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DIY American Girl Doll and Barbie Clothes and Crafts

Do you remember the days when you were still young enough to play with dolls, yet old enough to create doll clothes and other things for them?

Let's Make Doll Stuff

I loved my Barbies, and when I was old enough, I was really into DIY Barbie stuff.  I would get pretty creative, starting with no sew doll clothes for them.  A circle of felt in a donut shape made a lovely skirt!

I also loved doing Barbie doll crafts, making things from beds, to chairs, to suitcases for my dolls.  I have to admit, they were not sophisticated, but they were functional, and I was so proud to have made them myself!

Barbie is still extremely popular; she probably always will be.  But she has a rival in the American Girl Dolls now.  

Barbie clothes and accessories are costly, but they are nothing compared to buying new clothes and accessories for the American Girl Dolls!

We have put together a tremendous number of Barbie and American Girl Doll crafts and doll clothes that you can make for these popular dolls. 

Get the Kids Involved!

So grab that kiddo; you will want to involve them too in these fun and impressive crafts.  Keep them occupied while both making and playing with their creations and save some money.  It’s a win/win!!

Kids love to watch or make the things that they will also play with afterwards, and they will learn many basic skills while creating something they will play with and probably keep for years to come.

If your skills are in sewing and working with fabric, we have great clothing and accessories to make for the little doll princess. Many of these projects are no-sew and easy to make.

For example, you might enjoy our video showing how to make a no-sew halter top for your American Girl Doll or other 18 inch doll.  Maybe your doll needs a handkerchief skirt to wear with her halter top. 

You can make one easily with our video of a no-sew pattern for the skirt, using a few pieces of fabric, some elastic, and a piece of ribbon.  She’s ready for the runway!

Wait!  Not quite ready for the runway yet!  She needs her lovely American Girl infinity scarf to accessorize.  We have a video tutorial on making one with T-shirt yarn, a needle and thread.  

So many tutorials for clothes and accessories to make for your American Girl Doll can be found below.  Check out the jeans, backpack, or poncho patterns, to name just a few!

You can also use fabric to create items for Barbie!  We have video tutorials for making a Barbie Doll skirt and halter top from a sock, for making a Barbie hoodie, and a skirt project made from your scrap fabric.

More Than Just Clothes

We have more than clothing for your dolls!  If Barbie is going on a vacation, you really need to have a suitcase for her.  We have a tutorial with instructions to make a “rolling” suitcase with a plastic soap holder, binder clip, and button wheels.

Maybe she wants to relax at home.  Use our directions to make Barbie a comfy chair and couch for her to lounge on in her house.

Check out the wallets and tote bags for Barbie as well.  These are such simple and easy projects for the kids to make!

We won’t leave out the American Girl Dolls when it comes to items other than clothing!

She can drink from a mug you make her while she colors in the coloring book and crayons made from the tutorial below.

How about a lovely tree house?!  The directions here are easy to follow, and when you are finished, your American Girl Doll will have the biggest and best tree house to hang out in, costing so much less than the high-priced one your child saw online to purchase!

We even have something for your artsy American Doll.  Check out the instructions to make her an easel to paint beautiful pictures on!

The list goes on and on, so please scroll down to take a look at all of the wonderful Barbie Doll and American Girl Doll DIY items to make.  

Let the excitement begin!

DIY American Girl Doll and Barbie Clothes and Crafts

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American Girl Doll - Dollar Tree Find

American Girl Doll - Dollar Tree Find

Buying clothes, furniture and accessories for an American Girl Doll can be expensive but it does not have to be. Dollar Tree carries lots of items that can be used with an American Girl doll. Here is something I recently found. Needlepointers.com Staff

American Girl Doll Gymnastic Hoop

Easy DIY American Girl craft to make a gymnastic hoop for your doll. Realcoake.com

American Girl Doll Harry Potter Wand

American Girl Doll Harry Potter Wand

How to make a Harry Potter wand for an American Girl Doll using a dowel, hot glue gun, beads and other craft supplies. Needlepointers.com

American Girl Doll House Tour

American Girl Doll House Tour

Come take a tour of my American Girl doll house. This updated tour of the doll house will give you ideas and tips on how to store items and furnish your own dollhouse. Needlepointers.com

American Girl Doll Luciana Vega

American Girl Doll Luciana Vega

Kate purchased Luciana Vega, the 2018 American Doll of the Year.

