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DIY giant pirate dolls. Great sewing project would make a fun gift.

DIY Pirate Dolls Tutorial

Learn how to make adorable giant DIY dolls for boys and girls. Pirate dolls tutorial with this free pattern for the pirate costumes and eye patch for kids.



  • Cut the pattern pieces out. I used woven for the stripes but in retrospect I could have easily used the knit version and wouldn’t have to worry about fraying. But I think the fraying adds to the pirate feel.
  • Note I’m not doing any finishing work since they are doll costume but if you want to finish your seams, edge stitches the pointy edges, press and all that feel free too!
  • I used 1/4 inch seam allowances

Boy Pirate Doll Costume

  • With right sides together sew the straight sides of the short pieces together (this will make the center seams).
  • Open up and sew along the curve of the inseam.
  • Iron the top edge under 1/2 inch and sew down to form a casing making sure to leave an opening for the elastic.
  • Insert elastic. Sew ends of elastic together and close up the hole in the casing. The shorts are now done
  • Make the vest by sewing the front vest pieces to the back vest piece at the top edge.
  • Then sew the side seams from the markings making sure to leave holes for the arms.
  • Top stitch the ric rac onto the right side of the vest along the front edge and neck. Now your vest should be done.
  • Cut a length of red ribbon for the sash.
  • Take the eye patch band and form a circle overlapping the edges by 1/2 inch.
  • Pin the eye patch over the overlapping edges and sew in place forming a small box (so that you catch the all edges of the band that touch the eye patch. Now your eye patch is done.

Girl Pirate Doll Costume

  • With right sides together sew the side seams of the dress.
  • Fold the arm holes under 1/4 inch and sew down.
  • Fold the top edges under 1/2 inch and sew down.
  • Thread the black ribbon through the neck casings you have just made. I like to use a loop turner for this. You will tie a bow to close the dress on the doll. Now your dress is done.
  • Tie a double knot of ric rac to make your dolls necklace (alternatively you can sew it into a circle).
  • Make an eye patch using steps 9-10 of the Boy Costume instructions above.

Child Sized Eye Patch

  • Use the same size eye patch as for the dolls.
  • Measure your child’s head and subtract 2 inches for the band piece. Use the same width as for the dolls.
  • Assemble the eye patch just like the doll eye patches (steps 9-10).
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