I’m a proponent of taking advantage of 10 to 30 minutes of free time to sew or quilt. Minutes spent sewing, result in finished projects. When Joan Hinds proposed the idea of 30-Minute Doll Clothes for a Sewing With Nancy program, my interest piqued. I questioned, asking if pieces could truly be made in just 30-minutes instead of several sewing sessions. Her answer—absolutely!

After giving Joan the go-ahead to submit ideas for a 2-part TV series centering on sewing for the popular 18″ dolls, she sent me sketches and photos. The difficult part was to narrow down the selections! Here’s a sneak preview of the outfits you can make in minutes of time.

The Birthday Party Trio is a double skirt, camisole, and leggings combo. It’s a mix and match ensemble that is a breeze to create. In the 30-Minute Doll Clothes book and on the TV show you’ll see how flat-construction tips streamline the process.

Dig through you fabric scrap box and search for a pretty little print. With just a few straight seams and 30 minutes of time, you’ll be able to create a skirt. Spend another half-hour of time and stitch a top. The result is a pretty and perky combo.

Your favorite little girl can have an extensive doll wardrobe, using Joan’s simple patterns and speedy sewing tips. This sundress, the Speedy Sundress to be exact, is so quick to sew that you could create two dresses in just about the same time as sewing one of them. Simplified techniques make it possible.

This doll is set to attend an afternoon tea party. Bolero jacket and dress—a perfect combo—like tea and cookies—will delight any little girl.

Our next doll is ready to go shopping. The knit shirt, top, and skirt ensemble is the perfect outfit for a doll to wear during an imaginative Meet Me at the Mall outing.


You’ll find all the instructions and patterns for these clothes and more in the book, 30-Minute Doll Clothes. You can watch this show online—it’s the feature show this week.

Sewing With Nancy 30-Minute Doll Clothes


Watch 30-Minute Doll Clothes online at nancyzieman.com or on Public TV. 


The random winner of Mary Mulari’s Easy Reversible Aprons - Full-Flair Apron pattern is: Mary Flanigan. Her comment was: I would love to make these for my kids’ teachers and art teacher who dabble in arts and crafts all day long! 

What a great idea!

Easy Reversible Aprons Pattern Full Flair by Mary Mulari


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