Open-Front Cardigan Upcycle 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Got a sweater that is looking for some new life? Use it to make this cozy little cardigan for your 18” doll! It features a simple open-front with a shawl collar. The seamless ribbing at the waistline and wrists are scaled to doll-size by trimming the ribbing from the original sweater from the bottom. This is a quick sew and a really satisfying use of an old sweater.

This PDF sewing pattern by Thimbles and Acorns is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.

Love the added embroidered detail on the blue sweater? Follow along in the full sew-along tutorial in Sewing With Cinnamon & Friends Sewing Holiday Traditions video with Shari Fuller! The Itty Bitty Snowflake buttons are featured in this embellishment.

Open-Front Cardigan Upcycle - Thimbles and Acorns Pattern #2020-20

Suggested Fabrics: Cardigan is made from a lightweight cashmere, wool, angora, or acrylic sweater.

Supplies Needed:


  • Cardigan ~ One sweater, adult or child size


  • Thread


  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Iron and pressing tools
  • Blunt needle or point turner
  • Tissue paper


    Skill Level:  Intermediate

    What You Get: One 17 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

    Download, Print, Sew!

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