Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesday Tutorial #2

18-inch Doll Winter Set (Fleece Hat & Poncho)

This outfit was made to fit dolls such as the American Girl Doll. The pattern was designed for the children's sewing classes that I teach. It's another easy peezy favorite of theirs.

Fleece Hat Tutorial

Supply List
Chalk Wheel
Freezer paper, wrapping paper or newspaper to draw your pattern on
Sewing supplies
Seam Allowance = 1/2 inch
Step 1 - Make The Pattern
Draw an 8 x 14 inch rectangle on a piece of paper and cut it out

Label the pattern “fleece hat cut 1”

Step 2 – Cut the Fabric
Pin the pattern on the fleece making sure the long side of the rectangle is placed in the direction that the fleece stretches so it will stretch around the doll's head later. Cut out your fabric.

Cut a scrap of fleece that is 1/2 x 7 inches.

Step 3 - Sew the Hem
Turn up one long edge 1-inch and pin.

Set your machine for a zigzag stitch and sew along the pinned edge.

Step 4 - Sew Side Seam
Fold the hat in half with pretty sides touching. Make the edge even and pin.

Set your machine back to straight stitch. Sew the side seam using a 1/2 inch seam.

Step 4 - Make the Fringe
Use a chalk wheel to mark a line 2 inches down from the top of the hat.

Cut fringe strips approx. 1/2 inch wide from the end of the fabric to the chalk line you made.

Turn hat pretty side out and center the seam facing you. Gather up the fringe and tie the 1/2 inch fleece strip around the hat in a knot. Trim the tie to match the length of your fringe.

Enjoy your hat!

Fleece Poncho Tutorial

Supply List
Chalk Wheel
2 Buttons
Freezer paper, wrapping paper or newspaper to draw your pattern on
Sewing supplies

Step 1 - Make The Pattern
Draw a 15 x 15 inch square on a piece of paper. Label the pattern "fleece poncho cut 1"

Step 2 - Cut the Fabric
Pin the pattern to the fleece and cut it out.
Step 3 - Make the Neck Opening
One the back of the fabric use your chalk wheel to draw an X from corner to corner.
Measure 2 inches from the center of the X and make a mark. Do this on three edges of the X.  It will look like a T shape in the center of the poncho.

Carefully cut along the chalk lines between the 3 dots your made. This will cut out a T shape in the center of your poncho.

Step 4 - Make the Collar
Fold the flaps you just cut down to the front of the poncho and pin forming a collar.
Sew a button to each flap.

Step 5 - Fringe the Poncho
Use the chalk wheel and a large ruler to draw a line 1 1/2 inches from all sides of the poncho.

Cut the square off each corner along the chalk line.

Carefully cut 1/2 wide fringe around the poncho from the edge to the chalk line you made.

Enjoy your poncho!

© 2011 Carol Steely All rights reserved


  1. We just bought Lauren an 18 inch doll to go with all of the goodies we won from you and I think this would be great fun for us to do together! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This patteren is just way too cute ! I can't wait to make these for my Grandaughter. Thank you for Sharing.

  3. My little sister Molly is in love with American Girl dolls so for christmas I am making two of these for her. One for her Molly McIntire doll and one for another doll that she named Sarah. She is going to love them. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I just made several of your ponchos for my granddaughter's doll. She loves them and I loved your easy to follow directions!

  5. made two of these in 1hr with a used baby blanket. cost 2 dollars. I'm gonna make matching hats for my daughter


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