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American Girl Doll Crafts
Make Crafts for your American Girl Dolls and Save Money!
Why buy it when you can make it? American Girl doll crafts are a great way to make accessories and clothing for a fraction of what American Girl charges. My daughters got caught up in the American Girl Doll craze a couple of years ago after we visited the Mall of America. The dolls are expensive to be sure, but I have found that they hold up much better to play than their less expensive counterparts. Soon after receiving their first AG dolls, my daughters started receiving the American Girl catalogs in the mail. They quickly started begging for furniture and accessories for their dolls. I was shocked at how pricey the accessories and furniture were! Since I am crafty, I decided that we would make them instead of buying them. I have discovered that with a little creativity and effort, you can make a ton of wonderful crafts for your American Girl Dolls at a fraction of the cost. My daughters and I love crafting together so making something for their dolls is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
I quickly discovered that there are all sorts of American Girl doll crafts on the internet - sewing, knitting, crocheting, plastic canvas, woodworking, paper crafts, you name it! No matter where your crafting interests lie, you will find a little something for everyone. Happy Crafting!
Photo Credit: A Heart Full of LoveSewing can be an economical way to get new clothes for your dolls. Most patterns work up fairly quickly and typically require less than a yard of fabric. They can be a great way to use up your stash! Small prints and solids work best for doll clothes.
If you are looking to teach your daughter or granddaughter how to sew, this can be a great way to start. That special girl in your life will be so proud to dress her doll in something she made herself.
Know of any other free 18 inch doll sewing patterns that should be on the list? Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the comments section to leave me a comment with the link. I will get it added ASAP.
- American Girl Historical Dress Patterns
American Girl used to offer sewing patterns for their historical dolls. The wonderful people over at AG Playthings have compiled these patterns and made them available as PDFs. You can find dress patterns for Molly, Kirsten, Samatha, Josephina, Addy,
- Basic 18 inch Doll Dress
This pattern fits 15-18 inch dolls. Although it is a rather plain dress on its own, you could easily jazz it up a bit with ribbons or other embellishments.
- 18 inch Doll Hair Styling Cape
Love to style your doll's hair? Sew a hair styling cape for her next date at the salon with this free pattern.
- Simple Rag Scarf
This free pattern requires minimal sewing to create a cute and trendy scarf for your AG dolls.
- Drop Waisted Dress Pattern
I think this would make an adorable dress for Samantha or Rebecca.
- Free Peasant Shirt Instructions
No pattern needed for this peasant top. Simply take 4 measurements and proceed from there. A quick and simple pattern that is great for teaching young girls to sew.
- 1940s Tiered Dress Pattern
This free sewing pattern from Bunny Bear is great for historical dolls like Molly or Emily
- Doll Santa Hat
You can make an adorable Santa hat for your doll with this free American Girl sewing pattern from You Can Make This.
- Doll Witch Hat
Another freebie pattern from You Can Make This. Get your doll ready for Halloween!
- Twirly Skirt Pattern
Make an adorable Twirly Skirt with this free pattern from You Can Make This.
- Free Doll-sized Pettiskirt Pattern
This free pattern includes patterns for making both doll and child sized pettiskirts. Don't you just love patterns where little girls can match their dolls?
- Twirly Dolly Skirt
This free tutorial from The Polkadot Chair uses coordinating fabrics to make an adorable twirly skirt for your dolly.
- No Pattern Needed Bubble Skirt Tutorial
Sew a cute bubble skirt for your American Girl Dolls. Simple instructions - no pattern needed!
- 18" Doll Purse Tutorial
This cute 18" Doll: Purse tutorial also includes instructions for making printable doll Money, Wallet, Passport, and Checkbook. A must have for your AG Dolls!
- 18 inch doll boots
These cute Ugg-like boots for your doll are sure to be a hit with the younger crowd.
- American Girl Gardening Outfit
Click on the gardening outfit link at the top of the page for the instructions. The page I linked to has the images of the completed outfit.
- Cute Minnie Ears for Dolls
Going to Disney soon? Or just want to pretend? Be sure to check out the tutorial to make a cute pair of Minnie Mouse ears for your dolls.
- AG Doll Sized Socks
Make a quick pair of socks for your dolls starting with a pair from the dollar store.
- Popover Doll Dress
Free pattern download for a Popover Dress for your American Girl Dolls. (Also has a link to download the child sized pattern.)
