Fold Over Elastic Tutorial: Super Easy Headband / Belt for 18 inch and other sized Dolls

Try this 10 minute easy craft for your dolls!

Use fold over elastic when you are sewing doll clothes for quick and pretty accents, belts, headbands, straps, hems and more! Find easy to sew beginner level doll clothes sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Make a quick headband or belt accessory for your 18″ Doll with this easy tutorial.

Have you used fold over elastic before? Don’t you just love it? With so many colors and designs to choose from, it’s a go to trim for doll clothes, especially tees, panties, and swimsuits. The edges don’t ravel, and when folded in half along its center line, it makes a nice border trim for your project that is so easy to use. It’s featured in my Simple Sweet Tee pattern as an easy way to handle knit fabric edges for beginners.

Make a quick and easy doll headband and belt with fold over elastic.

Use fold over elastic when you are sewing doll clothes for quick and pretty accents, belts, headbands, straps, hems and more! Find easy to sew beginner level doll clothes sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Fold over elastic, available in colors and patterns, is the perfect, easy to use trim for doll clothes. Try it on hems and necklines, as belts, headbands, and straps! I use fold over elastic on a lot of different types of doll outfits as you can see below. I use it often as straps for the Easy Up Jumper or the Backyard Bibs to speed up my cutting and sewing and still offer a nice part of the design element.

Use fold over elastic when you are sewing doll clothes for quick and pretty accents, belts, headbands, straps, hems and more! Find easy to sew beginner level doll clothes sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

The gray striped straps on this (below) bunny jumper is actually fold over elastic, (not folded) and because the Easy UP! Jumper straps are elastic anyways, using FOE is a great shortcut without sacrificing style! Click HERE to see more photos of this dress and to find a direct link to purchase the pattern.

Easy Up! Easter jumper. Make a quick outfit for your American Girl doll with easy PDF sewing patterns from Ohsewkat

Make an 18 inch doll headband in less than 10 minutes:

The greatest use I’ve found for FOE (Fold over elastic) is a quick and easy headband for your doll. The best news is that it also fits as a belt, so it’s a perfect two for one project that will take 10 minutes or less! Because it’s elastic, it’s easy to put on and take off the doll, yet still stays snugly to the doll’s head and waist. Use different widths, colors, and patterns, and add flowers, buckles, or fun buttons. You will find fold over elastic is also very inexpensive!

Make an easy headband or belt for your dolls with fold over elastic and this easy tutorial from Oh Sew Kat! doll clothes sewing patterns.#18inchdoll #dollcrafts

Doll Headband (Belt) Tutorial:

  1. Choose your FOE (fold over elastic)- find it in your local craft store, on etsy, or even Amazon like this assortment: AD: FOE ON AMAZON. I like 5/8th inch wide, which is a pretty easy to find size.
  2. Cut your elastic to 10 1/2 inches for an 18 inch doll or for Bitty Baby. For Wellie Wishers and Glitter Girls use 8 inches. For other size dolls, measure the size of their heads, and also their waist. Use the average of the two measurements, because the elastic will stretch. Try it before you sew if you are unsure.
  3. If you want to add any sort of a slide buckle, put that on now, ensuring the front of the buckle and the front of the elastic are facing the same direction.
  4. Over lap your elastic ends by 1/2 inch, being sure the elastic is not twisted. Stitch over the lapped edges, by forming a square, then sew an X in the middle. This will keep it nice and secure.
  5. Leave it plain or decorate your elastic with a flower or button and put it on your doll as a headband or a belt! Make them in every color!

Easy doll accessories to make- Headband and Belt Elastic Craft

The elastic I used for Nicki’s belt below, already had the sparkly stones on it, so it’s not technically fold over elastic, but it’s about the same width and certainly works the same way. Can’t find any that sparkle? Use some strong glue and add your own sparkle! See the tutorial to make this Playtime Peasant dress HERE.

