May 04, 2015

Colonial Skirt for American Girl Doll

See the other free colonial tutorials

These skirt instructions are super easy and can be done by a beginner sewer.

What you need

  • 1/3 yard of cotton or linen fabric
  • 20" cotton twine or yarn
  • safety pin

How to make the Skirt

All pictures are from the Colonial Shirt tutorial since the process is the same in the beginning.

1. Cut a rectangle 40" x11". To get a true rectangle I normally tear the fabric rather than cutting.
    To tear, make a small cut with your scissors and then rip the rest of the way.
    If you rip the fabric, I recommend ironing afterwards to shrink the rips back into shape.

2.  On one of the long sides, make a 1/4" double hem (fold up 1/4" then another 1/4")
     This is your bottom hem

3. Zigzag or serge both short ends

4. Fold both short ends in 1/4" to the wrong side.
    Then on the other long side, make a 3/8" double hem (fold up 3/8" then another 3/8")
    This is your waist hem.

5. Align both short ends, right sides together.
    Try to unfold the 1/4" that was folded in earlier as far as possible.
    This crease is where you sew your seam (this is going to be your back seam)

6. Take a small safety pin and tie cotton twine/yarn to the safety pin.
       Thread safety pin through waist hem and gather fabric.

You are done !!!


  1. is " before the number meaning inch or centimeter

    1. It is inches. All my measurements are in inches.