- Katie Dress Pattern for AG Dolls
Sew Like My Mom has a free pattern to make an adorable Katie Dress for your 18 inch dolls.
- Doll Tights
This tutorial is for striped Halloween doll tights for a witch's outfit but the tutorial can be used to make plain doll tights too. All you need is a pair of knee socks - easily found at the dollar store.
- Kanani Inspired Top
Free photo tutorial for a Doll Blouse inspired by 2011 GOTY Kanani. Click on the photo to be taken to the tutorial.
- Doll Shoe Pattern
Every doll can use more shoes! No need to buy them when you can make your own.
- Sew a doll sleeping Bag
Tutorial to make a sleeping bag for your dolls. This will work for any size doll.
- Doll Tutu Free Tutorial
Sew a tutu for your 18 inch dolls using Nylon net.
- Doll Swimsuit Pattern
Swimsuit season will be here before you know it! Make a doll-sized swimsuit with this free pattern from Liberty Jane.
- Free Drawstring Dress Pattern
a free pattern available at Liberty Jane from Heritage Doll Fashions. I have made this one and it is simple and quick!
- AG Doll T-shirt Pattern
Liberty Jane is one of my absolute favorite American Girl Doll pattern stores. I love that they offer a few freebies for dolly wardrobe must-haves like this trendy t-shirt.
- 18 inch doll Polo Shirt
a free pattern available at Liberty Jane from DollDuds.
- Free Trendy Tank Top Pattern
A free Liberty Jane pattern for a trendy tank top. Every doll needs a tank top or two for layering with other tops!
- 15 Minute Doll Headband Tutorial
You can make a cute hair accessory to match all your doll outfits with this quick tutorial over at AGDollCrafts.com
Make an American Girl Doll Gathered Dress - Quick and Simple
Here is a fun video that tells you how to make a cute sundress for your American Girl Dolls. I have made several of these for my daughters as they work up so quickly!
Image: Jennifer of AG Doll Crafts
Sew the Contemporary Wardrobe for 18-Inch Dolls - a great resource for those who love to sew for their American Girl Dolls!
Although this is not free, by Joan Hinds is a book I own and highly recommend. In fact, the fleece coat and mittens in the intro photo were made from a pattern in this book. It is great for getting started as it contains 35 patterns. If you want to create an entire wardrobe for your dolls, this is the book to get. Sew the Contemporary Wardrobe for 18-Inch Dolls
Contains patterns for pjs, coats, shirts, skirts, dresses, pants, and much more. Sew the Contemporary Wardrobe for 18-Inch Dolls is a great book to add to your crafting library!
Photo Credit: A Heart Full of LoveIf you don't know how to sew, here are a few free fabric craft tutorials for American Girl and other 18 inch dolls that require no sewing. These are great crafts for kids to make. If you know of any no-sew AG doll crafts that should be on this list, scroll down to the bottom and leave a comment with the link.
- 18 inch Doll Tutu
Instructions are to make a patriotic tutu but you can use any color tulle you like to create this easy Tutu for your AG Dolls
- Quick and Easy Doll Backpack
Just some felt, glue, and embellishments are all you need to make this cute backpack for 18 inch dolls.
- No Sew Bathrobe for Dolls
Make a quick and easy No-Sew Housecoat for your AG Dolls using a dollar store blanket
American Girl Doll Purses Kit that includes a book and materials needed to make 12 purses for your American Girl dolls.
Photo Credit: A Heart Full of LoveIs plastic canvas your thing? Plastic canvas is a wonderful way to introduce children to sewing and make some really cute things for doll play in the process. Since most plastic canvas projects for dolls work up fairly quickly, is just perfect for a child's attention span.
Know of any other free plastic canvas patterns for 18 inch dolls that should be on the list? Scroll down to the bottom and leave me a comment with the link so I can get it added.
- AG Doll Headband
These cute plastic canvas headbands are held on the doll's head with elastic. Each one can be completed in about 30 minutes. A fun craft to introduce girls to plastic canvas!
- 18 inch doll Easter Basket
Celebrate Easter with your dolls. These cute little baskets work up quickly and have an alternating stitch pattern to simulate basket weaving.
- American Girl Doll Halloween Candy Bucket
Do you make Halloween costumes for your dolls? Then be sure to make a cute Halloween Candy Bucket too! This free plastic canvas pattern works up super quick!
