Make it Monday: Character Inspired Doll Dresses

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

Make a Snow White Inspired Doll Dress

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

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

Make a Captain America Inspired Doll Dress

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

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

Make a Gabby Gabby (Toy Story) Style Dress

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

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

What character inspired doll dresses have you made?

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

18″ Doll Holiday Fashions: Backyard Bibs & Gnomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sewing with Batiks Part 1 – DIY Doll Clothes

For a long, long time, I always passed by the batik sections of my favorite fabric stores. My mother, on the other hand, used more batiks than any other fabrics in all of her quilts. When she passed away, I picked through her collection and came home with some very pretty pieces of fabric. I also purchase batiks online at the Fat Quarter Shop (Like these from the Batik Club AD: Batik Clubs).

This rosy batik looked so different each time I used it. I think I’ve made four different items. These two were both made from the School Bell Blouse pattern. Grace is wearing the top, and Kendall is wearing the Dress Hack. Both have added crystals instead of buttons for some extra shine.

Sew a doll dress for your American Girl Wellie Wishers doll with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #welliewishers #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

There are so many pretty batiks in bright fall colors and with leaf pattern designs.

Make this lovely layered look for fall with PDF sewing patterns for American Girl 18 inch and other sized dolls. Create your own DIY doll clothes with tutorials and patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

These fall batiks had lots of swirling colors- each item made from it can take on a completely different look. Both dresses (photo above and below) were made with the Sugar N Spice Dress for 18 inch dolls. See more info in THIS POST.

Simple sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl by Oh Sew Kat! Sugar n Spice Dress and pinafore pattern to DIY doll clothes for your 18 inch doll or her friends. #sewingpattern #dolldress #americangirl #ohsewkat

Try a few fabrics from the batik section of your fabric store or at the Fat Quarter Shop at this AD: LINK and make the magic happen in your doll clothes sewing too!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

18 Inch Doll Mini Skirt Tutorial from Oh Sew Kat!

Make an American Girl doll skirt with this easy sewing tutorial.

Free and easy 18 inch doll mini skirt to DIY Doll Clothes for American Girl Dolls by Oh SEw Kat

Make a Super, Simple Doll Skirt for 18 inch Dolls

Make a mini skirt Pattern Piece

  1. Supplies: measuring tape, ruler, copy or graph paper, 18 inch (or any size) doll, 12×12 inches of cotton fabric, sewing machine or needle and thread
  2. Take three measurements of your doll: waist, hips (widest part), and length from waist to where you want the finished skirt to end. I used 10.5, 11.5 and 4 inches for my 18 inch doll mini skirt. When you make your pattern piece, you will add 3/4 inch to both the hip and waist measurements for ease *use less for smaller dolls.
  3. From the top left corner of the paper, along the left side, mark three measurements. 3/8th inch (waistband casing), 4 inches (or finished length), 1/4th more (hem). Photo 1.
  4. Make a line at the lowest mark, across the page (at least 8 inches) Photo 1.
  5. Divide the waist and hip measurements in half (pattern piece will be on the fold.) (5.25 and 5.75 on my doll.)
  6. Across the top edge, mark out your half waist (plus 3/4 inch) and two inches below the top edge, mark the half hips (plus 3/4 inch) Photo 1.
  7. Draw a line from your hip mark, down to the hemline. Photo 2
  8. Connect your hip and waist marks, rounding a bit for the bum. Photo 3
  9. Mark the fold on the left and cut out your pattern piece. Photo 4
Make a pattern for a simple mini skirt for 18 inch American Girl dolls from Oh Sew Kat!

Mini Skirt Sewing Instructions

  1. Use some scrap fabric to cut out and stitch up your skirt. Make any adjustments to your pattern piece for ease or length.
  2. Clean finish (serge or zig zag stitch) the top and bottom. Press up hem and press down waistband casing. (Photo 1 and 2)
  3. Stitch waistband casing. Add 10 inches of 1/4th inch elastic and tack ends in place. Do not stitch hem. (Photo 2)
  4. With right sides together, stitch the back seam from top to bottom, being sure to catch the elastic edges in your seam. (Photo 3)
  5. Fold up hem and stitch in place. (Photo 4)
  6. If you prefer the skirt to open at the back instead of pulling it on over the doll’s feet, press in the back edges and attach hook and loop tape instead of sewing the back seam.
  7. If your skirt seems a little baggier than you’d like, simply turn it inside out, and stitch the back seam in little more. Once you get the look you like, adjust your pattern piece to have it for next time.
Sew a simple mini skirt for your 18 inch American Girl dolls like Courtney and Joss with this easy tutorial from OhSewKat.

