How to use a Ruffler Foot to Gather a Skirt for a Doll Dress

When it comes to doll dresses, I say, can there ever be enough ruffle? Whether it’s a full, twirly doll skirt, or a cute ruffle at the hem of pants or a skirt, you can make your ruffles in mere seconds with this fancy accessory for your sewing machine!! Use this quick method when you sew the Boardwalk Boutique, Party Time Peasant Dress, Playtime Peasant Skirt, and the Sugar n Spice dress patterns from Oh Sew Kat! See the full pattern collection HERE.

Make bitty baby doll clothes with easy pdf sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Great for beginners, also fits Bitty Twins.
Bitty Baby doll in pink flowered dress

Learn to Use Your Ruffler Attachment for Your Sewing Machine

The first thing is to ensure you have the exact correct ruffler for your specific machine.  My machine is a Bernina 560 and the ruffler foot is #86.  I have a ruffler foot for my babylock machine as well, and even though it looks almost identical, it’s not compatible with my Bernina.  A ruffler for your machine is not a cheap accessory, but if you use it often, it can be a huge time saver!!! Be sure to watch a few quick videos on you tube to get familiar with how to use it. Generally, a ruffler will look like the photo below. It’s quite the contraption! But once I tried it, I fell in love!

Sewing Doll Skirts: Ruffler Tips

  1. There can be a lot of math involved when using a ruffler.  It has a few options and if you change the number and the stitch length, you get even more!  That all gives me a headache, to be honest. I’m an English teacher not a math teacher, remember? If you want a great tutorial on how to figure all of this out, I highly recommend searching you tube.  Me, I just want to put a piece of fabric in and gather my doll skirts in about 15 seconds!  So this is what I did and maybe it can benefit you too.
  2. The ruffler foot seems intimidating at first, but it really attaches just like any of your other sewing feet. You need to make sure the top “hook” (looks like a backwards “c”- see Fig 1) is over the needle bar (see Fig 3), which will move the entire mechanism. This is similar to some buttonhole feet. Once the foot is secure, and the “c” hook is over the bar, lower the foot and check that your needle moves in and out freely and doesn’t hit any of the metal.
  3. In Fig 2, you can see the front notch which shows the number of stitches between “tucks” or gathers. For tight gathers, set this to 1, so it will “tuck” every stitch. You can also set it to every 6th stitch or every 12th stitch. The smaller the number, the tighter the gathers. You will need less fabric the higher the number.
  4. The fabric will move front to back, just like your regular sewing. The center, middle of the foot has a darker, flat piece of metal. The back end of this piece has a zig zag type edge, which will grab the fabric. As the fabric is tucked, the needle stitches it in place. Your fabric is fed in between the two bars at the front, then under this little metal piece and out the back.
  5. In Fig 1, you can see that the foot has a two layer bottom. The fabric will feed in between these two layer bars at the front, then under the metal piece and needle etc. (Fig 4). Start slowly, and ensure the fabric and the little claw are moving correctly. You will hold/feed the fabric, watching the front guide. If you start to sew, and your fabric doesn’t start to move in under the needle, pull it out and try again.
  6. I sat down with a pile of cotton strips (I used the ugly parts of a quilter’s jelly roll, but you can use anything that is similar to the fabric you will gather the most. You can even ruffle a strip, measure it, pull the stitches out, and ruffle it again using the same strip more than once.)  The jelly roll strips were all 42 inches long (and 2.5 inches wide), which is more or less the width of fabric when you buy it off the bolt.  I sat down and set my ruffler to ruffle every stitch, (the little holes front and center) and my stitch length to 2.5.  I ruffled the strip.  The next one I ruffled with the stitch length set at 3.0 and kept moving up to 5.0 which is as long as my machine will let me set.  (No idea what a jelly roll is? Click AD: to see at the Fat Quarter Shop HERE. Jelly rolls (also called Bali Pops, Rolie Polies etc) are a type of precut cotton fabric, designed for quilters, but also great for doll clothes!)
  7. Once I ruffled each strip, I measured it and started making a chart. I entered the original length of fabric, the stitch length (2.5-5.0), the ruffler stitch count setting (every stitch, every sixth stitch, etc), and the finished, ruffled length. My goal was to see what stitch length would give me the closest measurements to the skirts in my doll clothes patterns. I add them to a white board or wall chart for quick reference. Look up the skirt measurements of your favorite doll clothes patterns with ruffles or gathered skirts. Cut strips to match, and start with the lowest stitch length setting, to see where you end up. It’s not hard to get right to certain measurements, and as I said, I’m an English teacher, and I didn’t want to do the math.  I needed the strips to be 1 or 2 inches LONGER than what I would use on the doll garment. I can trim off the end.  😉  If a measurement is too short, leaving an inch unruffled at either end can work as well.  This also makes it a little easier to add the hook and loop tape to a back closing garment.
  8. I found that a strip that measured 42 inches, ruffled at 5.0 stitch length gave me 14-15 inches.  This is what I use most of the time for 18 inch dolls.  I leave one inch at the beginning, and ruffle all the way to the end.  Once it’s pinned to the skirt, I can remove the part I don’t need (perfect for an apron like in Sugar n Spice pattern), remove a few stitches to flatten out the back edge, and attach it to my waistband. Time saver!!!

