Easy DIY for Dolls: Sparkly, Pink Snowflake Tee Shirt Tutorial

When my daughter was younger and her holiday gift list was long with dolls, outfits and accessories from the American Girl® store, our budget was not quite as big as she might have liked. Even back then, I knew a few crafting skills and tools would let me spend my budget on dolls and furniture, and I could save more than a few dollars by creating my own outfits for the dolls. Sometimes I did historical fashions- sometimes I matched my daughter’s own clothing, and sometimes I just did a DIY of my own version of something in the shop.

Create your own modern fashion doll clothes for your 18 inch dolls like American Girl with easy to sew PDF print at home sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Make your own version of the pink snowflake shirt and silver sparkle skirt with your cricut and sewing machine.

Create your own sparkly pink snowflake tee shirt and silver sparkle skirt with a few craft supplies and fabric. This post contains affiliate links. That means when you click on a link, I may receive a very small compensation (at no cost to you, of course!) but all the products used were purchased by me for my own use. See my full policy and disclosure HERE and thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping to support my blog and Oh Sew Kat! pattern shop!

Here is one of the tees I made, paired with a silver Sixth Grade Skirt.

Make your 18 inch doll a simple SPARKLY skirt with an easy tutorial from Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns. Oh Sew Kat! patterns are easy to use, print at home, and feature lots of styles. Find a free skirt pattern at ohsewkat.com
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make a Pink, Sparkly Snowflake Tee Shirt for

your 18 Inch Doll

The easiest way to create your own snowflake tee shirt is to purchase shirts that are already made. I found some short sleeve ones on Amazon. (I like to keep a bunch of solid tees on hand in a variety of colors, but didn’t have a long sleeve pink one today.) You can also make your own! I did one of each!

Create your own modern fashion doll clothes for your 18 inch dolls like American Girl with easy to sew PDF print at home sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Make your own version of the pink snowflake shirt and silver sparkle skirt with your cricut and sewing machine.

To make your own long sleeved tee shirt there are two options with Oh Sew Kat! patterns. Use the Simple Sweet Tee pattern and simply add some length to make the sleeves longer (with this pattern, you can also use sparkly fold over elastic at the neck and wrists for even more shine!), or use the turtleneck shirt pattern found in the Jumping Jack 3 in 1 bundle. Find both patterns HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

I make my graphic tee shirts with my Cricut® machine. I actually own three of them- the Cricut Maker, the Cricut Explore Air, and the Cricut Joy. You can use any one of the machines, or any other electronic cutter that you like. You can even use scissors!! Here is what you will need to decorate your own tee shirts:

  • Heat Transfer Vinyl (found in most craft and big box stores, or order from Cricut HERE. I am using Cricut Smart Iron On made specifically for the Cricut Joy machine, which allows me to cut without using a mat, which is great for small projects like doll tees. I used glossy holographic HTV for my tees.
  • Electronic Cutter (I am using the cute Cricut JOY. It’s perfect for doll size projects, Learn more HERE.)
  • Weeding Tools – Your seam ripper also works great for this!
  • Heat Press or Iron (I’m using the Cricut Mini heat press which is also perfect scale for doll projects. A regular iron will work just as well but if you find yourself doing a lot of HTV projects, you may want to invest in a press that runs a little hotter and is easier to set to a specific temp and time. Cricut makes 4 sizes! Find them at Cricut and Amazon.
Create your own modern fashion doll clothes for your 18 inch dolls like American Girl with easy to sew PDF print at home sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Make your own version of the pink snowflake shirt and silver sparkle skirt with your cricut and sewing machine.

Snow Cute Outfit Part 1: Pink Snowflake Tee Shirt

Tee Shirt Prep

  • If you are using a tee shirt you purchased or have already made, skip to the next step.
  • If you are making your own tee shirt, cut out all of your fabric pieces according to the pattern directions. I used the Jumping Jack 3 in 1 turtleneck (but made it with a lower neckband) or you can use the Simple Sweet Tee and lengthen the sleeves. You will want to add your snowflakes before you sew your shirt together. This means you can also decorate the sleeves if you like! (I decided to do this at the last minute. I used another doll shirt for a placement guide as I didn’t want the snowflakes going down the back of the doll’s arm where it would not be seen. Your design will be more to one side than down the center of the sleeve in this case.)

