Easy Headband Tutorial: Make a two colored knit headband for your 18 inch Doll
Kira Bailey™ is the 2021 Girl of the Year from American Girl®. This Michigan girl spends the summer in the Australian Outback, working at her aunt’s animal rescue. Her fashions are utilitarian and pretty! Make your Kira doll a two colored knit headband with this easy sewing tutorial.
Use a stretchy knit fabric for the best results. Tee shirts from the craft store are perfect for this project.
Cut two rectangles of knit fabric, one of each color, 2 inches by 10 inches.
With right sides together, use a 1/4th inch seam to sew the long side of each piece, to form tubes (Photo #1)
Turn the tubes right side out, and give them a press with steam to reduce any stretch from sewing. (Use the FASTURNS to make this task super easy!!)
Lay the tubes on the table, forming a cross. One tube will be below the other at the middle. (Photo #2)
Fold the bottom tube in half, aligning the short ends, so the other tube is inside (Photo #3)
Fold the other tube to align the short ends with the short ends of the first one. All four ends are now stacked on top of each other. (Photo #4)
Stitch across the four layers using a 1/4th inch seam.
Turn the headband right side out, so the stitching in on the inside, and pull the headband so one color is on one side, and the other side is the other color. (Photo #5)
This headband is a quick project! Finish it in an hour or less!
Make a knit headband for your Kira™ American Girl Doll
This headband is quick to make – you can make it in colors to match all of her outfits. It looks just like the headband that American Girl® sells with the Kira Bailey™ comfy jumpsuit outfit.
See more tutorials for 18 inch Doll Accessories by clicking the photos below.
The Twinkle Twirl Skirt pattern is a great choice to use up those fun mix and match holiday prints to give your doll a boutique ruffle skirt! For this Halloween 18 inch doll skirt, I actually used 9 5 inch squares (Quilting fabric precuts are sold in set sizes- a charm pack is usually 20-40 5 inch squares. Imagine how many skirts that can make!! Find a large selection at my favorite online fabric store: Ad: the Fat Quarter Shop!
DIY 18 inch Doll Twinkle Twirl Skirt for Halloween
In these photos, Joss is wearing her Twinkle Twirl with a Jumping Jack knit turtleneck shirt. You can find that pattern (also from OhSewKat) here.
I searched through my drawers for fun bias trim. I purchased this one a year or so ago, and realized that the bias tape still opens, but has a crochet trim on one edge. I attached it the usual way for this cute hem! Find the Twinkle Twirl Pattern in my Etsy shop. Five different sizes are in one pattern! See more ideas to stitch it up in the Inspiration Gallery.
Make a fun twirl skirt for your doll’s Halloween party
Stuck at home? Today you can download, print and sew an easy gathered skirt for your 18 inch dolls like American Girl® dolls. Click THIS LINK to join my email list and find your free skirt patterns (3 sizes!) in your welcome email after you confirm your subscription. Sizes included: 18 inch dolls, 16 inch animators, 14.5 inch wellie wishers™.
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Try this easy craft project to make doll necklaces for your 18 inch dolls like American Girl® and Our Generation®. These necklaces are perfect for Valentine’s Day or for any time of the year. Finish off that special hand made outfit with the perfect jewelry accessory.
Make a simple necklace for your 18 inch doll.
There are a few different ways to make your doll necklaces. You can string beads on a thin ribbon, string or piece of elastic and tie it in back. You can buy premade bracelets and put charms on them. Or you can buy jewelry wire and add your beads and clasps with crimp beads. Choose the option to give you the look you want. If you want to make a simple wire necklace with clasps, try THIS TUTORIAL on WikiHow.
My beaded necklaces are about 8 1/2 inches finished length. My gold chain necklace is 10 inches. I like this style of chain HERE as I can cut it to the length I want and just add the clasps. They offer it in GOLD too. Another option is to buy inexpensive chain bracelets or anklets at the craft store like this one. You can make your doll necklaces as long or as short as you like.
If you are just starting out, and plan on making a lot of jewelry, this KIT gives you a great assortment of beads, tools, findings and more. This smaller and cheaper KIT also has everything you need to get started.
I purchased boxes of small beads in assorted colors. They are available at most craft stores or you can find some similar pink beads here. I also added some sparkly crystal beads at set intervals on some of my necklaces.
Make an easy charm necklace for your doll.
Add a simple charm to a chain for a super fast and easy accessory. There are so many to choose from and you can change them to fit your doll’s mood. Choose charms that are smaller than your doll’s hand so they don’t look too big.
