10 Quick Tips to Sew Your Doll Clothes Faster

10 tips to sew faster when making doll clothes with PDF sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat!

Craft show season has started! Many sellers use Oh Sew Kat! patterns for craft shows because they are quick and easy, and don’t use a lot of fabric but still offer fun design options for a few sizes of popular dolls. Here are a few tips to speed up your doll clothes sewing whether you are sewing 1 doll outfit or 100…use one or many to be more productive this craft show season!

Use these tips to speed up your doll clothes sewing.

Learning to sew? Find over 10 tips for sewing newbies! Use easy print at home PDF patterns to sew doll clothes for your 18 inch, 14 inch and Bitty Baby dolls with patterns by Oh Sew Kat! #sewingtips #sewingpatterns #dollclothes #18inchdoll #ohsewkat

10 Tips to Sew Doll Clothes Faster by Oh Sew Kat!

  1. Use bias tape instead of cutting a waistband that will be on the inside of the garment and does not show (Try this: Sixth Grade Skirt)
  2. Use a rolled hem on your serger machine instead of pressing up and stitching a hem. (Try this: Party Time Peasant Dress)
  3. Use folded bias tape at the hem of a skirt. You can find cute patterns online, like the red gingham I used in this POST and also the black stripes in THIS ONE. (Try this: Easy Up! Jumper, Party Time Peasant Dress, Backyard Bibs)
  4. Use Fold Over Elastic instead of sewn straps on jumpers like Backyard Bibs and Easy Up! Jumper, like in this POST and this ONE. Use ribbon instead of fabric ties. (Try this: Boardwalk Boutique and HalterAlls)
  5. Read through all directions first so you know what you will have to do. Look for places where you can combine steps. Most patterns are written in sections (bodice, sleeves, skirt for example.) . There is no reason you cannot hem the lining, the sleeves, and the skirt all at one time. Also look for ways to maximize the changing of your sewing machine feet by waiting to top stitch until you have another part ready as well. (Try this: Party Time Peasant Dress, Playtime Peasant Top, Sugar n Spice Dress)
  6. Chain sew your pieces together. Sew a seam, then add the next pieces without clipping the threads in between. If you have to sew them twice (like two shoulder seams), clip the last one and put it back in front.)
  7. Cut more than one garment at a time, that uses the same color of thread. Sew both at once, even if they are different patterns.
  8. Spend down time cutting out projects in advance. Keep them in zip lock bags until you have time to sew. Even if you just have time to sew a few steps or seams, those captured moments can really add up if you only sew 10 minutes a day for a week or so.
  9. Press as you go (again, possibly working on two or three sections at one time.) Sew what you can, put aside what needs to be pressed, move on to next pieces until they also need to be pressed, and then press all at once. Example- finish the edge of the sleeves, bodice lining, and skirt hem. Take them all to the ironing board, and press them up, then sew all the hems.
  10. Use tools!! Find 15 of my favorite sewing notions and tools and a few machines that can speed things up too!

Sew doll clothes faster with this list of 10 quick sewing tips.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
10 tips to sew faster when making doll clothes with PDF sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat!

Make Doll Sized Graphic Tees with your Cricut or Cameo Machine.

Make graphic tees for dolls with HTV and a cricut machine. Easy tutorial by OH Sew Kat. Find sewing patterns for popular sized doll clothes.

Please note: This tutorial includes affiliate links. See my policy HERE. This tutorial will also work with other e-cutter machines like Cameo and Scan n Cut (plus more), but it is written for the Cricut machine.

Make your doll a graphic tee shirt to fit your mood and your style.

Make graphic tees for dolls with HTV and a cricut machine. Easy tutorial by OH Sew Kat. Find sewing patterns for popular sized doll clothes.

I found this baseball graphic in the Cricut Design catalog. When I choose a design for a graphic tee for a doll, I look for bold designs with simple details. Fewer colors is a plus as well. If the letters are thin, they may be too hard to read or get messed up in weeding because it is such a small size.

