How to make a Sally dress from "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

Updated November 21, 2016

Sally is the heroine and love interest of Jack Skellington in Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas," which was released in 1993. Sally is a patchwork rag doll with a patchwork dress made of several different fabrics. The fabrics are crudely cut and stitched together with thick black thread. The fabrics are dull in colour and include light blue, pink and yellow. The actual fabric prints used in the movie could prove difficult to find. It might be necessary to start with a solid colour fabric and add the print by hand with a black permanent marker.

Lay out a short-sleeved V-neck dress so that it is flat.

Cut the patches one at a time by laying a piece of fabric over the dress and marking the outline of the patch with a marker. As you cut the patches, lay them out on the dress like a puzzle to guide you in cutting the next piece. The patch seams will need to line up.

Glue all the patches to the front of the dress. Be careful not to let the glue seep through the dress and glue the front and back together.

Flip the dress over. Cut and glue the patches for the back.

Cut black yarn into approximately 1-inch lengths. Glue the yarn across all the seams to create a stitched look.


Cut the patches slightly bigger than needed and overlap them to avoid gaps.

Things You'll Need

  • Short-sleeved dress
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Black yarn
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