You will find a very large selection of inexpensive charms at your local craft store. When you use the chain necklaces, it’s super easy to swap out the charm for a different look. Check out this charm assortment on Amazon for a great selection of doll sized charms for necklaces.
Easy 18 inch doll necklaces that can change with the season.
You can also use the standard ball chains for easy necklaces as well. The clasps are easy to move around and charms easily slide on and off to change them out.
Grace, Poppy, and Blaire are all wearing their necklaces with turtleneck shirts made with the Jumping Jack PDF Sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Find the Four Season Skirt (FREE PATTERN) HERE.
You only need the FRONT pattern piece. This pattern hack is super easy if you just use felt, but you can certainly use other fabric and fun materials like fringe, cotton balls, jingle bells, htv, vinyl, embroidery, scraps, felt etc. I used felt for my samples because I wanted a “no fuss” project, which is also very inexpensive and available at every craft store.
You only need to print the front pattern piece. On your paper pattern piece, measure over 1/2 inch from the center fold and draw a new fold line. Cut off the extra 1/2 inch and use this as your new center fold line. Cut off all of the seam allowances, top, sides, and bottom. (Especially if using felt, which does not fray.) . Draw a line across the top from where the front meets the strap, to your new fold line. This “fills” in to make a top that goes straight across. If you like the look of the squared off front, just realize you will have to trim those edges in step 5.
For the length, measure up 1/4th to 1/2 inch up from the “Cut here for ruffle” dashed line and draw a new line. Use this as your new hem line.
Cut out the front pattern piece on the fold of your fabric. Do not cut into the square neckline, leave that filled in so it’s straight across the top.
Using a heat and bond product, or a careful edge stitch, add a 1/2 inch wide, black ribbon across the middle to form the belt. Trim even with the apron sides. Add lace or a white band across the bottom, turning in each side’s raw edge by 1/4th inch. If you want to add a Santa beard, or a pointed elf collar, cut them from felt, and bond or sew them to your apron.
Enclose the top, raw edge in a 5 inch piece of bias tape and stitch. Do the same for each straight side edge, turning the raw end of the bias tape under at the hemline. Trim to be even with the edge of the apron. (You could also use ribbon or even fold over elastic.)
Cut 2 straps (also of bias tape) 30 inches long. Mark the center of each strap and place it at the middle of the armhole. Place your apron in between the bias tape and pin in place, working your way out to the edges, attach the bias tape and when you sew, continue the seam from one end to the other so the strap is sewn together and the apron is sandwiched in between.
Try it on your doll and trim the straps to the length you prefer with a diagonal cut. If you used bias tape, you will not need to turn in the raw edges.
Using ribbon, a buckle, or glitter heat transfer vinyl, cut a one inch belt buckle and attach it to the apron. Add buttons, bells, pom poms etc (glue or sew on) if desired.
SNAP or Hook and Loop Tape VARIATION IDEA: Cut your ties to 18 inches each. After you finish the apron, try it on your doll and add velcro or snaps at the neck and waist, trimming off the long ties for a more fitted, easier to put on apron.
Make a holiday apron for your 18 inch doll.
It’s the perfect way for your doll to keep her special holiday dress clean!
Would you rather a full outfit for your doll? Find the Elf, Santa, and Gingerbread outfits from this same pattern HERE. Find my 5 Favorite Holiday pattern hacks HERE.
Shop for the Boardwalk Boutique pattern in 4 sizes HERE.
The Bloomer Buddies is already a very, versatile pattern. With three lengths for both the top/dress and bloomers, you can mix and match to create an entire wardrobe for your doll. Take that pattern one step farther with this easy pattern hack to make the long sleeved dress version. (This also will work for the top!)
The Bloomer Buddies pattern is currently available in 3 sizes, for 18 inch dolls, for 16 inch Disney Animators’ dolls, and for 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers/Glitter Girls sized dolls. Find the pattern HERE.
Easily make a long sleeve dress or top with a short sleeve pattern.
Cut out all of your pattern pieces, including the sleeve. Fold your paper along the sleeve’s fold line, or tape it to the top of a new sheet of paper that is folded in half lengthwise and cut it out. You now have a full sleeve piece. Measure your dolls arm, from the center point between the shoulder and elbow, down to the wrist where you want the sleeve to end on your doll.
On your new sheet of paper, measure down from the bottom corners of the sleeve this same amount and extend those side lines. Connect the ends of these new lines across the middle in a straight line. Cut out your new sleeve pattern piece and follow the pattern instructions to make the top or dress. For my polka dot dress shown here, I extended the sleeve by 3 inches for the 18 inch doll. If you are not using any trim at the cuffs, or want to use elastic, use 3 1/2 inches.
