Use the Backyard Bibs PDF Pattern to make a Bib Skirt Overalls Outfit for your 18″ Joss Doll
Joss is American Girl®’s Girl of the Year for 2020. I’ve found she looks stunning in everything, but especially in bright, cheery colors.
Make a quick summer jumper with the Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern from OhSewKat!
Joss is wearing her jumper with the Playtime Peasant Top. It’s a quick and easy top that can work under so many different outfits. I make them in many solid colors to have for mix and match options. I used this HACK to make ribbon straps instead of fabric ones.
Use the simple to sew Boardwalk Boutique sewing pattern to create a one of a kind gingerbread themed outfit for your doll. This outfit can be made in less than an afternoon; it really is that easy! The only change I made to the pattern was to sew on the front frosting (ric rac) before I assembled the top.
The Backyard Bibs pattern is a quick sew with lots of options. Make it with capri length pants, as shorts, or choose an A line or gathered skirt. The one piece bib is simple and quick with sewn in straps and no fussy buttons or buttonholes. All outfits close up in back.
Make easy overalls for dolls with the Backyard Bibs sewing pattern in 5 sizes.
Try A Girl for All Time PDF Sewing Patterns by Oh Sew Kat!
A Girl for All Time is a popular new ball joined doll- (BJD). I’ve resized many of my patterns to fit them as well. Find the Backyard Bibs for AGAT here. Michele Anderson’s Clementine doll is ready for summer in her patriotic bibs.
The Disney Animators dolls are also 16 inches tall. The animators patterns will also fit the Mae Meadow dolls (some patterns may need a little tweaking.). Find a full assortment of Animators’ patterns, including the Backyard Bibs pattern here.
Find the Easy to Sew Backyard Bibs PDF Pattern at Oh Sew Kat!
Bitty Baby, and the retired Bitty Twins dolls from American Girl are 15 inches tall. They look adorable in the Backyard Bibs pattern and this pattern also makes super cute brother /sister sets too! Find the Bitty Baby pattern here.
Find the Backyard Bibs for 14.5 inch dolls here. (Wellie Wishers, Ruby Red Fashion Friends, and Hearts for Hearts Dolls. Photo credit Michele Anderson. See more Backyard Bibs for the little dolls here and 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.