Step it Up Series: Boutique Style Skirts from the Free Pattern- Four Season Skirt

Make a Four Season Skirt look like high end boutique with just a few changes to this easy “no fuss just cut” pattern. Mix and match fabrics with a contrast hem for a patchwork skirt with lots of twirly goodness.

Four Season Skirt Pattern Hack- Make a Boutique Style Patchwork Twirl Skirt for Dolls

This tutorial is free here on my blog. If you prefer a PDF file to print or save in your files, I offer it for sale in my Etsy Shop HERE for just a few dollars, but the PDF includes 2 more skirt variations and pattern pieces for 5 popular doll sizes. Find the Twinkle Twirl pattern HERE. (Note: the Twinkle Twirl pattern is listed in my etsy shop under the different doll sizes, but the pattern is the same for all of them. You only need to purchase one copy.)

Free Doll Skirt Sewing Pattern- Pattern Hack by Oh Sew Kat!

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!

Kelly (photo above) is wearing her skirt with the Popsicle Top, while Courtney (photo below) is wearing a modified Playtime Peasant Top. Find the tutorial for the ruffled neckline HERE.

Four Season Skirt Pattern Hack: Patchwork Twirl Skirt

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.

This tutorial assumes you understand the basic skirt construction detailed in the Four Season Skirt pattern. Find the free Four Season Skirt pattern here in 3 sizes:

OhSewKat pdf sewing pattern for dolls free skirt

Make a Patchwork Twirl Skirt for your Doll

  1. Choose 2 or 4 fabrics to make your skirt.  Cut four pieces total, 5 x 8 inches each.   With right sides together (RST), stitch the short edges together, to make one long piece 5 x 30 inches.  (This is for the 18 inch doll size.  To adapt this for other sizes, divide the total skirt piece measurement by four, then add 1/2 inch to each piece for the seam allowances). Attach the skirt to the waistband as stated in the pattern directions.
  2. Add a fun contrasting hem using 1/2 inch double fold bias tape! You can find so many neat bias trims online now, or you can use AD: THIS TOOL to make your own. Sew up the back seam, and then add the bias tape to the hem. Ta da!! (If you prefer flat construction, you can add your bias trim to the skirt before seaming up the back, but sometimes bias trim makes a little bulkier join.)

Choose any fabrics you like to change up the look! This is a great project for your small scraps too!

Use the Oh Sew Kat! Pdf pattern Twinkle Twirl Skirt to make a fun, patchwork 18 inch doll skirt for Halloween. Click the pin to find more PDF patterns for 18 inch American Girl dolls and other sizes too. Free skirt pattern at

Do you prefer a PDF you can print or save instead of a blog post? Find the PDF (with 5 sizes and 3 variations) for sale HERE.

See more ideas for the Four Season Skirt here and here, as well as clicking the photos below.

Sew doll clothes for Blaire Wilson, GOTY 2019 from American Girl. Easy to sew 18 inch doll clothes PDF digital patterns by Oh Sew Kat! #blairewilson #americangirldoll #ohsewkat
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 Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt PDF print at home digital pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #laceskirt #ruffle
American girl doll blonde with bandana dress and cowboy hat
Make a sparkly snowflake tee shirt for your 18 inch doll with this quick and easy HTV tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Find more sewing patterns for American Girl dolls (free skirt pattern) at #ohsewkat #cricuttutorial #dollteeshirt #htvtutorial #dollcraft
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Simple Summer Projects: Crafting for Dolls

Are you and your girl looking for some quick and easy doll crafts to do during the summer months? Try these tutorials from Oh Sew Kat! Click on each photo to go right to the tutorial.

Try these easy craft projects for dolls- Simple Summer Fun!

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.
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 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!
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.
50s scarf doll tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Easy sewing patterns for beginners to print and sew at home.

Summer Fun Doll Projects: Quick and easy Doll Crafts

Visit the Oh Sew Kat! Tutorials page to find more fun and easy doll projects.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Washi Tape in the Sewing Room: Kat’s 6 Top Tape Tips

Are you a washi tape lover like I am? Washi tape is pretty and functional, and has very light tack, making it an ideal sewing notion! Here are five ways you can use it in your sewing room. You can find loads of washi tapes at local craft stores and online. Washi tape is a very light tack tape, so that makes it perfect for sewing projects where you don’t want sticky residue left on your fabrics. Choose some pretty tapes that make you happy and add them to your sewing notions. You can also use them on notebooks, cards, laptops and more as quick and fun accents. Washi tape bundles are very inexpensive on Amazon: Ad: Washi Tape Bundle. You can choose solids, florals, geometrics, and more!