SUPPLIES NEEDED: HEAT TRANSFER VINYL. You can find it on Amazon as well as from Cricut.

Tutorial: Set up your graphics on Design Space & Prepare Your Materials to Cut

  1. Using Design Space, set up your design. For an 18″ doll, I try to keep my designs within a 3 x 2 inch rectangle as the shirts are not very big. Use a smaller area for smaller dolls to keep the graphics in proportion to their size.
  2. Once your design is set up, you need to either reverse it so it’s now backwards, or use the “Mirror” button before cutting. Heat transfer vinyl comes on a “carrier sheet” and this carrier sheet holds your pieces of your design in place and together as you to put the HTV against the fabric. It will be sticky enough to hold your design in place while you press and will peel off after pressing.
  3. Check your cut settings (heat transfer vinyl or iron on setting on your machine), cut your design, and weed off (pull off) the HTV that surrounds the design, so all that is left on the clear carrier sheet is the design pieces you actually want on your shirt. Be sure to get the little bits inside your round letters if you have any words in your design. If the design is multiple colors, cut each one and weed it individually. When you lay it on the shirt, sticky side down, it should now read correctly.
  4. You will press your design from the bottom layer to the top layer, pressing each one individually. The bottom layer is often the biggest, and it will be closest to the shirt. Figure out your pressing order and line up your layers so you don’t make a mistake. For example, for the Captain America logo, I pressed the layers in this order: large red circle, large white circle, small red circle, navy blue circle, white star. Because these shirts are small, it’s easy to eyeball the placement, and I just used my regular iron. If you have a very intricate design, consider using registration marks to line everything up correctly. There are lots of videos on YouTube® on how to do this.
  5. Fold your tee shirt in half to mark the center and press it with your finger. Do the same for the bottom layer of your design. Place the design, carrier sheet sticky side down, onto the shirt, cover with a teflon sheet, and press quickly. Remove the carrier sheet. The type of shirt and type of HTV will determine the temperature and timing for pressing. If you have a lot of layers, you may not want to press each layer for the full time as the layers will be pressed again with each layer. Give the last layer a good 10 seconds of press.
  6. Working from the bottom layer to the top, continue to add each layer and press it in place. You can add multiple colors at one time, but only if the carrier sheets do not overlap. Use a teflon sheet over your design as you work. If you are using any kind of metallic, hologram, or glitter HTV, that layer must be the very top layer or it will not stay pressed in the long run.

Let your dolls speak for themselves with graphic tees made with HTV on a Cricut or Cameo machine.

Make adorable Captain American dress bibs with the easy Backyard Bibs sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Easy to sew printable PDF sewing patterns are available for dolls in 5 sizes.

This Captain America logo was created with simple shapes in Design Space. I just layered circles together with a star on top.

Use your Cricut Machine to make your own doll sized graphic tee shirts and outfits.

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 www.ohsewkat.com. #ohsewkat #cricuttutorial #dollteeshirt #htvtutorial #dollcraft

This snowflake was cut from glitter vinyl and is much more sparkly than the photo shows. I found the design in the Cricut catalog. I have a subscription to Cricut’s Access– so I can use any designs marked with the “a” whenever I want, instead of having to purchase designs individually. So far, I’ve always been able to find something that I could use for any project I have worked on. Once it was pressed, I added to it with blue crystals for even more of an effect. (Find them in the craft store scrapbook aisle.) Each one you create will be unique and special!

Heat Transfer Vinyl comes in a large selection of colors and finishes. Try a few in doll scale to add your own personal touch to doll fashions you make or you buy.

You can find premade doll tees on Amazon HERE and THIS SELECTION offers a nice variety of HTV to give you lots of options when you start out. (I prefer SISER Easyweed HTV over some others.

