I Sew For Fun: Design and Print Your Own 18-Inch Doll Clothes to Sew

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I Sew For Fun: Design and Print Your Own 18-Inch Doll Clothes to Sew

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Design, print, and stitch your very own 18-inch doll outfit with the I Sew For Fun Click-Print-Stitch Software. The creative options are unlimited!

I Sew For Fun Click Print Stitch Software by Nancy Zieman for Designs In Machine Embroidery

  • Click and choose one of the project designs included within the Click-Print-Stitch Software.

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  • Print your project on 8-1/2″ x 11″ Inkjet Printer Fabric Sheets (not included).

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  • Stitch projects together following Nancy Zieman’s easy instructions (included in Click-Print-Stitch Software).

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Here’s an overview of the Click-Print-Stitch Skirt for an 18-inch Doll

Once designed, this adorable skirt takes a mere 30 minutes or less to stitch. The sewing is made simple with flat construction tips.

Supplies Needed:

  • Two 8-1/2″ x 11″ printable fabric sheets
  • 1/4 yd. coordinating fabric (lining)
  • 11″ elastic, 3/8″ wide

Helpful Notions:

  • Basic sewing supplies and thread
  • Optional: Flex ‘n Glide Bodkin
  • Optional: Wonder Clips
  • Optional: Sew-Safe Presser Foot

Note: Please read all instructions included within The Click-Print-Stitch Software before beginning. Use the width of the presser foot as the depth of the seam allowance—approximately 3/8″.


1. Click to select Skirt Pattern. Fill the pattern piece with your chosen design(s).

2. Following manufactures instructions for printable fabric sheets: Print, prepare, and cut two skirt patterns: One Skirt Front and one Skirt Back.

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3. Press under 1/2″ hem on skirt front lower edge; topstitch hem in place. Press under 3/4″ and stitch a 1/2″ casing at top waist edge.IMG 2760
4. Insert elastic into casing. Stitch one end to secure elastic.

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                                   Note From Team Nancy      

Rather than cutting the elastic before inserting it into a garment, leave the elastic at a longer length, apply the elastic, and then trim it to size. This gives a longer end to hold onto, and it’s easier to position and stitch the elastic. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!

5. Pull elastic to form desired gathering. Stitch opposite end to secure elastic. Trim elastic to size.

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6. Repeat steps 3–6 for skirt back.

7. Meet skirt front and skirt back, right sides together, pin or clip. Stitch side seam.

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8. Turn finished skirt right side out.

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Matching Top instructions are included within the I Sew For Fun Click-Print-Stitch Software. .

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Four 18-inch doll clothes patterns are included in the Click • Print • Stitch Software: top, skirt, crop pants, and sundress.

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Top and Skirt for 18-inch Doll

I Sew For Fun Click Print Stitch Software by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

Crop Pants for 18-inch Doll

I Sew For Fun Click Print Stitch Software by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

Sundress for 18-inch Doll

Also includes two pillow patterns: cat and dog.

I Sew For Fun Click Print Stitch Software by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

Dog Pillow, approx. 9″ Tall

I Sew For Fun Click Print Stitch Software by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

Cat Pillow, approx. 6″ Tall

Plus, one mini shoulder bag pattern.

I Sew For Fun Click Print Stitch Software by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

Watch I Sew For Fun on Sewing With Nancy online at NancyZieman.com.


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Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Cheri L Thornton-Conner
    June 2, 2018

    My granddaughter Lily wants to be a fashion designer so would do the dolls summer outfits first!

  • judy
    June 2, 2018

    How cute and easy for our little sewers. I’m sure my great grands will want to make them all. I think the skirt & top would be a good start.

  • judit
    June 2, 2018

    I have three great grand daughters, two are already showing interest in sewing ….. one is practicing with yarns and shapes in machine to learn machine control. Pretty colors in bobbing and follow shapes. I am exited this software would really give the 10 year old some creativity control…. she would love it.

  • Pam
    June 2, 2018

    I would make the top and shorts first and make a matching outfit for my granddaughter.

  • Susan Spiers
    June 2, 2018

    I love the mini shoulder bag & I love butterflies too! Thank you, Susan

  • Kathy Hendrick
    June 2, 2018

    I started teaching my granddaughter when she was five to sew whenever we have time together as my son is in the military so I don’t see them in person often. Next time we are together I know she would love to make the shirt and skirt with her for her doll as our project.

  • Joyce West
    June 2, 2018

    I would begin by making the shirt and skirt.

  • Gloria
    June 2, 2018

    Great idea! I love this software, it is great to show our little sewers the process in our digital age!

  • Karen
    June 2, 2018

    I would make the crop pants first.

