This video and the written instructions below will explain how to sew a simple, easy doll skirt for an 18 inch doll or American Girl doll.
NO PATTERN IS NECESSARY!
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WHAT YOU NEED:
Main Fabric – 5” x 22”
Border Fabric – 2 ½” x 22”
Elastic – 10 ½” x ¼” wide
STEP 1: SEWING BORDER ONTO MAIN FABRIC
* Fold border strip in half lengthwise and press. The fabric is now 1 1/4 inch by 22 inches.
* Place the main fabric on the table right side up. Pin border strip along one edge of the main fabric matching raw edges.
* Sew border and main fabric together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
* To help prevent the seam allowance from fraying, finish the edge of the seam with a zigzag stitch.
* Press the border toward main fabric.
STEP 2: MAKING ELASTIC CASING
* Turn fabric at top of skirt under 1/4 inch and press.
* Turn under again 1/2 inch and press.
* Stitch casing in place using a straight stitch along the bottom of the fold.
STEP 3: INSERTING ELASTIC
* Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic.
* Insert the safety pinned elastic end through the opening of the casing. Use the safety pin to help pull the elastic though the casing.
* IMPORTANT: When the other end of the elastic gets close to the opening of the casing, pin the end of the elastic to keep it from going into the casing.
* Remove safety pin and pin elastic in place.
STEP 4: STITCHING BACK
* With right sides together, stitch back seam using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Zigzag stitch the edge of the seam.
* Press seam.
* Turn right-side out.
The skirt is finished.
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Sewing clothes and accessories for girls and their 18-inch doll.
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