Easy to Make- 18 inch Doll Mini Skirt Sewing Tutorial

Make your 18 inch doll a mini skirt with this free and easy sewing tutorial from OhSewKat

Joss’ pink top was made with the Popsicle Top pattern. You can find it HERE. Find more pattern tutorials and hacks on THIS PAGE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Using the Cricut Maker or Explore Machines to Embellish Doll Clothes

Use your cricut maker or cricut explore machine to make doll clothes sewing faster, easier and more precise. You can also use a Brother Scan n Cut machine.

Use your cricut or cameo machine to make fun doll clothing, decorations, accessories and more. Find quick turorials and easy to sew pdf sewing patterns at Oh Sew Kat!

This post includes affiliate links. Please read my POLICY here. I’ve been a cricut user since the very first “baby bug” machine came out. Cricut sure has come a long way since then! Don’t know what I’m referring to? Check out this LINK to see what a cricut machine is.


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 using the contour feature in Design Space. You can weld a square and a triangle together to make a pocket. I made the belt and buckle for the holiday apron with two rectangles, and did the same in these Santa and Elf outfits HERE. Iron on is much quick than embroidery!! The new cricut Maker cuts leather very nicely, which opens the door to fun accessories like purses and belts. See my HTV TUTORIAL HERE.

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.
Use Oh Sew Kat! pdf sewing patterns to make your own Santa outfits for 18 inch dolls and other sizes. Download the sewing pattern tutorial and print the pieces on your home computer to make your own American Girl doll outfits.

Find more HTV project ideas HERE and HERE.


Try Infusible Ink and Create One of a Kind Doll Tee Shirts

Infusible ink is a fun new way to add permanent images to your doll clothes. I’ve got a full tutorial on what you need and how to do it HERE. There are so many colors and patterns of infusible ink transfer sheets to choose from, you will easily find the perfect pattern for your dolly girl. The butterfly image on Blaire’s tee was found in the Design Space Library. After I cut it out, I added the piece from the center to the sleeve. My 9×9 inch Easy Press makes this job quick and easy!!

If you are looking for unique images outside of your cutter machine’s library, check out DREAMING TREE and see what is new for you to create!

Create your own custom doll tee shirts with Cricut and Infusible Ink transfer sheets. Find a quick and easy tutorial to turn an adult shirt into many doll tees that you can design and sew yourself at OhSewKat!

Make Fun Accessories for Dolls on your Cricut, Cameo, Scan n Cut Machine

You will have more ideas than time to make them once you dive into your cutting machine and all it can do. Use faux glitter, felt, or faux leather to make cute accessories like belts, bows, straps and more!! See how I made a big cheer bow for Joss in THIS TUTORIAL. This bow (and many more!) can be found in Cricut’s Design Space Library. (Joss’ shirt was also made with HTV from a design in the Cricut library.)

Make a quick and easy cheer bow for your 18 inch doll like Joss Kendrick with this cricut tutorial from OhSewKat! Make it with felt, leather or vinyl and pair it with DIY doll clothes made from Oh Sew Kat! etsy shop PDF digital sewing patterns for dolls.

Make Cute Holiday Decorations for your Doll House with your Cricut or Cameo Machine

Use your cricut machine to make cute holiday banners in tiny doll sizes to decorate your doll’s party rooms and birthday celebrations. See how I made this adorable LOVE banner in THIS TUTORIAL.

Easy doll craft! Make a doll sized banner to decorate your 18 inch Doll's Valentine's Day party. Use your cricut or cutting machine for quick and easy American Girl doll party decorations.

What other ways do you use your cricut machine to have fun with your dolls?

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

Make a quick and easy cheer bow for your 18 inch doll like Joss Kendrick with this cricut tutorial from OhSewKat! Make it with felt, leather or vinyl and pair it with DIY doll clothes made from Oh Sew Kat! etsy shop PDF digital sewing patterns for dolls.

how to cut pdf patterns on the cricut maker tutorial
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.
Find doll scale fabrics to make cute doll clothes from Cricut. Small stripes by Riley Blake, perfect for the Four Season Skirt- free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #maker #cricut #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #stripes #18inchdolls
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Find an entire collection of easy to sew, print at home PDF sewing patterns for classic doll clothes from Oh Sew Kat!

Make it Monday: Sugar n Spice Hawaiian Sundress

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

How do you make a beautiful Hawaiian themed dress? Use the Sugar n Spice Pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Use THIS HACK and don’t forget to try it in other fabrics too! Wow!!