Create Your Snowflake Graphic and Cut it Out

  • I’m using Design Space from Cricut. If you are using a different software, refer to that site for instructions to create and cut a design. (You tube is also a great resource!)
  • Open Design Space and search for Snowflakes in the Design Space Catalog. For a small fee (less than $10 a month) you can have access to thousands of designs whenever you need them. It’s called Cricut Access and is well worth the investment if you do a lot of crafting projects. Read more about it HERE.). Choose a few designs you like and add them to your canvas/page. Because dolls have small shirts, keep designs simple. You can see the few I selected in photo 2. You can also choose two color designs and use hologram, gold, silver, white etc in lots of fun different ways.
  • Select your design and resize it to fit on the front of your doll’s tee shirt. I usually size it to around 2-3 inches for 18 inch dolls. Play with the angles and arrange them. Once you are happy with how it is arranged, draw a marquis (drag a square) around the design, and click ATTACH so the snowflakes will stay arranged exactly how you placed them. Kat’s Tip: Draw (add a cut line) a square/rectangle around your completed design and attach it when you are ready to cut. This will also cut lines around your design to help with weeding and to preserve your materials for the next project. (Photo 2)
  • Follow the screen prompts to cut your HTV. (Photo 1) Remember to place the shiny side down! If you have words or a one way design, don’t forget to hit mirror as you are cutting it backwards. I am using Cricut holographic Iron On vinyl. The front side is a silver rainbow, and the back is pink. Your material may look different. Save your scraps! Doll projects are great HTV scrap busting projects.

DIY Pink Snowflake Tee Shirt Tutorial for 18 inch Dolls

Create your own modern fashion doll clothes for your 18 inch dolls like American Girl with easy to sew PDF print at home sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Make your own version of the pink snowflake shirt and silver sparkle skirt with your cricut and sewing machine.

Press your Snowflakes onto the Tee Shirt

  • Once your design is cut out, use your weeding tool to remove all the negative space, so the only material left on the clear carrier sheet is what you actually want to show up on your tee shirt. (Photo 2) You can see from the photo above, that the square I cut around my design made it very easy to weed and to cut away from my unused material. I cut the design two times at once because, well, why make one when you can make two in the same amount of time?
  • Heat up your Heat Press or your Iron and following the heating guide for the material you are using, press the snowflake design to your tee shirt. I like to press mine on a press mat for the best results. I saved the link to the Cricut Heat Press Guide to the home screen of my phone for easy access. (Photo 3)
  • Tip: Crease the center front to show you where the center line of the tee is to help center your design.
  • Place your design (wrong/sticky side down). Press it in place, following the appropriate heat press guide.
  • Once the shirt front cools, you can assemble the shirt as directed if you are not using a premade shirt. (Photo 4)

The holographic HTV is stunning!! It even comes in different “shades of color”- I think this is the pink one. Fun!! These pictures do not do it justice. But add a little more sparkle if you like with crystals from the craft store. My favorite brand are Swarovski like this assortment on Amazon. The best part about making your own version of this pretty pink shirt, is you can easily make the design a little bigger- and make one for your girl to match!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Simple snowflake tee shirts for dolls- Make your own!

You can make a simple sparkle skirt to go with your new tee shirt!! Use a pattern (like the Sixth Grade Skirt from Oh Sew Kat!) or follow THIS TUTORIAL.

Create your own modern fashion doll clothes for your 18 inch dolls like American Girl with easy to sew PDF print at home sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Make your own version of the pink snowflake shirt and silver sparkle skirt with your cricut and sewing machine.
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Create your own modern fashion doll clothes for your 18 inch dolls like American Girl with easy to sew PDF print at home sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Make your own version of the pink snowflake shirt and silver sparkle skirt with your cricut and sewing machine.

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!

