Tester Tuesday: Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern for A Girl for All Time® Dolls.

Be inspired by these Backyard Bibs that were sewn by the Oh Sew Kat! testers. I love how each one looks completely unique!

Inspiring tester photos of the Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern.

Make doll clothes for A Girl for All Time dolls with easy sewing patterns from OhSewKat. Backyard bibs has four variations and is quick to sew!
Make a darling overalls outfit for your 16 inch A Girl for All Time doll with easy PDF doll clothes sewing patterns by OH SEW KAT.

Cat’s Meow by Linda R.

Make a darling overalls outfit for your 16 inch A Girl for All Time doll with easy PDF doll clothes sewing patterns by OH SEW KAT.

Anchor’s Away by Michele A. (Shown with the Playtime Peasant Blouse underneath)

Make a darling overalls outfit for your 16 inch A Girl for All Time doll with easy PDF doll clothes sewing patterns by OH SEW KAT.

Old Glory by Michele A. (Shown with a Popsicle Top underneath)

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Find more ideas to sew the Backyard Bibs pattern in the Inspiration Gallery.

Fourth of July Fashions for Dolls with Easy Sewing Patterns by Oh Sew Kat!

The dolls at our house are very patriotic! They love to have new outfits in red, white, and blue to wear to parades and picnics all summer long.

July 4th Doll Clothes: Backyard Bibs

When you go into a fabric store, be sure to check out the batik fabric section. You can find some amazing fabrics that make really unique doll clothes, like this red and blue stars fabric.

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!
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!

Both outfits above were made with the Backyard Bibs pattern. Instead of a full skirt, I just added a tiny ruffle to make a cute, summertime top. Blaire’s shorts were made by American Girl®.

July 4th Doll Fashions: HalterAlls for Dolls

With easy ties and an open back, the HalterAlls pattern makes a perfect parade watching outfit. Make one up in just an afternoon with one fat quarter of fabric. See more ideas in the Inspiration Gallery.

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

Make a halter top with a patchwork twist- use the Boardwalk Boutique pattern.

Luciana is looking for the picnic in her halter top made with the Boardwalk Boutique pattern and a few five inch squares of fun fabric. Find the tutorial HERE.

Find more patriotic doll clothes ideas HERE and HERE.

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
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls- Sandbox Shorts and Popsicle Top by Oh Sew Kat! to make cute, 4th of July doll clothes.

Use your Cricut to make Doll Clothes! 5 Ways to Use the Cricut Maker or Explore Machines when Sewing Doll Clothes

Use your cricut maker or cricut explore machine to make doll clothes sewing faster, easier and more precise.

Your your cricut machine to cut doll clothes patterns, design graphic tee shirts, make fabric projects and more. Find sewing patterns for Dolls at Oh Sew Kat~

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1. Make graphic tee shirts for your dolls with a cricut or cameo machine.

Use your cricut machine to cut out cute designs and make your own graphic tee shirts and outfits for your dolls! Boy and girl dolls alike love tees with clever sayings and personalization. I find that heat transfer vinyl is much quicker and easier than using my embroidery machine! With a subscription to Cricut Access, I have thousands of designs at my fingertips that can be resized to doll scale with a push of a button.

Make graphic tees for dolls with HTV and a cricut machine. Easy tutorial by OH Sew Kat. Find sewing patterns for popular sized doll clothes.

2. Cut out your PDF doll clothes paper patterns with your cricut machine and Design Space software.

If you have a cricut machine, no matter the size or name, you can use it to cut out your paper patterns that you purchase from Oh Sew Kat! and other online designers. You will need a cricut account and to be able to use Design Space. You can also do this on the Brother Scan and Cut and Silhouette Cameo machines. You will need to get the images from the PDF pattern into the cutter’s software. I convert mine to SVG files but there are lots of way to do this, depending on your software. (You can try the cricut SNAP Mat for example, or in the Silhouette software, it might be easier to print your pattern page and scan it back in as a jpg file. Load that into the software and use the TRACE tool for each piece.) Again, a little extra prep work the first time you do this, will save you lots of time later on when you go to use your patterns again. Once you cut them out, be sure to label them with the piece name and size, plus add any markings like notches, dots etc.

Use a cricut machine to cut doll clothes patterns. Find easy to sew beginner level patterns at Oh Sew Kat! #cricut #dollclothes

3. Cut out your doll clothes from fabric with your cricut maker machine.

Yep! You read that right! Technology has arrived!! The newest cricut machine on the market, the Cricut Maker, is the only one that has a rotary blade, that can easily cut fabric on a specially treated mat. There is a learning curve and a time factor to get a pattern set up, but once it’s complete, you can just pull it up and be cutting your doll clothes out in minutes. The cricut maker does not require the fabric to be stiffened to work. Just lay it on the mat and cut! What a time saver, especially for you craft show sellers! Read more in THIS POST.

