Friday, August 22, 2014

18 inch doll leggings from baby pants sewing tutorial

18 inch doll leggings from baby pants sewing tutorial

Ok so you all probably know by now that my (Jessica's) daughter got her very own American Girl doll for Christmas last year. And you probably know this due to the obsessive amount of posts on sewing clothing for dolls around that time. Today isn't going to be any different, sorry! But since it's been a while I figured I could finally bust another one out. I'm going to show you how to make doll leggings using baby leggings, which as it turns out is the easiest refashion ever!

18 inch doll leggings from baby pants sewing tutorial

You need to start out with a pair of baby pants. Usually 0-3 month or Newborn pants work best. You can look for some with tiny details you can incorporate into your doll clothes, like the little ruffle on the pants below:

18 inch doll leggings from baby pants sewing tutorial

The pants I started out with are a size 0-3 m. For the record, this is almost too big, newborn pants work better.

18 inch doll leggings from baby pants sewing tutorial

1. Try your pants on your doll. The leg seam should be just about perfect or this tutorial won't work very well!
2.  Cut off the original waistband.
3. Put your pants on your doll, and pin up the outside of the leg so that the pants are tight enough to be leggings.
4. Lay your pants out flat and make sure there are no major wrinkles where you have pinned off your new seams.

18 inch doll leggings from baby pants sewing tutorial

5. Sew your new seams using a zig zag stitch.
6. Trim your new side seams Measure how much of the waistband needs to be cut off in order to make the waistband fit your doll. With these pants I needed to take off about an inch at the top, so I pinned it where it needed to be cut.
7. Make sure when you cut your waistband you trim your side seams! This way they don't stick up and make weird ridges on your doll's legs.
8. Cut out your waistband, a little lower in the front then in the back!

18 inch doll leggings from baby pants sewing tutorial

9. Now you're going to use 3/4 inch elastic to make a waistband for your doll pants. Take your elastic and measure around
10. Sew your elastic together, then sew the ends down. You can see a more detailed tutorial for this here.
11. Pin your elastic to the newly cut waistband of the pants, with the elastic on the outside of the raw edge of your fabric.
12. Sew your waistband in with a zig zag stitch!

**Now you could stop there if you wanted to, basically your doll pants are finished! But I am obsessive about details and so I added steps 13-16 below:

18 inch doll leggings from baby pants sewing tutorial

13. First, I noticed this super cute little pink bow on the part of the original waistband that I removed.
14. I used my seam ripper to VERY carefully take it off.
15. Then I placed it on the front of my new doll pants, just where it was on the original pants.
16. I sewed the bow down on either side very carefully. I feel it's details like this that make for a professional looking final product.

18 inch doll leggings from baby pants sewing tutorial

Yay! Now you have finished pants! This project actually took about ten times longer to write then it did to do. I managed to make about 6 pairs of these for my daughter's doll in about an hour.

18 inch doll leggings from baby pants sewing tutorial
 
And I also managed to find this top that actually matched the pants! The top was in a newborn size, which meant that to make it fit a doll all I had to do was take it in on the sides about an inch!

18 inch doll leggings from baby pants sewing tutorial

I hope you guys enjoyed this fun tutorial, and if you want to see more sewing tutorials from us you can always check those out here!


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