Make it Monday: Gingham Christmas Outfit for Julie

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

Isn’t this the sweetest holiday outfit? It’s perfect for your 1970s characters like Julie and Ivy. You can make this classic outfit for your doll with easy to sew pdf patterns by Oh Sew Kat!

Use the Playtime Peasant Top to make a simple, long sleeved white top. The simple skirt is made from the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern bundle. Use the overskirt, and simply make it longer, adding lace to the hem. Read more here.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make Fancy Pantalettes for Kirsten Larson: An Oh Sew Kat! Pattern Hack

With the release of the 35th anniversary dolls from American Girl®, not only have the BeForever® characters, Kirsten and Addy (and others) found their ways into a whole new generation of homes, but many moms are pulling out their childhood dolls to share as well. Sometimes you can find dolls second hand, on Facebook Marketplace, at garage sales, or in thrift shops. If you find one of these beauties and she’s missing a few of her outfit pieces, you can make your own! (Sometimes with older dolls, you’ll find the elastic has given out over time, even if their meet outfit bloomers are in tact). Click HERE to find my Historical Characters Gallery with links to my growing list of pattern hacks.

Make historical doll meet outfits for Kirsten and Addy- sew pantalettes or drawers with this easy to sew PDF pattern hack.

Make Meet Bloomers for Kirsten or Addy 18 inch American Girl Dolls

The Boardwalk Boutique pattern was one of the first ones I published, back in 2015. The wide leg loose capri pants are the perfect substitute for crisp, white pantalettes for your 18 inch Kirsten Larson doll, or make a pair of “drawers” for your 18″ Addy Walker doll, two of the BeForever characters from American Girl®. They might have different names for each of the dolls, but it looks like the undergarments in 1854 didn’t seem to change much by 1864- at least not for American Girl®.

You will need the Oh Sew Kat! Boardwalk Boutique pattern, some white cotton fabric (a fat quarter should work!), about 10-11 inches of 1/4th inch width elastic, and about one yard of “flat” eyelet lace. If the only lace you can find has a gathered edge, you can pick out the stitches or even trim off the edge, and iron your lace flat to achieve the same look.

Easy sewing pattern for your 18 inch dolls- Boardwalk boutique Halter Top and Ruffled Capri pants by Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns are print at home and easy to sew!

Both Kirsten’s pantalettes and Addy’s drawers have a finished length of 7 inches. I purchased my BeForever Addy from the Madison Museum Sale, and she came dressed in the blue dress, so she is original from the American Girl store. My Kirsten is the 35th Anniversary edition I purchased recently from American Girl®

Make your own meet pantalettes for Kirsten or drawers for Addy Dolls

When I measure the finished Boardwalk Boutique ruffled capris, shown on the pattern cover, they are about 6 3/4 inches. Place your lace along the hem line of the pattern to check the finished leg length. Measure from the waistband stitching line, NOT the top edge of the pattern piece, as that will be folded over as the casing for the waist elastic. Extend the length of the leg until you have a finished length of 7 inches (fabric and lace both), which includes the 1/2 inch seam allowance (1/4th inch of the leg and 1/4th inch of the top of the lace.) If you have narrow lace, it may be a larger extension like 1/2 inch or more. Wider lace may not need an extension at all, or may even need to be a little shorter.

You want the pantalettes/drawers to hit the top of the doll’s boots but not much farther, so the lace will peek out underneath the dresses. Simply follow the pattern directions and apply the lace in place of the ruffle at the pants’ hem. (Note: You can probably also use the Bloomer Buddies pattern to create a similar look. As of this writing, I have not compared the pieces or the lengths but the capri version is probably very close with lace instead of gathers at the hem.)

Make historical meet outfits for American Girl dolls like Kirsten Addy with this sewing pattern hack.

See more ways to sew for Kirsten here, and also in the Kirsten Gallery.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Sew for the 70’s: Fashion Fun for Your 18″ inch Julie Doll

Dress your 18 inch American Girl Doll, Julie Albright (and her best friend, Ivy Ling) in all things 1970s with easy to sew PDF sewing patterns for Doll Clothes from Oh Sew Kat!