Cut out your doll clothes with the new cricut maker machine.  Learn how to convert pdf sewing patterns to svg files to work on cricut machines.

4. Decorate your doll clothes with easy to cut pockets, appliques, or accessorize with purses and belts.

Included with the Design Space program are a lot of basic shapes that you can manipulate and cut for free. You can also weld shapes together or slice them apart. Save your files to use them again later. The sparkly pumpkin face on Kelly’s Boardwalk Boutique dress was part of a full pumpkin image. I simply told the cricut to only cut the face. You can weld a square and a triangle together to make a pocket. The new cricut Maker cuts leather very nicely, which opens the door to fun accessories like purses and belts.

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.

5. Make doll shoes with your Cricut machine.

There are lots of ways to use your cricut machine when it’s time to make doll shoes. Use the cricut to cut the foam or chipboard for nice, precise soles. Use the leather and cut out the uppers.

Make doll shoes with the Cricut Maker or a Cameo cutting machine. Find easy patterns at Oh Sew Kat!

Too busy to sew right now? Pin these images for later! What other ways can you use your Cricut machine to enhance your doll world? Need some specific cricut tutorials? My favorites can be found HERE. Tell Megan you were sent by Oh Sew Kat!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

My Favorite Doll Clothes Sewing Patterns for Summer

The hot and hazy days of summer are just around the corner. Need some inspiration for summer doll clothes sewing? The warmer weather means shorts, skirts, and bare shoulders and backs. All of these Oh Sew Kat! patterns are quick and easy with full color photographs of every step.

Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: HalterAlls for Dolls

HalterAlls for Dolls is a quick and easy sewing pattern. You can easily make one in any size from just one fat quarter of fabric. With 2 basic pattern pieces and some 1/4th inch elastic, your doll will be ready for the summer heat in style. HalterAlls also look great on boy dolls! See more ideas with the HalterAlls pattern in the Inspiration Gallery. and find the pattern in four doll sizes HERE.

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

Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: Reversible Popsicle Top

The Popsicle Top is the perfect match for all your shorts and short skirts. With hook and loop tape at the back, it’s quick to sew and can be made reversible for double the outfits. Add pretty lace or trim at the bottom. Click here to find the pattern in 5 popular doll sizes and in some value bundles. Shown here with the FREE Four Season Skirt pattern.

Free skirt pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Make an easy skirt with this free Four Season Skirt pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #freeskirtpattern #ohsewkat

Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: Sandbox Shorts

The Sandbox Shorts pattern has cute patch pockets and an elastic back with flat front. Check out this tutorial to move the pockets to the inside for another way to sew them. The Sandbox Shorts pattern is available in five popular doll sizes. Find them here. Shown here with a polka dot Popsicle Top.

Easy sewing patterns to DIY your own doll clothes from Oh Sew Kat!  Fits popular 18 inch dolls like American Girl.

Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: Sixth Grade Skirt

The Sixth Grade Skirt was designed to go with the Popsicle Top pattern to make a cute and easy outfit for summer. In fact, I offer these two patterns as a value bundle here. Use this TUTORIAL to add pockets to your skirt or THIS ONE to add ruffles or lace. See even more ideas for the Sixth Grade Skirt pattern in the Inspiration Gallery. (Shown here with the Popsicle Top.)

Learn to sew doll clothes with easy sewing patterns by oh sew kat! American Girl doll clothes patterns plus free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #diy#sewingproject #beginner #ohsewkat

So what darling outfits will you make for your dolls this summer? Share your photos on instagram with #ohsewkat or on my facebook page! Happy sewing!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Step it Up Series: Easy Pattern Hack: April Moon PJ’s makes a Cute, Knit Dress

Use the April Moon PJ Set PDF sewing pattern to make more than just PJ’s. Here, I hacked the pattern to make 2 cute dresses for spring. The April Moon pattern was designed for knit fabrics and offers a wide, cropped short sleeved top with loose capri pants.

Make a knit dress for your 18 inch doll with the easy to sew, April Moon sewing pattern.

Make a knit dress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with easy sewing patterns for doll clothes from Oh Sew Kat.

The April Moon Sewing Pattern for 18 or 16 inch Dolls.

Make comfy pjs and a nightshirt with this easy sewing pattern for 18 inch American Girl dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

I used the April Moon pattern (photo above) to make these dresses. Unlike most knit top patterns, this top is fully lined. It’s a little easier for beginners to sew a smooth neckline by doing it this way, but if you want, you can simply fold over the neckline with a nice 1/4th inch seam and omit the lining if you prefer.

To make this knit dress with a full circle skirt, I didn’t make any changes to the top, to use as my dress bodice. I did a few searches on you tube and google, to find some simple directions for a circle skirt. With a little math and some graph paper, I came up with a pattern for a full circle skirt. Be sure to measure your finished bodice to make sure the skirt will fit correctly. I was pretty pleased with how it came out.

