5 comments on “More Tips on How to Make Doll Clothes the Easy Way

  1. Those hats look great Debbi, I think I will give making bias binding a miss for a few days and run up a few hats for the girls for those hot summer days. ( Not that my girls go out into the heat) Well done they look terrific.

  2. Crystal Brunner on Oct 5, 2013 11:56 pm | Reply

    Hi Rosie. I’ve done the same thing as Peggy with the frayed ends. I tried using my nails, with no luck. So I started using my seam ripper. It works great for me and I love using this technique :)

  3. Love those hats, I am a novice with sewing. I am just learning so I can make doll clothes for my 6 granddaughters. I am not sure I understand the instructions above for the hat and how to “sandwich” it in between and still be able to turn it right side out with the brim???? Maybe I just have to try it and it will make more sense to a beginner??? I am just practicing on my machine now and thinking maybe this week, I will cut out my first little outfit. LOL thank you for the tip. :-) I am sure sooner or later I will get it.

    • Hi Rachel, Great to hear you love the hats that Debbi has made. As a beginner sewer you may find my How to Make Doll Clothes video course very helpful as it goes over a lot of basics for sewing generally and then also lots of tips that make sewing doll clothes easier. It also has 8 free doll clothes patterns and the Frill Hat is one of the bonus patterns.

      I’m sure if you have the hat pattern, follow the instructions and watch the videos showing how to make the hat you would then find Debbi’s explanation a little easier to understand. Instead of having the top of the hat and the lining together as you attach the brim, you ‘sandwich, the brim between these two layers (with right sides of the fabric facing each other) when attaching the brim. You will need to leave an opening so that you can turn it right side out and then hand stitch this opening closed and top stitch around as I do in my instructions to keep the two layers of the hat from separating. It is a little more fiddly than the way I show making the hat, but it provides a neater finish and also the added benefit of two different hats if you use different fabric for the lining.

      Happy sewing
      Rosie

  4. Thank you so much for the great patterns and tutorials. I had 4 sons so never needed to make doll clothes, darn it, but now I have 4 granddaughters that are really into the 18″ dolls so I have started making them doll clothes and they love them. I love your patterns and will be trying them out

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