Doll Onesie Sewing Tutorial

This Onesie pattern was made specifically for this doll pattern and includes all 6 sizes.

These onesies will fit dolls of the following sizes. This doll pattern has a short torso.

General Information:

The larger sizes can be made with 1/3 yard, depending on the pattern of the fabric. Smaller sizes can be made with as little as a fat quarter. I recommend printing and assembling the pattern pieces and taking them to purchase fabric. It is best to use a stretch fabric, but it can also be made with a non-stretch.

There are several ways this pattern can be constructed. Facings are included for beginners who don’t quite feel comfortable turning under the edges (which are curved), but they are not required.

Other finishing options include 1)Overlock the edges only 2) Turn under the edges and stitch 3) Apply a ribbed trim/cuffs. Let your skill level be your guide.

Assemble the Pattern:

Each of the pattern pieces will need to be taped in the shaded areas, matching the hash marks. It may seem silly that the smaller sizes need assembling, when they are small enough to fit on one page, but I have found that consistency works best with these types of patterns, especially for beginners. So, thanks for humoring me on this one. Simple directions are always best.

Print only the pages for the sizes to be sewn. There is a table on the front page of the pattern to direct you. Assemble the three pattern pieces using tape and cut the pieces from the chosen fabric. Make sure the pattern of the fabric is in the correct position before cutting (as shown in the examples).

Cut the front and back pieces on the fold, as well as the facings- if you are choosing to use them. Remember, if you are an experienced sewist, you may choose to simply fold over, or overlock, the edges. Facings are easiest for beginner sewists! For this tutorial, I used a different color for the facings, but that isn’t necessary. The same fabric as the onesie can also be used.

Start with the tops of the front and back. Pin the facings to the right side of the fabric and sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Clip the seam allowance along the curves – careful not to clip the stitches!

Turn the facing to the wrong side of the fabric and press well. Top sew along the edge using 1/4″ seam allowance. Do this for both the front and the back.

Place the front and back with right sides facing up. Lay the back piece on top of the front and line up the edge of the front with the notch of the back as shown below. The back will overlap the front.

Attach the sleeve. Sew with right sides facing and matching notches. You may like to pin it in place and adjust the shoulders as necessary.

Fold up 1/2″ of the sleeve on the wrong side and sew the edge, as shown below.

Pin the facings to the right sides of the bottom of the front and back.

Sew with 1/4″ seam allowance and clip the curves. Turn the facings to the wrong side of the front and back. Press well, but do not top sew, yet.

Pin the sides of the onesie – from the wrist to the hip- and sew with 1/4″ seam allowance. Fold down the facings and sew them. with right sides facing as shown below.

Turn the facings up, so that wrong sides are facing, and top sew the edge of the bottom.

Put the onesie on the baby doll (with a diaper, if you choose) and measure for the snaps. Place one or more snaps in the crotch area to fit the doll. I find snap pliers to be very helpful and much easier than hand sewing the snap in place. They are about $15US at the big box store and packs of snaps are around $3US. If you are sewing a lot of doll clothes, it is a wise investment.

This is a great project for beginners! It’s super easy and doesn’t require a lot of fabric. I bought one yard of this super minky fleece that has a stretch on sale for $8US and made 5 onesies (all different sizes) from it. They sew together super fast, too! Get a diaper pattern here. And a sleeper pattern here.

Happy Sewing!

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