- fat quarter of fabric
- 25-30 inches of ribbon
- basic sewing supplies
Once together you have a full “u” that is the arm hole of the dress. Finish it as you choose. You can turn it under and hem it. I just serged it because I’m lazy. You could also trim it out in bias tape. You could even just leave it – it’s a doll dress, so it won’t get too much wear/frayiness.
After the arm holes are complete, fold the top down 1/4 in and then again about 1 inch. This is creating a casing for your ribbon. Do this to both sides.
Then sew along the bottom folded edge:
As mentioned, this is a great project for girls! I did the curved arm hole area, but she did the straight sewing:
Now, take your ribbon and feed it through one casing, then continuosuly through the other casing, as shown. A safety pin on the end of the ribbon will help you shimmy it through:
Here it is, all finished:
Slip it on the doll and then cinch up the ribbon and gather the dress around the neck:
That’s it! You can do this!
With the scraps from your fat quarter, you can cut some stars and applique them on a shirt so you can have a coordinating doll/girl outfit. If you need tips on how to do simple applique, I posted that HERE.
If you love projects that use Fat Quarters, how about these:
no-sew braided headbands, ruffled keychain fobs, and rolled flower necklaces:
Katie Drane says
Adorable, Mandy! I love it:)
Ana Zahler says
Really easy, really simple to do for adults or kids. The hair bow matches the dress lovely.
We observed in the last picture, the girl has her shirt embellished with the same fabric pattern
the doll is wearing. Good idea!
I just came across your doll dress tutorial and I think this might be my first sewing project outside of classes. Just a question as a new to sewing girl…for the arm holes would you recommended a small folding then sewing around the that so there won’t be fraying or just leave it a rough edge as it probably won’t fray? Thanks for posting such a great little doll dress!
Mandy Beyeler says
you can do it either way – the small fold would be a little better, like you mentioned, to prevent fraying, but since it’s for a doll and not every-day person wear, if you want to skip it, it’s no problem – – great question!
Catherine Jones says
Oh, this if perfect for my granddaughter, who is a beginner sewer. She recently got a great beginner sewing machine for her birthday and I know she will want to sew this for her American Girl doll. I will share this post with her. Thank you! 🙂