The fashions of the 70s featured lots of wild prints and earthy colors.  Take a look at my Julie pinterest board HERE.  Choosing fabrics with geometrics and florals in bright colors will give any dress or pattern you make a totally groovy vibe!

The School Dance Dress Sewing Pattern Has a 1970s Vibe

The School Dance Dress features a contrast front panel and long, wide sleeves.  Add a chain across the front as you sew your front panels together for even more grooviness!  You can also shorten the dress to be more in line with the era. Find the School Dance Sewing Pattern HERE.

School Dance Doll dress sewing pattern for back to school outfits for your dolls. Easy beginner level pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl, Our Generation and more. Visit www.ohsewkat.com to try a free skirt pattern. #freesewingpattern #dollclothes #18inchdolls #ohsewkat

The Jumping Jack PDF Sewing Pattern was created based on a 1974 pattern

The Jumping Jack 3 in1 jumper pattern from Oh Sew Kat! was inspired by a pattern from 1974.  Turtlenecks and knee socks paired with shorts for fun times, button on a reversible apron style jumper and it looks like a cute dress!!  This outfit made me think about the days we spent playing outside- and then it was time to get dressed to go out to dinner.  Quick change! Click HERE to find the Jumping Jack PDF Sewing Pattern.

DIY doll clothes sewing patterns for Julie Albright 18 inch American Girl Doll. Easy to sew PDF Patterns from OhSewKat.

Make a Gingham Maxi Skirt Outfit with Oh Sew Kat Patterns

Maybe it’s just nostalgia (I was 7 years old in 1974, so just a bit younger than Julie was at 10) but so many of the outfits speak to me.  My sister and I wore long maxi dresses to church and I even played on an all boys basketball team (Well, I was on the team and in a uniform- I’m not sure I would call what I did “playing basketball”) that when I saw THIS image on Pinterest, I knew it would make a perfect holiday outfit for Julie. The Playtime Peasant Top is  a staple for every fashion era, and I simply took the overskirt from the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice bundle, and made it floor length with a bit of lace at the hem.  See more details on this outfit HERE. The Sugar n Spice bundle pattern can be found HERE, and the Playtime Peasant Top pattern is HERE. Find both patterns in the Holiday Bundle HERE.

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

Make a long nightgown for your 70s Doll, Julie.

I wore both pajamas and nightgowns as a child of the 1970’s.  This floor length version of the Playtime Peasant Top (find the tutorial HERE) would have been perfect for Christmas morning. Find the pattern 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.

Cute 1970s Tops were made from cotton calico fabrics.

My mother sewed a lot of my clothes when I was a child, both in the 70s and the 80s.  A lot of the fabrics she used were the exact same fabric, but in different colors.  I tried to reproduce one such red and white top here for Julie.  The Bloomer Buddies pattern is simple to sew, and I added some matching patch pockets to give it that 70s vibe.  See THIS POST to read more and use THIS TUTORIAL to add a cute headscarf to complete the look. I remember lots of mushrooms on my clothing as a child. 😉

Make a calico 70s style top for Julie American Girl doll with easy PDF sewing patterns by oh sew kat. #ohsewkat #bloomerbuddies #juliedoll #sewingpattern

It’s fun to take a basic pattern from Oh Sew Kat! and give it your own personal or historical flair.  See my full list of pattern hacks and simple doll tutorials HERE, and visit the Julie Historical Fashion Gallery page HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Step it Up! Series: Classic Jumper with the Sugar n Spice Dress

Make a Classic Jumper for your 18 inch American Girl Doll

I think every one of us wore a jumper of this style when we were little girls. It’s a classic look, whether it’s paired with a turtleneck, a peasant top, a button down shirt, or even layered over another dress. The Sugar n Spice Pattern by Oh Sew Kat! includes a short sleeve, basic doll dress, with a sleeveless pinafore (or overdress) included to create this layered look.

Use the Sugar n Spice PDF sewing pattern to make a classic fall jumper for your 18 inch dolls. Many other styles also available.

The Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern comes in three sizes: 18 inch dolls, 16 inch animators, and 14.5 inch Welliewishers. It includes the short sleeve dress, sleeveless pinafore, overskirt, tutu, corset, apron, and simple cape. So many options to mix and match, see what all you can make with this one pattern right HERE.