It’s possible to ruffle and attach your skirt to your waistband at the same time. As long as you know you can trim off the excess at the end, you can do it in one step.  Having your handy chart of which stitch length will give you what approximate measurement will really help!  I encourage you to ruffle a few strips of fabric and make your own chart.  At first I used a notebook, but I’ve since put it into my google drive so it is now sorted by fabric length.  I add to it every time I ruffle a skirt or piece of fabric, and I reference it when I sit down to sew a pattern to speed up my doll clothes constructions.

How to Use a Ruffler to Gather Doll Skirts when Sewing

A ruffler foot can also be used to make your own gathered trim (think eyelet lace) and ruffles for any and every project. Have fun with this new tool!!

Use the ruffler foot to make the quick to sew Party Time Peasant Dress even quicker!! Find the pattern here.

Make a Party Time Peasant Dress for your 18 inch American Girl doll for St Patrick's Day. Find the easy PDF print at home sewing pattern at ohsewkat.com. #irish #dolldress #18inch #sewingpattern #irishcraft
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Courtney Moore 80s Doll Mix and Match Pink Belt Tutorial

DIY your own doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like Courtney Moore from American Girl®. Easy to sew PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! will help you be successful with full color photos plus written instructions for every step of the way. Be your own doll clothes designer!!

Make Fun 80’s Fashions for Your American Girl Doll- Free Tutorials

Create mix and match outfits with hot pink and houndstooth with easy sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Have you seen Courtney’s new mix and match wardrobe pieces from American Girl®? You can create the same look for less money with Oh Sew Kat! patterns and tutorials.

Here’s is the outfit I made for Courtney. I used the POPSICLE TOP pattern for the top, and THIS TUTORIAL for the skirt. Read below for how I made the hot pink belt to complete the look!!

Make a mix and match 80s outfit from houndstooth fabric for your Courtney American Girl Doll. More patterns available from Oh Sew Kat!

Make Courtney’s 1980s Hot Pink Belt

  1. Supplies: Belt Buckle, cotton or knit fabric
  2. Cut fabric 2.5 x 15.5 inches ( I cut mine at 2 inches wide, and decided it should be thicker but did not sew a new version so yours may look slightly different than my photos, but probably more like the one on the AG site.)
  3. With RST stitch up one side, with the last inch forming a slight diagonal to the edge to create a point.
  4. Turn and press well; the seam can be centered or on one edge, depending how you want your belt to look.
  5. Zig zag stitch or serge the open end closed.
  6. Place this finished end through the buckle, fold over and seam in place, just far enough so your foot does not hit the buckle.

Put your belt over the waistband and bottom edge of the skirt and top for a “dress look” and revel in the $48 plus shipping you may have just saved. You are welcome, Momma!! I put the skirt, top and belt items in my cart. Yes, you get two tops and two skirts and some accessories besides the belt, but if this is a passing phase for your kid (like it was with mine)- this is a great answer for a wonderful, time appropriate outfit for your 18 inch 80s Courtney doll from American Girl. And you can sew as many as you want! Click HERE for the skirt tutorial and HERE for the top tutorial to complete the outfit.

Easy to make houndstooth skirt and top outfit for American Girl Doll Courtney by Oh Sew Kat!

Find more ideas and tutorials to sew for Courtney by clicking the photos below. Be sure to visit the Courtney Moore Inspiration Gallery HERE.