Make a bandana ruffled dress with the Playtime Peasant Top PDF sewing pattern. Oh Sew Kat! offers easy doll clothes sewing pattern tutorials to make diy doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. Patterns also available in other popular doll sizes. #dollclothes #sewingpattern

Follow these simple steps to make your own Fold Over Elastic headbands and belts for all of your dolls. You will love having a small basket of these easy accessories ready to go as you mix and match new doll outfits.

Add a belt to the simple SUNSHINE Dress for a whole new outfit.

Hello Kitty dress for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

The Simple Sweet Tee pattern was designed around using fold over elastic to create a pretty contrast trimmed edge on the neckline, sleeves, and hem, but it also makes sewing knits a little easier for beginners to learn. Find the pattern HERE.

Make a tee shirt for your 18 inch doll with the easy to sew, simple sweet tee shirt pattern by ohsewkat.  Use fold over elastic to trim your shirt with this tutorial.

Find more tutorials for your dolls HERE and be sure to visit the Inspiration Gallery to see ideas for the entire line of Oh Sew Kat! line of PDF sewing patterns.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

60s Fashions to Sew for your American Girl Doll, Melody Ellison

Sew doll clothes for 1960s girl Melody with easy to sew PDF sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat. DIY 60s fashions for dolls. #60s #dollclothes #sewing

Sewing for Melody Ellison?  Try these twists on patterns from Oh Sew Kat! to make a 60s inspired outfit for your doll.  Find all of these patterns in my Etsy Shop:  www.etsy.com/shop/ohsewkat.

Sew a 60s style dress for American Girl Doll, Melody Ellision, with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #melody #60sfashion #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

Make 60s inspired doll clothes with Sewing Patterns by Oh Sew Kat!

Sew a 60s style dress for American Girl Doll, Melody Ellision, with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #melody #60sfashion #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

Make 60s themed doll clothes for Melody with these sewing patterns:

  1.  Sleeveless Sunshine Dress with Everything Nice Overskirt (roses)
  2. School Bell Blouse Dress (blue)
  3. Colorblock Sunshine Dress with Pockets (green and white)
  4. Sleeveless Sunshine Dress (lime and hot pink)

What other Oh Sew Kat! patterns might work for Melody outfits? Comment below with your ideas!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Sewing a Sunshine Dress for Saige – An Ombre Confetti Doll Dress

Last month, Oh Sew Kat! featured the Sunshine Dress Sewing Pattern all month long. As the Pattern Pick of the Month, it was on sale for the 1st five days and we posted lots of samples, ideas, and more all month long. Stay tuned to the newsletter to see when we offer a Pattern Pick of the Month so you can join in the fun.

Sew a Sunshine Doll Dress for your 18 inch doll like American Girl.

The Sunshine Dress sewing pattern is a simple to sew A Line dress with three variations for the front. Make it with a straight contrast, pretty princess seams, or leave the front as one solid piece (easier and quick to sew) and embellish with machine embroidery, iron on designs, or trims and appliques. The short sleeves are perfect for summer…or make a sleeveless shift with THIS TUTORIAL. The Sunshine Dress is available in 3 popular doll sizes.

Use the easy to sew Sunshine Dress PDF pattern to make a summer doll dress that shines. Print at home, photo turotial to make 18 inch doll dress and clothes from Oh Sew Kat! #americangirldoll #dollclothes #sewingpattern

Make a doll dress for your 18 inch doll with the easy to sew, Sunshine Dress Sewing Pattern

I bought a bundle of these ombre fabrics with metallic gold dots awhile back. The Sunshine Dress is the perfect canvas to give the light to dark a chance to shine. The turquoise color matches Saige’s eyes perfectly! The fabric is part of the Ombre Confetti Collection by Vanessa Christenson for Moda Fabrics.

