This is the pattern for my fashion doll poncho, which I posted a picture of yesterday, on the first day of Kwanzaa. If you’d like direct access to an enlarged, high-resolution version of the pattern (for printing purposes), please click here. This doll poncho will fit most fashion dolls, including Mattel’s Barbie®, Mattel’s Ken®, Spin Master Liv™ Dolls, Lammily®, Momoko™, and more.
Here’s a little tip about ponchos: if you want to make a poncho for a bigger or smaller doll, you can create a pattern from origami paper squares. Just make a paper version of your poncho to see if it will fit your doll; then pin the origami paper to your fabric and cut it out in the shape of the “perfect square” that the origami paper offers.
All you need to do next is find the exact middle and cut out a neck area to suit your doll. (See tomorrow’s tutorial video for tips on finding the exact middle of your poncho.) The tricky part is making sure the doll’s head will fit through the neck hole. Once sewn, my poncho will fit over the head of a Spin Master Liv doll™ as long as she’s not wearing her wig. (With the wig on, it’s too snug.) But I’m certain my poncho won’t fit over the head of a Blythe doll. Their heads are just too big.
An alternative to this pattern is to have the poncho open all the way down the front, instead of having a keyhole opening. That would work if you were creating a poncho for dolls with unusually large heads.
Come back for another visit tomorrow when I’ll be posting the tutorial video for making this adorable poncho!
Need help printing my patterns? This link offers a tutorial showing you how to download and print my FREE patterns using Google Docs. (For the older print-a-pattern tutorial, which uses Microsoft Word, click here.) To review my difficulty scale (demonstrating how hard or easy a pattern is by the number of flowers displayed), take a look back at this blog post.
Please note: you must enlarge my patterns to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) without margins, before printing. These designs use a scant 1/4 inch seam (4 mm to be exact).
If you’re wondering why I make patterns and videos without charging a fee, please visit the “Chelly’s Books” page, and that should explain my general motivations. My patterns are now available through “Creative Commons Attribution.” This means that I created my patterns (and therefore I own rights to them), but I’m willing to share them with everyone who will tell people about my website.
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Are you new to sewing? I’ve got a playlist of tutorials for the beginning sewists on my YouTube channel. It includes video tutorials showing you how to do a basic straight stitch when sewing by hand, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, for those who are new to design and alterations.
In case you haven’t heard, I have actually designed some commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. They have some new dolls in their line, including a new male doll, so you might want to visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.
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