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How to Make American Girl Doll Clothes with a Sewing Machine

How to Make American Girl Doll Clothes with a Sewing Machine
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Suppose your daughter’s birthday is coming soon. She loves to play with dolls and requested you to make dolls’ clothes for a long time.

But you don’t know how to do it. Making doll clothes are one of the easier projects with the sewing machine. 

If you want to surprise your daughter with some amazing doll clothes, you can follow the instructions.

In the case of sewing doll clothes, you have to choose comfortable fabrics. While sewing the doll clothes, you need to concentrate on the measurements and patterns. 

Here, you will get the complete guide for making American girl doll clothes with a sewing machine. Let’s get started. 

A complete guide for making American girl doll clothes with a sewing machine

You have to gather some tools and materials to sew doll clothes. However, you have to know about doll clothes patterns as well. For sewing doll clothes, you will need- 

Materials needed

  • Fabric
  • Buttons
  • Pompoms
  • Paper

Tools Needed

  • Measurement scale
  • Fabric marker or chalk
  • Sewing scissors
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Needles

After collecting these tools and materials, you can follow the steps to make the doll clothes with your sewing machine

Steps of making doll skirt 

Step- 1: 

Pick your favorite fabric to sew your doll’s skirt. Then, you have to cut down a long piece of fabric 2 inches in width. You have to sew down one of the long edges about a quarter inch over. 


After sewing the long edge, you should have a clean edge. Flip the fabric back around and start folding some pleats. Use some pins to hold the pleats in place. Keep your pleats evenly down. 


Continue to make the pleats until they can fit around the doll with some extra fabric at the back. Nevertheless, you have to sew across the top rough edge that can hold all the pleats together. Then you need to remove the pins. At this point, iron the pleats to make them perfect.


When it comes to a pleated skirt, you have to make a waistband. For making it, you need to cut down a one-inch-wide strip of the same fabric. You have to fold that strip in half and attach the raw edge of the strip to the raw edge of the skirt. 


Sew across all edges to align them all together. Trim the extra fabric if needed. Then, you have to flip down the strip. Use the fabric marking pen to mark the point to sew the side of the skirt. 

Start sewing from the bottom to up. Leave a little space at the top so that the skirt can slide on and off. Then sew it up and cut the extra fabric.


Flip the skirt inside out. You need to sew the top rough edges with thread and needle. Fold them over and sew them down to make them seamless. Add a snap button on the waistband. Thus, you can add some pompoms at the down of the skirt. 

Steps of making a doll crop top


First of all, you have to draw a crop top pattern on the paper. Take the 3 x 3 inches of the body part and one-inch-wide sleeves. Moreover, choose the fabric for your doll’s crop top. Fold the fabric into halfways.


Take the crop-top pattern and place it on the top of the fabric. Align it with the fold of the fabric. Draw the pattern into the fabric using a fabric marking pen or chalk. Then cut your fabric with the pattern.


At this point, unfold the fabric into another side of it. However, fold over the sleeves to hem them with a sewing machine. You have to start sewing from the sleeve down to the bottom on both sides. After sewing these, cut the extra fabric.


Fold the crop top in half ways. Make a small cut at the middle top of it so that you can create a neckline. Thus, you have to sew the neckline with a thread and needle. Sew the rough edges of the crop top. You can add pompoms or laces at the down of the crop top. 

Wrapping up

Now, you know how to make American girl doll clothes with a sewing machine. So that you can make it for your daughter. Also, you can teach her to make her doll clothes. But if your child is too small to use a sewing machine, then you can do it for her.

Moreover, you can make frocks with the same process. In that case, you have to attach the crop top with the pleated with a sewing machine. You can also make some doll clothes and gift them. It can be one of the best gifts for little girls.

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