Make your 18 inch Courtney Moore American Girl doll a Care bears nightgown with the easy to sew Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern from the Oh Sew Kat! Etsy Shop. Available in other doll sizes too!
Make doll clothes for 1980's 18 inch dolls like Courtney Moore from American Girl. Easy to sew doll clothes with easy PDF digital patterns, printables, and tutorials from OhSewKat. Also available on Etsy. Make a boxy crop top, hair scrunchies, and bubble skirts.
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Back to School Sewing Patterns – School Bell Blouse

It’s so hard to believe it’s already August!! For most of us, that means back to school time! I’ve always loved the feel of back to school shopping- and who doesn’t love those aisles and aisles of school supplies that pop up in every store this time of year?  Be still my heart!

Mace Back to School Outfits for Dolls with easy Sewing Patterns.

Your dolls will be ready for a great year with a few new outfits too!  Check back often to see more ideas for Back to School doll fashions that you can make yourself!

School Bell Blouse sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls. Easy sewing pattern to make doll clothes and back to school outfits for fall. #easypattern #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat

Today’s feature is the School Bell Blouse.  This pattern features two versions of a short top with long sleeves.  Pretty pleats on the sleeve give you a cute spot for a bow or button accent.  With or without the peplum, this trendy blouse is fun to make and cute for your doll to wear!

Back to School Fashions for Dolls

School Bell Blouse sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls. Easy sewing pattern to make doll clothes and back to school outfits for fall. #easypattern #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat

Find the School Bell Blouse pattern for dolls in 3 sizes HERE and sew it up today!

Make a holiday blouse for your 18 inch doll with the easy and fast School Bell Blouse sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Visit my blog to try a free skirt sewing pattern. #ohsewkat #18inchdollclothes #sewingpattern #easytosew
Make a top or blouse for your 18 inch doll with the easy and fast School Bell Blouse sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Visit my blog to try a free skirt sewing pattern. #ohsewkat #18inchdollclothes #sewingpattern #easytosew

Your dolls will be the hit of the hallways this year in easy to sew Back to School Fashions.

Make a top or blouse for your 18 inch doll with the easy and fast School Bell Blouse sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Visit my blog to try a free skirt sewing pattern. #ohsewkat #18inchdollclothes #sewingpattern #easytosew

The quick and easy Sixth Grade Skirt is the perfect skirt to complete the outfit. 

Make a top or blouse for your 18 inch doll with the easy and fast School Bell Blouse sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Visit my blog to try a free skirt sewing pattern. #ohsewkat #18inchdollclothes #sewingpattern #easytosew
School Bell Blouse by OhSewKat

Make a new 1st day of School outfit for your 18 inch Doll

Make a top or blouse for your 18 inch doll with the easy and fast School Bell Blouse sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Visit my blog to try a free skirt sewing pattern. #ohsewkat #18inchdollclothes #sewingpattern #easytosew

Find the pattern for 18 inch dolls HERE and for 16 inch dolls HERE.  Coming soon for Wellie Wishers 😉

See more School Bell Blouse ideas in the Pattern Inspiration Gallery.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Back to School Outfits for Dolls DIY
Easy sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl from Oh Sew Kat! PDF digital downloads to print and sew! School Bell Blouse sewing pattern to diy doll clothes. #ohsewkat #americangirl #dollclothes #sewingpattern #easydresspattern #schoolbellblouse

Step it Up Series: Make a Sixth Grade Skirt with Ruffle or Lace Hem! Easy Skirt Pattern Hack!

Add a ruffle or lace hem to your Sixth Grade Skirt!

American girl dolls DIY skirt tutorial

The Sixth Grade Skirt is the perfect skirt to make for your doll all year long.  It takes such a tiny bit of fabric and goes together in a jiffy!  Here’s a way to give your Sixth Grade Skirt a new look! Add a cute hem to your skirt with this easy tutorial.

American girl dolls sewing patterns

First, you will need the pattern.  I offer the Sixth Grade Skirt in five sizes:  18 inch, 16 inch Disney Animators, 15 inch Bitty Baby, 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers, and 14 inch HeartsForHearts Girls.  (Because this skirt is fitted and does not use elastic, I encourage you to check the fit on your own doll before you sew on the hook and loop tape, especially if your doll does not have a cloth body.  If you purchased this pattern before June 2018, be sure to get the updated version!