Need an easy to sew pattern? Try the Oh Sew Kat! Sunshine Dress

Use the easy to sew Sunshine Dress PDF pattern to make a summer doll dress that shines. Print at home, photo turotial to make 18 inch doll dress and clothes from Oh Sew Kat! #americangirldoll #dollclothes #sewingpattern

See more ideas for the Sunshine Dress HERE, HERE, and HERE. Don’t forget to stop by the Inspiration Gallery! The Sunshine Dress is a simple dress that looks different every time you sew~ mix and match the front panels to create a dress as unique as your doll!

Simple Sewing Pattern for a Versatile 18 inch Doll Dress

Use the easy to sew Sunshine Dress PDF pattern to make a summer doll dress that shines. Print at home, photo turotial to make 18 inch doll dress and clothes from Oh Sew Kat! #americangirldoll #dollclothes #sewingpattern

The Sunshine Dress sewing pattern is available in my ETSY SHOP and other sites where my patterns are sold. Find it for Animators, 18 inch dolls, and 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Step it Up! Series- 60s Dress for Melody Ellison- School Bell Blouse Dress.

Your Melody doll will feel groovy in a swing dress you made yourself with the Oh Sew Kat! School Bell Blouse pattern.

Sew a 60s style dress for American Girl Doll, Melody Ellision, with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #melody #60sfashion #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

When you are fabric shopping, keep your eyes open for small scale prints that look retro.  For Melody’s dress, I found this cotton fabric in a quilt store. I had no idea what I would make at the time, but I knew it would be perfect for Melody. Doesn’t she look great in this color?

Here are some pins on my Melody board on Pinterest that I used for inspiration.  Don’t forget to follow me while you are there! This white dress for ladies , this Barbie sized pattern, and this blue and red dresses all have the same wide sleeves, a-line look, and even the front pleat.

Sew a 60s style dress for American Girl Doll, Melody Ellision, with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #melody #60sfashion #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

This the pattern I used: The School Bell Blouse.  It has two styles of blouses to make for your doll and comes in three sizes (Animators, 18 inch and Wellie Wishers).  Click HERE and HERE for the tutorials to make this pattern into two cute dresses.

Easy sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! School Bell Blouse for DIY doll clothes. #ohsewkat #18inchdolls #sewingpattern #dollclothes

These cute little bows were the perfect color to accent the pleats in the front and sleeves of the dress.

Sew a 60s style dress for American Girl Doll, Melody Ellision, with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #melody #60sfashion #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

Be sure to share your 60s dresses you make for Melody or any of her friends with hashtag ohsewkat.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Valentine Skirts made with the Four Season Skirt FREE Sewing Pattern for Dolls

Hearts are in the air!  Here at Oh Sew Kat!, our dolls are decked out for heart day with doll clothing made from print at home PDF sewing patterns.  Today’s photos feature the Four Season Skirt, a free pattern for your 18 inch doll (like American Girl® and Our Generation® dolls), your 14.5 inch doll (like Wellie Wishers™ and Glitter Girls®) and for 16 inch dolls like Animators’ by Disney (available online and at the Disney Store.)

Make a cute skirt for your American Girl doll or Wellie Wishers with a free pattern from OH Sew Kat. Print at home digital patterns are easy to sew for beginners. #dollpattern #freepattern #skirt #americangirldoll #ohsewkat

Nicki is wearing her Four Season Skirt with a simple, red turtleneck made from the Jumping Jack pattern (also by Oh Sew Kat!).  Make a simple necklace for your doll with chains and charms from the jewelry department of your favorite craft store.

Make a cute skirt for your American Girl doll or Wellie Wishers with a free pattern from OH Sew Kat. Print at home digital patterns are easy to sew for beginners. #dollpattern #freepattern #skirt #americangirldoll #ohsewkat
Make a cute skirt for your American Girl doll or Wellie Wishers with a free pattern from OH Sew Kat. Print at home digital patterns are easy to sew for beginners. #dollpattern #freepattern #skirt #americangirldoll #ohsewkat

Isn’t Willa cute in her sister look? Both the Four Season Skirt and Jumping Jack patterns are available sized for smaller dolls too.