Make a Spring time Sundress for your 18 inch Doll!

Floral hawaiian dress for dolls Oh Sew Kat! Tutorial. 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

Use the Pinafore Version of the popular Sugar n Spice Dress to make a fun sundress for your 18 inch Doll. Find the full tutorial here.

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

See more ideas to sew this fun pattern for 18 inch dolls, 16 inch animators and 14 inch Welliewishers HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Quick Project: Two colored doll headband like Kira Bailey’s™

Easy Headband Tutorial: Make a two colored knit headband for your 18 inch Doll

Kira Bailey™ is the 2021 Girl of the Year from American Girl®. This Michigan girl spends the summer in the Australian Outback, working at her aunt’s animal rescue. Her fashions are utilitarian and pretty! Make your Kira doll a two colored knit headband with this easy sewing tutorial.

Make your 18 inch doll a two colored knit headband just like Kira's from American Girl. Easy to follow sewing tutorial for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Use a stretchy knit fabric for the best results. Tee shirts from the craft store are perfect for this project.

  • Cut two rectangles of knit fabric, one of each color, 2 inches by 10 inches.
  • With right sides together, use a 1/4th inch seam to sew the long side of each piece, to form tubes (Photo #1)
  • Turn the tubes right side out, and give them a press with steam to reduce any stretch from sewing. (Use the FASTURNS to make this task super easy!!)
  • Lay the tubes on the table, forming a cross. One tube will be below the other at the middle. (Photo #2)
  • Fold the bottom tube in half, aligning the short ends, so the other tube is inside (Photo #3)
  • Fold the other tube to align the short ends with the short ends of the first one. All four ends are now stacked on top of each other. (Photo #4)
  • Stitch across the four layers using a 1/4th inch seam.
  • Turn the headband right side out, so the stitching in on the inside, and pull the headband so one color is on one side, and the other side is the other color. (Photo #5)
Make your 18 inch doll a two colored knit headband just like Kira's from American Girl. Easy to follow sewing tutorial for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

This headband is a quick project! Finish it in an hour or less!

Make a knit headband for your Kira™ American Girl Doll

Make your 18 inch doll a two colored knit headband just like Kira's from American Girl. Easy to follow sewing tutorial for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

This headband is quick to make – you can make it in colors to match all of her outfits. It looks just like the headband that American Girl® sells with the Kira Bailey™ comfy jumpsuit outfit.

See more tutorials for 18 inch Doll Accessories by clicking the photos below.

50s scarf doll tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Easy sewing patterns for beginners to print and sew at home.
Make an 18 inch doll necklace for Valentine's Day. Easy bead and chain 18 inch doll jewelry look great with doll fashions made from Oh Sew Kat! pdf sewing patterns on Etsy.
How to make an infinity scarf for your doll with Dollar Tree Supplies. Visit www.ohsewkat.com to try a free doll clothes sewing pattern. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #craft #tutorial #18inchdolls
Make a quick and easy cheer bow for your 18 inch doll like Joss Kendrick with this cricut tutorial from OhSewKat! Make it with felt, leather or vinyl and pair it with DIY doll clothes made from Oh Sew Kat! etsy shop PDF digital sewing patterns for dolls.
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Serger Quick Tip: Use stickers!

Do you use a serger when you sew your doll clothes? I’ve always felt that a serger is as essential as my sewing machine but I know everyone has a different view on this.

Try this easy Serger Setting Tip from Oh Sew Kat!

Use this easy tip to mark the stitch settings on your serger to make it easier to flip back and forth between overlock stitch and rolled hem. Use your serger to make your own 18 inch doll clothes with sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

The Twinkle Twirl Skirt PDF sewing pattern offers many variations for adding different ruffles and hems. When making long and thin ruffles, the serger can be your best friend! You can use a rolled hem to finish the edge (in matching or contrasting colors) in just one step, compared to finishing, pressing, and hemming those little strips.

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

You can see that the thin, black ruffle at the bottom of Joss’ pink Twinkle Twirl skirt (above) is gathered just above the middle of the ruffle and is attached to the skirt on the outside. Both edges of the ruffle, as well as the pink hem, were finished with a rolled hem.

Use this Serger Settings Tip to Easily Change from an overlock to rolled hem stitch

Here’s a quick tip to make it super easy to switch back and forth between your 3/4 thread overlock stitch and a rolled hem. You will need two colors of some sort of sticker, washi tape, or vinyl scraps. Cut each color into 4-5 tiny triangles. And by tiny, I mean tiny. Maybe 1/4th inch long.