Kate goes through the unboxing of Luciana Vega and the accessories, showing what comes in each box.
By Needlepointers.com

American Girl Doll Mug - Video

American Girl Doll Mug - Video

How to make a mug for an American Girl Doll or any 18" doll. Needlepointers.com

American Girl Doll Poncho

American Girl Doll Poncho

Learn how to make a doll poncho for an American Girl Doll or any 18" doll. By Needlepointers.com

American Girl Doll Simple Doll Skirt

American Girl Doll Simple Doll Skirt

Learn how to make a super simple doll skirt for an American Girl Doll or 18" doll. No pattern necessary. Needlepointers Staff

American Girl Doll Tote Bag

American Girl Doll Tote Bag

This tutorial will show you how to make a cute tote bag for your 18" or American Girl Doll. Needlepointers.com

American Girl Jeans Pants

With this free pattern, you can make a pair of jeans for an American Girl Doll. The Savage Dolls

American Girl Leggings Pattern

With this free pattern, make pants, shorts and leggings for an American Girl Doll. Artsy Fartsy

Backpack for American Girl Doll

Get your doll ready for back-to-school by making your doll a backpack with this free tutorial. My A G Doll Craft

Barbie Couch

A free DIY tutorial on how to create a super fashionable, plush, Barbie sofa. Kids Kubby

Barbie Doll Bean Bag Chair (A Dollar Store Craft)

Barbie Doll Bean Bag Chair (A Dollar Store Craft)

How to make a bean bag chair for Barbie. All you need is a knit hat from the dollar store. The bean bag chair cost only $1.

Barbie Doll Dress

Barbie Doll Dress

Make a Barbie doll dress from plastic grocery bags. Needlepointers.com

Barbie Doll Skirt

Barbie Doll Skirt

This video explains how to make a Barbie doll skirt from a hat purchased at the dollar store. This is a fun and easy craft project. Needlepointers.com

Barbie Doll Skirt & Halter Top

Barbie Doll Skirt & Halter Top

This video will show you how to make a skirt and top for a Barbie Doll from a sock. Needlepointers.com

Barbie Doll Sleeveless Top

Barbie Doll Sleeveless Top

Learn how to make a sleeveless top for a Barbie doll. No sewing necessary! This is a quick and fun project. Needlepointers.com

Barbie Dress (No-Sew)

Barbie Dress (No-Sew)

How to make a no-sew dress for your Barbie doll or 12" doll. Needlepointers.com

Barbie Hoodie

Barbie Hoodie

Learn how to make a Barbie doll hoodie from an old sock. Needlepointers.com

Barbie No-Sew Shirt

Barbie No-Sew Shirt

This video will show how to make a simple no-sew shirt for a Barbie Doll, Monster-High doll or other 12” fashion doll. Needlepointers.com

Barbie Purse - How to make a Barbie Purse

Barbie Purse - How to make a Barbie Purse

Learn how to make a simple, no-sew, inexpensive purse for a fashion doll with a binder clip and pipe cleaner found at the dollar store.

Barbie Skirt

Barbie Skirt

A tutorial on how to sew a simple skirt for a Barbie doll. This project can be made with scrap fabric. Needlepointers.com

Barbie Sock Dress

Barbie Sock Dress

How to make a doll dress from a sock for a fashion doll. Needlepointers.com

Barbie Suitcase

Barbie wants to travel with you! But she needs a suitcase to carry all her clothes and accessories. Read this tutorial to learn how to make one. Kids Kubby

Barbie Tote Bag

With a small bottle, pipe cleaner, hole punch and washi tape you can create a cute tote bag with this free pattern. Be a Fun Mum

Beaded Necklace

Beaded Necklace

What American Girl Doll doesn't want a necklace? A cute crochet beaded necklace will make a nice fashion accessory to her wardrobe. Learn how to make this project with this tutorial. Needlepointers.com

Cabinet for American Girl Doll

How to use a store-bought cabinet and turn into American Girl doll closet. Instructables

Cardboard Dollhouse

Six creative ways to make a cardboard dollhouse. Handmade Charlotte

Circle Skirt - No-sew Circle Skirt

With this free pattern, you can make a circle skirt for 18" doll or American Girl doll. Sew Adollable

Crayon Box and Coloring Book for American Girl Doll

Crayon Box and Coloring Book for American Girl Doll

This video will show you how to make a crayon box and coloring book for your American Girl Doll or any 18" doll. Needlepointers.com

Doll Accessories - Creative Doll Items

Doll Accessories - Creative Doll Items

If you look around the house, you can find ordinary items you can use for an American Girl Doll, such as erasers, small jars, etc. Watch the video to learn more. Needlepointers.com

Doll Apron for 18" doll

Doll Apron for 18" doll

How to sew a doll apron for an American Girl Doll or any 18" doll. This doll apron is also reversible. Needlepointers.com

Doll Backpack

Doll Backpack

Learn how to sew a doll backpack for an American Girl Doll or any 18" doll. Needlepointers.com

Doll Bed Pillow

Doll Bed Pillow

Learn how to sew a pillow for a doll pillow with this video.