Who wore this 18 inch doll dress best? Emily or Maryellen?

Make a knit dress with circle skirt for your 18 inch doll with this easy pattern hack of the April Moon pajamas sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! #americangirl #18inchdolls #ohsewkat #dollclothes #patternhack
Make a cute, sleeveless top for your 18 inch doll with this easy pattern hack of the School Bell Blouse sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! #americangirl #welliewishers #ohsewkat #dollclothes #patternhack

Try either a circle skirt or a gathered skirt to make your knit doll dress.

For this second dress, I cut about 3/8th inch off the bottom of the bodice to give it more of an “empire waist” feel. A simple rectangle skirt, cut and gathered, gives the dress more of a “baby doll” look. I like both versions for different reasons, but as you can see, there’s a lot of possibilities with this pattern. The cute sleeves, when tied up, give more of a designer feel to it, without any of the work!

Find the April Moon Sewing Pattern HERE to make a knit dress for your 18 inch doll.

Make a cute, sleeveless top for your 18 inch doll with this easy pattern hack of the School Bell Blouse sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! #americangirl #18inchdolls #ohsewkat #dollclothes #patternhack

Make a knit dress for your 18 inch doll with this April Moon pajama pattern sewing hack.

Check out the Inspiration Gallery to see more ideas with the April Moon and other Oh Sew Kat! patterns. The April Moon pattern is currently available for 18 inch dolls and 16 inch Animators’ in my Etsy Shop.

Make a knit dress for your 18 inch doll with this easy pattern hack of the April Moon sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! #americangirl #americangirldolls #ohsewkat #dollclothes #patternhack
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Pajama Party: Make Your Doll PJ’s or a Nightgown with Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns

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.

Make pajamas for Dolls with the April Moon PJ Sewing Pattern

Make cute pajamas for your 18 inch American Girl doll with the easy April Moon sewing pattern from OhSewKat.

Make doll pajamas with the Bloomer Buddies sewing pattern

The Bloomer Buddies pattern can be used to make pajamas and nightgowns in a variety of lengths, with or without sleeves. Find the pattern HERE.

Bloomer Buddies Sewing pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Photo Credit: Koala-T Designs.

These pretty pink PJ’s were made using the pattern as directed in cozy flannel.


Make your doll pajamas with the Playtime Peasant Top and Boardwalk Boutique Capris

Just using flannel fabric can make a regular top and pants outfit look more like pajamas. Add a pretty bow. Find the patterns in my ETSY SHOP in multiple sizes.

Make a Valentine outfit for your doll with easy sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Simple to sew PDF digital patterns for dolls like American Girl, Disney Animators, Bittty Baby and A Girl For All Time. #dollclothes #valentinedress #sewingpattern #ohsewkat

Find the details for these pretty heart pajamas HERE.


The Sugar n Spice Dress sewing pattern makes a lovely CLARA inspired nightgown.

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

Find the tutorial for this Clara/Nutcracker inspired nightgown HERE.


Make a Doll Nightgown with the Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern

Make a nightgown for your 18 inch doll like American Girl or Our Generation with easy sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern at ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #nightgown #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

Find the Nightgown Tutorial HERE.

Make a nightgown for your 18 inch doll like American Girl or Our Generation with easy sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern at ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #nightgown #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

Find the tutorial for the floor length version of the Bloomer Buddies nightgown HERE.

Make a snuggly nightgown for your 18 inch doll with easy sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #sewingpattern #dollclothes #nightgown #ohsewkat

Your doll deserves some sweet dreams! What kind of pajamas will you make for your doll?

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Step it Up! Series: Make a Cute Top for your 18″ Doll with the Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern

The Backyard Bibs, a new pattern from Oh Sew Kat!, has a lot of variety built in with four different ways to make it. Now, you can use it in a fifth, new way, and make it into a cute top!

Make the Backyard Bibs into a cute, summertime top for your 18 inch and other sized dolls.

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!

This easy pattern hack will give you even more ways to sew the Backyard Bibs sewing pattern.

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!
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!

This pattern hack will work for all sizes of the bibs. Simply change the measurements to fit your doll. To make your Backyard Bibs top, follow the instructions to make the bib cutting a large ruffle instead of the gathered skirt variation. Gather it and attach to your bibs as directed by the pattern. Wasn’t that easy?

Sew easy and cute overalls for Blaire Wilson and other 18 inch dolls like American Girl with Backyard Bibs PDF Sewing pattern by OHSEWKAT. #sewingpattern #overalls #dollclothes #ohsewkat

For both of these tops shown in my photos, I folded the ruffle in half (wrong sides together) instead of hemming it. If you want to hem it instead, you will have a thinner strip of fabric to start with. The measurements I used for the 18 inch Doll are:

  • For the short ruffle (Stars) use 3 x 30
  • For the longer ruffle (Floral & Leaves) use 5 x 24

If your doll won’t wear the Backyard Bibs top over a shirt or blouse, you may want to shorten the straps by 1/4th inch to give a bit more snug fit.