  • Susan Meyer
    June 2, 2018

    My little granddaughter is expressing an interest in sewing. This would make a wonderful a wonderful gift with her very own sewing machine and a new doll. I would let her pick which project to do first.

  • Denyse Rose
    June 2, 2018

    I make dolls and their outfits for charity and this would make it so easy and so much faster than what I’ve been doing. I probably could double or triple what I make. Thanks!

  • MonicaAD
    June 2, 2018

    Doll clothes has always been on my agenda

  • Suzan
    June 2, 2018

    I have twin granddaughters that are 7. I am teaching them how to sew. We have made bed spreads for their 18 inch dolls’ beds. Now we are moving on to clothes for the dolls. Love being a grandmother.

  • Peggy Riordan
    June 2, 2018

    I think this is a great idea!! I will make some of these for Christmas presents for all of my nieces! I was surprised though to see the skirt pattern piece had one side more curved than the other. Also, seeing the finished pieces on the dolls the tops don’t look like they fit correctly. Maybe it is crooked on the doll? I’m sure I won’t get the prize, but I thought you might want to know.

  • Jean M Larson
    June 2, 2018

    My granddaughter, Elsie, and I really want to make the skirt and top. We really like the stars!!

  • Stephanie Jones
    June 2, 2018

    I would make the sundress first because I am a beginner at sewing and it looks the easiest! Plus, summer is coming and it would be very useful.

  • Rebecca Price
    June 2, 2018

    I would make a skirt and top first for my granddaughter’s doll.

  • Sharon Fiegle
    June 2, 2018

    I would make the dog purse with my granddaughter.

  • Dena M
    June 2, 2018

    I would help my 7 year old daughter make the doll sundress.

  • Clovis
    June 2, 2018

    I would make the shoulder bag for my nieces.

  • Bonnye
    June 2, 2018

    My granddaughter has just started sewing. The purse would be a good project for us to sew.

  • Rosie
    June 2, 2018

    I have 4 granddaughters, all of whom love their dolls. I would start with the skirt and top, with a purse to match. What fun for them and me. Thank you for this chance to win this.

  • H morey
    June 2, 2018

    The doll skirt and top

  • BevM
    June 2, 2018

    Wow. This would be great for beginning 4-H sewers and for my granddaughter. I would probably start with the star skirt, because it dissimilar to the first year 4-H elastic waist skirt project.

  • Deb
    June 2, 2018

    4It’s hard to pick what I’d do first- they are all so cute.

  • Deb
    June 2, 2018

    It’s hard to pick what I’d do first- they are all so cute.

  • Karen
    June 2, 2018

    My grandson would want to do the dog pillow and my granddaughter would want to to do the cat pillow for themselves, but I’m sure they would think the purse was perfect for their mom!!

  • Peggy Winifred
    June 3, 2018

    My granddaughter has a couple of the 18 inch dolls and this would be a fun sewing project for her, for learning how to make clothes for the dolls with the fabric print and pattern… I have some of the fabric sheets for printing up same and just need this disk for doing same. She has a birthday coming up soon and this would be a nice present for her.

  • Marge
    June 3, 2018

    Doll Clothes for my 18″ doll.

  • Brenda Paul
    June 3, 2018

    My granddaughter would love it if I made her doll the skirt and top. It’s so cute!!

  • Martha
    June 3, 2018

    For granddaughters’ 4 dolls, I’d make coordinating Crop Pants!

  • Chris
    June 3, 2018

    I was inspired by Nancy’s Book, I Sew For Fun, to teach our 6 year old granddaughter to make pillowcases. She had so much fun, she made two for her and two for her younger brother! She has 3 AG dolls and would LOVE to design fabric and make the summer crop pants and top for each of them.

  • L Watson
    June 4, 2018

    I think the purse would be a great project, easy and what little girl wouldn’t like her own special purse.

  • Carol
    June 4, 2018

    I would make several of the 18” doll clothes. The doll could have a really cute wardrobe.

  • E. Watson
    June 5, 2018

    I would start with either the doll shirt and skirt, or the purse. 🙂

  • Peggy V
    June 7, 2018

    My granddaughter is making doll clothes to enter in our local 4H. I would have her print and sew her doll skirt and blouse. that would be sew much fun!!!

  • Patricia Phaiah
    June 9, 2018

    I would make the doll clothes with my 2 granddaughters. I have purchased a sewing machine for each of them and they enjoy sewing very much.

  • Louise Fredieu
    June 9, 2018

    My granddaughter and I would make a little shoulder strap bag for Julie, her American Girl doll that I gave to her for Christmas. She is eight, a perfect time to learn how to sew. Sewing for her doll with Grandma’s help would be a good place to start!

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