Most of us leave our serger set to a standard overlock stitch. I use a three thread since it creates a smaller stitch for doll clothes. Take one set of your colored triangles and use them to “point” to the current settings. My serger has two knobs, plus one letter dial. So I made a blue triangle point to each dial’s current setting.

Use this easy tip to mark the stitch settings on your serger to make it easier to flip back and forth between overlock stitch and rolled hem. Use your serger to make your own 18 inch doll clothes with sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Next, you will want to set up for a rolled hem.

The first place to look to make a rolled hem on your particular serger is in your owner’s manual or threading guide. This will tell you how to set your machine up and what dials and settings you will likely use. I also suggest heading over to YouTube to search for your specific brand-rolled hem.

Change all the settings to the rolled hem settings and test it on a scrap of fabric like the fabric that you use most often. Adjust the length and / or width until you are happy with the stitch. Now use a different color to mark these settings.

You might want to add an extra little sticker on a piece of tape on the inside of your machine as a key to remember which is which.

Once you finish your rolled hem, simple move all of your dials back to your 1st color (blue in my case), and test it on a scrap. The next time you need a rolled hem, you won’t need to look up the settings again, just turn all of your dials to your second color. You can add more colors if there are other stitches that you frequently use, such as a 4 thread, which on my serger, are green. For the most part, I just move back and forth between the 3 thread (blue) and a rolled hem (pink). I also used my label maker to remind me which dial is the width and which is the length.

Try Kat’s Quick Tip for Your Serger Settings

Use this easy tip to mark the stitch settings on your serger to make it easier to flip back and forth between overlock stitch and rolled hem. Use your serger to make your own 18 inch doll clothes with sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Easy peasy, right? I’m sure you will now find lots of way to reduce your sewing time plus add a fun accent to your doll clothes by adding a rolled hem.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make it Monday: Doll Scale Bandana Fabric

American girl doll blonde with bandana dress and cowboy hat

Doll scale bandana fabric can be hard to find. A few years back, my Walmart had some in just a few colors. I’ve not seen it in a long time, and wish I had purchased more, because it’s such a short cut to making western style doll outfits!! Above, Kelly’s blue outfit is actually two pieces- The free FOUR SEASON SKIRT and the Playtime Peasant Blouse. The cowboy hat and boots are made by American Girl® and are part of Nicki Fleming’s collection.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Make this super quick and easy Picnic Play outfit for your 18 inch doll with the PDF digital sewing pattern from OhSewKat. Fat quarter friendly, quick sewing project to make 18 inch doll capris, backpack and simple shirt. Find more patterns in the OHSewKat etsy Shop.

Melody’s top is reversible and so so so quick to make. Use the Picnic Play pattern and pair it with Sandbox Shorts for a quick summer outfit.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Make a bandana ruffled dress with the Playtime Peasant Top PDF sewing pattern. Oh Sew Kat! offers easy doll clothes sewing pattern tutorials to make diy doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. Patterns also available in other popular doll sizes. #dollclothes #sewingpattern

Use THIS TUTORIAL to make a cute Playtime Peasant Top Dress. In this red bandana fabric, it takes on a western vibe especially when you add the boots! I also added a sparkly elastic belt using this tutorial.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Make a Country western cowgirl outfit for 18 inch dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns from OhSewKat. #ohsewkat #playtimepeasant #sewingpattern #freeskirt #freepattern #easytutorial

Grace’s pink outfits is one of my favorites. It is also made with the free PDF pattern, the FOUR SEASON SKIRT and the the Playtime Peasant Top. I added the lace to the skirt and you can find the tutorial HERE.

Find an entire collection of easy to sew, print at home PDF sewing patterns for classic doll clothes from Oh Sew Kat!
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Four Season Skirt Share – Spring has Sprung!

Make a quick spring skirt with this FREE SKIRT pattern for Dolls

Spring has sprung!!  With flowers and showers, the entire world seems to wake up overnight when Spring arrives.  Maryellen can’t wait to remove her saddle shoes and put her bare feet in the grass.  Her cute whale skirt is paired with a reversible Popsicle Top and the skirt waistband matches the top.  This skirt was actually one of the prototypes I used when I created the Four Season Skirt pattern, which you can get for free HERE.  This skirt is a little shorter in both the waistband and the skirt, which gave it a fuller flare for spring!!  Check out Grace in her pink Easter egg skirt here.  See more Four Season Skirts here and here.

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Find a free skirt sewing pattern for your 18 inch doll at ohsewkat.com. Other popular doll sewing patterns also available. #dollclothes #freepattern #ohsewkat
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!