Make your own American Girl doll clothes

American Girl dolls are one of my favorite things.  Not for me, of course, but for my three girls.  Samantha, Kirsten, and Kit all live happily under our roof.  But one of my un-favorite things is the price of everything associated with them.  That’s why I decided to be creative and see if I could make some American Girl doll clothes.

Samantha, who has lived here longest, has quite a wardrobe already.  At daughter #2’s request, I made a “summer dress” for Kirsten.  Kit only arrived in May, and the poor child has only 2 outfits.  So, most of my effort this Christmas was for her.  My daughter loved Kit’s school dress and overalls in the American Girl catalog:

I loved the apron for Kit, but didn’t want to shell out $34 for it:

American Girl Kit apronSo, I got to work.  I bought an easy pattern on sale for .99 and used that to make the dresses and overalls.  I created the apron pattern – not as hard as it seems because it’s basically just one piece and not something that would need to “fit” like a dress or pants.  I was very pleased with the results!

homemade American Girl doll clothesTry it!  You can make an entire wardrobe for the price of one store-bought outfit, and it’s fun to browse the fabric store for little bits of fabrics.

Note on the shoes:  Michael’s, using a 40% off coupon.  Cheap and cute!

American Girl Kit apron homemade doll clothes


  1. Great job! I love the clothes you made. I have some doll clothes patterns that I picked up for a dime each at the thrift store. I need to make some for my nieces!

  2. My girls love American girls too! You have inspired me, perhaps some Christmas happiness can be had from a simple pattern, and some fabric! My littlist one would love the overalls! I love your apron too, so creative and cute. You did an excellent job picking fabrics by the way,thanks for sharing!

    This was my first week doing WFMW too!

  3. Those are adorable! We had a friend do this for our daughter…she absolutely loves it! Thanks for stopping by my blog, it’s nice to know I’m not the only person out there “resending” cards! 🙂 Of course, you know, if everyone starts doing this we will have to buy something!

  4. Those turned out very nice!
    I agree that American girl stuff can be very expensive and making your own is a great solution. I have enjoyed doing that for my daughter and your post reminded me that I should get busy and get some more done for Christmas.

  5. These clothes are so cute! If I sewed, I think it’d be more fun to make doll clothes than ‘real’ ones…… no complaining from the model : )

    And searching for little bits of fabric vs. large would be like a treasure hunt!

  6. Your daughters will treasure these doll clothes long after their doll years are over. My grandmother sewed outfits for my one baby doll, and I am so sorry I didn’t keep them.

    You can even order little labels that say “Made with Love by Susan” and sew them into the collars…

    Thanks for sharing your talents!

  7. I haven’t made doll clothes in a long time, guess I need to start again. Thanks for the inspiration, you did a great job.

  8. I have two actual american girl dolls and a doll from ACMoore and i want to make clothes for them but i have not clue how to. It seems really complicated.

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