Sixth Grade A line skirt sewing pattern for dolls

Step 1. To keep the skirt’s cute silhouette, you need to remove a little bit from the hem of the pattern pieces.  You can do this after you sew the pieces together, but it’s easier to just cut the seam allowance off the bottom of each pattern piece.  Cut out your skirt and put it together according to the directions.  Before you add the waistband, complete Step 2 below.

Step 2.  To add a fabric ruffle for an 18 inch doll skirt, cut a strip of fabric 2 inches by 27-36 inches.  (27 inches will give a less full ruffle than 36 inches will.)  You will need a thinner, and shorter piece for smaller dolls. Measure the hem of your skirt, and cut the ruffle to 1.5 or 2 times that length.  Pre-gathered eyelet lace also makes a pretty hem!

Skirt with lace hem skirt with ruffle hem Step 3.  With wrong sides together, press your ruffle the long way.  The fold will be the hem.  Gather the top, raw edges or use (my new favorite!) a ruffle foot.  With right sides together, pin the ruffle (or your lace or trim) to the hem of your skirt, and stitch with a 1/4th inch seam allowance.  Use an overlock stitch, zigzag stitch, or serger to give the seam allowance a clean finish.  Press it towards the skirt, and top stitch close to the edge.

Step 4.

That was easy!  Complete the skirt according to the directions.  Your Sixth Grade Skirt is complete!

Skirt with lace hem skirt with ruffle hem

This post is the second post in a series of six posts:

Six Ways to Sew the Sixth Grade Skirt!

  1.  Add pockets to your Sixth Grade Skirt
  2. Add a ruffle or lace hem to your Sixth Grade Skirt
  3.  Check back to see another way to Step it Up!
  4. Check back to see another way to Step it Up!
  5. Check back to see another way to Step it Up!
  6. Check back to see another way to Step it Up!

Each post in this series will feature a new way to “Step it Up” and make your Sixth Grade Skirt just a little more unique.  Find the quick and easy pattern in my Etsy Shop:

Sixth Grade Skirt for 18 inch dolls like American Girl®

Sixth Grade Skirt for 15 inch dolls like Bitty Baby®

Sixth Grade Skirt for 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers™

You can also make Sixth Grade Skirt for Disney Animator Dolls and Hearts for Hearts.

Try Oh Sew Kat! simple sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and WellieWishers. Easy skirt pattern can be made in less than two hours. Try a freebie at ohsewkat.com. #easysewingpattern #dollclothes #americangirldoll #ohsewkat
Grace Thomas doll in Sixth Grade Skirt
Six ways to sew the Sixth Grade Skirt

Share your skirt with ruffles or lace online with hashtag OhSewKat.  Click HERE to see another way to step up your Sixth Grade Skirt.

Sewing patterns for dolls

How to Make a Tee Shirt Dress from a Tee Shirt Pattern for Your Doll – Try this Easy Pattern Hack!

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

If you have a tee shirt pattern for your doll that you just love, it’s so easy to use that same pattern in a new way and make a super cute, tee shirt dress for her!!

Make a tee shirt dress for your doll with the Simple Sweet Tee Pattern.

American Girl dolls in colorful emoji tee shirt dresses

If you want a great selection of hardy knit fabrics, head to your local discount store instead of your fabric store. Shop the women and girls departments for a large selection of leggings! I always buy the largest size they have on hand, since it will provide the most fabric and the most design options.  Shop the end of the season for the best prices!



I found these happy emoji and lacy leggings in the girls section of Walmart. The galaxy print was found in the women’s section and is perfect for Luciana, the 2018 Girl of the Year.  The emoji and lace are capri style leggings, so they didn’t have a ton of fabric, but certainly enough to make 2-3 dresses (or 2 dresses and a tee).  For a grand total of $2.29, that is certainly a bargain!

Emoji and galaxy knit fabric

My dresses were made using the Simple, Sweet Tee pattern by Oh Sew Kat!, but any tee shirt pattern you have will work.  If you have a tee already made, put it on your doll and decide where you want the dress to fall on her leg. Make a note of that measurement.  I decided on three inches from the longer version of the Sweet Tee pattern.