Make a cute twirl skirt for your Wellie Wishers with a free pattern from OH Sew Kat. Print at home digital patterns are easy to sew for beginners. #dollpattern #freepattern #skirt #americangirldoll #ohsewkat

I used my cricut maker machine to add a sparkle heart to the front.  It’s quick and easy to decorate doll tee shirts- check out this simple TUTORIAL.  Interested in cricut products and learning more?  Check out their website here:  AD: cricut.com.

Which dolls have your heart?  I know they would just love a pretty Valentine themed skirt that you made with your own loving hands.  Happy Valentine’s Day from our dolls’ home to yours!

Make a cute skirt for your American Girl doll or Wellie Wishers with a free pattern from OH Sew Kat. Print at home digital patterns are easy to sew for beginners. #dollpattern #freepattern #skirt #americangirldoll #ohsewkat
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Five Popular Pattern Hacks for Oh Sew Kat! Patterns

Don’t you love making special doll clothes for the girls in your life with the easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!  The easy to follow photo instructions are designed to help even the novice sewist have a successful time.  In many of my more recent patterns, I’ve started to include some ideas and simple instructions for variations on the patterns.  You can “Step them Up” or “Step them Down” to your heart’s content.  Read below to see five of my favorite (and most popular to date!) pattern hacks.  Click on the photo to go right to the tutorial of Kat’s favorite pattern hacks.

Find all these patterns, plus many more in 5 popular doll sizes in my Etsy Shop or other places Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.

Take a new twist on Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns with these favorite pattern hacks.

 

Try these easy pattern hacks for your 18 inch dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern for subscribers. #diycrafts #dollclothes #ohsewkat #sewingpattern


  1. Tee shirt Dress tutorial:  Make a cute, tee shirt dress from the Simple, Sweet Tee Shirt pattern.  Works for any size doll.  Find the pattern in 4 popular doll sizes here. Make a tee shirt dress from a tee shirt pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat! Make American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #dress #18inchdolls #sewing


  2. Pumpkin jumper:  The classic Boardwalk Boutique pattern doesn’t have to be put away when the weather gets cooler.  Use it as a base to make cute holiday themed outfits as well as summer play clothes.  A little orange fabric and an iron on pumpkin face took this simple halter top to a cute jumper for fall. Layer it over a Playtime Peasant Top or a Jumping Jack Turtleneck! 18 inch doll sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Boardwalk Boutique is easy and quick to sew! Free skirt pattern for 18 inch sized dolls.

  3.   50s overskirt dress:  This one isn’t even a pattern hack.  Make a 50s or 60s classic look dress with an overskirt for Melody or Maryellen.  The Sunshine Dress is worn underneath an overskirt made from the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern. Make a 50's outfit for Maryellen American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewing

  4.   Make a Halter Maxi Dress:  This easy hack to the Boardwalk Boutique lets your fabric shine with one or two big ruffles.  Make a halter maxi dress for your doll 70s fashion sewing pattern

  5.   Add lace to a ruffle skirt:  Take your skirts to a new level with an added lace layer.  See this easy tutorial for any ruffled skirt- shown with the Four Season Skirt and Playtime Peasant Twirl Skirt patterns. Add lace to a ruffled doll skirt with this free skirt pattern and tutorial for 18 inch and 14 inch dolls like American Girl. Get a Free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt PDF print at home digital pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #laceskirt #ruffle

 

Easy to sew Pattern Hacks for 18 inch and other sized doll clothes.

Find all these patterns, plus many more in 5 popular doll sizes in my Etsy Shop or other places Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.  See more pattern hacks and tutorials HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

A few of my Favorite Things. Must have sewing notions and tools.

A new year is here!! It’s time to clean up the sewing area and start brainstorming projects for 2019.  Before I dive into another fresh year of sewing, I like to share my annual 5 latest “must have” tools and notions for doll clothes sewing (or any sewing really!)  These simple tools can make sewing smaller doll clothes a little easier and you can find all of them on Amazon.  Click here to see my list from last year, and here to see my list from 2017.

