Learn how to make an American Girl Doll skirt (18" doll) with this video and photo tutorial. This tutorial will explain how to sew this simple, easy doll skirt for an 18 inch doll or American Girl doll. This skirt does not require a pattern!
The skirt has a feature fabric and a border fabric making a pretty skirt for your American Girl or other 18" sized doll. This skirt has an elastic waistband. Pick out some pretty fabric and sew some for your American Girl doll.
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WHAT YOU NEED:
- Main Fabric – 5” x 22”
- Border Fabric – 2 ½” x 22”
- Elastic – 10 ½” x ¼” wide
- Sewing Machine
- Safety Pin
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.
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STEP 4: STITCHING BACK
Fold the skirt with right sides together and pin.
Stitch back seam using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Zigzag stitch the edge of the seam.
Press the seam and turn the skirt right-side out.
The skirt is finished.
MORE AMERICAN GIRL DOLL OR 18" DOLL clothes tutorials
Simple Doll Skirt is a tutorial on how to make a quick and easy sewn doll skirt. Similar to this tutorial, this is a good project for a beginner.
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