Over the weekend I started looking on Ravelry for free doll clothes patterns for 18 inch dolls. These are designs that will fit Modern Girl or My Life dolls that Courier News purchases to give to foster daughters through CASA SHaW, the court-appointed special advocates for Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties.
I think it will be a popular project. On Sunday, Karen Van Ravenswaay and I traveled to Princeton for the monthly Interfaith Stitchers 4 Peace meeting at Nassau Presbyterian Church. We enjoyed the company of many other women passionate about their craft like us, and Karen thanked me several times for inviting her. While I was there, I spoke to several women about how the Courier News buys 10 dolls and how I invite you, my readers, to make doll clothes. Everyone I spoke to was very excited about the project, so hopefully that means they’ll knit, crochet or sew a project.
Here are some links to templates that you can download or print for free. I wish I could post pictures with the links, but I don’t have permission..
First some dresses:
This frilly bustier dress is crocheted. It seems very easy. I don’t crochet, so don’t ask me for tech help. http://www.nyanpon.com/2013/01/frilly-sweater-dress.html
Here is another cute crochet dress for 18 inches dolls: http://bellabambinaknits.blogspot.com/2007/04/spring-dress-for-american-girl-dolls.html
It’s a very basic dress, cute on any 18 inch doll, and it’s knitted. You need to download it from Ravelry.com, which is a free website for knitters and crocheters. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knitted-dress-for-american-girl-doll
Here is a knitted lace dress that would be great to make for this project as we will be giving the dolls to the foster girls in April. http://www.abc-knitting-patterns.com/1080.html
So here are some blouses:
This knitted “tank top” for American Girl Dolls isn’t quite a tank top, but it sure is cute. You need to download it from Ravelry.com. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tank-top-for-american-girl-dolls
This mesh tank top has sleeves that look like wings. Very cute! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/winged-top-for-american-girl-18
Here is a free pattern for a crochet halter top for our dolls: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/halter-top-for-american-girl-dolls
And finally, here are some sweaters:
Here is a top to bottom raglan I posted on this blog a few years ago:
Here’s a similar knit top from another designer, also free: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/american-girl-doll-18-inch-buttony-top
And here is a crochet sweater pattern that you can download for free from Ravelry.com: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mock-turtleneck-sweater-for-18-inch-doll
Thank you so much for considering one of these projects for our girls.
When you have completed your doll clothing project(s), you can mail them to me at Pam MacKenzie, The Courier News/Home News Tribune, 92 East Main St., Suite 202, Somerville, NJ 08876. I have some needed by mid-April.