Ruffle it Up! Add Hemline Ruffles to Sewing Patterns to Create a new Look

With Oh Sew Kat! pdf sewing patterns, it’s SEW easy to take a basic skirt or dress pattern, and step it up with a cute ruffle at the hem. This is also a great trick for any time a dress or skirt turns out shorter than you’d like it to be.

Add a lace or ruffled hem to your Doll Dresses and Skirts

Use lace as a ruffle! Gathered lace is absolutely the easiest way to add a pretty hem to your skirt or dress. Attach the lace when you create the hem, so the ends will be finished in with the back edges for a clean look. Look for lace in different colors for even more options!

Riley’s unicorn dress was made with the Spring Shine Dress pattern.

Make a doll dress for your 18 inch doll with the flutter sleeve Spring Shine Dress sewing pattern from oh sew kat! It's easy to DIY your own doll clothes and be a fashion designer~

The Backyard Bibs pattern, with the gathered skirt option, is super cute with a lace hem!!

Make easy overalls with Oh Sew Kat's Backyard Bibs sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls like Blaire Wilson from American Girl. #dollclothes #sewingpatterns


Make doll clothes for your 15 inch baby doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Find overalls, dresses, tops, shorts, and skirts with easy to sew pattern tutorials.


Add a ruffle to a doll skirt or dress

Another easy way to add a ruffle is to purchase trim that is already gathered. This polka dot trim was quickly added to the Sixth Grade Skirt with almost no work at all! It looks so sweet! Find more information on how to do this in THIS POST.

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

It’s easy to add a ruffled hem to a peasant style doll top Dress

Nicki’s dress was made using the Playtime Peasant Top. I cut the top as usual, but instead of hemming it, I added a small ruffle. Read more, and see more photos in THIS POST.

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

Adding a fabric ruffle is also very simple. Figure out how wide you want the ruffle when it’s done (usually 3/4th to 1 1/4th inch depending on doll size.) You can also shorten the skirt by this same length to keep the finished length the same- but sometimes a ruffle is the perfect solution if a doll skirt ends up too short for your liking.

Double this number and add 1/2 inch for your seam allowances. This will be your WIDTH. Cut the length one and a half to two times as long as the skirt. The longer the length, the more ruffled your hem will be. Fold your fabric with wrong sides together the long way and press. This pressed side becomes your bottom hem. Gather the raw edges and attach to the hem of your skirt with right sides together. Easy peasy, right?

Kendall’s dress (made by Julie H of SewDolledUp81) was made using the Spring Shine Dress.

Make a pretty sundress for your 14.5 inch dolls like Welliewishers and Gliter Girls with this Spring Shine Dress sewing PDF sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! Faux placket and flutter sleeves, make it a dress or a simple top. Easy to sew pattern for beginners.

Make a simple skirt or dress spectacular with an easy hem ruffle.



Can’t get enough ruffles? Be sure to check out the Boardwalk Boutique Halter and Capri pattern, and the Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt and give your ruffling skills more practice!

Use the Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern to make a cute nightdress. Add a big ruffle to the bottom and it becomes a gorgeous nightgown! See more in THIS POST.

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

This pumpkin jumper was made with the Boardwalk Boutique Pattern. Use the longer cutting line and add a ruffle for a cute jumper! See more photos 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.

Any skirt or dress can have a ruffled hem. Be creative and mix and match your fabrics. Visit the Inspiration Gallery for even more ideas! Download and sew these easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! for your dolls today!



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Sunshine Dress Pattern Hacks

This month, Kat’s Pattern Pick of the Month is the SUNSHINE DRESS. This pattern is available in three sizes (18 inch, 16 inch animators, and 14.5 Wellie Wishers) and as an a line short sleeve styled dress, it offers lots of options to sew it up in different ways for your dolls.

Easy Pattern Hacks for the Sunshine Dress Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

Click on each link below to go right to the instructions for the Pattern Hacks.

Sunshine Dress Sewing Pattern for Dolls

Make historical fashion outfits for your BeForever Character dolls with Oh Sew Kat’s Sunshine Dress pattern.

Melody American Girl Doll in Green Sunshine Dress

Find the tutorial to make the Sunshine Dress sleeveless HERE. See more photos of Melody’s outfits here.

Find the Sunshine Dress sewing pattern HERE.

Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Sunshine Dress beginner sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy #18inch

Nanea’s muumuu dress was part of a four part series of blog posts in adapting Oh Sew Kat! patterns to make Hawaiian inspired fashions. Find the MuuMuu tutorial HERE and see more ideas for Nanea HERE, HERE, and HERE.