1. Use Washi Tape to Hold Zippers in Place While You Sew

Sewing Zippers:  Use your washi tape to hold your zipper in place as you stitch it in instead of pins or hand basting. Use this tutorial in THIS POST to add a zipper to your doll dresses. You can use washi tape or Scotch Magic Tape to make this a super, easy task.

2. Use Washi Tape to Hold Buttons While You Sew Them On

Buttons and Buttonholes:  I often use washi tape to mark button or buttonhole placements, and I also use it to hold the button on my garment while I sew and remove it once I’m done.

Use easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat to make your 18 inch dolls some quick and easy outfits. Great first time beginner sewing project, print your patterns at home. Find a full selection of easy patterns with full tutorials in the OhSewKat etsy shop.

3. Use Washi Tape to Mark the Front or Back Side of your Pattern Pieces

Mark the Front or the Right sides of Fabric:  Put a little piece of washi tape on the bodice front and back that you want to use as the outside of your garment, especially when using the lining as the same material.  If you fussy cut your front (so that a certain flower or other image is centered etc, mark it with a tiny piece of tape.) Use washi tape to mark a specific piece instead of using pins or making marks on your pieces (ie. put tape on the top/waistband of pant legs that seem similar and could get mixed up and sewn together upside down, or to mark the fronts of the pants as different from the similar pants back pieces for example).

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

4. Use Washi Tape to Mark Your Seam Guide on Your Sewing Machine

Seam Guide:  Attach a piece to your machine throat plate for a perfect 1/4th inch seam- or any other size you may need. When you are done, pull the tape up and throw it away!

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!

5. Use Washi Tape to Print Once yet Still make different Lengths or Sizes offered by the Pattern

You can also use it to join pattern pieces together after you cut them apart. For example, the Bloomer Buddies pattern has three lengths marked on one pattern piece. Print and cut the longest piece (the dress.). As you need the different lengths, remove the hem pieces and then reattach them with washi tape. You can do this a few times, and then, if they seem too worn, throw them away and print new ones!

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

6. Use Washi Tape to Hold Darts and Pleats in Place While Your Sew

Pleats and Darts:  Hold pleats or darts in place instead of pins.  Remove the tape easily after you sew.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Quick to Sew: Simple Tee Shirt Sewing Pattern Hacks

Every doll needs lots and lots of basic tee shirts!! Whether to show her school spirit, or her favorite sport or band, you can whip up some easy tees with the Oh Sew Kat! Simple Sweet Tee pattern. I like to use fold over elastic on my tees for a quick to sew and fun to see trim. Find the pattern in four sizes here!

Sewing Pattern 18 inch doll Tee Shirt by OHSEWKAT

Try out these easy pattern hacks. Find more Oh Sew Kat! pattern hacks and tutorials HERE.

Simple Sweet Tee Pattern Hack: Tee Shirt Dress

Everyone’s favorite dresses are comfy like tee shirts!! Use this pattern hack to make your doll a comfy tee shirt dress with the Simple Sweet Tee pattern. For these cute dresses, I used girls’ leggings I bought at Walmart (buy the biggest size they have to get the most fabric!). Find the full tutorial 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.

Simple Sweet Tee Pattern Hack: Tank Top

Use your Sweet Tee shirt pattern to make a cute tank top (like the one in Joss’s collection- her PJ top). A little fold over elastic is all you need. Find the full tutorial HERE.

Use the Simple, Sweet Tee PDF pattern by Oh Sew Kat! to make a cute knit tank top for your 18 inch doll like Joss Kendrick. It looks just like Joss Pajamas! Find more patterns in the ohsewkat etsy shop.

Simple Sweet Tee: Infusible Ink Graphic Tee Shirts for Dolls

Ad: Infusible ink is a product that sinks into the fabric and makes a permanent image. It won’t peel up or wash out. I use infusible ink with my Cricut machine to make super cute doll tees!!! Find the full tutorial HERE.

