Scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns.
Today’s tutorial shows you how to sew a pair of underpants or a popsicle 4th-of-July-themed bikini swimsuit for dolls in the 13-inch, 14-inch, 15-inch and 16-inch doll size range.
For a full list of all the dolls that will fit into today’s free panties/bikini bottoms pattern, please scroll down to the first set of bullets.
As my regular followers know, I was recently quite sick with West Nile virus, so I spent several weeks just resting. I did some sewing, but I didn’t do much photography during that time.
So I wasn’t sure how I was going to make a video tutorial this week.
Luckily, I found the photos and video clips from today’s tutorial video on an old flash drive. In fact, when I took the photos that appear in today’s tutorial, my family was on vacation for the 4th of July, probably in 2018.
That’s why the lighting in some parts of the video isn’t great and my photos seem like they’re missing something (i.e. the doll’s upper body). Sorry about that!
I didn’t post this video back in 2018 for a couple of reasons. Primarily, I was really busy with family events for the 4th, so I never finished sewing the bikini top!
But I plan to finish sewing and photographing the bikini top this week, and I’ll post the tutorial for it either next week or the week after. So please watch for that!
If you want to make today’s bikini bottoms or underpants, you’ll need some small-print or solid colored jersey fabric or swimsuit fabric and some 1/4 inch (6 mm) elastic. If you live in the US, and you want 4th of July themed jersey fabric, which is what I used for mine, click on this link to find some.
But honestly, any stretchy fabric will probably work for this project. You can even just cut up an old T-shirt and use that!
Today’s free printable PDF doll clothes sewing patterns will fit the following dolls:
- 13-inch Disney Princess Toddler dolls*
- 14-inch Hearts for Hearts Girls*
- 14 and a half-inch Wellie Wishers* from American Girl doll company*
- 15 and a half-inch Little Miss Matched dolls*
- 11-inch original Lammily dolls
- 13-inch My Frist Barbie dolls (designed for preschool-aged children)
- 13-inch Judy Littlechap dolls (from Remco)
- 15 1/2-inch dolls like many of the Tonner fashion dolls
- 15 1/2-inch dolls like the Gene Marshall dolls
- 15 1/2-inch dolls like the Clea Bella dolls
- 16-inch dolls like the Alexandra Fairchild Ford dolls
- 17-inch dolls like the Dreamtopia Endless Hair Kingdom Barbie
- 17-inch Monster High dolls like Galliope
And here are the patterns and tutorial videos you’re looking for:
- Here’s a link to the swimsuit pattern (including the bikini top and bottom), which can also be used to make underwear for 13-inch through 16 inch dolls
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to do a backstitch
- How to do a baste stitch
- How to pull elastic through a casing
- How to choose fabric
- 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.
Little Miss Matched is a Tonner doll. Chelly Wood and ChellyWood.com are not affiliated with the Tonner brand of dolls or the company that produced them. Little Miss Matched and other Tonner dolls were created and produced by Robert Tonner for Tonner Doll Company, Inc., which holds the trademark rights to them (™). At the time of this blog post, the Tonner Doll Company no longer produces dolls, but you can learn more about them at this link or purchase collectible Tonner dolls on eBay or through other online auction sales.
Gene Marshall was created by the illustrator Mel Odom. Chelly Wood and ChellyWood.com are not affiliated with the Gene Marshall dolls or the various companies that have produced them (including Ashton-Drake Galleries, Integrity Toys, and JAMIEshow Dolls USA. As far as I can tell, Mel Odom still holds the trademark rights to them (™). At the time of this blog post, these dolls are only available at doll shows. Learn more about them at http://www.jamieshow.us/
Clea Bella dolls were created by Christina Bougas, of the Bella Productions Doll Company, and she often signed her dolls “Bogie” on the back of the doll’s head or neck. These “Bogie” dolls were often designed as theater characters or ballerinas. Chelly Wood and ChellyWood.com are not affiliated with Clea Bella or other dolls designed by Christina Bougas, nor are they affiliated in any way with the Bella Productions Doll Company. At the time of this blog post, I was only able to find Clea Bella dolls on eBay, and Wikipedia’s information dates back to 2017. So although Christina Bougas probably still holds the trademark rights to her dolls (™), I’m not sure how to contact the Bella Productions Doll Company. If you know more than I do about this doll company, please leave a helpful comment.
Alexandra Fairchild Dolls were created by the Madame Alexander Doll Company, which holds the trademark rights to these dolls (™). Chelly Wood andChellyWood.com are not affiliated with the Alexander Fairchild Dolls or the Madame Alexander brand of dolls, but Chelly enjoys designing clothes that will fit their dolls. To learn more about the highly prized and collectible dolls made by the Madame Alexander Doll Company, please visit their website at this link.
Dreamtopia Endless Hair Kingdom 17-inch Barbie 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.
Lammily dolls were created by Nickolay Lamm, the CEO of Lammily LLC, which holds the trademark rights to these dolls (™). Chelly Wood andChellyWood.com are not affiliated with the Lammily LLC company or the Lammily brand of dolls, but in 2014 Chelly contracted with them to design the “Winter Wonderland” and “Cozy Wear” sewing patterns for their dolls. Because of her contract agreement with Lammily LLC, Chelly does not specifically design doll clothes patterns to fit the Lammily brand of dolls to post on the ChellyWood.com free pattern website. Instead, if some of her patterns which were designed to fit similar-sized dolls happen to also fit the Lammily dolls, she adds a link to that pattern to her Lammily gallery of free doll clothes patterns. This agreement is designed to encourage people to purchase patterns from the Lammily doll company so their remarkable doll business will thrive. To learn more about Lammily dolls and the positive impact they have on children’s body images, please click here. To purchase one of the many sewing patterns offered by Lammily LLC, please click here. To shop for a Lammily doll, please click here.
The Disney Princess Toddler dolls are products offered by the Disney corporation, which holds the trademark for them (™). Please visit the Disney Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
The Hearts for Hearts Girls, Dolls and Games are owned by the Playmates Company International, which holds the registered trademark for these toys. It should be noted, that for each H4H doll purchased, the Hearts for Hearts company donates a portion of their proceeds to World Vision, a global humanitarian organization.
The various Barbie dolls, Monster High, and Wellie Wishers dolls mentioned in this blog post 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.