In addition to my cricut machines, I also own two Cameo machines. The results will be the same, no matter which machine you own or use. The Silhouette software works very much the same, and you need to mirror your HTV designs as well. Have fun creating a new doll wardrobe with your choice of fun graphics!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Make a snuggly nightgown for your 18 inch doll with easy sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #sewingpattern #dollclothes #nightgown #ohsewkat

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

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


Make a nightgown for your 18 inch doll like American Girl or Our Generation with easy sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern at ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #nightgown #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

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

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

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

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

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

Make a nightgown for your 18 inch doll like American Girl or Our Generation with easy sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern at ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #nightgown #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

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

Make a nightgown for your 18 inch doll like American Girl or Our Generation with easy sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern at ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #nightgown #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

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

Make a nightgown for your 18 inch doll like American Girl or Our Generation with easy sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern at ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #nightgown #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

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

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

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

70s Style Calico Top for Julie Albright from Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern

Here is an easy 1970s style top to make for your American Girl doll, Julie.  Julie is the BeForever character from 1974.  I was seven years old in 1975, and I had a top that looked just like this one, red fabric and all, but the print was of mushrooms.  I used “Little Ruby” fabric for this imitation calico top and the Oh Sew Kat! Bloomer Buddies sewing pattern.

Make a retro 1970’s themed outfit for Julie and other dolls with this easy sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!

Make a 70s inspired doll top for American Girl doll Julie Albright with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat. #ohsewkat #bloomerbuddies #julie #1970sfashions #dollclothes #sewingpatterns

This outfit was inspired by THIS PIN.  For this outfit, I didn’t make any adjustments to the Bloomer Buddies pattern.  In order to be more authentic, next time I might add a seam allowance and make the front open with buttons.  That will stay on my “to do” list for now.  🙂

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

It’s easy to add pockets to any pattern, especially square pockets.  I add the pockets after the front is complete, before I add the sleeves as it’s a little easier to work with a flat item than a rounded one.

Figure out what size you want your finished pocket.  On this blouse, my pockets measure one inch square.  Add 1/2 inch to the width, and the length for seam allowances.  I cut my pieces 1 1/2 inch square. With right sides together, sew three sides of the pocket, and turn right side out. Press well, folding the unfinished edge to the inside.

I put my top on my doll, and use scotch tape (the magic, transparent kind) to hold the pockets in place. It’s easier to sew over tape than pins that are longer than your pocket! Use a top stitch or edge foot if you have one to get nice topstitching around the three lower sides of the pocket.  Complete the top as directed by the pattern.

Make a calico top for Julie and her friends- inspired by the seventies.

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

Complete the 70s inspired look with an easy headscarf. Find the full tutorial HERE.

Free tutorial and pattern for a 70s retro headscarf for dolls.

Doll scarf tutorial by ohsewkat. Easy sewing pattern for a doll headscarf 70s style. #70s #headscarf #bandana #americangirl #ohsewkat #sewingtutorial #easypattern
Doll clothes sewing pattern tutorial by ohsewkat for doll clothes for Julie BeForever doll. #easypattern #sewingpattern #tutorial #americangirl #dollclothes #ohsewkat

What other outfits will you make for your Julie doll or her friends?  Find more 70s inspiration here in my Inspiration Gallery, as well as here and here.  Don’t forget to visit and follow my Julie inspired Pinterest board!

Make 1970’s fashions for your dolls with the Oh Sew Kat! Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern.

Sewing patterns to make your own doll clothes, easy patterns for beginners by oh sew kat. #ohsewkat #juliedoll #dollclothes #sewingpattern #easypattern #tutorial #70sdollclothes
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Wow! A Playtime Peasant Top in Full Fall Color!

Are your dolls ready for some fall color?  Pick your favorite Oh Sew Kat! pattern and have a little fun this October!

Tutorial for adding a neck ruffle to a peasant top. Find more sewing patterns and tutorials, plus a free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #peasanttop #dolltutorial #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #18inchdolls

 

This gorgeous blouse was made with the Playtime Peasant Top & Twirl Skirt pattern.  Find the pattern in 5 (yes, five!)popular doll sizes HERE.

