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Learn How to make an American Girl Doll Skirt (18" doll)


How to make a skirt for your American Girl Doll

Learn how to make an American Girl Doll skirt (18" doll) with this video and photo tutorial. This tutorial will explain how to sew this simple, easy doll skirt for an 18 inch doll or American Girl doll. This skirt does not require a pattern!

The skirt has a feature fabric and a border fabric making a pretty skirt for your American Girl or other 18" sized doll. This skirt has an elastic waistband. Pick out some pretty fabric and sew some for your American Girl doll.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Main Fabric – 5” x 22”
  • Border Fabric – 2 ½” x 22”
  • Elastic – 10 ½” x ¼” wide
  • Scissor
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Ruler
  • Safety Pin
American Doll Skirt Tutorial - Fabrics

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: SEWING BORDER ONTO MAIN FABRIC

American Doll Skirt Tutorial - Press Border Fold border strip in half lengthwise and press. The fabric is now 1 1/4 inch by 22 inches.

American Doll Skirt Tutorial - Pin border to main fabric
Place the main fabric on the table right side up. Pin border strip along one edge of the main fabric matching raw edges.

American Doll Skirt Tutorial - Sew Border Sew border and main fabric together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. To help prevent the seam allowance from fraying, finish the edge of the seam with a zigzag stitch.

American Doll Skirt Tutorial - Press border Press the border toward main fabric.

STEP 2: MAKING ELASTIC CASING

American Doll Skirt Tutorial - Turn top edge under 1/4 inch Turn fabric at top of skirt under 1/4 inch and press.

American Doll Skirt Tutorial - turn down 1/2 inch Turn under again 1/2 inch and press.

American Doll Skirt Tutorial - Sew elastic casing Stitch casing in place using a straight stitch along the bottom of the fold.

STEP 3: INSERTING ELASTIC

American Doll Skirt Tutorial - Insert Elastic Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic.

Insert the safety pinned elastic end through the opening of the casing. Use the safety pin to help pull the elastic though the casing.

IMPORTANT: When the other end of the elastic gets close to the opening of the casing, pin the end of the elastic to keep it from going into the casing.

Remove safety pin and pin elastic in place.

STEP 4: STITCHING BACK

American Doll Skirt Tutorial - Back Seam Fold the skirt with right sides together and pin.

American Doll Skirt Tutorial - Sew back seam Stitch back seam using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Zigzag stitch the edge of the seam.

Press the seam and turn the skirt right-side out.

American Doll Skirt Tutorial - Finished Skirt The skirt is finished.

MORE SKIRT TUTORIALS FOR AMERICAN GIRL DOLL OR 18" DOLL

Simple Doll Skirt
Simple Doll Skirt TutorialSimple Doll Skirt is a tutorial on how to make a quick and easy sewn doll skirt. Similar to this tutorial, this is a good project for a beginner.

Denim Doll Skirt Tutorial (No Sewing Necessary)
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Denim Doll Skirt Tutorial shows how to make a skirt for your doll by reusing denim from a pair of jeans. This is a no sewing required project! Watch the video to learn how to make this cute skirt.

Doll Skirt from T-shirt Sleeve Tutorial (No Sewing Necessary)
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Doll Skirt from T-shirt Sleeve Tutorial will show you how to make a no sewing required skirt for your American Girl doll. This one re-purposes and old t-shirt! Our video tutorial will show you how to make this easy skirt.

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