- 18 inch Doll Flip-Flops
Get your dolls ready for summer fun with these adorable flip-flops crafted from plastic canvas.
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Photo Credit: A Heart Full of LoveIf you love to crochet as much as I do, there are a ton of patterns for crocheted 18 inch doll clothing and accessories. From hats to dresses to shoes and everything in between, chances are you will find the perfect project to crochet for your dolls. Some are simple enough to teach girls to crochet too!
Know of any other free American Girl Doll Crochet Patterns that should be on the list? Scroll down to the bottom and leave me a comment with the link so I can get it added.
- Valentine Doll Headband Earwarmer
Free crochet pattern for a Heabdand Earwarmer for AG dolls. Features a cute little heart embellishment that makes it great for Valentine's Day. You could also embellish it with a flower or decorative button.
- 18 inch Doll Winter Hat
Make a cute winter hat for your American Girl and other 18 inch dolls. The hat is embellished with a flower. Just adorable!
- AG Doll Crochet Button Boots
If you doll needs more shoes, these adorable button up boots work up so fast.
- 18 inch Doll Ice Skates
This clever free crochet pattern uses a paper clip for the skate blades.
- Doll Ice Skating Outfit
While you are making the skates, why not make a whole outfit?
- Doll Bunny Slippers free crochet pattern
Get your doll all comfy and cozy with this pattern for a sweet pair of bunny slippers.
- American Girl Doll Empire Waist Dress with Ruffles
Free pattern for a gorgeous ruffly dress that is sure to please
- American Girl Ear Warmer
This free pattern from Create Bella Create is a great way to use up odds and ends of yarn.
- We Gather Together 18 inch Doll Outfit
Crochet a Pilgrim Outfit for your American Girl Dolls
- Pride and Prejudice doll dress
Pride and Prejudice is one of my all-time favorite books! Now your AG doll can look like Elizabeth Bennet with this free crochet pattern from Bizzy Crochet.
- Doll Shrug
Pineapples for Molly is a free pattern for a crocheted shrug - just perfect for a spring day!
- Crocheted Doll Pants
Belle Bambina Knits has a free crochet pattern for simple AG doll pants.
- 18 inch doll Nightgown
Designer Darski has created this cute pattern for an AG doll Nightgown. It would go great with the bunny slippers!
- Hearts Galore Doll Scarf Free Crochet Pattern
Cute Valentines Day scarf for dolls made my sewing together crochet hearts.
Dress-Up Fashions for 18 Inch Dolls Crochet Pattern Booklet - Crochet 6 fun outfits and matching accessories
Dress-Up Fashions for 18 Inch Dolls contains 6 themed outfits to crochet - Dress-Up, School Days, Party Time, Winter Fun, Daisy Girl, and Sweet Dreams.
Photo Credit: Scraps2treasuresI am a beginning knitter at best, but I have found so many neat knitting patterns for AG doll clothes and accessories that I want to try!
Know of any other free American Girl Doll Knitting Patterns that should be on the list? Scroll down to the bottom and leave me a comment with the link so I can get it added.
- Simple Doll Scarf using The Knook
The Knook is a special crochet hook that allows you to knit without the yarn falling off the needles. I made a simple scarf for my daughter's doll using my Knook. The pattern is about mid-way down the page.
- Floral Knit Doll Accessories Knitting Pattern
a great free knitting pattern from Red Heart Yarn that includes a Triangle Shawl, Beret and Tote bag are all embellished with little knit posies.
- American Girl Bikini
Get your AG doll all ready for swimsuit season with this free knitted bikini pattern.
- The American Girl Retro Cardi Free Knitting Pattern
I think this gorgeous doll sweater is a bit beyond my skill level but I would love to be able to make it.
- Ruffled Skirt for 18 inch dolls
Knitting on the Net designed a cute ruffled skirt knitting pattern and is offering it for free.
- Basic Sock Pattern for American Girl dolls
Knit a pair of socks for 18 inch dolls
- 18" Mochi Plus Doll Poncho & Beret
This 18" doll poncho knitting pattern will fit dolls such as Madame Alexander, American Girl, etc. Love the variegated yarn chosen for the model. Just gorgeous!
- 18 inch doll Pleated Jumper
Knit a summertime dress for your doll with this free knitting pattern.