See more ideas for the Sunshine Dress pattern here and here.

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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.

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70s Fashions to Sew for Your Julie American Girl Doll

Sewing for BeForever character Julie Albright?  Her stories are set in 1974 and she has some groovy fashions! Give your Julie a personalized 70s themed wardrobe with these twists on PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Find all of these patterns in my Etsy Shop:

Make a 1970’s themed outfit for your 18 inch American Girl doll.

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

Use Oh Sew Kat! pdf sewing patterns to make groovy 70s outfits for your Julie doll.

Click on the links below to go right to each easy tutorial.

  1.  Sunshine Dress with Daisy Trim
  2. Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set
  3. Boardwalk Boutique Ruffled Maxi Dress
  4. Playtime Peasant and Sugar n Spice Everything Nice Overskirt

What other Oh Sew Kat! patterns might work for Julie outfits? Visit the Julie page of the Historical Fashions gallery for more ideas.  See more sewing ideas for the BeForever characters like Melody and Maryellen too!  Comment below with your ideas!

Visit & follow my 1970s doll fashion PINTEREST Board for more ideas. Pin these images to save them for later!

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Step it Up! Series- 60s Dress for Melody Ellison- School Bell Blouse Dress.

Your Melody doll will feel groovy in a swing dress you made yourself with the Oh Sew Kat! School Bell Blouse pattern.

Sew a 60s style dress for American Girl Doll, Melody Ellision, with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #melody #60sfashion #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

When you are fabric shopping, keep your eyes open for small scale prints that look retro.  For Melody’s dress, I found this cotton fabric in a quilt store. I had no idea what I would make at the time, but I knew it would be perfect for Melody. Doesn’t she look great in this color?

Here are some pins on my Melody board on Pinterest that I used for inspiration.  Don’t forget to follow me while you are there! This white dress for ladies , this Barbie sized pattern, and this blue and red dresses all have the same wide sleeves, a-line look, and even the front pleat.

Sew a 60s style dress for American Girl Doll, Melody Ellision, with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #melody #60sfashion #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

This the pattern I used: The School Bell Blouse.  It has two styles of blouses to make for your doll and comes in three sizes (Animators, 18 inch and Wellie Wishers).  Click HERE and HERE for the tutorials to make this pattern into two cute dresses.

Easy sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! School Bell Blouse for DIY doll clothes. #ohsewkat #18inchdolls #sewingpattern #dollclothes

These cute little bows were the perfect color to accent the pleats in the front and sleeves of the dress.

Sew a 60s style dress for American Girl Doll, Melody Ellision, with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #melody #60sfashion #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

Be sure to share your 60s dresses you make for Melody or any of her friends with hashtag ohsewkat.

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Step it Up! Series: Make a Floor Length Nightgown with the Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern for Dolls

If there is one thing that little girls like to do with their dolls, it is to dress them for bed and put them to sleep.  The dolls in your life will have sweet dreams with a flowing nightgown you make yourself with this easy PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!  Use this simple pattern hack to the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern to Step it Up!

Make a nightgown for your 18 inch doll with easy sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat!

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

First, you need the Oh Sew Kat! Bloomer Buddies pattern. It’s available in three sizes where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.  Print out the pieces for the dress with short sleeves.

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

You will need to make a few minor adjustments to the pattern pieces.  You may be able to lengthen the pieces on the original printout, or you may need to cut it out and then tape it to a fresh sheet of paper first, depending on the size doll you are sewing for.

Using the short sleeve pattern piece, and THIS TUTORIAL, add 3 1/2 inches to the length of the sleeve. Measure down from the side edge, not the center, and draw your new sleeve hem edge straight across, not curved.  For this 18 inch doll nightgown, I lengthened my sleeve by 3 1/2 inches, and used a 3/8th hem/elastic casing.  You will need 4 inches of 1/4th inch elastic for the wrist.

Add 1 inch to the front and back pieces length, below the dress length line to make a floor length nightgown.

Cut a ruffle so the nightgown will reach the floor.  I cut mine at 3 inches by 44 inches.  It can be anywhere from 33-44 inches long, depending how full you want your ruffle.

Follow the pattern directions as written, adding 4 inches of 1/4th inch elastic into the sleeve hem when you hem it, and gathering and attaching the ruffle to the hem before you stitch up the back.  It’s easier to hem the ruffle before you attach it to the nightgown.

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

Make a snuggly nightgown for your 18 inch doll with the Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern.