Find 5 sewing notions and tools you need to make better doll clothes and sewing projects from Oh Sew Kat! Designs- PDF sewing patterns for doll clothes. #diycrafts #sewing #notions #patterns

My annual list of best notions and tools for sewing doll clothes.

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small compensation.  See my full disclosure policy HERE.

Find 5 sewing notions and tools you need to make better doll clothes and sewing projects from Oh Sew Kat! Designs- PDF sewing patterns for doll clothes. #diycrafts #sewing #notions #patterns

1. Patty Young’s Turn n More Tool by Riley Blake

This brand new tool, made by Patty Young, is a game changer for doll clothes. I LOVE THIS TOOL.  In a facebook group one day, Patty asked what tools we would like to see made that had her fabric designs on them.  I suggested a gripping, foreceps type of tool and she not only picked my idea, she sent me one when it was actually produced about a year later! This handy tool is well worth the wait, and also the price tag (about $12). You will use it for all sorts of things- mostly to pull that slipped elastic back out of the casing, or to turn a tiny doll bodice right side out after you sew it together with just one little pull.

2.  Travel Size Craft Iron

This little tiny iron really packs some punch for the price. It gets super hot, has a steam option, and doesn’t turn off by itself (which is an advantage and disadvantage for sure!). I first used one at a sewing retreat a few years back. We plugged it in and left it on all week long.  Lightweight and tiny, it got the job done and is a perfect companion to your doll clothes sewing tools. I think the difference from some others on the market is that it’s a travel iron not a craft iron.

3.  KAI Dressmaking Shears

Everyone needs a pair of nice, sharp, high quality fabric scissors. You know the ones- the ones that you lock up yourself each night or threaten bodily harm to anyone found using them for anything other than fabric?  I started using KAI scissors with my paper crafting.  Strong and sharp, I found a pair that was a bit shorter and they are my go to for all of my fabric cutting.  I own three pairs!

Find 5 sewing notions and tools you need to make better doll clothes and sewing projects from Oh Sew Kat! Designs- PDF sewing patterns for doll clothes. #diycrafts #sewing #notions #patterns

4.  Ruffler foot attachment for my sewing machine

I know I’ve mentioned this little gadget before, but yes, this year, my ruffler foot is on my top five list.  It’s just so quick to gather up a doll skirt (like 15 seconds quick!) that is really pays for itself over and over.  I’ve kept a spreadsheet of some of my common skirt length settings (to make the skirt match up with the bodice for example) so I don’t have to figure it out each time.  This foot is also great for the popular ruffled sleeves too, and makes putting a ruffle on a full skirt a breeze!  Be sure to get the one that is correct for your specific sewing machine make and model.

5. Omnigrid 4×8 inch Ruler

I believe I have an omnigrid ruler in every size they make- from 1 x6 all the way up to 24 x 24 inches.  However, even with multiple rulers right at my finger tips, this 4×8 inch one is the perfect size for so many of my doll clothes needs.  It’s easy to use to extend a pattern (make pants from shorts, or long sleeves from short sleeves for example) or for cutting straps, waistbands, and skirts with my rotary cutter.  Keep this handy ruler right next to your work area.

Find 5 sewing notions and tools you need to make better doll clothes and sewing projects from Oh Sew Kat! Designs- PDF sewing patterns for doll clothes. #diycrafts #sewing #notions #patterns

So there’s my Favorite Five for 2019.  Use these few tools to make sewing your doll clothes a little easier and a little more fun.  We’re going to have a great sewing year ahead, stop by again soon!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Blaire Wilson – Girl of the Year – Bee Skirt and Top Outfit

Blaire Wilson is the newest doll made by American Girl®.  She is the 2019 Girl of the Year doll- which usually means she and her collection are only available in 2019.  The GOTY creates a fun buzz in the doll community as her collection is unveiled.  Blaire’s a NY girl- living on a farm to table Bed and Breakfast.