Add a pair of shortie bloomers, made with the Bloomer Buddies sewing pattern, and make a cute dolly swimsuit!

Find the Bloomer Buddies pattern HERE.

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!

Eek! How cute is this? As I was dressing Kelly in this new top, I thought, “Sure would be cute with bloomers.” Well, look at that. I was right. It makes an adorable swimsuit and is made of cotton fabric (easier to sew!).

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!

See more ideas to sew with the Backyard Bibs pattern HERE and HERE. Be sure to visit the Inspiration Gallery page!

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!

The Backyard Bibs Easy Overalls Sewing Pattern can also be used to make an adorable Peplum style Doll Top.

This easy pattern hack gives you even more options to use your Backyard Bibs sewing pattern. Download your copy and stitch one up today!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Tester Tuesday: Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern for A Girl for All Time® Dolls.

Be inspired by these Backyard Bibs that were sewn by the Oh Sew Kat! testers. I love how each one looks completely unique!

Inspiring tester photos of the Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern.

Make doll clothes for A Girl for All Time dolls with easy sewing patterns from OhSewKat. Backyard bibs has four variations and is quick to sew!

Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern for 16 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Make a darling overalls outfit for your 16 inch A Girl for All Time doll with easy PDF doll clothes sewing patterns by OH SEW KAT.

Clementine in roses by Michele A. (Shown with the Playtime Peasant Top.)

Make a darling overalls outfit for your 16 inch A Girl for All Time doll with easy PDF doll clothes sewing patterns by OH SEW KAT.

Pastel Plaids by Shirley F.

Make a darling overalls outfit for your 16 inch A Girl for All Time doll with easy PDF doll clothes sewing patterns by OH SEW KAT.

Spring circles by Juliette A. (shown with the Playtime Peasant Top.)

The Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern lets you make overalls and skirtalls in five doll sizes.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Find more ideas to sew the Backyard Bibs pattern in the Inspiration Gallery.

18 inch Doll Traveling Bag Project: Who Wore it Best?

This past summer, just for fun, I participated in a facebook group’s Traveling Bag project. I think there were about 50 people in the project, and everyone had to put a doll outfit into an American Girl bag, and send it to the next person on the list.  How fun!!! I was waiting to post this until the big reveal, but it’s been almost a year and as far as I know, the bag is still going. So I thought I’d share now anyways.

Who wore it best doll clothes contest, 18 inch doll sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! #sewingpatterns #dollclothes #18inchdoll #dolldress

I received this gorgeous ruffle dress from Janet Flath of Jane’s Booties and More.  Be sure to stop by her Facebook shop and see all her cute things!! Tell her Oh Sew Kat! sent you.  The dress also came with an adorable pair of sandals as well as a headband.

18 inch Doll Outfit Swap- Travelling Bag Project

So I have to ask. Who wore it best?  Emily looks stunning with the bright collar.  The dress is sort of a pastel toile design. Very rich looking with a pretty sheen to it.

Who wore it best doll clothes contest, 18 inch doll sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! #sewingpatterns #dollclothes #18inchdoll #dolldress

Luciana also looks fantastic! So hard to choose! These sandals are just amazing. I’m not sure the photo shows that the soles are metallic gold!

Who wore it best doll clothes contest, Luciana Vega or Emily? 18 inch doll sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! #sewingpatterns #dollclothes #18inchdoll #dolldress

So what do you think?  Emily or Luciana! Comment below.  See other “who wore it best” posts here and here.

Who wore my travelling bag doll outfit best?

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Hawaiian Fashions to Sew for American Girl, BeForever Character, Nanea Mitchell

Sewing for BeForever character Nanea Mitchell?  Try these twists on patterns to make a variety of Hawaiian themed dress from Oh Sew Kat! patterns. Find all of these patterns in my Etsy Shop:  www.etsy.com/shop/ohsewkat.

Sew Hawaiian themed doll clothes for Nanea with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Make a Hawaiian muumuu outfit for Nanea American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #40s #dress #nanea #sewing

40s Fashions for Nanea:

  1.  Bloomer Buddies MuuMuu Tutorial
  2. Sunshine Dress MuuMuu Tutorial
  3. Playtime Peasant Top MuuMuu Tutorial 
  4. Sugar n Spice MuuMuu Tutorial
Hawiian dress sewing pattern for Nanea american girl doll

What other Oh Sew Kat! patterns might work for Nanea outfits? Visit the Nanea page of the Inspiration Gallery to see more ideas.  Comment below with your ideas.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!