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

Your dolls will be ready to snuggle into bed in a new, cozy nightgown.  See more ways to sew the mix and match Bloomer Buddies pattern here and here.

Click HERE to purchase the Bloomer Buddies Pattern for 18 inch Dolls.

Click HERE to find the pattern in other sizes and value bundles.

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

Five Popular Pattern Hacks for Oh Sew Kat! Patterns

Don’t you love making special doll clothes for the girls in your life with the easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!  The easy to follow photo instructions are designed to help even the novice sewist have a successful time.  In many of my more recent patterns, I’ve started to include some ideas and simple instructions for variations on the patterns.  You can “Step them Up” or “Step them Down” to your heart’s content.  Read below to see five of my favorite (and most popular to date!) pattern hacks.  Click on the photo to go right to the tutorial of Kat’s favorite pattern hacks.

Find all these patterns, plus many more in 5 popular doll sizes in my Etsy Shop or other places Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.

Take a new twist on Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns with these favorite pattern hacks.

 

Try these easy pattern hacks for your 18 inch dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern for subscribers. #diycrafts #dollclothes #ohsewkat #sewingpattern


  1. Tee shirt Dress tutorial:  Make a cute, tee shirt dress from the Simple, Sweet Tee Shirt pattern.  Works for any size doll.  Find the pattern in 4 popular doll sizes here. Make a tee shirt dress from a tee shirt pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat! Make American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #dress #18inchdolls #sewing


  2. Pumpkin jumper:  The classic Boardwalk Boutique pattern doesn’t have to be put away when the weather gets cooler.  Use it as a base to make cute holiday themed outfits as well as summer play clothes.  A little orange fabric and an iron on pumpkin face took this simple halter top to a cute jumper for fall. Layer it over a Playtime Peasant Top or a Jumping Jack Turtleneck! 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.

  3.   50s overskirt dress:  This one isn’t even a pattern hack.  Make a 50s or 60s classic look dress with an overskirt for Melody or Maryellen.  The Sunshine Dress is worn underneath an overskirt made from the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern. 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

  4.   Make a Halter Maxi Dress:  This easy hack to the Boardwalk Boutique lets your fabric shine with one or two big ruffles.  Make a halter maxi dress for your doll 70s fashion sewing pattern

  5.   Add lace to a ruffle skirt:  Take your skirts to a new level with an added lace layer.  See this easy tutorial for any ruffled skirt- shown with the Four Season Skirt and Playtime Peasant Twirl Skirt patterns. Add lace to a ruffled doll skirt with this free skirt pattern and tutorial for 18 inch and 14 inch dolls like American Girl. Get a Free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt PDF print at home digital pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #laceskirt #ruffle

 

Easy to sew Pattern Hacks for 18 inch and other sized doll clothes.

Find all these patterns, plus many more in 5 popular doll sizes in my Etsy Shop or other places Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.  See more pattern hacks and tutorials HERE.

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Step it Up! Series: Make a Doll Nightgown with the Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern for Dolls

Sewing doll clothes this weekend?  Snuggle up!  Use the simple to sew Bloomer Buddies PDF pattern to turn the dress into a snuggly nightgown for your doll. This easy pattern that you download and print on your home computer will work on any size doll.  Use this simple pattern hack to the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern to Step it Up!


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

First, you need the Bloomer Buddies pattern. It’s available in three sizes where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.  Print out the pieces for the dress with short sleeves.

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

You will need to make a few minor adjustments to the pattern pieces.  You may be able to lengthen the pieces on the original printout, or you may need to cut it out and then tape it to a fresh sheet of paper first, depending on the size doll you are sewing for.

Using the short sleeve pattern piece, and THIS TUTORIAL, you will need to lengthen the sleeve pattern piece to make it a long sleeve.   Measure down from the side edge, not the center, and draw your new sleeve hem edge straight across, not curved.  For this 18 inch doll nightgown, I lengthened my sleeve by 3 1/2 inches, and used a 3/8th hem/elastic casing.  I used 4 inches of elastic for the wrist.

Sew the dress as directed by the pattern. Choose a snuggly flannel or pretty cotton for your nightgown.  The nightgown Grace is wearing below, is the same dress length as the dress length pattern lines.

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

Luciana is ready to hop into bed in her Bloomer Buddies nightgown!

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

Another option is to add a pretty ruffle to the bottom of the dress length.  Here I used a piece of a jelly roll, that was 2 1/2 x 40 inches long. A jelly roll is a quilting fabric precut of 20-45 2 1/2 inch strips like this one Ad:  https://amzn.to/2VNxmED.  I keep a few on hand to use as precut dress and skirt ruffles.  I used one end of the same strip to cut the yoke.  Any size ruffle will do; you can choose how long you want your doll’s nightgown to be.