I used this TUTORIAL to add the pretty neck ruffle for a fun, new twist!  It’s amazing how a basic peasant blouse is completely transformed by a simple ruffle and some spectacular fabric.  The best part? This top is a super quick sew so you can easily make up one or two in a naptime!

Tutorial for adding a neck ruffle to a peasant top. Find more sewing patterns and tutorials, plus a free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #peasanttop #dolltutorial #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #18inchdolls

To see more of the gorgeous dresses below from this same fabric, click HERE.

Tutorial for adding a neck ruffle to a peasant top. Find more sewing patterns and tutorials, plus a free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #peasanttop #dolltutorial #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #18inchdolls

What are you sewing this fall?

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

 

 

New Fabric Collections from Cricut by Riley Blake

Wow! I was blown away when I clicked over to http://www.cricut.com to see their new fabric selections!  Cricut may be my new favorite fabric store!! Take a look!

Find a large selection of doll scale sized fabrics at Cricut.

Find doll scale fabrics to make cute doll clothes from Cricut. Small stripes by Riley Blake, perfect for the Four Season Skirt- free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #maker #cricut #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #stripes #18inchdolls

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The cricut maker, their newest “power e-cutter machine” has a special rotary cutting blade that will cut your fabric for smaller projects.  With a subscription to cricut access, you will have a whole library of patterns and designs that you can make with this new, powerful machine.  I love my cricut maker.  I use it all the time to cut out my doll clothes.   You can find a basic tutorial how to that here.

It’s hard to find good fabric with the right, small scale for doll clothes.  Because cricut projects need to fit on a 12×24 mat to be cut out, they offer a large selection of beautiful, small scale fabrics.  These gorgeous stripes, a collection by Riley Blake, could not be a more perfect scale for doll sized clothing.  This is a great basic package to have on hand for many of your special projects.  Here you can see the scale of the stripes with an 18 inch doll.

Make your own doll clothes with cute fabric from Cricut.

Find doll scale fabrics to make cute doll clothes from Cricut. Small stripes by Riley Blake, perfect for the Four Season Skirt- free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #maker #cricut #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #stripes #18inchdolls

I purchased the 10 inch squares (four of each color) and the fat quarter package (two of each color), but they offer strips and smaller, charm squares as well, as well as many other patterns.  The quality is exactly what I expect from Riley Blake or any high end quilt shop.

Cricut fabric collections are perfect for all of your fat quarter and small sized fabric crafts.

Find doll scale fabrics to make cute doll clothes from Cricut. Small stripes by Riley Blake, perfect for the Four Season Skirt- free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #maker #cricut #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #stripes #18inchdolls

I think these red and green stripes would be a perfect ruffle on a holiday outfit, maybe a variation of the Boardwalk Boutique like these in this post!

Check out Cricut’s new selections of fabric cut to size and scaled for small sewing projects.

Find doll scale fabrics to make cute doll clothes from Cricut. Small stripes by Riley Blake, perfect for the Four Season Skirt- free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #maker #cricut #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #stripes #18inchdolls

Be sure to sign up for cricut emails. They send out special offers quite often- in fact, I saved 30% on my fabric order!  Visit my tutorial to see how to use a cricut machine for your doll clothes project.

How to cut PDF doll patterns on Cricut Maker Tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Use your cricut machine to cut fabric, wood, cardstock and more. #dollclothes #ohsewkat #cricutmaker

I can’t wait to cut into my new fabric. I give the cricut fabric shop five stars!! Now for the harder part- which pattern to choose? So many to choose from!!  🙂  

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make an Infinity Scarf for 18 inch Dolls with a Dollar Tree Scarf

Like me, I’m sure you are always on the hunt for cute, easy, (and cheap!) crafts for your 18 inch dolls and their 14 inch friends.  If so, this post is for you!  This is a Halloween themed craft, but it’s really perfect for the entire fall and winter months, depending on the scarf fabric you choose.

Use this easy tutorial to make an infitinity scarf for your 18 inch doll.