Tee shirt dress tutorial measure your doll

It’s easiest to use the hemmed edges of the pant leg if they are big enough. If you can’t take advantage of the hemmed edge, add 3/8th inch to your measurement for your lower hem.  You can simply lay your pieces down on the pant legs, and measure them to make sure they are the same and cut them out.

pattern pieces and rulers on fabric to make a new pattern

Usually, I like to create new pattern pieces when I do things like this. That way, I still have them for later to use again and don’t have to recreate anything when I want to make another one.  Cut out the back and front pattern pieces, and tape them to a new piece of paper or graph paper.  Using a ruler, simply extend the side edges down the amount you measured in the step above of both the front and back pieces. Create a new hemline and cut it out.

Extra tip:  This pattern has a straight side seam (the hemline is a perfect 90 degree angle to the side seam). Sometimes, if you extend this line down too long, it won’t cover the doll’s bum in back because she is thicker there than at her waist, where the tee usually ends.  After measuring and drawing my new lines, I moved my side seam out 1/2 to 3/4th inch and simply connected this back up to the armscye, giving the bottom edge just a little more room and flare.  With knit fabrics, they will still stretch and work, but having a little extra room ensures a nice fit.  If your tee shirt pattern has a tighter fit, or curves inward, I strongly suggest adding this extra width to the hem to ensure your dress fits.

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

Lay out your pattern pieces on your leggings or fabric.  I used the existing pant hems here.  Cut out your pieces, paying close attention to which direction the fabric goes and where the fold lines end up.  It was kind of a tight squeeze to get the back piece on the child’s leggings, and I put one sleeve on each leg to maximize the fabric I have left over for the next one.   Assemble the shirt according to pattern directions.  For the lacy dress, I left off the sleeves and used fold over elastic using hemming method #1 from the pattern.  For the emoji dress, I used the normal hemming method #3.



Upcycle children’s leggings to make cute tee shirt dresses for dolls!

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And there you have it! A super quick and super easy tee shirt dress from a tee shirt pattern.

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Make a tee shirt dress for your 18 inch doll with this easy tutorial.

The Simple, Sweet Tee shirt pattern is available sized for 18 inch dolls, animators, Wellie Wishers, and Bitty Baby in my Etsy Shop.  See more simple sweet tees here and here.



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How to Make a Sparkly, Snowflake Tee Shirt for Dolls (a simple HTV Tutorial)

Add a little bling and a little sparkle to the doll clothes you make!! Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make a sparkly tee shirt like this one.  You can purchase a tee shirt, or make your own with the Simple, Sweet Tee pattern.  Use the free skirt pattern (Four Season Skirt) to complete your outfit! 

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Add HTV to a doll tee shirt- DIY Doll Tees!

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

Use a cricut machine or other e-cutter to personalize tee shirts for your dolls

  1.  Using your electronic cutting machine software, or using a standard die cutting machine, cut out your pattern from Heat Transfer Vinyl.  HTV is cut from the material in reverse, and then pressed onto the fabric.  If your design is not symmetrical, like a word for example, you need to mirror the image before you cut it out, otherwise it will be backwards on your item.  For these snowflake tee shirts, my design is sized to about 1 1/2 inches and I used silver Heat Transfer Vinyl by Cricut.
  2. Weed the image. This means to pull off all of the vinyl around your design (the negative space) so that all that is left on your clear backing paper is the image that will end up on your tee shirt.  (I typically cut a square around my designs as well, to avoid using more HTV than I need, but to also make this weeding process easier.)  A light pad (or window) can help you see the lines! Use a tweezers, a seam ripper, or other sharp tool to remove those teeny tiny pieces in the snowflake centers (or in letters if you are using a word design) too!  The only thing left on the clear backing paper is what you want on your actual garment.  There may be touches of glitter left on the backing paper and this will not end up on your item.
  3. Position your image onto your shirt and press it with a hot iron or heat press machine for 20-30 seconds. It’s best to use a teflon sheet between your item and the iron, but with HTV, it’s not necessarily required.  The new EASY PRESS by Cricut is a great, new tool for pressing, but a regular iron works just as well, especially because doll shirts are tiny and usually don’t end up being washed over and over like a child’s shirt would be.  Remove the clear, backing paper (it will sort of curl away from your design as it releases it when heated) and discard it.  Let your item cool.
  4. If desired, add to your design with some sparkly crystals to make your design even more unique! Have fun with colored crystals and patterns.  You can purchase them on amazon or at local craft stores.  Depending which type you purchase, some have the glue (called HOT FIX) already on them.  You can use the iron or a hot fix tool to melt the glue and attach them.  You can also glue them right on with E6000 glue (also found at amazon and craft stores).  If you add crystals, be sure that the age of the user is taken into account before you add them.
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

Have fun making personalized tee shirts for your dolls! See all of the design possibilities in the Cricut software HERE and let your imagination run wild! What will you make first?