Use the Sugar n Spice PDF Sewing Pattern to make a cheery spring dress for your 18 inch doll. Yellow dress and pinafore pattern is easy to sew with pattern pieces you print at home. This tutorial is also available in my Etsy Shop in other popular doll sizes. Visit ohsewkat.com to see more.

Grab the PDF pattern HERE.

Easy sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls- dress, pinafore, cape, corset, tutu, apron, and overskirt. Mix and match to make Halloween costumes and 18 inch doll dresses.

Inspired by my new, 30th anniversary Kirsten Larson doll, I wanted to make a few, simple additions to her wardrobe. (I did buy a few of her clothing items in the past, because I love the era and the look, but never actually purchased the doll until now.). I realized the pinafore from my Sugar n Spice PDF Pattern could be perfect- it just needed a little more length and some of her characteristic growth pleats along the hem. Once I stitched up a few, I put them on my modern dolls too. I hope you have as much fun as I did dressing your dolls in this classic jumper look.

Make the Sugar n Spice Pinafore into a Longer, Classic Jumper for Dolls

  • Use the pinafore cutting lines for the bodice. (Lower neckline)
  • Cut the skirt at 33 inches by 8.5 inches for a modern jumper and 9 or 9.5 inches for a more historical length.
  • Hem the skirt with a 1/4th inch hem.
  • Option 1: Two smaller growth pleats. With wrong sides together, press the hem up at 2.25 inches and at 1.75 inches. It might be easiest to do them one at at time. Stitch 1/4th from each of the pressed edges (you are stitching on the right (pretty) side of the fabric). Press the pleats down towards the hem from the right side. I use a lot of steam to press my pleats down.
  • Option 2: One large growth pleat. With wrong sides together, press hem up 2 inches. From the right side, stitch along pressed edge 1/2 inch away from the edge. (Use a piece of washi tape to mark the seam allowance on your machine.) Press the pleat towards the hem.
  • Finish as directed by the pattern. Layer your jumper over a Jumping Jack Turtleneck shirt, or a Playtime Peasant Top for a modern but classic fall look for your doll, or use it over a long sleeved dress for Kirsten.

The number and size of the pleats can be any length- play around to get just the look you like. For a modern fall jumper, I used a finished skirt length of 7 inches. For the historical dress length for Kirsten, try a finished length of 8 inches. You can see some of Kirsten’s historical dresses with growth pleats HERE and HERE.

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!

Find the Jumping Jack 3-1 Jumper Pattern HERE to make a knit turtleneck shirt to wear under the jumper.

Create a one of a kind layered jumper for your 18 inch doll from American Girl.  Find a full selection of easy to sew beginner level patterns at oh sew Kat.

Find more ideas and pattern hacks for the Sugar n Spice Dress pattern HERE.

Use the Sugar n Spice PDF Pattern to Make a Pinafore for Kirsten

Note: This photo shows Kirsten wearing her School Dress, which was purchased at and made by American Girl®, under her Oh Sew Kat! Pinafore.

DIY beautiful historical doll clothes from 1854 for your Kirsten Larson 18 inch American Girl doll with easy to sew PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Find more ways to turn Oh Sew Kat! modern PDF patterns into historical outfits for American Girl® characters HERE. Check the new Kirsten Larson Page for more ideas coming soon.

Make a holiday jumper for American Girl dolls with easy to sew patterns you download at home.  F

Try it with classic red corduroy. Perfect for the holidays!!

Make your 18 inch American Girl doll a holiday jumper with this easy tweak to the Sugar n Spice PDF Sewing pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Classic jumper for your doll!! Easy to make 18 inch doll clothes with print at home PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Courtney Moore 80s Doll Mix and Match Houndstooth and Pink Belt Outfit Tutorial

Create mix and match outfits with hot pink and houndstooth with easy sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Have you seen this cute outfit for Courtney on the American Girl website? If you put the items in your cart, it will cost you $48 plus shipping! Even with a rewards certificate, that is a lot of money for doll clothes. However, you can use Oh Sew Kat! Pdf patterns and tutorials and create the same look for your Courtney doll using one fat quarter of fabric (about $3) and some pink cotton scrap or ribbon with a buckle (about $3 total if that!). Read on to learn more!