Fun to Knit Doll Clothes
This is another book I own. However, until I learn to knit and purl together properly, I can't make anything from it yet. first caught me eye because it has a pattern for a cute bathrobe. My daughters have been begging me to make them the cheerleader outfit! If you know how to knit, I would definitely recommend this book. Fun to Knit Doll Clothes
The Fun to Knit Doll Clothes book contains patterns for a skirt, long pants, shorts, hats, sweaters, and more. Includes a color photograph for each knitted doll outfit.
Did you know that American Girl Doll Scale is 1:3?
That means if a human sized item is 3 feet, the item in American Girl doll scale would be 1 foot.
Photo Credit: AG Doll CraftsAnother fun craft to make for your American Girls is doll printables. My daughters just love to play kitchen with their dolls. Using doll printables is a great way to make inexpensive foods and groceries for your dolls. Typically you print these out on cardstock or glossy paper, cut them out, and then assemble using glue. Kids can make these with little or no supervision.
- Make a Doll-sized bag of Hershey Kisses
In addition to the doll printable, this site also has instructions on how to make the Kisses from polymer clay.
- Food Mini Printables
This Picasa album contains a ton of printables for modern food items like cartons of soda, snacks, soups, cereals, boxed goods, and so much more! 480 files in all. Not sure of the scale on these though but it wouldn't be hard to resize the files in P
- Jennifer's Printables
Printables for dollhouses that can easily be scaled to use for American Girl dolls. She has pages for foods, magazines, toys and games, and more!
- Printable Minis
This is for 1:6 scale so you would need to enlarge them by 150%. However he has a huge selection so it is well worth checking this site out.
- AG Scans
These are scans from actual American Girl products that are no longer available. Some of these would make great printables for your dolls.
- Pleasant Company and AG paper items
More Pleasant Company and AG items you can print for your dolls.
- Vintage Postcard and Greeting Card Museum
If your doll loves to receive mail, some of these antique images would make cute cards or mail for your dolls
- Printable Doll Menorah
Get your dolls ready for Hanukkah with this printable Menorah found at Doll Diaries.
Photo Credit: AG Doll CraftsCrafting for American Girl Dolls is so much fun, especially if you involve your daughter or granddaughter. You don't have to spend a lot either if you use things you already have around the house. The Dollar Store is also a great resource for craft supplies. Who says you have to spend a fortune for accessories for your American Girl Dolls? Make your own!
- Halloween Sweets and Treats for your AG Dolls
Includes a cute layered cake make from pill bottle lids and adorable Halloween cookies crafted from foam.
- Doll Sized Jiffy Pop Popcorn
Are your dollies going camping? Well then they need some Jiffy Pop to pop over the campfire! Easy craft that uses a styrofoam ball, foil, and tiny pom pons.
- American Girl Doll Mailbox
You can find small tin mailboxes in the Dollar Store around Valentine's Day. This tutorial shows you how to turn it into a cute mailbox for your dolls.
- AG Doll Lollipops
Making doll sized lollipops from polymer clay is quick and easy. This tutorial is to make Halloween lollipops but you can certainly use whatever color you want to make lollipops for any occasion.
- Make Your Own Doll Plates
Make your own inexpensive doll plates from canning jar lids.
- 18 inch Doll New Years Tiara
Make a beaded Tiara to help your dolls ring in the New Year
- Make a Doll Wheelchair
Make a wheelchair for your hurt dolly from cardboard, fabric, and old cds.
Make an AG Doll Sized Shower
I love the My Froggy Stuff videos on Youtube! She has so many creative ideas. Most are for Barbie dolls but every once in a while, she posts a great American Girl craft. Here is a tutorial to make a shower from the box your doll came in.
American Girl Doll Crafts
If your child loves to make paper crafts for her dolls, then be sure to check out the . Chock full of activities, this is a great gift idea for a crafty kid and encourages imaginative play. The directions are easy to understand and follow. I highly recommend this book for a rainy day activity for moms and their daughters. Doll Crafts book from American Girl
Doll Crafts will have your little girl crafting accessories for her dolls in no time! From tiny checkerboards, to gift boxes, to picture frames, to play money, to home accessories, this book will keep your child entertained for hours.
What are your favorite American Girl Crafts?
Image: Jennifer of AG Doll Crafts
Do you love to sew, or is crocheting your thing? Share your opinion on your favorite 18 inch doll crafts below.
What is your favorite type of craft to make for American Girl Dolls?
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