Sleep Tight Pajamas – Free 18″ Doll Sewing Pattern

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I have been busy getting ready for our kids summer classes.  In one of our classes, we paint a doll bed, make bedding for it and make some pajamas for 18″ dolls.  I searched for a fairly easy doll pj pattern, figuring there had to be one out there somewhere.  I couldn’t find quite what I was looking for, so I drafted my own pattern and thought I would share it.

Doll clothes are tricky because they are so small.  I designed this so we wouldn’t have to worry about sleeves or hemming tiny pieces.  That’s why the top is lined.  If you use two different fabrics, it could be reversible.  Just use snaps or Velcro instead of buttons.

If you make pj’s for kids, it would be perfect to make these to match with the leftover scraps.

You can download a printable version or follow along here.

Supplies

  • Exterior Fabric – 1/2 yard of fabric if using for the exterior and lining or 1/3 yard if only using for the exterior (quilt weight cotton or lightweight fabric is fine).  I used Rainy Day Raindrop Paisley Light Blue.
  • Lining Fabric if using a different fabric – 1/4 yard
  • 12” piece of 1/4” elastic
  • A small piece of sticky back/ iron on Velcro or snaps for closures
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread to match
  • Pins/clips
  • Point turner
  • Seam gauge, hot hemmer or ruler
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safety Pin
  • Seam ripper (just in case!)
  1. Print out the pattern pieces.  Make sure they are printed at 100% or Do Not Scale.  Check the test square to make sure.  Tape the pajama pant pieces together.  Cut out the pattern pieces as noted on each one.  Cut 2 pant legs, 2 shirt backs and 4 shirt front pieces, all mirror images.
  2. All seam allowances are 1/4”. Place the main pajama top fronts and back right sides together and sew the shoulder seams.  Repeat with the lining pieces.  Press the seams open.
  3. Place both top pieces right sides together lining up the shoulder seams and edges.  Sew up the center front, around the neck and back down the other front piece.  Sew the sleeves. 
  4. Trim the neckline and clip the corners and turn right side out.
  5. Press the bottom front and back hems up 1/4” toward the inside on both the lining and front pieces.  Then unfold.
  6. Place the side seams right sides together.  Pin making sure the hem is unfolded.  Sew the side in one line.  Repeat on the other side. 
  7. Refold the pressed edges and sew around the bottom hem.
  8. Add snaps, sticky Velcro or buttons and button holes.
  9. On each pant leg, press the bottom hem up 1/4” once and then again.  Sew in place along the inside folded edge. 
  10. Fold one pant leg in half right sides together.  Pin and sew from the hem of the leg up to the top of the curve.  Repeat for the other leg.
  11. Take one pant leg and turn it right side out.  Place that leg inside the other one and pin lining up the front, back and seam.  Sew from the front to the back. 
  12. Turn the pants wrong side out and press the waistband to the wrong side by 1/4”.  Fold again by 3/8” and press.  Sew close to the inside edge leaving a 1” gap at the back (the back of the pants is higher than the front.)
  13. Using a small safety pin, thread the elastic through the casing.  Overlap the ends of the elastic by about a 1/2” and sew together, back stitching well. 
  14. You can add a little piece of ribbon under the gap in the back as a tag to tell the front from the back.  Sew the gap in the casing closed. 

That’s it!  Now try them on your doll and tuck her in!  If you have any questions,  just leave them in the comments.  Happy sewing.

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