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

How to use a Ruffler Foot to Gather a Skirt for a Doll Dress

When it comes to doll dresses, I say, can there ever be enough ruffle? Whether it’s a full, twirly doll skirt, or a cute ruffle at the hem of pants or a skirt, you can make your ruffles in mere seconds with this fancy accessory for your sewing machine!! Use this quick method when you sew the Boardwalk Boutique, Party Time Peasant Dress, Playtime Peasant Skirt, and the Sugar n Spice dress patterns from Oh Sew Kat! See the full pattern collection HERE.

Make bitty baby doll clothes with easy pdf sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Great for beginners, also fits Bitty Twins.
Bitty Baby doll in pink flowered dress

Learn to Use Your Ruffler Attachment for Your Sewing Machine

The first thing is to ensure you have the exact correct ruffler for your specific machine.  My machine is a Bernina 560 and the ruffler foot is #86.  I have a ruffler foot for my babylock machine as well, and even though it looks almost identical, it’s not compatible with my Bernina.  A ruffler for your machine is not a cheap accessory, but if you use it often, it can be a huge time saver!!! Be sure to watch a few quick videos on you tube to get familiar with how to use it. Generally, a ruffler will look like the photo below. It’s quite the contraption! But once I tried it, I fell in love!

Sewing Doll Skirts: Ruffler Tips

  1. There can be a lot of math involved when using a ruffler.  It has a few options and if you change the number and the stitch length, you get even more!  That all gives me a headache, to be honest. I’m an English teacher not a math teacher, remember? If you want a great tutorial on how to figure all of this out, I highly recommend searching you tube.  Me, I just want to put a piece of fabric in and gather my doll skirts in about 15 seconds!  So this is what I did and maybe it can benefit you too.
  2. The ruffler foot seems intimidating at first, but it really attaches just like any of your other sewing feet. You need to make sure the top “hook” (looks like a backwards “c”- see Fig 1) is over the needle bar (see Fig 3), which will move the entire mechanism. This is similar to some buttonhole feet. Once the foot is secure, and the “c” hook is over the bar, lower the foot and check that your needle moves in and out freely and doesn’t hit any of the metal.
  3. In Fig 2, you can see the front notch which shows the number of stitches between “tucks” or gathers. For tight gathers, set this to 1, so it will “tuck” every stitch. You can also set it to every 6th stitch or every 12th stitch. The smaller the number, the tighter the gathers. You will need less fabric the higher the number.
  4. The fabric will move front to back, just like your regular sewing. The center, middle of the foot has a darker, flat piece of metal. The back end of this piece has a zig zag type edge, which will grab the fabric. As the fabric is tucked, the needle stitches it in place. Your fabric is fed in between the two bars at the front, then under this little metal piece and out the back.
  5. In Fig 1, you can see that the foot has a two layer bottom. The fabric will feed in between these two layer bars at the front, then under the metal piece and needle etc. (Fig 4). Start slowly, and ensure the fabric and the little claw are moving correctly. You will hold/feed the fabric, watching the front guide. If you start to sew, and your fabric doesn’t start to move in under the needle, pull it out and try again.
  6. I sat down with a pile of cotton strips (I used the ugly parts of a quilter’s jelly roll, but you can use anything that is similar to the fabric you will gather the most. You can even ruffle a strip, measure it, pull the stitches out, and ruffle it again using the same strip more than once.)  The jelly roll strips were all 42 inches long (and 2.5 inches wide), which is more or less the width of fabric when you buy it off the bolt.  I sat down and set my ruffler to ruffle every stitch, (the little holes front and center) and my stitch length to 2.5.  I ruffled the strip.  The next one I ruffled with the stitch length set at 3.0 and kept moving up to 5.0 which is as long as my machine will let me set.  (No idea what a jelly roll is? Click AD: to see at the Fat Quarter Shop HERE. Jelly rolls (also called Bali Pops, Rolie Polies etc) are a type of precut cotton fabric, designed for quilters, but also great for doll clothes!)
  7. Once I ruffled each strip, I measured it and started making a chart. I entered the original length of fabric, the stitch length (2.5-5.0), the ruffler stitch count setting (every stitch, every sixth stitch, etc), and the finished, ruffled length. My goal was to see what stitch length would give me the closest measurements to the skirts in my doll clothes patterns. I add them to a white board or wall chart for quick reference. Look up the skirt measurements of your favorite doll clothes patterns with ruffles or gathered skirts. Cut strips to match, and start with the lowest stitch length setting, to see where you end up. It’s not hard to get right to certain measurements, and as I said, I’m an English teacher, and I didn’t want to do the math.  I needed the strips to be 1 or 2 inches LONGER than what I would use on the doll garment. I can trim off the end.  😉  If a measurement is too short, leaving an inch unruffled at either end can work as well.  This also makes it a little easier to add the hook and loop tape to a back closing garment.
  8. I found that a strip that measured 42 inches, ruffled at 5.0 stitch length gave me 14-15 inches.  This is what I use most of the time for 18 inch dolls.  I leave one inch at the beginning, and ruffle all the way to the end.  Once it’s pinned to the skirt, I can remove the part I don’t need (perfect for an apron like in Sugar n Spice pattern), remove a few stitches to flatten out the back edge, and attach it to my waistband. Time saver!!!