Even though the outfit looks like a dress with a belt, you can certainly use the Sunshine Dress PDF Pattern and make it without sleeves, like in THIS POST, I did decide having two pieces gives more options for fun, future outfits. The top is a sleeveless crop top, and the skirt is a short, slim line skirt with an elastic waist. Add a wide, hot pink belt with a fun buckle, and boom! There’s your outfit!!

Make a simple, slim skirt for Courtney with this easy tutorial

Courtney’s pull on skirt could not be easier. Click HERE to see how I measured my doll to make my own pattern piece, and then stitched up some cute skirts in less than an hour!

Make a mix and match 80s outfit from houndstooth fabric for your Courtney American Girl Doll. More patterns available from Oh Sew Kat!

Make Courtney’s 1980s Hot Pink Belt

  1. Supplies: Belt Buckle, cotton or knit fabric
  2. Cut fabric 2.5 x 15.5 inches ( I cut mine at 2 inches, and decided it should be thicker but did not sew a new version so yours may look slightly different than my photos, but probably more like the one on the AG site.)
  3. RST stitch up one side, with the last inch forming a slight diagonal to the edge.
  4. Turn and press well, seam can be centered or on one edge., depending how you want your belt to look.
  5. Zig zag stitch or serge the open end closed.
  6. Place this finished end through the buckle, fold over and seam in place, just far enough so your foot does not hit the buckle.

Put your belt over the waistband and bottom edge of the skirt and top for a “dress look” and revel in the $48 plus shipping you may have just saved. You are welcome, Momma!! (I put the skirt, top and belt items in my cart. Yes, you get two tops and two skirts and some accessories besides the belt, but if this is a passing phase for your kid (like it was with mine)- this is a great answer for a wonderful, time appropriate outfit for your 18 inch 80s Courtney doll from American Girl. And you can sew as many as you want!

Complete the Look – 80s Style Crop Top for Courtney

80s style top for American Girl doll Courtney sewing pattern by OH Sew Kat

Complete the outfit with a houndstooth top made with the Popsicle Top PDF pattern. Find it HERE and see THIS Post for more Courtney photos!

Sew a sleeveless tank top for American Girl dolls with the easy PDF Sewing Pattern, the Popsicle Top, from Oh Sew Kat!
Easy to make houndstooth skirt and top outfit for American Girl Doll Courtney by Oh Sew Kat!
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!

Step it Up Series: Fun Bias Tape Trimmed Hems

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Here is a way to make a big impact on the look of a skirt or dress with very little effort! Double fold bias tape!!

Use premade Bias tape for a fun hem accent to your 18 inch Doll Clothes

I love my patterned bias tapes. They add a quick and fun accent with very little effort. I prefer 1/2 inch double fold bias tape for the easiest application. You can look on You Tube for more detailed instructions to attach bias tape to your doll clothes. I simply open up the tape, (if one side is longer than the other, that goes on the inside of the garment), and line the raw edge in with the fold crease. I close the tape, and pin in place. When I sew, I sew from the right side, using my edge foot so my stitches are close to the edge but not on it. You can also apply bias tape in two steps. Open out the tape and sew the raw edge to the inside of your garment. (Right side of tape to wrong side of garment.) Fold the tape back in place with the raw edge neatly inside. Stitch on the right side of the garment just inside the edge.

I buy most of my bias tape on Etsy and at Home Sew. You need about a yard for an 18 inch doll’s gathered skirt. You can also make your own, with your cutting tools, an iron and this kit Ad: Bias Tape Makers.

Here are some fun examples that I have sewn for 18 inch American Girl dolls and 14.5 inch Welliewishers Dolls. It looks like I tend to pull my bias tape out at holiday times!! 🙂

This Valentine's Day, show your 18 inch doll some love with beautiful DIY doll clothes you make yourself with easy PDF Sewing patterns from OH Sew Kat! Print at home patterns with full photo tutorials make it easy to sew your own doll clothes, even for a beginner.

