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Babydoll Dress Sewing Instructions

Updated on May 17, 2015
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Ronna Pennington is a professional craft writer and a life-long crafter whose motto is "If I can hot glue it, I can do it."

Easy to sew baby doll dress

This pattern fits baby dolls or stuffed animals.
This pattern fits baby dolls or stuffed animals. | Source

Sewing a baby doll dress does not have to be difficult. There are plenty of patterns you can buy, but if you are in a hurry and need to whip up a quick dress, shopping for a pattern may not be an option. Buying baby doll dresses can be expensive, so making them will both save you money plus guarantee a custom dress! This Hub will explain how to sew a simple pillowcase dress for your baby doll (or stuffed animal).

Cutting arm holes

Arm holes for this dress are just simple rounded corners. Don't worry if they're not perfect!
Arm holes for this dress are just simple rounded corners. Don't worry if they're not perfect! | Source

Adding the Ribbon

A pin attached to one end of your ribbon is used to thread it through the casing.
A pin attached to one end of your ribbon is used to thread it through the casing. | Source
Once the ribbon is all the way through the casing, gently gather the fabric on it.
Once the ribbon is all the way through the casing, gently gather the fabric on it.

Easy Pillow Case Baby Doll Dress

The name implies that this dress must be made from a pillowcase. As you can imagine, finding pillow cases in baby doll size might be a chore. So you will make your own "pillow case" using the same principle.

  1. Measure the baby doll shoulder-to-shoulder. For our example, we will say this measurement is 8 inches. Triple this measurement to know how wide to make your "pillow case." Our example will be 24 inches wide.
  2. Measure the baby doll from shoulder to the area of the leg that you want the dress to cover. Our length measurement will be 8 inches. Add 1 inch to allow for casing and a small hem. Our example will be 9 inches long.
  3. Cut one rectangle from your selected fabric using the measurements you determined in steps 1 and 2. Mine was 9 inches tall x 24 inches wide.
  4. Fold the fabric in half, printed sides facing.
  5. With pieces still together, fold them in half. Trim the top corners only to create arm holes. (Refer to photos) Unfold and flatten out any crease that remains.
  6. Hem each of the arm holes by turning the edge of fabric toward the unprinted side. Stitch in place.
  7. Place the fabric pieces together again, right sides facing. Sew up each side from the bottom to the armhole.
  8. Turn the top of both the front and back of the dress under 1/2 inch and sew with a 1/8 inch seam to make the casing for the dress' ribbon.
  9. Turn the bottom of the dress under 1/4 inch to hem. Sew in place.
  10. Pin a safety pin to one end of ribbon. Use the pin to guide the ribbon through one side of the casing. Repeat with the second ribbon on the back side.
  11. Tie the front to back ribbon on each shoulder to complete the dress.

HELPFUL HINTS:

  • Once you have fitted the dress onto the baby doll, knot the ribbons and trim off any excess ribbon that is in the way.
  • If machine hemming the arm holes seems too tedious, do the work by hand. It's a small project and won't take long.
  • Add trims like lace or rick rack to dress up the baby doll dress.
  • If you have scraps of ribbon left, make matching hair barrettes by hot gluing ribbon onto simple hair clips.
  • If you are new to sewing, use 100% cotton fabrics for the first few dresses you make. It is a sturdier cloth than most man-made ones and can withstand stitches needing to be removed and re-stitched if needed. Man-made fabrics like taffeta or polyester are slippery and difficult to sew for many beginners.


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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      such a cute panda dress. Gonna make one for my teddy of 40 years old.