing pattern. Easy to sew and you can DIY your entire doll clothes fashion wardbrobe. Find a full selection of patterns at Oh Sew Kat!
Make your 18 inch American Girl doll a peasant top with ruffled sleeves. Use the Playtime Peasant Top PDF Sewing pattern and this easy tutorial from ohsewkat.
Add a lace ruffle to the Playtime Peasant Top PDF Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat! Use digital sewing patterns to diy doll clothes for 18 inch American Girl Dolls.
Use the Playtime Peasant Top PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! to make a ruffle dress for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. Easy to sew tutorials and digital downloads.
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

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Make a Mix and Match Doll Wardrobe

I really enjoy sewing mix and match wardrobes for dolls. It’s very satisfying to choose a few fabrics, a few patterns, and after spending an afternoon sewing, end up with coordinated separates that can be used together, or with other pieces in your doll wardrobe (Like white shirts, jeans, blue or white jean jackets, tights, leggings etc.)

Make your Own Mix and Match Doll Clothes

As I have posted before, I don’t live too far from a Vera Bradley® outlet. They always have great sales, and I’m always on the hunt for things to repurpose into doll clothes. Sometimes it’s hard and sometimes it’s easy! These dresses were made from two Vera Bradley napkins I found one year, with the Sunshine Dress pattern. And I took a non quilted bag apart to make this dress. Much of Vera’s line is quilted, or canvas, so not much can be used for doll clothes. This time, I was picking up my usual “wet swim suit” tote to cut up, and found tea towels. Below the tea towels, whoo hoo!!! APRONS!!! Aprons are a little thinner than towels, and by price, gave me more fabric for my money.

Easy to Sew Mix and Match 18 inch Doll Clothes

I knew I wanted to make some clothes around this purple paisley print apron. I added some solid colors (the print is busy enough!) and spent some time thinking and planning. Vera Bradley fabric is usually a very large print, so although not ideal for doll clothes in some ways, it’s also perfect in others. In the end, I decided on the Easy Up! Jumper to show off the fun print (and the hedgehog I found in the middle!!!), and making it reversible was an easy choice. Put a solid peasant top underneath, that can also be worn with a print Sixth Grade Skirt. Just because they are so quick and easy, I always add a Popsicle Top (one print side, and one solid side) for good measure, even though I already had the darker purple popsicle top on hand.

18 inch Dolls: Mix and Match Wardrobe Sewing Patterns

My go to formula usually ends up being two tops, two bottoms, and one dress for a good array of outfits. With the reversible dress, I opted for just the Sixth Grade Skirt for now, but it would be simple to add a pair of shorts or capris if I feel like it needs a little more when I am done.

Once everything is cut, I give all the pieces a good press before I begin. With solid colors, or easily swapped pattern pieces (like the sides of the Sixth Grade Skirt), I keep the pattern piece pinned until I’m ready to sew, or mark each right side with a small piece of washi tape. I tend to sew all of the pieces at once. (It does help that I wrote the patterns and don’t need to follow them as I go.) My first step is to figure out which of my “hem” seams I can get done first.

I sit down at my serger, and finish off the bottom edges of the Playtime Peasant Top sleeves and the Sixth Grade Skirt waistband. I move to my sewing machine, and stitch the shoulders of the Popsicle Top pieces, stitch the Sixth grade skirt together, add the sleeves to the peasant top, sew the armholes of the Easy Up! jumper. Back at the ironing board, I press all my seams open (Sixth Grade Skirt, Popsicle Top) and clip any curves (Peasant Top and Easy Up!). I also press up the hems of my Peasant Top. Topstitching the Sixth Grade Skirt comes next, and in this case, for the solid side of the Easy Up! jumper, I added a strip of the apron strap down the center front. By this time, I’m off to the races. I seam any seams, moving from piece to piece, and then press them all at once. By using just one color of thread (usually white), I can get the whole wardrobe completed in one sewing session.

Once I’m done sewing, I look for other items I already have on hand that I can use. I do have a dark purple Popsicle Top, which didn’t make it into the photos. :). The purple headband is made by American Girl® and I knit and felted this cute, black bowler hat myself. Add in some shoes complements of Grace and Blaire (American Girls of the Year) to complete the look.

The Easy Up! Jumper is Reversible for Two Dresses in One!

Click each photo below to see more ideas for Mix and Match Doll Clothes!

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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

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Make it Monday: Easy Up! Jumper for Easter

Easy Up! Easter jumper. Make a quick outfit for your American Girl doll with easy PDF sewing patterns from Ohsewkat

Make your American Girl® doll a sweet jumper for Easter with the beginner level sewing pattern, the Easy Up! Jumper. With optional contrasting side pleats, this jumper can be worn frontwards or backwards and is pulled on over the doll’s feet. Make it reversible!! This sweet bunny jumper (fabric was from Walmart) was made with fold over elastic for the straps as a short cut. Add the quick to sew Playtime Peasant Top underneath for a super spring outfit for dolls! Available for 14 and 18 inch dolls, plus 15 inch Bitty Baby!

Simple to Sew: Easter Bunny Jumper for Dolls

Easy Up! Easter jumper. Make a quick outfit for your American Girl doll with easy PDF sewing patterns from Ohsewkat

DIY Easter Dresses for 18 inch Dolls like American Girl®

Instructions for the faux placket are included in the pattern, however for this version, I used contrasting fabric so it’s sewn on the front before the jumper is constructed instead. Sew many options!! What will you make? Find more Easter inspiration in the Easter Inspiration Gallery or by clicking the photos below:

Make an Easter outfit for your wellie wishers dolls with the Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
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Make an Easter dress for 18 inch dolls with the easy to sew Sugar n Spice PDF sewing pattern. Great beginner sewing printable tutorial; find a large selection of budget friendly sewing patterns in the OhSewKat Etsy Shop.
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