DIY a Simple, Sparkly Doll Skirt

Need a quick and easy doll skirt that sparkles and shines without breaking the proverbial doll piggy bank? Try this easy tutorial using some sequin dot fabric and a piece of fold over elastic.

Make an 18 doll skirt that sparkles!

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

Create your own version of a pink and silver snowflake outfit for your 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.

Make doll clothes as unique as you are with your own supplies, fabrics and a few easy tutorials from 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.
Find an entire collection of easy to sew, print at home PDF sewing patterns for classic doll clothes from Oh Sew Kat!
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I make all my graphic tee shirts with my Cricut® machine. Find easy tutorials to make graphic tees for dolls HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Simple Silver Sparkle Skirt Tutorial for 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.

Super Simple Sparkly Skirt for your Doll

Say that five times fast!!!

Make a Simple, Sparkly Doll Skirt

  • I simply searched through my stash to find any silver sparkly material I already had on hand. You can often find it in the costume fabric section of craft stores- and enjoy great sales leading up to Halloween (Kat’s Tip: stock up on a yard or two of some basics colors each year and you won’t be overwhelmed, but still have enough to use for small doll projects.)
  • You can use a pattern (Four Season Skirt? Sixth Grade Skirt?), or you can simply make your own. Here is a simple way to make a gathered skirt.
  • Materials: 7 x 20-30 inch piece of fabric (depending on size of doll) and fold over elastic that matches for waistband (7-12 inches depending on your doll), and basic sewing supplies
  • You need two measurements for your doll. Waist and length from waistband to hem. For 18 inch dolls, I use a 10 inch waist, and 5 inches from waistband (top of) to hem as the finished length. If you have to hem your fabric, you will need to add an additional 1/4-1/2 inch (no matter the doll size) as well as 1/4 inch to attach the skirt to the waistband.
  • You will cut the skirt piece longer (side to side) for a fuller skirt, and shorter for less fullness. I suggest a minimum of 1.5 times the waist measurement for a basic skirt. Most skirts are more along the lines of 2 or 2 1/2 times the waistband measurement. Keep in mind that thicker fabrics will have more bulk when gathered so you may want to reduce the length to keep the fullness down. It’s all a lot of trial and error and personal choice, of course.
  • Cut your shiny fabric skirt. For an 18 inch doll, I cut mine 30 inches long by 5 1/2 inches tall because of the drape and weight of the sequin dot fabric. The thinner your fabric, the longer you want to make your skirt so it will be more full. I would probably use more if the fabric was cotton or another stiff fabric. Many specialty fabrics do not fray, so you may be able to get away with just a serged edge/rolled hem or even none at all. It will depend on your fabric. If you need to hem one edge, do this now. Sew the short ends of the skirt together, with right sides together to make one big circle. Place a pin, piece of colored washi tape, or clip at the seam. Using the seam as your first mark, divide the skirt into four equal sections, marking each one with a pin, tape, or clip. I usually put the seam as one side, and extend the piece out to mark half way. Then line up the seam and the halfway pin, pulling the sides out to now show the 1/4th. You should have divided your hemmed skirt piece into four equal sections. (Photo 1)
  • Cut your elastic to fit the doll’s waistband – 1/2 inch. For an 18 inch doll, I cut mine at 10 inches. This gives me some overlap while still ensuring a snug (but not tight) fit. With right sides together, overlap the edges and sew the waistband together, making a circle. Like the skirt, divide the waistband into four equal sections and mark with a pin, tape, or clip. (Photo 1)
  • Run a row (or two) of gathering stitches along the top edge of the skirt.
  • With right side of the skirt to the wrong side of the waistband, pin the skirt top edge to the waistband, matching up the pins or clips and pulling up the gathering thread to fit. Ensure that the edge of the waistband fully covers the raw edge of the skirt. Stretch the waistband as you sew with a 1/4th seam allowance. Remove all pins, tape, and clips, and also the gathering thread. (Photo 2 and 3)
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.