It’s possible to ruffle and attach your skirt to your waistband at the same time. As long as you know you can trim off the excess at the end, you can do it in one step.  Having your handy chart of which stitch length will give you what approximate measurement will really help!  I encourage you to ruffle a few strips of fabric and make your own chart.  At first I used a notebook, but I’ve since put it into my google drive so it is now sorted by fabric length.  I add to it every time I ruffle a skirt or piece of fabric, and I reference it when I sit down to sew a pattern to speed up my doll clothes constructions.

How to Use a Ruffler to Gather Doll Skirts when Sewing

A ruffler foot can also be used to make your own gathered trim (think eyelet lace) and ruffles for any and every project. Have fun with this new tool!!

Use the ruffler foot to make the quick to sew Party Time Peasant Dress even quicker!! Find the pattern here.

Make a Party Time Peasant Dress for your 18 inch American Girl doll for St Patrick's Day. Find the easy PDF print at home sewing pattern at #irish #dolldress #18inch #sewingpattern #irishcraft
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

American Girl Doll – Kirsten Larson – Meet Apron Tutorial

Does your Kirsten doll need a new apron? Or do you want to mix up her wardrobe a little bit since American Girl® doesn’t offer any clothes for her anymore? Kirsten’s apron (part of her meet outfit) is a simple, quick project you can complete in under an hour. Your modern dolls might like a cute apron too! Have fun with this simple tutorial and use it to expand your Kirsten doll’s fashion wardrobe.

Simple Apron Tutorial for 18 inch Dolls like American Girl®

Make A Simple Apron for your 18 inch American Girl® doll like Kirsten Larson from 1854

Choose lightweight fabrics, like homespun cottons in gingham, stripes, and soft florals. You can make the apron with or without a pocket. You can even check your local thrift shops for men’s shirting to use as fabric.

Ad: The Fat Quarter Shop, at the time of this writing, has the perfect set of prints!! Check out the Prairie Days fabric collection by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda. It’s the perfect mix of red, white, and blue calico cotton fabrics, perfect for Kirsten’s prairie days wardrobe! I mean, just look at these prints!!! Check out this fabric that looks very similar to Kirsten’s red school dress fabric: Ad: Prairie Days Red Calico Fabric.

Prairie Days fat quarter fabric bundle on wood background with scissorys, buttons, and thread.

Make a Simple Apron for Kirsten Larsonâ„¢, 18″ inch Doll from American Girl®

Cut out three pieces of fabric. For all pieces, you can use a pinking shears for the raw edges, or a zig zag stitch or serger.