How to make an infinity scarf for your doll with Dollar Tree Supplies. Visit www.ohsewkat.com to try a free doll clothes sewing pattern. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #craft #tutorial #18inchdolls

Read below to see how quick it is to make a fashion accessory for your doll, like these Halloween infinity scarves.

How to make an infinity scarf for your doll with Dollar Tree Supplies. Visit www.ohsewkat.com to try a free doll clothes sewing pattern. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #craft #tutorial #18inchdolls

I found these scarves in my Dollar Tree store.  There were a few more choices, but I only picked the two that had a doll scaled sized design.  On such a small accessory, a large pattern will easily get lost and not look like whatever it is supposed to be.  Try to find designs that are about the size of a quarter or smaller.

Each scarf is a flowing, lightweight material that measures 11 inches by 60 inches. That is a lot of fabric for just one dollar!  With so much fabric, I can easily make the dolls a Playtime Peasant Top or Easy Up! Jumper as well.  I’m going to have to go back and look if they have any other holiday versions. This could be fun!

I decided to keep it easy.  I cut a piece 4 inches (this will give me a scarf that is 1 3/4th wide) x 30 inches (Half the scarf length.) . To be honest, I did not even use a ruler. This is a very forgiving project the the scarf is very lightweight and drapes nicely, so it won’t show if you don’t cut super straight or at an exact measurement.

Step 1.  With right sides together, fold the scarf in half the long way, and start your stitching one inch down the edge, stitch with a 1/4th inch seam, stopping one inch from the other end.  Turn it right side out. (I was able to turn this with my fingers.)  You can give it a light press, or finger press it, but I didn’t.

Step 2.  With the fabric tube now right side out, open out each end, and pin them with right sides together across the short edge.  It is totally okay, even preferred, to let the scarf twist once or twice as you put the ends together.   Stitch with a 1/4th inch seam and flip to the inside.

Step 3.  If you want, you can stitch the opening closed, but it may not be even be noticeable once the scarf is on your doll.

How to make an infinity scarf for your doll with Dollar Tree Supplies. Visit www.ohsewkat.com to try a free doll clothes sewing pattern. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #craft #tutorial #18inchdolls

Put the infinity scarf on your doll, and wrap it twice for a perfectly, spooky (and inexpensive!!) doll fashion accessory!

This doll scarf tutorial uses a scarf from the Dollar Tree.

How to make an infinity scarf for your doll with Dollar Tree Supplies. Visit www.ohsewkat.com to try a free doll clothes sewing pattern. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #craft #tutorial #18inchdolls

Fun fact! Use a “tag tie” to use the scarf as a fun belt! Yay!! Two accessories in one!  (A “tag tie” is what you would use to put a tag onto your suitcase handle.  Put the scarf behind the doll, holding both loops to the front.  Put one loop through the other, and tug it around the dolls waist, tucking it in.  It looks so cute with the Playtime Peasant Top!

How to make an infinity scarf and belt for your doll with Dollar Tree Supplies. Visit www.ohsewkat.com to try a free doll clothes sewing pattern. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #craft #tutorial #18inchdolls

Have you found any other treasures at the Dollar Tree or other discount store?  Find more tutorials for your doll HERE and HERE.

How to make an infinity scarf for your doll with Dollar Tree Supplies. Visit www.ohsewkat.com to try a free doll clothes sewing pattern. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #craft #tutorial #18inchdolls

Make an easy infinity doll scarf with this Oh Sew Kat! tutorial.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Holiday Dresses to Make for Your Dolls

Is it too soon? 🙂   Have you thought about the special girls in your life that might enjoy new clothes for their special dolls this holiday season?  Here are a few ideas to inspire you to ring in the season! Click on each photo to go right to the Oh Sew kat! sewing pattern I used.  Visit my Etsy Shop to find a full selection of patterns for dolls from 14-18 inches tall.

Sew a holiday skirt for your dolls with free pattern from Oh Sew Kat! #freepattern #sewingpattern #dollskirt #pdfpattern

Four Season Skirts ^^ Find this free pattern HERE.