Easy graphic tee shirts you make for your dolls

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
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

I made the skirts with the FOUR SEASON Skirt pattern and added a few extra crystals with the E6000 glue to add a little more bling!  Find the free skirt pattern HERE.

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 #sewingpattern

I used a CRICUT EXPLORE AIR machine to make these snowflakes shirts. Visit the Cricut website to see more about these innovative machines and products to take your crafting to the next level and beyond!  Make your own tee shirt for dolls with the Simple, Sweet Tee shirt pattern found HERE.

You might also enjoy these Cricut blog posts:

Your your cricut machine to cut doll clothes patterns, design graphic tee shirts, make fabric projects and more. Find sewing patterns for Dolls at Oh Sew Kat~

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Make graphic tees for dolls with HTV and a cricut machine. Easy tutorial by OH Sew Kat. Find sewing patterns for popular sized doll clothes.
Find doll scale fabrics to make cute doll clothes from Cricut. Small stripes by Riley Blake, perfect for the Four Season Skirt- free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #maker #cricut #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #stripes #18inchdolls
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
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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Sewing for dolls: Jumping Jack Jumper Set for Julie Albright

Does Julie Albright from American Girl® live at your house?  The new Jumping Jack pattern is based on a 1974 design and would be perfect for Julie’s wardrobe.  With three mix and match pieces (a turtleneck shirt, shorts, and a reversible jumper), she’s ready for school or play.  I think it could also make a cute sunsuit!  Make your own Julie (or any of her friends) a new outfit today!

Sewing pattern for doll clothes for Julie

Matching pattern for Wellie Wishers will be published next week!Sewing patterns for doll clothes by OH Sew Kat! (8)Julie Albright American Girl Doll in a 1970s pantskirt outfit with turtleneck shirt and shorts.

I was saving this groovy fabric for the perfect project! I think Julie looks great, what do you think?  Note:  I used her belt from her classic meet outfit to complete the look!  Download the Jumping Jack sewing pattern and make your Julie a groovy outfit today!

Find more photos of the Jumping Jack pattern here and here.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

 

American Girl doll Julie Albright sewing patterns

Sew doll clothes for Halloween!

It’s the spooky season! I’m obsessed with this adorable Halloween fabric from Doodlebug.  I couldn’t wait to make it into a few cute doll dresses for my Wellie Wishers dolls!

Sew a Halloween themed outfit for your dolls with easy Sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Fall Halloween Dress sewing pattern for Wellie Wishers and other size dolls. Easy sewing pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat! #halloween #dolldress #welliewishers #ohsewkat

I used the School Dance Dress pattern and had fun mixing and matching the cute, spooky fabrics!  The eyes are just too much!  Owls and black cats, oh my!  The pattern is available in three sizes:  18 inch dolls, Wellie Wishers, and for 16 inch Disney Animators.

Fall Halloween Dress sewing pattern for Wellie Wishers and other size dolls. Easy sewing pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat! #halloween #dolldress #welliewishers #ohsewkat

Willa loves her new dress!  I used a little scrapbook embellishment for the ribbon’s belt buckle.

Fall Halloween Dress sewing pattern for Wellie Wishers and other size dolls. Easy sewing pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat! #halloween #dolldress #welliewishers #ohsewkat

Camille loves to twirl. Her dress is made with the Party Time Peasant Dress. This doll dress pattern is available in 5 doll sizes:  18 inch dolls like American Girl dolls, 15 inch baby dolls like Bitty Baby, 16 inch dolls like A Girl for All Time and Disney Animators, and of course, 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers.  Find them all in my Etsy shop including a special bundle for 18 and 14.5 inch sizes.

I used some cute, striped bias tape from HOME SEW on the bottom. It was perfect!

