How to Make Doll Overalls (Free Crochet Pattern)
Do you prefer patterns that are written in this format or ones that are specifically made to fit a doll?
After publishing How to Make Doll Shorts or Pants, I now have the base for making Doll Overalls, similar to Barbie Basic Overalls. I got a request to make the Overalls to fit Pullip (or Blythe) dolls a while back, but I thought it would be a better idea to make a greener hub and write the pattern in a general format.
This hub is a free crochet pattern on How to Make Doll Overalls. It is written in a general format to fit any doll you have. Also included are my notes for Makies Overalls, as well as a simple Makies Tube Top.
- Size No. 5 Crochet Steel Hook (or whatever hook is suitable for your yarn);
- Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread (or whatever yarn size you want to use);
- 2 Small Buttons (in a size appropriate to your doll);
- Tapestry Needle; and
- Needle and Thread in a Contrasting Color.
Abbreviations in American Terms
- Ch - chain;
- St(s) - stitch(es);
- Sk - skip;
- Sc - single crochet;
- RS - right side;
- Inc - increase by working 2 sc on the indicated st; and
- Dec - decrease by working 1 sc over the next 2 sts.
Step 1: Make the Shorts or Pants from How to Make Doll Shorts or Pants to use as the base for your Overalls. I used Shorts for this tutorial, but feel free to make Pants if you prefer to have long Overalls.
Step 2: Place the Shorts on your doll and decide on the number of stitches you want the front flap to have, X. Make sure the X is an odd number, so you can easily center the front flap. I used X = 11 for my Makies doll.
Step 3: Find the center front of your Shorts and count Y = (X-1)/2 from it to know where to attach the thread. So for my doll, the formula will get me Y = (11-1)/2 = 10/2 = 5.
Step 4: Move Y spaces from the center and attach your thread (or yarn) to it. Ch 1, sc in X sts, sk the remaining sts, turn. (X)
Step 5: You need to work sc rows until you reach the desired height. Keep trying it on your doll to check if you are happy with it before fastening off. As you can see in the photo, I wanted the front flap to just cover the bust before fastening off.
Step 6: Sew 2 buttons at the corners to hold the straps.
Step 7: Decide on how many stitches you want to skip on each side. Make sure the number is equal to create a symmetric look.
Step 8: I wanted to do the back flap almost the same size as the front flap. This time the number of stitches need to be even, since we already used the extra stitch in the front flap. I used X-1 = 10 stitches for the back, which means skipping 8 stitches on each side.
Step 9: Attach the thread on the stitch you want to start the back flap on, ch 1, sc across to make the back flap, sk the rest of the sts, turn.
Step 10: Repeat Step 5 until you reach the desired height. Do not fasten off.
Step 11: Now on to making the straps. Decide on how thick you want your straps to be. Since the length of X-1 is 10 for this tutorial, you need to make sure the thickness, Z, when doubled, will still leave some space in the middle to give the appearance of 2 separate straps. For this tutorial, I used Z = 3. Ch 1, sc in Z sc, sk the remaining sts, turn.
Step 12: Repeat Step 5 until you reach the button when placed on the doll. The buttonholes are made from chain spaces, so I advise you go a little bit over the top of the button so you can hide the chains later.
Step 13: To make the buttonhole: Ch 1, sc in the first sc, chain an appropriate length for your button, sc in the last sc of the strap. Try it on your doll first to make sure your buttonhole works before fastening off.
Step 14: Repeat the strap on the opposite side, making sure to do Z stitches, the same number of rows and the same sized buttonhole. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Step 15 (Optional): To add details to the overalls, you can crochet a small piece to use as a pocket for the front flap. Decide on the size of the pocket, make sure it is odd numbered and less than X. I sewed it on using a contrasting colored thread to make it visible. I also used the same thread to sew some details around the sides to make the overalls look more realistic. Feel free to play around with this since I am just a beginner sewer.
After making Makies Shorts or Pants from How to Make Doll Shorts or Pants, you can continue on to make the overalls.
Row 1 (RS): Sk 13 sts from the back joining, attach thread to the next st, ch 1, sc in the next 11 sts, sk the rest of the remaining sts in the Round, turn. (11)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (11)
Rows 3-12: Repeat Row 2. (11)
Fasten off. Sew 2 buttons at each corner of the flap.
Row 1 (RS): Sk 8 sts from the end of the front flap, attach thread to the next st, ch 1, sc in the next 10 sts, sk the rest of the remaining sts in the Round, turn. (10)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (10)
Rows 3-10: Repeat Row 2. (10)
Do not fasten off.
Row 11: Ch 1, sc in the first 3 sc, sk the remaining sts, turn. (3)
Row 12: Ch 1, sc in each sc, turn. (3)
Rows 13-20: Repeat Row 12. (3)
Row 21 (Buttonhole): Ch 1, sc in the first sc, ch 3, sc in the last sc. Fasten off.
Repeat the same as First strap on the opposite end of Row 10.
Row 1: Ch 6, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (5)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc, turn. (5)
Repeat Row 2 until you reach the desired height.
Sew the pocket in place with a contrasting color thread for some pop. Add some details with thread by sewing on some fake seams on the sides as well as the waist band of the shorts.
Makies Tube Top
Because I needed something that will go inside the overalls for my Makies doll, I decided to make a simple tube top that is worked in rows and has snaps at the back. If you want a top that does not require snaps, please visit Barbie Basic Overalls for instructions on the tube top I used there.
- Size No. 5 Crochet Steel Hook;
- Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread;
- 2 Small Snaps;
- Scissors; and
- Tapestry Needle.
Starting from the top:
Row 1: Ch 41, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (40)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in the first 14 sc, inc in the next sc, sc in the next 10 sc, inc in the next sc, sc in the last 14 sc, turn. (42)
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (42)
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in the first 16 sc, inc in the next sc, sc in the next 8 sc, inc in the next sc, sc in the last 16 sc, turn. (44)
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in the first 16 sc, dec, sc in the next 8 sc, dec, sc in the last 16 sc, turn. (42)
Row 6: Ch 1, sc in the first 14 sc, dec, sc in the next 10 sc, dec, sc in the last 14 sc, turn. (40)
Row 7: Repeat Row 3. (40)
Fasten off and weave in all ends. Sew on 2 snaps at the back.