Snowman doll outfit sewing pattern for 18 inch American Girl dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Jumping Jack 1970s fashions for dolls. #ohsewkat #jumpingjack #70sdollclothes #sewingpattern #pdfpattern
Easy sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Printable patterns PDF patterns School Dance Dress for dolls #ohsewkat #sewingpatterns #dollclothes #easypatterns
Easy Party Time Dress sewing pattern for 18 inch American Girl dolls by Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns to diy doll clothes. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #easypatterns

Jumping Jack  ^^

Easy Party Time Dress sewing pattern for 18 inch American Girl dolls by Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns to diy doll clothes. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #easypatterns
Easy beginner sewing pattern for 18 inch American Girl dolls by Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns to diy doll clothes. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #easypatterns
Easy sewing pattern to make 18 inch doll clothes. Print at home PDF patterns by oh sew kat for dolls. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpattern #jumpingjack #18inch

Party Time Peasant Dress  ^^

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

Sugar n Spice Dress Pattern Hack ^^

See more holiday doll clothes ideas HERE and HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Make a holiday doll dress with easy sewing patterns for 18 inch and 14 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Easy beginner patterns to DIY doll clothes like the Party Time Peasant Dress. #dolldress #holidaydress #christmas #18inchdoll #ohsewkat

Learning to Sew? What pattern to start with?

I get asked this question quite often.

“What would be the best pattern for my young, or brand new sewista to start with?”

Best sewing patterns for beginners to make doll clothes.

Learn to sew doll clothes with easy sewing patterns by oh sew kat! American Girl doll clothes patterns plus free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #diy#sewingproject #beginner #ohsewkat

Oh Sew Kat! offers patterns with basic pattern pieces and simple constructions for this very reason. The goal is to give success to someone who has NEVER SEWN A PATTERN EVER.  Here are my top 3 patterns for newbie seamstresses: The Sixth Grade Skirt, the Playtime Peasant Top, and the Easy Up! Jumper.

Find easy sewing patterns for doll clothes at Oh Sew Kat!

  1.  Sixth Grade Skirt
Doll Skirt sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

The greatest thing about the Sixth Grade Skirt is that it’s very hard to mess it up. Because it is an open skirt, with a hook and loop tape closure in back, it fits a wide variety of dolls (and toys), and also accommodates a beginning seamstress’ (possibly) uneven seam allowances.  It’s fun to mix and match different fabrics, and you can add easy pockets with this TUTORIAL, or ruffles or lace to the hem like in this TUTORIAL.

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2. Playtime Peasant Top

As far as a doll shirt goes, the peasant top is a timeless staple for every doll wardrobe.  It really does not get much easier than this.  The simple construction still lends itself to whimsical fabric combinations for unique styles.  Feeding a safety pin through an elastic casing for the easy neckline will teach a beginner a skill that can be then used on skirts, pants and shorts too!

Peasant Top sewing pattern for wellie wishers dolls

Make the Playtime Peasant Top with long sleeves with elastic at the wrist.  This classic look works for both historical and modern outfits.

Julie doll in white top and red gingham long skirt

Playtime Peasant Top with short sleeves with elastic.  Add lace to a skirt with this easy TUTORIAL. This outfit below, and Julie’s outfit above are both very easy to complete and can be done in an afternoon.

Lace Skirt Country Western Doll Clothes by Oh Sew Kat patterns

3. Easy Up! Jumper

Beginner sewing pattern for 18 inch doll clothes

The Easy Up! Jumper is just that! Easy! It’s easy to cut, and quick to sew.  For first time seamstresses, make the simple version (no side pleats) and use FOE (fold over elastic) for the straps. Be careful, this pattern is addicting! It’s hard to make just one!

Simple sewing pattern doll jumper by ohsewkat

Oh Sew Kat! are easy sewing patterns for beginners to make their own doll clothes.

Visit the Inspiration Gallery for each pattern to see more ideas.

Ready to try some other simple patterns:  Boardwalk Boutique, Playground Pants, HalterAlls, Backyard Bibs, and the Party Time Peasant Dress.

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