Doll Bed Quilt

Doll Bed Quilt

How to make a quilt for a doll bed. This doll bed quilt can be made in any size. Needlepointers.com

Doll Blanket for 18" Doll

Doll Blanket for 18" Doll

Learn how to make a no-sew blanket or afghan for an 18" doll using fleece or flannel fabric. Needlepointers.com

Doll Braided Headband

Doll Braided Headband

How to make a doll braided headband for American Girl Doll or 18" doll. This headband is made repurposing plastic newspaper covers/sleeves. Needlepointers.com

Doll Broom

Doll Broom

Learn how to make a broom for an American Girl doll. This can be used for a dolls Halloween witch outfit or as a prop for pretending to play quidditch. Needlepointers.com

Doll Chair and Coffee Table

Barbie needs furniture for her home. Read this tutorial to learn how to make a comfortable chair and coffee table. Artsy Craftsy Mom

Doll Chair for Barbie (Easy!)

Doll Chair for Barbie (Easy!)

How to make a doll chair for Barbie. No sewing or gluing necessary.

Doll Clothes Closet

Doll Clothes Closet

How to make a doll closet with two American Girl boxes. This project has lots of storage from clothes, shoes, hair items and other accessories. A simple, fun project to do with your child. Needlepointers.com

Doll Clothes Hanger (Video)

Doll Clothes Hanger (Video)

A video on how to make easy, inexpensive doll clothes hangers. Needlepointers.com

Doll Courtyard for 18" Doll (American Girl Doll)

Doll Courtyard for 18" Doll (American Girl Doll)

This video describes how to make a courtyard for an American Girl or other 18 inch dolls. Needlepointers.com

Doll Denim Jeans Skirt

Doll Denim Jeans Skirt

This video will show you how to make a denim jeans skirt for an American Girl or an 18" doll from old jeans. No sewing necessary! Needlepointers.com

Doll Dress

Doll Dress

A video on how to sew a no pattern doll dress for an 18” doll or an American Girl Doll. Needlepointers.com

Doll Easel

Learn how to make an easel for an American Girl Doll or 18" doll. A G Doll Play

Doll Fleece Hat

Doll Fleece Hat

Learn how to sew a cute and easy fleece doll hat with fringe. Needlepointers.com

Doll Hair Bow - Korker Hair Bow

Doll Hair Bow - Korker Hair Bow

How to make a korker hair bow for your American Girl doll or other 18 inch doll. Needlepointers.com

Doll Hat

Doll Hat

How to make a simple doll hat with a sock. Needlepointers.com

Doll Holiday Party Dress

Doll Holiday Party Dress

This video shows and explains how to make an adorable holiday party dress for an American Girl Doll or an 18" doll. Needlepointers.com

Doll House for 18" Doll (American Girl Doll)

Doll House for 18" Doll (American Girl Doll)

A video showing the doll house made for an 18 inch doll (American Girl Doll) using tutorial by My Froggy Stuff. Needlepointers.com

Doll House Pillow

Dress up your doll's house with this free needlepoint pattern pillow. Needlepoint Teacher

Doll Infinity Scarf

Doll Infinity Scarf

How to make a doll infinity scarf from t-shirt yarn for an American Girl Doll or 18" doll. This is a super quick and easy project. Needlepointers.com

Doll Lamp

Doll Lamp

How to make a doll lamp for an American Girl dollhouse or 18" doll. Simple, quick and easy. DIY doll lamp.

Doll Mittens for American Girl Doll

Doll Mittens for American Girl Doll

This video by Needlepointers.com will show you how to sew mittens for your American Girl Doll or any 18” doll. Needlepointers.com

Doll No-Sew T-Shirt

Doll No-Sew T-Shirt

Learn how to make a quick and easy no-sew tee shirt for an 18" doll (American Girl doll). Needlepointers.com

Doll Notebook

Doll Notebook

This video will show how to make a cute notebook for a doll. This notebook is the perfect size for an American Girl Doll or other 18" doll.

Doll Pencils

Doll Pencils

Learn how to make pencils for an American Girl Doll or 18" doll. Needlepointers.com

Doll Pillow

Doll Pillow

How to make doll pillows from a sock for doll or doll house. For this video we used a Halloween sock but you could use any socks. Needlepointers.com

Doll Purse for 18" Doll ( American Girl)

Doll Purse for 18" Doll ( American Girl)

How to make a doll purse for an 18" doll or American Girl Doll.