Make a long sleeved dress with the short sleeve Bloomer Buddies pattern.
What other short sleeve patterns do you have that you can also make with long sleeves or vice versa? Find more tutorials and pattern hacks on the Tutorials page. Visit the Bloomer Buddies Inspiration Gallery HERE.
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.
Read below to see how quick it is to make a fashion accessory for your doll, like these Halloween infinity scarves.
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.
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
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!
Have you found any other treasures at the Dollar Tree or other discount store? Find more tutorials for your doll HERE and HERE.
Make 18 inch doll accessories with Dollar Store Items
When I was finalizing the PDF file for my free pattern, (The Four Season Skirt– Did you get yours yet? It’s my free gift to you when you sign up to receive the Oh Sew Kat Chat! Click here.), as I was taking photographs of my Animator dolls, I realized I didn’t have very many colors of tops to go with the cute skirts. And even though white goes with everything, only one doll could wear it at a time! In one weekend, I set out to create a rainbow of tops for my dolls (in two sizes) and I had a little fun at the same time.
The first thing I did was to choose two different shades of each color. Normally, I line most of my doll clothes using a white layer cake from Kona Cottons (easy to manage and easy to grab!) Because the Popsicle Top is reversible, I can get two tops at once. By using similar colors, I don’t have to worry about a red peeking out from behind a blue, and when I go to mix and match, I’ve got two greens and two yellows to choose from so now I have a better chance of having something to match.
Yes, it involved a ton of thread changes…but in the end, I have this fabulous rainbow of Popsicle Tops!
As I worked my way through my rainbow, I wanted to STEP IT UP a bit and try to make the tops look a little different (read fancier), while still being simple, monochromatic pieces. After all, I’m using them to show off cute skirts, right? I picked a few decorative stitches off my machine, and added the stitching before the front is sewn to the lining. (I pieced the backs to the front, then did my decorative stitching, then sewed the front and back together together.)
Make your own reversible top for your doll with the Popsicle Top sewing pattern.
Use a piece of tailor’s chalk to draw a smooth line on your top. Decide how far you want it from the hem, and measure from the dotted seam line on the pattern piece (1/4th inch) so your pretty stitching does not end up in the seam allowance. Follow your line with a cute daisy stitch or something similar. Here I added a ring of flowers around the neckline. My machine was acting up with a little “jump” stitch every so often. Ignore that. 😉
Simple Tone on Tone stitching will make your Popsicle Top more special.
And here I added the stitching parallel to the hem line. By using the same color of thread, I get a tone on tone look with a little added detail for interest.
Add decorative trim and piece your top together to make a unique Popsicle Top.
I also made some mistakes- but I saved them! This next blue top was supposed to look just like the one above…but I stitched the front and back pieces together incorrectly and the stitching was on the inside of the front. (Of course!) I trimmed it off, added ricrac, and then stitched new pieces back on and added topstitching, to not only give a cute pieced look, but to fix that silly mistake.
This next yellow top ended up being one of my favorites. It also appeared to be a mistake. As I put my fronts to backs, I realized the darker yellow top was wider than the pale yellow lining. I’m not quite sure how that happened, possibly during my cutting marathon. The pattern piece must not have been exactly on the fold. I figured out how much too big it was…and stitched that with wrong sides together, then pressed it open and flat, to make a faux placket.
Add an easy faux placket to a simple Popsicle Top.
If you want to add this cute look to your top, simply move your pattern piece 3/8-3/4th inch from the fold when you cut your bodice piece, and then stitch your seam at that same 3/8-3/4th inch with wrong sides together. Press this fabric flat and topstitch down each edge to hold it in place. (3/4th inch works great for 18 inch dolls). It’s an easy way to dress up your simple top and STEP IT UP! (It will also make your neckline and hem a little more bulky- stitch slowly to keep your lines straight.) See how cute this looks on a dress HERE, and this jumper HERE.
You can also add lace, piping, or trim before you topstitch the edges down as seen in this nightgown and the Wellie Wishers tops as the end of this post. Add cute buttons, crystals or tiny bows.
Add lace tot hem of your Popsicle Top- pretty and reversible!
Pretty lace is always a classic…so I used that to dress up my simple tops as well. So What color will you make your Popsicle Top?
Make your own doll clothes with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
Or will you make it in all of the colors? Hop on over to my Inspiration Gallery to see more of this versatile pattern! And check out this POST which shows how to make the Popsicle Top into a cute crop top!