Scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns.
Yesterday I posted the pattern and tutorial for making the skirt portion of this outfit, and that’s the final item to create the whole Halloween candy corn costume, as seen at the top of this page.
My cousin, who runs the YouTube channel ASMR Tingle and Taps requested that I design some Halloween costumes for 18 inch dolls, and in response to her request, this project is part of a series of patterns that I’ve been working on for my 18 inch Madame Alexander doll (similar in body type to an American Girl doll).
Just in case you’re wondering what ASMR is, the ASMR Tingle and Taps channel is designed for people who have insomnia and need to hear quiet, repetitive sounds, in order to go to sleep. If you struggle with insomnia, my heart goes out to you because I’ve had the same problem for many years — since I was a little girl, in fact.
I often use ASMR to help me sleep, and my cousin’s channel, ASMR Tingle and Taps is one of my favorites!
If you can relate, maybe consider following her channel. It will help you out when you’re trying to sleep, and it will show your appreciation to my cousin who inspired all of these free patterns!
But let’s get back to today’s project…
To make today’s super simple crop top for your 18 inch dolls, all you’ll really need is some craft felt and a few Dritz size 1/0 sew-on snaps. And if you want to make the elastic-waist skirt, you’ll need some holiday print fabric and a little 1/4 inch braided elastic.
To make the no-sew candy corn “sandwich board” part of the costume, you’ll need some 3/4 inch or 1/2 inch Offray ribbon, some cardboard (just use whatever you have at home), a hot glue gun, some glue refills, and some craft foam in the colors orange, white, and yellow.
Now let’s look again at what the doll is wearing under the sandwich board:
To make the leggings, you’ll need some jersey fabric and please note that jersey is super stretchy fabric. So any time I recommend using jersey fabric, I also like to suggest that you buy a walking foot for your sewing machine if you don’t have one already. It will just make sewing with jersey SO much easier!
Here are some links to a walking foot attachment for some of the most popular sewing machine brands:
- Walking foot for Brother sewing machines
- Walking foot for Singer sewing machine
- Walking foot for Babylock sewing machines
- Walking foot for Husqvarna sewing machines
- Walking foot for Janome sewing machines
Of course, you can always just sew your jersey fabrics by hand to avoid buying a new attachment for your sewing machine. That solves the “stretchy fabric” problem usually.
Today’s free printable PDF doll clothes sewing patterns will fit the following dolls:
- 18-inch dolls like American Girl dolls
- 18-inch dolls like the Adora Amazing Girls dolls
- 18-inch dolls like the Our Generation Journey Girls
- 18-inch dolls like the “My Life As” Dolls
- 18-inch dolls like City Girls from the New York Doll Collection
- 18-inch dolls like Madame Alexander 45 to 46 cm (similar body type to American Girl) dolls
And here are the patterns and tutorial videos you’re looking for:
- Pattern for 18″ doll felt shirt
- Tutorial for making the doll’s felt crop top shirt
- Pattern for 18″ doll’s holiday skirt
- Tutorial video showing how to make the skirt
- Pattern for making the candy corn “sandwich board” part of the costume
- Tutorial video showing how to make the candy corn “sandwich board”
- Pattern for 18″ doll’s leggings
- Tutorial for making the leggings
- How to sew snaps on fabric
- How to pull elastic through a casing
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to do a backstitch
- How to use a needle threader
- How to do a basic straight stitch
- How to choose fabric
- How to tie a knot using a needle and thread
- How to press seams open, using a hot iron
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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.
American Girl dolls are products offered by American Girl LLC, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit their website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Adora Amazing Girls are products offered by Charisma Brands, LLC, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit their website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Our Generation Journey Girls are products offered by Geoffrey, LLC (affiliated with Tru Kids Brands and Toys R Us), which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit their website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
“My Life As” dolls are products offered by Walmart, which (although I couldn’t find it specifically listed in US trademarks) probably holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit their website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
City Girls are products offered by The New York Doll Collection, Inc, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit their website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Madame Alexander 45 to 46 cm dolls were products that were once offered by the Madame Alexander Doll Company, LLC, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Be advised that at the time of this blog post, they no longer (to my knowledge) offer dolls in that size range; however you can visit their website to learn more about their company and the trademarked toys they are currently offering.