Joss is wearing a cheery, spring outfit made with the newly released Picnic Play Sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls. The pattern includes the reversible top, cute cuffed capri pants, plus a bonus surprise accessory- a back pack in two sizes! These three pieces are quick to sew and create a perfect outfit for the beach, the park, or the playground. Look for this pattern release in other sizes next month!
Look closely at Joss’ top. I cut the white fabric and lining as usual, then added a square of lace (Larger than the pieces) between the right sides before I sewed it together. Once it was sewn, I trimmed it to the same size as the top and carefully turned it to give a soft, pretty lace overlay. Even such a simple pattern can offer a surprise design element.
Summer is winding down, but there is still plenty of time for picnics, walks on the beach, and scooter rides as we get ready for back to school shopping! Today’s feature is the versatile Sandbox Shorts PDF Sewing Pattern for Dolls. Find it in 5 sizes HERE.
The Sandbox Shorts Sewing Pattern is a great choice for your doll clothes sewing.
With real working patch pockets, the Sandbox Shorts are quick and easy to sew, and are offered in three different versions. Use THIS TUTORIAL and move the pockets to the inside, for still another variation.
Make quick and easy shorts with pockets for your 14.5″ Dolls
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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.
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.
Love is in the air! Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns are the perfect choice to make a heart covered outfit for your favorite 18 inch or 14 inch sized doll. (Patterns are also available for Animators, A Girl for All Time® and 15″ baby dolls. Be inspired by these pretty fashions that are some of Kat’s favorites!! Click HERE to go right to my pattern shop. Download and sew up some love for the doll lover in your life today!
Make your doll a sweet new outfit for Valentine’s Day.
The classic Sugar n Spice Dress: Every holiday I can pull out the white underdress I made one day, and add a pretty, holiday themed apron or pinafore. Easy to sew and fewer clothing pieces to store. 🙂 See more photos HERE. Need the pattern? Grab it bundled with the dress up accessories in three sizes HERE.
Use easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! to make an 18 inch doll dress for Valentine’s Day.
Try this fun version of the School Bell Blouse Dress! I used THIS pattern hack to make this pretty dress for Blaire. See more photos of Blaire HERE.
Valentine’s Day Gifts for Girls: Make a sweet dress for her favorite 18 inch doll
Kelly looks so lovely in her Sugar n Spice pinafore with bright tights and a Jumping Jack turtleneck shirt. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your sewing patterns! See more photos of this lace and glitter dress HERE.
Because sometimes Valentine’s Day falls in the summer months where you live…Sonali has a Doodlebug fabric Boardwalk Boutique to let her show off her lovebugs. (And also because sometimes girls that play with dolls don’t care how cold it is outside, am I right?) This pattern is super quick to sew and a favorite with little girls everywhere! Did you see this pattern used to make an elf, Santa, and gingerbread trio? Or as a gorgeous MAXI DRESS?This pattern really does work all year long!
Ruffles and ruffles- ruffles are perfect to show your dolly love! This Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt is the perfect showcase for your favorite mix and match Valentine fabrics.. No closures- and quick and easy- your doll can wear this outfit by dinner time! This pattern is available in 5 popular doll sizes HERE.
And finally, Kailey is rocking the casual look with her Backyard Bibs skirt variation and a Playtime Peasant Top underneath. This pattern works wonderfully throughout the year and is so quick and easy to sew! Find more Bibs ideas in THIS POST and THIS ONE.
Sweet and special Valentine’s Day gifs for girls: Make a special outfit for her doll with easy Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns.
So many choices!! What will your doll be dressed in this Valentine’s Day? Tag OhSewKat online to share the love with me! Happy Sewing!!!
Use one PDF sewing pattern to make two unique outfits for your dolls.
Use the School Bell Blouse pattern, and some fun holiday fabrics to make a special blouse or dress for your 18″ doll. Doll clothes make the perfect gift for the girls in your life! There are two views with this easy pattern, one has a pleat at the neck, the other has a peplum skirt. Both of these photos show the same view of the pattern (pleated neckline version.) Find the pattern HERE. Maryellen’s outfit is completed with a red, corduroy, Sixth Grade Skirt. Pattern also available HERE.
