Make a Santa or Elf Apron for your Doll with this Boardwalk Boutique Pattern Hack

Here is a quick and easy sewing project (which doesn’t even have very much sewing!) to dress up any doll for the holidays~~

Use this tutorial to make an easy holiday apron for your doll.

Make a simple holiday elf or santa apron for your 18 inch doll (like American Girl and other size dolls) with this easy pattern hack tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! #patternhack #holidaycraft #easychristmasapron #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

Make this easy apron, with fabric or felt.  Use the Oh Sew Kat! Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing pattern for this quick and easy pattern hack.

My favorite sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls! The Boardwalk Boutique pattern is quick and easy and perfect for beginning to sew for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and Welliewishers. #ohsewkat #easysewing #18inchdollpatterns
Make a simple holiday elf or santa apron for your 18 inch doll (like American Girl and other size dolls) with this easy pattern hack tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! #patternhack #holidaycraft #easychristmasapron #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Make a simple holiday elf or santa apron for your 18 inch doll (like American Girl and other size dolls) with this easy pattern hack tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! #patternhack #holidaycraft #easychristmasapron #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

It’s the perfect way for your doll to keep her special holiday dress clean!

Make a simple holiday elf or santa apron for your 18 inch doll (like American Girl and other size dolls) with this easy pattern hack tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! #patternhack #holidaycraft #easychristmasapron #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

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.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Step it Up Series: Make a Long Sleeved Dress for Dolls with this Easy Bloomer Buddies Pattern Hack

Make a holiday doll dress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with easy PDF sewing patterns from OhSewKat! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #diyholiday #holidaycraft #christmas

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.

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

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.

Easy sewing patterns to DIY doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like American Girl, Our Generation. #ohsewkat #bloomerbuddies #sewingpattern #18inchdolls

Make a long sleeved dress with the short sleeve Bloomer Buddies pattern.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/616742418/sewing-pattern-for-18-inch-145-inch?ref=shop_home_active_3

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.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!