Make a bee skirt for Blaire with the Four Season Skirt free sewing pattern.

When you purchase your 18 inch dolls, they come fully dressed in what is called their “meet” outfit.  Blaire’s meet outfit is a cheery white sundress covered in bumblebees and purple sandals.   Our January weather is a little chilly, so I got to work to create an outfit she might find a little more comfortable.

Sew doll clothes for Blaire Wilson, GOTY 2019 from American Girl. Easy to sew 18 inch doll clothes PDF digital patterns by Oh Sew Kat! #blairewilson #americangirldoll #ohsewkat

The Jumping Jack 3 in 1 jumper set includes the pattern for a universal, knit turtleneck shirt. This go to staple fits any doll’s wardrobe, and can be worn with all kinds of outfits from jeans to skirts.  I found this adorable bee fabric at Hobby Lobby, and used the Four Season Skirt pattern (find it FREE HERE) for a quick project!

Sew doll clothes for Blaire Wilson, GOTY 2019 from American Girl. Easy to sew 18 inch doll clothes PDF digital patterns by Oh Sew Kat! #blairewilson #americangirldoll #ohsewkat

The Four Season Skirt is a great beginner project, especially for girls that want to learn to sew. It doesn’t use pattern pieces- just measure out two rectangles of fabric and some 1/4th inch elastic and off you go! Blaire is much happier in a warm shirt and boots!  See more about Blaire HERE, and find lots of ideas for her wardrobe in the Inspiration Gallery.

blaire wilson goty doll clothes sewing patterns ohsewkat (4)

Here is a closer view of her daisy necklace.  The local craft stores have wonderful selections of charms and beads in their jewelry and scrapbooking sections, at a very low price point.  These little ball chains were already precut (key chains?), but you can easily cut your own from a roll, so I just put the daisy on it and completed Blaire’s outfit.  Find bee themed charms online here: AD:  https://amzn.to/2CUZVsg and the keychains here: https://amzn.to/2VyJSaO.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Download a free skirt pattern for your 18 inch doll, 14.5 inch doll, and disney princess doll at ohsewkat.com. More patterns and sizes available. #freesewingpattern #dollpattern #18inchdoll

Tester Tuesday: Playground Pants for A Girl for All Time® Dolls

As a pattern designer for doll clothes patterns, I rely very heavily on the work of my tester group. These women fearlessly sew my “not quite ready for prime time” patterns and let me know how they work, how they fit, and if there need to be any tweaks. I’d be lost without them and really appreciate the time and effort they give me on each and every pattern.

Shirley has tested for me for a few years. Her creativity is unmatched and her beautiful photos show the attention to detail she puts into every single outfit.  Stop by and visit her Etsy Shop to see what she has for sale.  The Playground Pants pattern is designed for cotton fabric, but as you can see, it’s beautiful is soft knits as well.

Find the pattern for A Girl for All Time® Dolls HERE.

Make a simple pair of pants for your A Girl for All Time Doll with the easy Playground Pants PDF Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat! Other styles and sizes available on Etsy. #agirlforalltime #sewingpatterns #dollclothes #ohsewkat #bex

Love this cute little ruffle at the top of the pocket!

Playground Pants Sewing Pattern AGAT SF2

The Playground Pants pattern for A Girl for All Time can be found in my Etsy Shop, and on Pixie Faire.  It’s also available in 3 other sizes.  See more ideas for this pattern HERE and HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

6 Dresses from One Pattern: Six Different Ways to Sew the Sugar n Spice Dress by Oh Sew Kat!

When you purchase a PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!, you get more than just the look you see on the pattern cover.  With a few tweaks and changes, (called pattern hacks), and some different fabric combinations, you can Step Up! your basic pattern into almost any look you can think of! Today, enjoy these “twists” on the Sugar n Spice Dress pattern.  These outfits can be made for any size doll!  Find even more pattern hacks and tutorials on the Tutorials Page.

