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10-minute Barbie dress tutorial (+free PDF pattern)

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Learn to make a cute princess tulle dress for your Barbie doll with this free pattern and tutorial. This is a beginner-friendly sewing project that can be done in approximately 10 minutes.

My youngest daughter loves to play dress up games with her dolls. She’s always so excited when I make new doll clothes!

10-minute Barbie dress pattern

These tulle Barbie doll dresses are easy to sew. You’ll need no special tools, skills, or a lot of patience to complete this project. 

All you need is a small strip of jersey fabric, some scraps of soft tulle, and thread, and that’s about it. I happen to have lots of tulle scraps from when I had a small business making and selling handmade tulle skirts. I’m always happy when I get my bits and pieces put to good use.

10-minute Barbie dress tutorial

10-minute Barbie dress pattern

All the dresses I made for this tutorial are unlined – the reason behind this is I really wanted to use this “10-minute Barbie dress” title. 🙂 Many beginners think that these tiny dresses are a hassle to sew, but that’s not the case here. 

In fact, there’s no reason to fear sewing this cute Barbie dress, and I would like to encourage as many as possible to try making it. Seriously, you can sew this fancy doll dress in 10 minutes!

Anyway, you can easily add a lining to the skirt, but that would add another 5 minutes to the whole project. Not that bad, right?

Related: Free 12-inch doll dress pattern

To make this Barbie tulle dress, you need jersey scraps for the bodice and two strips of tulle, each measuring 25-40 inches (depends on how fluffy you want the skirt to be) by 6 inches, to make a midi tulle skirt. Of course, you can make the tulle skirt shorter or maybe longer.

DIY Barbie tulle dress

Sewing supplies – Barbie dress free pattern

Are you ready? Let’s sew this easy Barbie dress!

How to make a Barbie dress – basic bodice pattern

For the bodice just use any stretchy fabrics you have on hand, or some old t-shirts or leggings you no longer wear.

First, print and cut your bodice pattern piece. Fold your jersey fabric and trace around the outline with straps on the fold (I used a heat erasable fabric marking pen).

tracing doll bodice pattern

Then, sew the underarm and the side seams. Trim down the seam allowances to 1/8”, then clip a bit into your seam allowance in the underarm area.

doll bodice pattern

Cut the bottom edges (sleeves & waist) and the neck hole. 

doll bodice pattern

To make these casual chic tulle dresses, I opted for a scoop neck. I think it matches the tulle skirt much better than a V-neck or a scoop neck. 

Likewise, in my opinion the long and 3/4 sleeves are more appropriate for a tulle skirt than a sleeveless bodice. Nevertheless, I’m by no means a fashion expert, so you can adjust your bodice as you please.

Turn the bodice right side out. To this purpose, I used that purple thang – a great tool for turning over the fabric. However, you could do without it – simply use a small safety pin instead to turn the sleeves.

After this, cut the back of the bodice down the middle.

sewing doll clothes tutorial

How to make a Barbie dress – gathered tulle skirt

Now, change the stitch length to the longest possible and run a basting stitch for each of the two tulle layers.

I’d recommend using a matching thread for this step, so you won’t have to worry later about the gathering stitches showing on the outside.

sewing tulle dress for a Barbie doll

Then, gather the tulle layers until they match the bodice bottom edge – for me, this measurement is 4”. 

Now sew together the tulle layers. Next, pin the gathered tulle skirt to the bodice right side and sew.

how to make a barbie tulle dress

The Barbie dress is almost finished! Finally, all we have to do now is attach the Velcro back closure. 

Should you not have narrow Velcro strips, no problem. Cut your regular Velcro down to the middle and get thin Velcro strips in no time, ready to use on your doll dress.

One more thing – I always change my needle before sewing Velcro strips to fabric, because I don’t want to waste my good jersey needles. I used a regular needle, old but still functional.

Barbie dress Velcro closure

This back closure makes it easy to put the dress on and off, even for younger children. 

I added Velcro closure only to the bodice. There’s no need to sew or do anything to the skirt –the tulle attracts static electricity so the tulle strips tend to cling together, providing full coverage in the back.

tulle dress back view

My 3-year-old daughter approves of these cute Barbie tulle dresses.

Barbie tulle dresses, pink and green

Did you find this tutorial helpful? I’d like to hear what you think of it! Should you give this Barbie tulle dress pattern a try, I would LOVE to see pictures!

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