Monday, February 17, 2014

Easy-to-sew Panel Skirt Tutorial for 18" Doll

How to sew a panel skirt for an 18" doll

I'm excited to have little ones in my life again that enjoy having me sew clothing for their dolls.  I created and sewed this skirt for both an 18" and Barbie doll as well a girl's size 5 (tutorials coming - I'll provide links once they're up).

This doll skirt is easy to sew and is a great way to use up your scraps. 

Materials needed:
  • Six 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" fabric pieces. 
  • One 18" x 4" fabric pieces.
  • One 18" piece of 1/4" elastic.
  • Coordinating thread. 
Let's get started shall we?   
  • Step 1:  Cut your fabric: Six 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" rectangles and one 18" x 4" rectangle.  My sample used three coordinating polka dot prints for the panel and a contrast color for the bottom band.
  • Step 2: Using a 1/4" seam allowance, with wrong sides facing stitch the six rectangles together along the 5-1/2" side; leave one end unsewn.

  • Step 3: Fold the 18" x 4" rectangle in half lengthwise with wrong sides facing; press.  

  • Step 4: Place the raw edge of the folded rectangle along the bottom raw edge of the skirt; pin.  Stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press seam toward the skirt. If desired, on the right side of the skirt topstitch the seam allowance in place.  
  • Step 5: Fold the upper raw edge of the skirt 1/4" toward the wrong side; press.

  • Step 6: Fold again 1/2" toward the wrong side; press.  Stitch close to the first fold creating a casing for the elastic.

  • Step 7: Cut a 12" piece of 1/4" elastic.

  • Step 8: Place a safety pin on one end of the elastic and thread the elastic through the casing. Be sure to secure the elastic at each end of the casing with a pin.
  • Step 9: Stitch through all layers on each end of the skirt to secure the elastic.

  • Step 10: To stitch the last seam, place the remaining skirt edges wrong sides together; pin. Stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance being sure to catch the elastic in the seam.  If desired finish the seam with a zig-zag stitch.  Turn skirt right side out.

  •  Step 11: Turn skirt right side out. Place on doll. Admire your work. 

If you enjoy sewing doll clothes, be sure to check out the tutorials-doll clothing tab for more doll fashions as well as tips for sewing itty-bitty clothing.  

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