Dolls are as popular today as they were when I was a young girl. My oldest granddaughter has several, all of which are 12″ dolls. For Lauren’s birthday in October, I wanted to expand her baby wardrobe with some new additions. Although there are countless patterns and tutorials for 18″ dolls, I found very few for the 12″ baby dolls and other small dolls that toddlers can easily hold, change and nurture.
What to do? Make patterns, of course, and grab my scraps!
After being the lucky recipient of two large bags of quilter’s scraps last summer, I put them to good use making these doll clothes. I made a reversible dress, a reversible top with matching bloomers, and flannel pajamas. Let’s start with the dress, which Lauren calls her doll’s ‘party dress’.
Skill Level: Beginner Time: Medium Cost: Zero!
- Quilter’s’ scraps, fat quarters or remnants of cotton, flannel or other lightweight fabric, including 2 pieces approx. 8″ x 11″.
- 1/4″ elastic
- 1/2″ Velcro strips
- Optional: 1/2″ buttons, lace, trim or appliqués
Reversible Party Dress: two versions
This dress is great because it has Velcro closures and does not need to go over the head, making it easy for young girls to dress their doll. The pattern is simple and you can add buttons, lace, or ruffles, as far as your imagination takes you! This is the time you will be glad you saved those small scraps of lace, Velcro or trim. The purple dress got a pleat in front because it was my first prototype, and was too wide!
Please note: Print patterns on a 8-1/2″ X 11″ paper. All seam allowances are 1/4″. Since all dolls are a bit different in size, make sure you “try on” each pattern prior to cutting the fabric, and make adjustments accordingly. I know these are in pretty rough form. Maybe someday I’ll re-do them!
The Bloomer Pattern is here: Bloomers_Pattern
- Cut one of dress patterns on the fold, from each of two fabrics.
- Lay the dress pieces on a flat surface, placing right sides together.
- Pin all around.
- Stitch together with a 1/4″ seam, leaving a 2-3″ opening along the bottom edge.
- Clip the inner curves, making sure not to cut into the seam. Notch the outer curves.
- Turn inside out, press, and top stitch close to edge. (Check to make sure you have the thread colors you like on top and bottom!)
- Sew small squares of Velcro to hold the front tabs in place. Optional: On the front of one side, sew a colorful button.
See This tutorial
Use one of the shirt patterns for this easy set of pj’s. (I made the neck a bit big, so added a bias strip.) The shirt goes together in this order: shoulder seams, attach sleeve to armhole, hem neck, hem bottom, hem sleeves, sleeve and side seams (in one), fold back closures and add strips of Velcro.
Make the pants the same as the bloomers, except cut the leg longer and hem the leg openings.
It’s so much fun to see little faces light up with the new outfits to dress their dolls! The project also made me feel like a kid again!