Make a holiday blouse for your 18 inch doll with the School Bell Blouse pattern printable.
Use the School Bell Blouse PDF pattern printable to make a cute, holiday dress for your doll.
Use the School Bell Blouse pattern to make super cute holiday dresses for your dolls. It’s available in 3 sizes: for 18 inch dolls, for 16 inch Disney Animators’, and also 14.5 Wellie Wishers and Glitter Girls Dolls.
Follow the instructions in THIS POST for this easy pattern hack.
With Oh Sew Kat! pdf sewing patterns, it’s SEW easy to take a basic peasant top, and step it up with a cute, neckline ruffle. You will love this simple technique to take a plain peasant top from fine to fabulous!
Add a ruffle to the neckline of a peasant top for a whole new look!
You can make a thin ruffle, or let it be a little wider and add your own unique flair to the peasant tops you sew.
It’s easy to add a ruffled neckline to a peasant style doll top
Adding a sweet ruffle to your pattern is simple. Follow the steps in this tutorial, and read more in THIS ONE. You can use this technique on tops, dresses and skirts! (See a tutorial to add lace between the layers of a skirt here, and sign up to get the skirt pattern FREE right here!
Add a ruffled neckline to your Playtime Peasant Top for Dolls
Use lace as a ruffle! Lace is available in so many sizes and colors! It’s usually already gathered, so it will ruffle up even more. This is the Party Time Peasant Dress on Bitty Baby. You can use this technique with every doll size.
Make a simple top spectacular with an easy neckline ruffle.
Read more about Maryellen’s stunning fall top in THIS POST. Find the Playtime Peasant Top (long and short sleeves included!) HERE.
Use this easy hack for tops and dresses too! Nanea’s muumuu is an easy variation of the Playtime Peasant Top. With an easy added neckline ruffle and simply extending the top length down to floor length you can make a beautiful Hawaiian dress in a very short time! Find the full tutorial HERE.
The Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! is a simple, quick pattern that works all year round. Make your bibs for spring and summer with tees and peasant tops underneath- make them for fall with long sleeves and turtlenecks.
Make a fall overalls style outfit for 18 inch dolls- Backyard Bibs
This swirling leaves fabric is full of vibrant fall color. The Playtime Peasant Top has a little texture to it that might not show up in the photos. See even more ideas for the Peasant Top in the Inspiration Gallery.
Emily’s auburn hair compliments the outfit perfectly. Add a pair of tall boots to complete the look. Find the Backyard Bibs pattern for 18 inch dolls HERE. It’s also available in four other doll sizes.
With four variations, the Backyard Bibs sewing pattern is perfect for fall outfits.
This pumpkin jumper is made with the A Line skirt variation of the Backyard Bibs pattern. Blaire it wearing it with a ribbed knit Jumping Jack turtleneck shirt and black boots. She’s ready for the fall fair! See more fall outfit ideas HERE and HERE.
This sewing pattern for dolls is so simple, you can make it up in just one afternoon. With four variations (two skirts, as shown here, plus shorts and capris), it will look different each time you sew. Try a ruffled skirt on your bibs like in THIS POST.
Make your 18 inch doll a fashion outfit this fall.
The Backyard Bibs pattern is available for 18 inch dolls, 16 inch animators, 16 inch a Girl for All time dolls, 15 inch baby dolls and 14.5 inch dolls in my SHOP. Download and sew today!
When it comes to fashion in miniature- your dolls love to have basic wardrobe pieces that can be used with multiple outfits just like we do! Check out this classic black turtleneck- it’s the perfect accent to so many different outfits! The turtleneck pattern is included with the Jumping Jack reversible jumper (this pattern also includes a cute pair of shorts too~ Find it in 2 doll sizes HERE.)
Make your Doll a classic, black turtleneck with the Jumping Jack sewing pattern.
The Jumping Jack knit turtleneck shirt is looking great under all sorts of items. Here Maryellen and Riley are both wearing it with an Easy Up! Jumper. The jumper pattern is quick and easy, and you can find it bundled with the shirt pattern HERE.
Find the Jumping Jack Turtleneck Shirt Pattern HERE. It’s also available sized for 14.5 inch dolls.