Courtney is wearing the Twinkle Twirl Skirt with a red, striped bias hem. Find the hack to add the ruffle to the Playtime Peasant Blouse here.

Stripes and snowmen! Make a Backyard Bibs and Jumping Jack turtleneck outfit for your 18 inch dolls like American Girl with easy sewing patterns from OhSewKat!

Samantha is looking festive and cozy in her Backyard Bibs and Jumping Jack turtleneck shirt. I used the bias tape for the hem, the straps, and the waistband. Find the pattern bundle here.

Easy to Sew Doll Clothes using pre made Bias Trim for an Accent hemline

Fall Halloween Dress sewing pattern for Wellie Wishers and other size dolls. Easy sewing pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat! #halloween #dolldress #welliewishers #ohsewkat

Bias tape hems can make such a statement. Here Camille is wearing the Party Time Peasant Dress with a black and white striped bias tape hem.

If you don’t have an premade bias tape, you can either make your own, or you can create the same look with a very narrow hem band. Ashlynne’s cute pink panda bear outfit is made with the HalterAlls pattern.

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!

Another Twinkle Twirl Skirt with striped bias tape hem. Kelly’s top is the Popsicle Top pattern. Find both patterns in my ETSY SHOP.

It’s easy to make your own doll clothes. Try bias tape for a quick and easy accent hem.

Make an 80s vibe fashion statement for Courtney American Girl doll with easy and free sewing patterns from OH Sew kat.

This rainbow bias tape was found prepackaged at Joann’s, like this one Ad: Double Fold Bias Tape. You can also use solid colors as well. Here, Courtney has a Four Season Skirt with a rainbow hem- for a fun 80s vibe! Her top was made with the Popsicle Top pattern and looks just like the one from her collection at American Girl! Get the Four Season Skirt pattern FREE right HERE.

Make an easy doll dress for your American Girl doll with the step by step PDF Sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Patterns fit 18 inch American Girl and Our Generation Dolls, as well as Disney ILY dolls.

Poppy’s halloween dress was made with the Party Time Peasant Dress. This is my favorite pattern to mix and match holiday prints for a fun and festive outfit and I offer it in 6 doll sizes from 8-18 inches! This bias trim includes a little lace crochet edge but it was attached the same way; I just put the raw edge of the skirt into the fold and stitched along the edge. See more skirts with this same trim HERE.

Show your 18 inch doll some love this Valentine's Day with the easy to sew Party Time Peasant Dress sewing pattern for American Girl dolls. Find more beginner patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Here’s another Party Time Peasant Dress– Grace is ready for Valentine’s Day!! I shop on Etsy and at Home Sew to find my patterned bias tapes so I always have a fun assortment on hand. See how to make the Party Time Dress with long sleeves HERE.

Make a holiday jumper for your 18 inch American Girl doll with a very easy jumper pattern by ohsewkat

Such cute and tiny snowglobes!! Nicki’s Easy Up Jumper is trimmed in cute red gingham bias tape. Bias tape works on non gathered skirts too (and takes less tape.) It accents her fun striped socks and cozy red Jumping Jack Turtleneck. You can find more ideas for this simple to sew jumper here and here. Find the Jump into Fall bundle with both of these patterns in my Etsy shop HERE.

I hope you will try the fun, patterned bias tapes on the market to give your doll clothes a lot of accent for very little effort!! Don’t forget to follow me on facebook and see new sewing ideas daily!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Playtime Peasant Top Long Nightgown Pattern Hack by OhSewKat!

Snuggle in and Snuggle up! Fall is on its way and your dolls need new, snuggly nightgowns! Use the simple to sew Playtime Peasant Top PDF Sewing Pattern and a few tweaks to make your perfect doll nightgown in six popular doll sizes.

Make Easy Nightgowns for Your American Girl Dolls

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!

You can make your nightgowns look exactly as you choose. Make the dress shorter and the ruffle longer. Or make the dress long with a short ruffle or just lace at the hem The choice is yours. I made at least one nightgown in each size, so I offer the “starting points” for you. Use them to create your perfect, cozy nightgown for dolls.

