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Designing for Dolls: Jeans Pant Leg to Doll Skirt

Here is a quick, easy way to make a skirt for your dolls. American Girl doll skirt

Using the pant leg from an old pair of jeans (these were adult women’s size), you can make a skirt for your doll in less than 30 minutes!

Here are the steps:

Measure the length you want the skirt to be on your doll and add about 3/4″ for the casing. You’ll use the existing hem.American Girl doll skirt

  • Fold over the raw edge about 1/4″ , press; fold over another 1/2″; press. Then sew around this edge to make a casing for your elastic. Make sure to leave an opening of about 1″ so you can insert the elastic.American Girl doll skirt
  • Measure your doll’s waist and subtract about 3/4″. Cut your elastic to this measurement plus 1/2″ (use either 1/4″ or 3/8″ elastic). Make a mark on the elastic where your actual measurement ends so you’ll know where to cut it off after you’ve sewn it in.
  • Attach safety pins to each end of the elastic. Run the elastic through the casing; sew the opening shut; trim off the excess ends of the elastic.American Girl doll skirt

You’re done!

I added the little butterfly on to the front. It’s made of sticky crystals, which are then heat set. You can do so many other things to personalize this skirt:

  • add rick rack
  • add a fancy trim or lace to the hem
  • add an applique
  • belt it
  • sew a design in contrasting thread

What are your ideas?



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One thought on “Designing for Dolls: Jeans Pant Leg to Doll Skirt

  1. Pingback: Designing for Dolls: Reversible Vest/Free Patterns | Doll Things – for Girls & Dolls

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