Mix and Match with a black Turtleneck for your favorite doll outfits.
Make your 18 inch doll clothes with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
The Jumping Jack pattern is the perfect shirt on its own, or under a cute, Backyard Bibs. Blaire is ready for the pumpkin patch! Find the 18 inch doll pattern HERE.
And it’s not too early to start to plan ahead! The winter holidays are right around the corner. The snowmen on Samatha’s Backyard Bibs are cute and whimsical. The black shirt shows off the fun, bias trim stripes as well!
With Oh Sew Kat! pdf sewing patterns, it’s SEW easy to take a basic skirt or dress pattern, and step it up with a cute ruffle at the hem. This is also a great trick for any time a dress or skirt turns out shorter than you’d like it to be.
Add a lace or ruffled hem to your Doll Dresses and Skirts
Use lace as a ruffle! Gathered lace is absolutely the easiest way to add a pretty hem to your skirt or dress. Attach the lace when you create the hem, so the ends will be finished in with the back edges for a clean look. Look for lace in different colors for even more options!
Another easy way to add a ruffle is to purchase trim that is already gathered. This polka dot trim was quickly added to the Sixth Grade Skirt with almost no work at all! It looks so sweet! Find more information on how to do this in THIS POST.
It’s easy to add a ruffled hem to a peasant style doll top Dress
Nicki’s dress was made using the Playtime Peasant Top. I cut the top as usual, but instead of hemming it, I added a small ruffle. Read more, and see more photos in THIS POST.
Adding a fabric ruffle is also very simple. Figure out how wide you want the ruffle when it’s done (usually 3/4th to 1 1/4th inch depending on doll size.) You can also shorten the skirt by this same length to keep the finished length the same- but sometimes a ruffle is the perfect solution if a doll skirt ends up too short for your liking.
Double this number and add 1/2 inch for your seam allowances. This will be your WIDTH. Cut the length one and a half to two times as long as the skirt. The longer the length, the more ruffled your hem will be. Fold your fabric with wrong sides together the long way and press. This pressed side becomes your bottom hem. Gather the raw edges and attach to the hem of your skirt with right sides together. Easy peasy, right?
Any skirt or dress can have a ruffled hem. Be creative and mix and match your fabrics. Visit the Inspiration Gallery for even more ideas! Download and sew these easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! for your dolls today!
Like many of us these days, I love to shop for my fabric online and have it delivered right to my door. Sure, I miss out on the wandering through the aisles of beautiful fabrics, but when I shop online, I usually spend a little less money than when I’m seeing and touching fabrics in person, at least that is what I tell my husband! This post has affiliate links. Please read my policy here.
Shop for doll clothes fabric online with these great fabric retailers.
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Lanie’s green outfit (below) was made using the Easy Up! Sewing pattern. I cut it across the middle, and gave the skirt a center seam. I later adapted this pattern hack into the Backyard Bibs pattern and added three variations. Both patterns are available in multiple doll sizes in my ETSY SHOP.
Fat Quarter Shop– for me, this is just fabric heaven. They offer fast shipping, great service and a huge selection of fabric and fun notions. They stock all of the latest quilting colorways and show you what is coming down the pike. Weekly specials offer a chance to stock up on basics and more. When white kona layer cakes go on sale, I usually buy a few and have them on hand for lining the inside of Backyard Bibs and Sugar N Spice Dresses.
Cricut.com– Although not really a fabric shop, you would be amazed at the small scale bundles and amazing sales offered by Cricut. Shipping is quick and often free. Join their email list to be notified of sales and then stock up on some neat, fabric fat quarter bundles or layer cakes.
Fabric.com– If it’s not here, it probably does not exist. Fabric.com is a one stop shop for all of your fabric needs, from home decor to small scale doll prints.
Shabby Chic.- This adorable site offers its own style of charm in its fabric collection. Although the selection is curated and limited a bit, when you find what you like, it’s all color coordinated and presented in a gorgeous way. You’ll surely find something to love here!
Missouri Quilt Shop– Like the Fat Quarter Shop listed above, this is your quilter’s cotton heaven online! With daily deals and an extensive collection of fabrics and notions, you’ll surely find a few you can’t live without here.