This pattern hack requires the Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt Pattern. It’s available HERE in five popular doll sizes.

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.

Directions for Playtime Peasant Top Nightgown with Ruffle (All Sizes)

  • Cut 2 long sleeves according to the pattern.
  • To give your gown more of a flair at the bottom, print a second bodice pattern piece. Fold it in half and tape it to the top, left corner of a new piece of paper.
  • Trace the armhole and extend that side edge nearly to the bottom of the page.
  • Measure your bodice addition (see below for exact measurement for your size doll) inches below the bottom hem of the pattern piece. Draw a new line, intersecting the side line and continuing on beyond it.
  • Measure your width addition (see below for exact measurement for your size doll) from the side line, and make a dot. Connect the dot to the armhole as your new side edge. Cut out your new pattern piece and remove the original bodice piece. Mark the long edge as the center fold. Label your new piece and keep it for next time. Cut 2 of these new pieces, on the fold of fabric, one for the front and one for the back.
  • Cut ruffle to measurements as desired, or listed below.
  • For Ruffle: Zig zag or serge one long edge, press up 1/4th inch and hem. Gather the top (raw) long edge.
  • Assemble the pattern per the instructions, adding the ruffle in place of a hem in Step 11. Optional: Topstitch the ruffle after attaching it.

You really can’t go wrong with how long you make your gown or your ruffle. Below you will find my “starting point” for each size doll. Feel free to experiment and have fun with your own Playtime Peasant Top Nightgown!

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!

18″ American Girl Doll

  • Mid Calf Length: Add 1 inch to bodice + 1 inch width
  • Mid Calf Ruffle: 3 1/2 inches x WOF (36-44 inches)
  • Full Length: Add 3 inches to bodice + 1 inch width
  • Full Length Ruffle: 3 1/2 x WOF (36-44 inches)
Make your 15 inch American Girl Bitty Baby 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 wardrobe. Find a full selection of patterns at Oh Sew Kat! Also fits Bitty Twins.

15″ Bitty Baby or Bitty Twins Doll

  • Add one inch plus one inch width to bodice
  • Ruffle: 3 inches by 30 inches
Use the easy to sew Playtime Peasant Top PDF Sewing pattern to make a long, cozy nightgown for your favorite 16 inch Disney Animators Doll. Great gifts for granddaughters, daughters and nieces! More styles of print at home beginner level sewing patterns available.

16″ Animators’ Doll

  • Both Lengths: Add 2 inches to bodice plus 1 inch width
  • Mid Calf Ruffle: 2.5 x 24 inches
  • Full Length Ruffle: 4.5 x 24 inches
Make your 14.5 inch Welliewishers 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 wardrobe. Find a full selection of patterns at Oh Sew Kat!

14.5″ Welliewishers Doll

  • Both Lengths: Add 3 inches plus 1 inch width
  • Mid Calf Ruffle: 2.5 x 20 inches
  • Full Length Ruffle: 3.25 x 20 inches

Make your 16 inch A Girl for All Time 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 wardrobe. Find a full selection of patterns at Oh Sew Kat!

16″ A Girl for All Time Doll

  • Both Lengths: Use pattern labelled Dress Length for bodice
  • Mid Calf Ruffle: 3 x 24 inches
  • Full Length Ruffle: 4.5 x 24 inches
Make your 8 inch American Girl Caring for Baby 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 wardrobe. Find a full selection of patterns at Oh Sew Kat!

8″ Caring for Baby Doll

  • Add one inch to bodice front and back hem, and create the side lines about 1/th wider than the slant they are on.
  • Ruffle: 1.25 by 14 inches
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!

Use the Playtime Peasant Top PDF Sewing Pattern from Oh Sew Kat! To make a Holiday 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.

Find the PDF Sewing Pattern HERE. Change up your fabric for the perfect (and quick!) Holiday Nightgown for Dolls. I love the 70s vibe of this plaid fabric. It looks so great on Julie too. Find more ideas for Julie’s wardrobe 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.

Easy to Sew Nightgowns for Dolls 8-18 inches

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!