How to Create Cabbage Patch Doll Clothes - Free Pattern

I grew up loving my Cabbage Patch baby doll.  I loved it so much I kept it for my own kids.  Perhaps you did the same thing.  But the biggest problem I've faced is their clothes don't last long.  You want to gift your doll to your little one and you say "Here is my adorable doll.  Hope you love the threadbare cabbage patch doll clothes!" ones going to want that.  Plus, have you ever tried to wash clothing that is falling apart?  Not fun. I am right?!

Cabbage Patch Dolls

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And if I'm honest, my 17" Cabbage Patch Doll clothes are a bit dated.  Not that my kids probably care, but it is always nice to have "in fashion" toys.  For some reason my 12" Cabbage Patch Doll's always have super dirty clothing.  I'm hoping these new cabbage patch doll clothes will wash up much nicer than the old ones.

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Cabbage Patch Baby Doll Bodysuit and leggings

Let’s start with a couple questions that are asked frequently about Cabbage patch doll clothing.

What size clothes do I make for a Cabbage patch doll?

That’s probably the biggest question people have.  What size doll clothing will fit my cabbage patch doll.  That all depends on the doll you have.  I personally have a 12” and a 17” Cabbage Patch doll.  There are a few other sizes like the newborn dolls, but the doll patterns below are specifically for the 12” and 17” dolls.

If you are not sure what the difference is in the babies, the baby on the left is the 12" doll and the 17" doll is on the right.

12" and 17" cabbage patch with free clothing pattern

What Cabbage Patch clothes patterns do you offer?

Since I have access to a 12” and 17” Cabbage Patch doll, the cabbage patch clothing patterns available are for these two sizes of dolls.  I have drafted and digitized 3 patterns in the 2 sizes.  The patterns include dress, bodysuit/t-shirt and leggings for both sizes. 

Cabbage patch dress patternCabbage Patch t-shirt pattern

Each doll clothing pattern is designed for use with knit fabrics.  This is to help with the stretch over the head as well as easy care in washing.  The dress and bodysuit are lapped.  This allows for easy fit over the head.

Cabbage Patch Doll Leggings

The leggings have ayoga style knit waistband to help with easy fit on and off.  This is a great stash buster project or a fast gift for birthdays or holidays.  You can get the leggings tutorial HERE.

What materials do I need to make Cabbage Patch doll clothing?

First, you’ll need fabric.  These doll clothes patterns are designed to be sewn with knit fabrics.  Knit fabrics have stretch.  If you aren’t familiar with sewing on knit fabrics, check out our Tips and Tricks for Sewing with Knits.  If you aren’t sure where to purchase knit fabrics, we have a huge list of places to purchase knit fabrics.  We’ve used many of these retailers and have readers that love them.

12" cabbage patch with free clothing pattern17" cabbage patch with free clothing pattern12" cabbage patch with free clothing pattern

Second, you’ll also need snaps for the bodysuit.  I personally like to use KAM snaps, but you can use metal snaps as well.

Watch as I sew up the 12" doll clothes live below.

How do I get my free Cabbage Patch doll clothes patterns?

You can grab the 12" Baby Doll pattern and the 17" baby doll pattern for free by simply joining our GYCT mailing list and you'll have access to our Free Resource Library.  

In our free resource library you can download the pattern pieces for both dolls at the same time.  Then head back here for the tutorial to sew them up.

Just want the pattern and full tutorial and none of the hassel?  Get them both for download for just $2.  No need to access the internet each time you want to make your own.

Free Cabbage Patch Baby Doll Clothing Patterns

Materials Needed

Knit fabric such as jersey or interlock
Ballpoint needle or double needle

Bodysuit/T-shirt/Dress Instructions

Step 1
Take your two sleeve pieces and fold the straight edge up 3/8” towards the wrong side.  Using a zig-zag stitch or stretch stitch, hem the sleeves.


Step 2
Take your top front and one of the neckband pieces.  Fold the neckband in half lengthwise.  Pin the neckband across the neck on the top.  Using a zig-zag or overlock stitch, attach the neckband to the top.  Repeat with back piece.

Step 3
Overlap the back piece over the front piece at the shoulders about ½”.  Add a basting stitch at the armhole to keep the pieces in place.

Step 4
With right sides together (RST), pin the sleeve around the armhole.  Stitch in place.  Repeat with opposite side.

Step 5
With RST, place front and back of top together.  Stitch down the side seam.  Repeat with opposite side.

Continue to Step 6 for dress or t-shirt.

Skip to Step 8 for bodysuit.

Step 6
Fold the hem of the dress or t-shirt towards the wrong side 3/8”.  Stitch around the hem

Step 7
Take the legband piece and fold it in half, matching short sides.  Stitch across the short sides.  Now you should have a circle.  Fold the band in half with wrong sides together.

Step 8
Carefully stretch the legband aroundt he hem of the bodysuit.  Pin as you go, stretching slightly.

Stitch the legand to the bodysuit.  You should stretch the band slightly as you sew so that the band will fit on the bodysuit.

Step 9
Press the legband.  If you’d like to use a double needle to topstitch around the band, do so now.

Finally, add a snap or Velcro at the bottom of the bodysuit so it will stay closed.

Congratulations!  You've made some adorable Cabbage Patch Clothing!!!  Make sure to join our GYCT Designs Facebook Group so you can share your cute creations.  And don't forget to check out our Free Cabbage Patch Leggings Pattern.  

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  1. You link took me to your shop, but i don't see any doll patterns. Can you help me find them? I am so excited about this. My daughter is getting a cabbage patch doll for Christmas!!!

    1. The links should be active now. Sorry about that!

  2. I can't remember the last time I saw a cabbage patch doll. Cute clothes though :)

  3. Thanks for these cute patterns. We still have 1 of each size, but not clothes. :(

  4. These are too cute! I hope my little one gets a baby doll for Christmas just so I can make her the clothes! :)

  5. Love these! My girls would die if made them some clothes for their cabbage patch kids!

  6. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have recently picked up a few Cabbage Patch kids dolls at second hand stores for our church's preschool area. The kids love them, but the clothes are SO hard to find these days. I have even started looking for used patterns for CPK clothes, with no luck. This is perfect! I'll be sewing soon!

    1. Glad I could help. We love our CPK here so I am glad to share.

  7. Hi, do you have a nappy pattern please? many thanks..

  8. Hi,
    HELP!! I'm attempting the 12" baby doll dress for my granddaughter's Christmas present, but can't tell if you used a 3/8" seam or smaller on the neckband pieces.

    1. the seam allowance on the neckline, I used a 3/8". You want it to be small but not too small that it doesn't stay in place. Hope that helps.

  9. How do Idownload theFREE PATTERNS

    1. You'd need to click on the Craftsy link and sign up for a Free Craftsy account and download the pattern to your account.

  10. I can't find where to go for the free pattern

    1. You'd need to click on the Craftsy link and sign up for a Free Craftsy account and download the pattern to your account.

  11. Thanks so much for posting these! Over the past 15 years, my mom and I have collected around 350 or so CPKs, all from thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, hAlf or more are naked, and I lost my clothing patterns in a move a few years back. ... this makes me very happy, lol! !

  12. Trying to make the dress. I know the neck has to be somewhat large to get the dress on the doll, but mine is huge. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.

    1. Might be your knot doesn't have enough recover or was stretched to much during sewing

  13. I signed up for an acct. But still can't figure out how to down the cabbage patch clothes pattetns

    1. Check your email SPAM or junk folder. Sometimes the welcome email with directions to get the patterns end up there.