  1. Skirt: Cut one rectangle 6 x 10 inches. On one long side and two short sides, press up a slight 1/4th inch, then fold and press up another 1/4th inch. Or use your serger to finish each edge, then press up 1/4th inch and stitch. Stitch these three sides so you have a nice, hemmed skirt. Mark the center of the top (raw edge) of the skirt with a pin. Gather the skirt until it measures four inches. (Kirsten’s actual meet skirt is pleated every 1/2 inch, rather than gathered, but you can do either of course.)
  2. Pocket: Cut a pocket 2.5 inches square. Finish the raw edges, then press in three sides and the top. Sew the top hem in place. Place the pocket’s top right corner about 1.25 inch down and 1 inch to the left of the right side edge on the front of the apron. If you are using a stripe or check fabric, you can match up the lines. Using an edge stitch or top stitch foot, stitch the three sides of the pocket (not the top) in place, leaving the top open. Use a glue stick or scotch tape to hold your pocket in place while you sew or try some thin seam tape for best results.
  3. Strap: Cut your strap fabric 1 inch by 22-24 inches. (You can also use a .25 – .5 inch wide ribbon instead). Fold in each short edge 1/4th inch and press well. Press in half the long way with wrong sides together. Open back out, and press each long, raw edge to meet in the center. Repress along the original center line fold. (Basically like creating bias binding) Mark the center of the strap with a pin.
  4. Assembly: Open the strap and place the raw edge of the skirt inside, with the raw edge up at the center fold line, matching (and removing) the center pins. Continue to place the raw edge of the skirt up against the center fold of the strap, pinning it in place. Make this as even as possible, as you will want to catch both the edges of the strap as you sew it all together. Once the skirt is pinned, you can also pin the rest of the strap edges together if you want to. Stitch the strap close to the edge (like topstitching), from end to end (folding both short ends in), and securing the skirt inside your seam.

Simple Apron Sewing Tutorial for 18 inch dolls like Kirsten

Your Kirsten Larson doll is now ready to do her chores!! Click the photo below to see more Kirsten themed ideas and projects. Find this blue spring dress tutorial HERE.

Make historical meet outfits for American Girl dolls like Kirsten Addy with this sewing pattern hack.
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!
Make a Kirsten Larson Tee Shirt: Let your doll show that she's an American Girl doll fan with these easy to make doll graphic tees. Use a cricut, cameo or Brother scan n cut to add HTV to any doll shirt. Find the tutorial from OhSewKat!

Visit the Historical Inspiration Gallery to see how to make doll clothes for other historical BeForever â„¢ characters.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Zip it Up! Add a zipper to the Oh Sew Kat! Sunshine Dress

This quick tutorial will help you add a zipper to the back of the Sunshine Dress, and will also work for the School Dance Dress pattern as well. You will need this pattern:

Sleeveless dress from Sunshine Dress Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat! Sew a doll dress 3 with variations for more fashion options! #easytosew #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #ohsewkat #easysewing #dollclothes

Add a zipper to the Oh Sew Kat! Sunshine Dress Pattern

  1. Choose your option for the front of the dress (three variations are included) and cut out all of your pattern pieces as directed. I used a six inch zipper. You can use a longer one, but be careful of going too short and not being able to get the dress on the doll.
  2. Follow the pattern to put the front together, attach the shoulders, and add the lining. If you are adding sleeves, add them as well. My photos are for a sleeveless version of the dress, like in THIS TUTORIAL. Do not stitch the side seams.
  3. Clean finish the back edges with a serger or zigzag stitch, catching the lining pieces.
  4. With right sides together, baste the back edges together with a long stitch length and a half inch seam allowance. Two inches or so before the hem, where the zipper will end, switch to your regular stitch length. Press the seam open.
  5. With the zipper pull pulled away from the top edge, lay your zipper face down along the pressed open seam. Use pieces of scotch tape to hold it in place. (It’s hard to see the clear tape in the photo, but I used three pieces across the zipper. (Photo 3-white arrow)
  6. Using your zipper foot, stitch down one side, across the bottom and up the other side, keeping as close to the zipper teeth as you can. Move the zipper pull up and down out of the way as you sew if you can. Remove the tape. (Photo 3)
  7. Remove your basting stitches by pulling the seam slightly open. Stop when you get to the end of the zipper. Using your regular stitch length, restitch from the bottom of the zipper to the hemline on your basted seamline if you need to. (Photo 4)
  8. With the right sides together, stitch up the side seams, from hem, through the armhole seam to the hemline of the lining piece or sleeve.
  9. Clean finish the hem, press it up and stitch in place.
  10. Ta da!! Zip it up!! See how easy it is to get the Sunshine Dress on and off your 18 inch doll.

Front and Back views are shown below.

Making 18 inch Doll Clothes- Adding a Zipper

Easy Tutorial to Add a Zipper to a Doll Dress

Find the Sunshine Dress and other 18 inch PDF sewing patterns HERE.

