Tutorial and free 18 inch doll printable shirt pattern that is so simple even kids can sew it! Fits American Girl Dolls and other 18 inch dolls. My girls even put these shirts on their Bitty Babies!
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My girls adore the American Girl dolls Mike’s mom and grandma gave them for Christmas a few years back. The dress them and un-dress them. This summer we channeled that love into this super-simple sewing project. I designed an 18 inch doll shirt that can be sewn using any knit fabric in only three seams! This means that even beginners can easily sew this shirt!
18 Inch Doll Shirt Pattern
If your child is sewing this shirt and it is their first time using a sewing machine, go over these sewing machine safety rules before you start.
- Sewing machine. Here are a few beginner machines that should work pretty well:
- Knit fabric
- Sewing Shears (option, but cutting fabric is so much easier with these!
How to Sew an 18 Inch Doll Shirt
Step 1: Download the doll shirt pattern
This pattern is a free pdf download. Click on the image below to download.
Step 2: Cut Out Your Shirt
Use the pattern to cut out out your shirt. Make sure you place the pattern piece on the fabric so that it stretches sideways, not lengthwise!
Step 3: Sew Your Shirt
Stitch along the dashed lines in the pattern. We used a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Make sure you use a zig zag stitch, because that stretches better! You can add a rolled hem at the collar, bottom of the shirt, and sleeve ends; we skipped this step.
Step 4: Try Your Shirt on Your Doll
Congratulations, your shirt is finished! Find your doll, put on the shirt, and enjoy a new adventure together!