Make your own Easy Halloween Dresses for Dolls

Fall Halloween Dress sewing pattern for Wellie Wishers and other size dolls. Easy sewing pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat! #halloween #dolldress #welliewishers #ohsewkat
Fall Halloween Dress sewing pattern for Wellie Wishers and other size dolls. Easy sewing pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat! #halloween #dolldress #welliewishers #ohsewkat

I can’t get enough of this fabric!  It’s called Ghouls and Goodies by Riley Blake.  (Doodlebug Designs). Such cuteness!  Are you sewing for your dolls this Halloween?

Halloween themed dresses for wellie wishers and glitter girls.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Fall Halloween Dress sewing pattern for Wellie Wishers and other size dolls. Easy sewing pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat! #halloween #dolldress #welliewishers #ohsewkat

Make Nanea’s Muumuu: Sew a Hawaiian Dress with the Sugar n Spice Dress Pattern Hack

Make a Hawaiian inspired sundress for your 18 inch doll.

The tropical climate of Hawaii is perfect for floral sundresses of all styles!  A quick google search for “Hawaiian Dress” or “Hawaiian Muumuu” will show you thousands of pretty island dresses.  There are many styles, so it seems that however you make yours, it will be perfect for Nanea, American Girl®’s newest BeForever character from Hawaii!

Make Pretty Muumuu dresses in 18 inch doll size

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

This post is one in a series of four STEP IT UP SERIES posts of easy Hawaiian Dresses to make from Oh Sew Kat! Patterns.  Hopefully you already own one or two and can get started right away!

Be sure to check out three other ways to make a Hawaiian dress here, here, and here!  You can also quickly find them all on my Tutorials page.

The easiest way to make a Hawaiian dress is to simply sew your favorite sleeveless, sundress pattern is a bright, floral print.  Keep the size of your doll in mind as you select your fabric; you don’t want the flowers to be bigger than she is!

The Sugan n Spice pattern is perfect!  Click the image below to purchase and download it today.

Sewing Patterns for dolls by Oh Sew Kat 18 inch animators welliewishers

Step 1.  Choose the Seeveless pinafore, print and cut out your pieces as directed in the pattern with a skirt length of 6.5 inches.  Cut a strip of fabric for the ruffle:  2.75 x 45 inches (or WOF, the width of your fabric).

Step 2. Construct your dress according to the pattern directions but do not sew a hem.

Step 3. Zigzag or serge finish one long edge of your ruffle strip, press it up 1/4th inch and stitch hem in place. Gather the top edge of the ruffle.

Step 4.  With right sides together, pin the ruffle to the skirt, and stitch in place. Top stitch from the right side.  Complete the dress according to the pattern instructions.

Traditional Hawaiian Muumuu dresses are a little longer than a usual dress, and often have a wide ruffle at the hem.  Harper’s pink dress is made with ModKid fabric called Mezzanine.

Make a muumuu dress for Nanea. 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
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

MuuMuu dress for 18 inch Dolls Sewing Pattern

You don’t have to do a ruffle! Take your “ruffle strip”, fold it in half with wrong sides together, and press it well.  Add it to the right side of your dress hem, then turn it under and top stitch.  You can play with your patterns with this banded hem version.  Grace looks so pretty in blue!

Your Nanea doll will look beautiful in a handmade Hawaiian sundress!

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The Sugar n Spice pattern is perfect for Hawaiian dresses and Halloween costumes, as well as the perfect every day dress for school or holidays.  Check out the Inspiration Gallery and this blog post to see more Sugar n Spice dresses.

Make a Hawiian dress for your doll tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! 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

Who else can’t get enough Hawaiian dresses lately?  Check out this post and this post to see how to make more Hawaiian Dresses! Did you enjoy this post? Share it on facebook, twitter and pinterest from the links below!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Hawaiian Dress Sewing pattern for dolls by ohsewkat

DIY doll clothes sewing patterns for Nanea Mitchell 18 inch American Girl Doll. Easy to sew PDF Patterns from OhSewKat.
Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Playtime Peasant Top sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy
Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Sunshine Dress beginner sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy #18inch

See more muumuu dresses for Nanea here, here and here!

Find the Sugar n Spice pattern for 18 inch dolls HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Step it Up Series: Make a Sixth Grade Skirt for Dolls with Pockets! Don’t miss this Pattern Hack!