Use the Sugar n Spice sewing pattern to make six different dresses.

Make six different dresses from one easy sewing pattern: The Sugar n Spice Dress by Oh Sew Kat! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #diycraft #dolldress #ohsewkat

Make a classic dress in different styles.

  1.  Create a classic holiday dress, similar to the one American Girl® made for the BeForever character, Molly McIntyre.  I used a gorgeous green Kona cotton Sugar n Spice Dress, but the original dress was made of velvet and would be beautiful from that too!  Add a little lace around the sleeves and neckline for a dainty touch.  See more photos HERE.
    Make your own doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like Molly. The Sugar n Spice pattern is available from Oh Sew Kat! for American Girl dolls and other popular doll sizes. #sewingpattern #dollclothes #molly #holidaydress

  2. Every dress pattern can be made as a top, and every top pattern can be made as a dress!  Use the Sugar n Spice bodice to make a cute peplum top!  Find the tutorial HERE.
    Sew your own doll clothes with easy PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat! #ohsewkat #sugarnspice #18inchdolls #americangirl

    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

    3.  Every dress pattern can also be used to make a longer dress! Or a nightgown! For the holidays, make the Sugar n Spice Dress in white, and add some peppermint piping and pretty ruffles to make a nightgown that will have sugarplums dancing in her head all season long. Find the tutorial HERE.  I also used THIS TUTORIAL to add the placket in the center front for the buttons.

    Hawaiian Dress Tutorial. 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

    4. And while you are thinking about making long dresses, why not try a fun Hawaiian print and make a MuuMuu style dress! These Sugar n Spice Dresses would be perfect for walking along the beach eating shaved ice!  Use the overdress/pinafore pattern and THIS TUTORIAL.

    Make an Easter dress for your 18" doll with easy sewing patterns by OhSewKat! Download, print and sew the best PDF doll patterns today. Try a free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com, and find tutorials and pattern hacks. #ohsewkat #sewing #easterdress #dollclothes #18inchdoll

    5. Dress up the front bodice of the Sugar n Spice Dress with some tiny ruffles, trim, ric rac, piping, or lace.  Use THIS TUTORIAL to add the placket, and tuck the trim in before you topstitch it in place.  See more photos of these cute, bunny dress HERE.

    Make your own 18 inch doll clothes for American Girl and Our Generation dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat! #18inchdoll #sewingpattern #dollclothes #stpatricksday

    6.  The Sugar n Spice Dress was designed to layer a dress over a dress.  But don’t stop there! Try the overdress/pinafore over a Peasant Top or a Party Time Peasant Dress as I did here for St. Patrick’s Day.  I reversed the overdress, lowered the neckline, and sewed the skirt on with a large opening for the underdress to show through. See more photos and details HERE

    Sew your own doll clothes for 18 inch American Girl dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns from #ohsewkat. #sewingpatterns #beginnerlevel #diycrafts
    Make a cute dress for your 18 inch doll for Valentine's day. The Sugar n Spice PDF sewing pattern's white dress can be worn for any holiday with a cute apron over the top. Find the Oh Sew Kat! pattern on Etsy. #valentinesdaydress #18inchdolls #americangirl #sewingpattern #ohsewkat

    The Sugar n Spice Dress was designed to layer prints over prints over prints.  Or to make solid dresses and change the aprons/pinafores for the season, like this Easter Dress and this one for Valentine’s Day.   It was also designed to be a blank canvas to create any sort of character dress you can think of from Wonder Woman, to Princess Belle, to Cinderella and more!  Visit the Inspiration Gallery to see even more ideas for the versatile Sugar n Spice Dress pattern.How will you make the Sugar n Spice Dress?  Find the pattern for 16 inch Disney Animators’ dolls and 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers™ and Glitter Girls Dolls where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold

Find an entire collection of easy to sew, print at home PDF sewing patterns for classic doll clothes from Oh Sew Kat!
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!