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.  šŸ˜‰  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 ohsewkat.com. #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 GirlĀ® 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 GirlĀ®

Make A Simple Apron for your 18 inch American GirlĀ® 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.

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

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

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 ā„¢ 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 GirlĀ®. 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 GirlĀ®? 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

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 www.ohsewkat.com 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 GirlĀ® 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 www.ohsewkat.com 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!

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 GirlĀ® 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

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.

I make my graphic tee shirts with my CricutĀ® 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!


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!
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.

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 itā€™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- Iā€™m not sure I would call what I did ā€œplaying basketballā€) 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 1970ā€™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. šŸ˜‰

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

Itā€™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.

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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!
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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.

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