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

Your dolls will be ready to snuggle into bed in a new, cozy nightgown.  See more ways to sew the mix and match Bloomer Buddies pattern here and here.  Be sure to pin these images to save them for later!

Make a nightgown for your 18 inch doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

6 Dresses from One Pattern: Six Different Ways to Sew the Sugar n Spice Dress by Oh Sew Kat!

When you purchase a PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!, you get more than just the look you see on the pattern cover.  With a few tweaks and changes, (called pattern hacks), and some different fabric combinations, you can Step Up! your basic pattern into almost any look you can think of! Today, enjoy these “twists” on the Sugar n Spice Dress pattern.  These outfits can be made for any size doll!  Find even more pattern hacks and tutorials on the Tutorials Page.

Use the Sugar n Spice sewing pattern to make six different dresses.

Make six different dresses from one easy sewing pattern: The Sugar n Spice Dress by Oh Sew Kat! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #diycraft #dolldress #ohsewkat

Make a classic dress in different styles.

  1.  Create a classic holiday dress, similar to the one American Girl® made for the BeForever character, Molly McIntyre.  I used a gorgeous green Kona cotton Sugar n Spice Dress, but the original dress was made of velvet and would be beautiful from that too!  Add a little lace around the sleeves and neckline for a dainty touch.  See more photos HERE.
    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

  2. Every dress pattern can be made as a top, and every top pattern can be made as a dress!  Use the Sugar n Spice bodice to make a cute peplum top!  Find the tutorial HERE.
    Sew your own doll clothes with easy PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat! #ohsewkat #sugarnspice #18inchdolls #americangirl

    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

    3.  Every dress pattern can also be used to make a longer dress! Or a nightgown! For the holidays, make the Sugar n Spice Dress in white, and add some peppermint piping and pretty ruffles to make a nightgown that will have sugarplums dancing in her head all season long. Find the tutorial HERE.  I also used THIS TUTORIAL to add the placket in the center front for the buttons.

    Hawaiian Dress 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

    4. And while you are thinking about making long dresses, why not try a fun Hawaiian print and make a MuuMuu style dress! These Sugar n Spice Dresses would be perfect for walking along the beach eating shaved ice!  Use the overdress/pinafore pattern and THIS TUTORIAL.

    Make an Easter dress for your 18" doll with easy sewing patterns by OhSewKat! Download, print and sew the best PDF doll patterns today. Try a free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com, and find tutorials and pattern hacks. #ohsewkat #sewing #easterdress #dollclothes #18inchdoll

    5. Dress up the front bodice of the Sugar n Spice Dress with some tiny ruffles, trim, ric rac, piping, or lace.  Use THIS TUTORIAL to add the placket, and tuck the trim in before you topstitch it in place.  See more photos of these cute, bunny dress HERE.

    Make your own 18 inch doll clothes for American Girl and Our Generation dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat! #18inchdoll #sewingpattern #dollclothes #stpatricksday

    6.  The Sugar n Spice Dress was designed to layer a dress over a dress.  But don’t stop there! Try the overdress/pinafore over a Peasant Top or a Party Time Peasant Dress as I did here for St. Patrick’s Day.  I reversed the overdress, lowered the neckline, and sewed the skirt on with a large opening for the underdress to show through. See more photos and details HERE

    Sew your own doll clothes for 18 inch American Girl dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns from #ohsewkat. #sewingpatterns #beginnerlevel #diycrafts
    Make a cute dress for your 18 inch doll for Valentine's day. The Sugar n Spice PDF sewing pattern's white dress can be worn for any holiday with a cute apron over the top. Find the Oh Sew Kat! pattern on Etsy. #valentinesdaydress #18inchdolls #americangirl #sewingpattern #ohsewkat

    The Sugar n Spice Dress was designed to layer prints over prints over prints.  Or to make solid dresses and change the aprons/pinafores for the season, like this Easter Dress and this one for Valentine’s Day.   It was also designed to be a blank canvas to create any sort of character dress you can think of from Wonder Woman, to Princess Belle, to Cinderella and more!  Visit the Inspiration Gallery to see even more ideas for the versatile Sugar n Spice Dress pattern.How will you make the Sugar n Spice Dress?  Find the pattern for 16 inch Disney Animators’ dolls and 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers™ and Glitter Girls Dolls where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold

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