Find more tutorials and pattern hacks HERE and click the photos below to see more ideas for the Sunshine Dress pattern.

DIY 70s doll clothes for American Girl doll Julie Albright with easy to sew PDF patterns and tutorials from Oh Sew Kat!
Use this easy pattern hack to make your Melody American Girl doll a color block 60s dress. The easy to sew Sunshine Dress PDF Sewing pattern from OH Sew Kat!
Make a reversible sundress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with the easy Sunshine Dress sewing pattern and Oh Sew Kat! pattern hacks. Find more doll clothes PDF sewing patterns in the OhSewKat etsy shop.
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Courtney Moore 80s Doll Mix and Match Pink Belt Tutorial

DIY your own doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like Courtney Moore from American Girl®. Easy to sew PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! will help you be successful with full color photos plus written instructions for every step of the way. Be your own doll clothes designer!!

Make Fun 80’s Fashions for Your American Girl Doll- Free Tutorials

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 Courtney’s new mix and match wardrobe pieces from American Girl®? You can create the same look for less money with Oh Sew Kat! patterns and tutorials.

Here’s is the outfit I made for Courtney. I used the POPSICLE TOP pattern for the top, and THIS TUTORIAL for the skirt. Read below for how I made the hot pink belt to complete the look!!

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 wide, 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. With RST stitch up one side, with the last inch forming a slight diagonal to the edge to create a point.
  4. Turn and press well; the 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! Click HERE for the skirt tutorial and HERE for the top tutorial to complete the outfit.

Easy to make houndstooth skirt and top outfit for American Girl Doll Courtney by Oh Sew Kat!

Find more ideas and tutorials to sew for Courtney by clicking the photos below. Be sure to visit the Courtney Moore Inspiration Gallery HERE.

Make your 18 inch Courtney Moore American Girl doll a Care bears nightgown with the easy to sew Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern from the Oh Sew Kat! Etsy Shop. Available in other doll sizes too!
Make doll clothes for 1980's 18 inch dolls like Courtney Moore from American Girl. Easy to sew doll clothes with easy PDF digital patterns, printables, and tutorials from OhSewKat. Also available on Etsy. Make a boxy crop top, hair scrunchies, and bubble skirts.
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make it Monday: Cute Love Banner for Dolls

Make a Doll Sized Holiday Banner with the Cricut Joy Machine

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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.

Make a Doll Sized Banner with the Cricut Joy– the Ultimate Crafting Machine for Dolls

Use the banner to decorate a fireplace, a bedroom, or a party set up!!

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.

Find the LOVE BANNER TUTORIAL HERE. Visit the Valentine’s Day Inspiration Gallery for more ideas to craft and sew.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Peppermint Holiday Nightgown for 18 inch Dolls

Try this nightgown pattern hack of Sugar n Spice Dress sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! Easy sewing tutorial at to make a Clara inspired Nightgown for dolls. #ohsewkat #clara #nutcracker #dollclothes #sewingpattern

I made a few modifications to my Sugar n Spice dress to make a sweet, holiday nightgown for my 18 inch American Girl dolls. Whether you are sewing for the season, to sell at craft fairs, or making your own holiday gifts, use this simple pattern hack to make your 18 inch American Girl® Doll a special holiday nightgown. Maryellen and Melody are ready for dancing sugar plums!

Click here for more details on the modifications to the pattern.

Holiday Nightgown Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

In addition to the adorable piping, I added length to the sleeves, with a small sleeve ruffle, a button placket, and a large hem ruffle to create this peppermint flavored doll nightgown. See more information in THIS POST.

Holiday Gift Idea for Girls: 18 inch Doll Nightgowns

The Sugar n Spice PDF Sewing Pattern is available in 4 popular doll sizes: 18 inch, 15 inch baby, 16 inch Animators, and 14/5 inch welliewishers HERE.

Sew a Clara inspired Nightgown! Dress sewing pattern for 18 inch American Girl dolls by Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns to diy doll clothes. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #easypatterns
Try this nightgown pattern hack of Sugar n Spice Dress sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! Easy sewing tutorial at to make a Clara inspired Nightgown for dolls. #ohsewkat #clara #nutcracker #dollclothes #sewingpattern

Make Holiday Themed Nightgowns for 18 inch Doll with easy to sew PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Find more ideas for doll nightgowns and pajamas HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!