Scroll down to the second set of bullets to download the free printable PDF sewing pattern.
For her birthday last spring, my niece asked for a few doll clothes for her Arendelle family dolls, because the little Disney mini toddler dolls only had pajamas to wear.
You may remember me posting the tutorial for making a little Easter-egg-print cotton skirt with an elastic waist for the mini Elsa doll. We’ll be using the same tutorial for today’s free pattern, although Anna’s skirt is slightly smaller.
To make today’s skirt, you’ll need some small print or solid cotton fabric and some elastic cord.
We’re using elastic cord because this skirt is soooo teeny-tiny, that I’m not sure 1/8 inch braided elastic will fit through the casing. So here are a few tips on how to use cord elastic…
As you can see, in the picture above, elastic cord is relatively stiff, so it’s not too hard to just push it through the casing without a safety pin. As you get toward the end, you’ll need to bunch it up a bit and smooth it along the casing, sort of like sealing a Ziplock bag.
Elastic cord has plenty of elasticity to it, but unlike braided elastic, I do recommend that you cut it longer than the casing.
Once you’ve pushed it through the casing, pull it to gather the fabric, knot it at one end, and dab a little fray check or even hot glue on the knot to keep the knot from coming undone.
Once the glue dries, trim away the extra bits of elastic, which you may want to save, to use at the end of a miniature shirt sleeve or something.
Which dolls will these patterns fit?
- vintage Strawberry Shortcake toddler dolls (4 inches or 10 cm tall)
- Mattel’s Kelly dolls (4 inches or 10 cm)
- Mattel’s vintage Heart Family baby doll (4 inches tall)
- some dollhouse-sized dolls (1:12 scale)
- vintage Strawberry Shortcake 5 inch (13 cm) dolls
- Disney’s Anna mini toddler dolls from the Arendelle family set
Free patterns and tutorial videos for making these doll clothes:
- Here’s the free, printable PDF sewing pattern for making the skirt (use the shorter of the two)
- The tutorial for making the skirt shows Elsa’s skirt, but the steps are basically the same
- In my video, I mention the whipstitch, and this tutorial can help you with that stitch
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Disclaimer/Credit/Affiliate Marketing Link:
To honor the trademark rights of the doll companies mentioned in this blog post, I am including links to their websites here. Please feel free to visit their website and consider purchasing one or more of the dolls mentioned.
Mattel’s Kelly, Heart Family, and Enchantimals dolls are products offered by Mattel, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Mattel Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Strawberry Shortcake dolls are products offered by Shortcake IP Holdings LLC, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Strawberry Shortcake website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Disney’s Elsa and Anna dolls are products offered by the Disney Corporation, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Official Shop Disney website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.