DIY Simple Sparkle Skirt for Dolls like American Girl® and Our Generation®

Easy peasy, right? You can easily make this skirt out of any fabric you have- knits, wovens, satins and more. It’s also a great way to make a simple tulle tutu! Increase your skirt length to make it longer, or width to make it more full. Add fun lace, hems, tulle, or layer fabrics together for even more different skirts. In fact, you can also use the free pattern: Four Season Skirt pattern like I did in the photo below. My silver fabric was so sheer- it wouldn’t work for a skirt (maybe a pretty overskirt! Will have to try that!) so I placed it on white fabric and sewed it up as one piece. It’s also quite sparkly and super easy to do as well!

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

Choose a more slim or modern look- Grace is wearing a fitted tee (from Amazon) and the Sixth Grade Skirt made out of the same sequin dot fabric. It gives the same vibe, but with a little less “fluff.”

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

Which version of this “SNOW CUTE” outfit is your favorite? Find more holiday ideas to dress up your doll outfits by clicking the photos below.

Easy sewing pattern for your 18 inch dolls- Boardwalk boutique Halter Top and Ruffled Capri pants by Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns are print at home and easy to sew!
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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 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
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Make it Monday: Playtime Peasant Top Pajamas

What are you making this week? How about some 18 inch doll pajamas in a fun, cozy flannel fabric. I know there are lots of news dolls out there. They need some fun PJ or nightgowns for a good night sleep! And what’s great about these two sewing patterns, they make awesome (and easy!) outfits for clothes too! Let your imagination run wild- what will you make with the easy Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt pattern paired with the super easy Boardwalk Boutique Capri style pants?

Make 18 inch doll pajamas with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Sew easy pajamas for your 18 inch American Girl doll with PDF digital sewing patterns from OhSewKat on Etsy. #dollpajamas #18inchdolls #ohsewkat

You can easily make this pajama top with the Playtime Peasant Top pattern. Use cozy flannel and add a cute bow. I made the pants with the Boardwalk Boutique pattern – so easy! I just left off the ruffle. You can also use the Bloomer Buddies pattern like I did in THIS post. The Boardwalk Boutique pattern (as well as the Playtime Peasant Pattern) are part of the Holiday Bundle 4 pattern bundle. Get four patterns at once and have lots of sewing options!! You can make all the outfits in THIS POST with this one pattern bundle!

Quick and easy pajamas for 18 inch dolls- Try the Playtime Peasant PDF Sewing Pattern from Oh Sew Kat!

Make a Valentine outfit for your doll with easy sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Simple to sew PDF digital patterns for dolls like American Girl, Disney Animators, Bittty Baby and A Girl For All Time. #dollclothes #valentinedress #sewingpattern #ohsewkat

Easy Sewing Pattern to make Pajamas for your Doll- Find Oh Sew Kat! patterns on Etsy!

Easy Sewing Pattern to make doll clothes for 18 inch dolls- Oh Sew Kat! PDF digital sewing patterns for easy beginner doll clothes. Try this peasant top and twirl skirt.

Find more ideas for the Playtime Peasant Top pattern in the Inspiration Gallery. The Boardwalk Boutique makes fun outfits all year long as seen in THIS POST and in THIS ONE.

Find the Playtime Peasant Top & Twirl Skirt sewing pattern for 18 inch Dolls like American Girl here.

Find the Playtime Peasant Top & Twirl Skirt sewing pattern for 16 inch Slim Dolls like a Girl for All Time™ here.

Find the Playtime Peasant Top & Twirl Skirt sewing pattern for 16 inch Animators Dolls here.

Find the Playtime Peasant Top & Twirl Skirt sewing pattern for 15 inch Dolls like Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins here.

Find the Playtime Peasant Top & Twirl Skirt sewing pattern for 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers Dolls here. (Also fits Hearts for Hearts Girls Dolls.)

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Try a free skirt pattern for your American Girl® Doll by clicking the green button below to sign up for my monthly sewing inspiration for dolls. It has no pattern pieces- just cut two rectangles and sew!! (You will also get two other doll size skirts- 14.5 inch and 16 inch. ) Perfect beginner project!