Pockets for the Sixth Grade Skirt PDF sewing pattern!

Add pockets to the very easy Sixth Grade Skirt PDF Sewing pattern from OhSewKat on Etsy. Perfect for beginners to sew clothes for 18 inch dolls.

With the end of summer, we find ourselves back to routines and Back to School!  Put a new twist on the classic A-Line Skirt for dolls, the Sixth Grade Skirt by Oh Sew Kat!  Add some cute pockets with this easy tutorial!

Add pockets to your Sixth Grade A line Skirt sewing pattern.

Add pockets to a skirt sewing tutorial, pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat! Find more PDF digital patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie WIshers. #ohsewkat #welliewishers #agdolls #18inchdolls #ourgeneration #sewingpatterns

First, you will need the pattern.  I offer the Sixth Grade Skirt in five sizes:  18 inch, 16 inch Disney Animators, 15 inch Bitty Baby, 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers, and 14 inch HeartsForHearts Girls.  (Because this skirt is fitted and does not use elastic, I encourage you to check the fit on your own doll before you sew on the hook and loop tape. This also means the pattern will fit a greater number of dolls on the market today.)

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

Step 1. Begin your pattern as you always do.  Print the pieces, cut them out, and choose your fabrics.  Cut out all of the pieces for your skirt. To add pockets, (in the same or contrasting fabric- your choice!), cut two additional SIDE FRONT pieces.

Step 2.  Hold your pocket piece up to your doll and figure out how far down the pocket should go. (About to her hand).  Draw a straight line on each pocket, fold along that line, and press wrong sides together. (For the 18 inch dolls, I measured 2 7/8th inch down from the top. For Wellie Wishers, I measured down 1 1/2 inch.)

Add pockets to a skirt sewing tutorial, pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat! Find more PDF digital patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie WIshers. #ohsewkat #welliewishers #agdolls #18inchdolls #ourgeneration #sewingpatterns

Step 3.  Top stitch the top of your pocket.  Double stitch it if you like.  Trim the excess fabric inside.

Step 4.  Place the pockets, with rights sides facing up for both pieces, directly over each SIDE FRONT piece and pin.  Be sure to they match exactly.  Continue to put your skirt together according to the pattern directions.

That was easy!  Your Sixth Grade Skirt is complete!  How about some cute buttons?

See more sewing ideas for the Sixth Grade Skirt pattern HERE.

Add pockets to a skirt sewing tutorial, pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat! Find more PDF digital patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie WIshers. #ohsewkat #welliewishers #agdolls #18inchdolls #ourgeneration #sewingpatterns

This post is first in a series of six posts, find the second post HERE and see another way to change up your Sixth Grade Skirt.

Six Ways to Sew the Sixth Grade PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!

Each post in the series will feature a new way to “Step it Up” and make your Sixth Grade Skirt just a little more unique.  Find the quick and easy pattern in my Etsy Shop:

Sixth Grade Skirt for 18 inch dolls like American Girl®

Sixth Grade Skirt for 15 inch dolls like Bitty Baby®

Sixth Grade Skirt for 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers™

Sixth Grade Skirt for 16 inch A Girl for All Time® Dolls

You can also make Sixth Grade Skirt for Disney Animator Dolls and Hearts for Hearts.

Add pockets to a skirt sewing tutorial, pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat! Find more PDF digital patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie WIshers. #ohsewkat #welliewishers #agdolls #18inchdolls #ourgeneration #sewingpatterns
Easy Skirt sewing pattern for diy 18 inch doll clothes. Perfect for beginners. Easy doll clothes sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
Add pockets to a skirt sewing tutorial, pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat! Find more PDF digital patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie WIshers. #ohsewkat #welliewishers #agdolls #18inchdolls #ourgeneration #sewingpatterns
Add pockets to a skirt sewing tutorial, pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat! Find more PDF digital patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie WIshers. #ohsewkat #welliewishers #agdolls #18inchdolls #ourgeneration #sewingpatterns

Share your skirt with pockets online with hashtag OhSewKat.  Click HERE for the second way to step up your Sixth Grade Skirt.

Sewing patterns for dolls
Easy skirt sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls- Sixth Grade Skirt. Tutorial to add pockets to Oh Sew Kat! Skirt pattern.