Doll Scarf

Doll Scarf

Make a quick and easy scarf for your doll using loopy yarn for an American Girl Doll or 18" doll.
This project is a wonderful way to use up scraps of leftover loop yarn from other projects. One skein of loop yarn could make many of these scarves!
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Doll Scarf

Doll Scarf

This video will show you how to sew a simple and easy doll scarf for an American Girl Doll or 18" doll. Needlepointers.com

Doll Scarf (Harry Potter Doll Scarf)

Doll Scarf (Harry Potter Doll Scarf)

How to make a Harry Potter doll scarf for an American Girl Doll or 18" doll. This is a simple knitting project. Needlepointers.com

Doll Shirt for American Girl Doll (No Pattern Necessary)

Doll Shirt for American Girl Doll (No Pattern Necessary)

This video will show you how to sew a simple, easy, no pattern necessary sleeveless top for an American Girl Doll or 18" doll. Needlepointers.com

Doll Skirt (No-Sew) from T-shirt Sleeve for 18" Doll

Doll Skirt (No-Sew) from T-shirt Sleeve for 18" Doll

How to make a no-sew skirt for an American Girl Doll or any 18” doll using an old t-shirt. Needlepointers.com

Doll Skirt for 18" or American Girl Doll

Doll Skirt for 18" or American Girl Doll

A video on how to make a simple skirt for a doll. Needlepointiners.com

Doll Sleeping Bag

Doll Sleeping Bag

A video showing a doll sleeping bag for an 18" doll or American Girl Doll. Needlepointers.com

Doll Slippers

Doll Slippers

How to sew doll slippers for an American Girl Doll or 18" doll. This is part of Needlepointers.com doll spa series. Needlepointers.com

Doll Smart Phone - How to Make Doll Phone

Doll Smart Phone - How to Make Doll Phone

A video tutorial on how to make a smart phone for 18" doll (American Girl Doll).

Doll Socks

Doll Socks

How to make doll socks for an American Girl doll or 18" doll from a pair of mini mittens purchased at the dollar store.

Doll Stocking Hat

Doll Stocking Hat

Learn how to make a stocking hat for your American Girl Doll or 18" doll from an old knee sock or unmatched knee sock. Needlepointers.com

Doll Stool

Doll Stool

This video will show you how to make a cute doll stool. This doll stool is the great addition to a doll house. It is the perfect size for an 18 inch doll or American Girl Doll. Needlepointers.com

Doll Table for an 18" Doll

Doll Table for an 18" Doll

Create a table for an American Girl doll with stuff from the dollar store.

Dollar Store Find for American Girl Doll

Dollar Store Find for American Girl Doll

This video shows something found at the dollar store which can be used with your American Girl Doll dollhouse - a pencil case that looks like a trash can. Needlepointers.com

Dollhouse Rug

Dollhouse Rug

Every dollhouse needs colorful rugs. Learn how to make this soft and cozy pompom dollhouse rug.
This pompom rug is easy, quick and inexpensive to make. It can be made in any size or shape for an American Girl doll, Barbie, doll, miniature doll or even a stuffed animal.
Needlepointers.com Staff

Dollhouse Table Lamp Tutorial

Barbie needs some lighting to do some reading. This DIY table lamp is perfect. Craftiness is not Optional

Dolls Big Move - An American Girl Doll Story

Dolls Big Move - An American Girl Doll Story

Inspired by real life, this video is about the American Girl Dolls getting ready for a big move by buying a house. Needlepointers.com

Easter Basket

Easter Basket

Create an Easter basket with plastic canvas for an American Girl doll or 18" doll. This can also be used as an Easter decoration. Needlepointers.com

Free Projects - Doll Clothes and Accessories

Lots of free sewing projects for doll clothes and doll accessories. Needlepointers.com

Gymnastic - Uneven Bars

A tutorial on how to make uneven bars for an 18" doll. My A G Doll Craft

Gynmasics - Balance Beam

Is your doll a gymnast? Make this balance beam for foe her to practice her gymnastic moves. My A G Doll Craft

Halloween Basket & Candy for Doll

Halloween Basket & Candy for Doll

How to make Halloween baskets and candy for American Girl Doll or 18" doll. By Needlepointers.com

Halloween Doll Costumes - American Girl Doll

Halloween Doll Costumes - American Girl Doll

Two Halloween costumes for American Girl dolls. Needlepointers.com

Halter Top for 18" Doll

Halter Top for 18" Doll

A video on how to make a no sew halter top for American Girl Doll or 18" doll. Needlepointers.com

Harry Potter Doll Wand

Harry Potter Doll Wand

Examples of Harry Potter doll wands made by Needlepointers.com. Needlepointers.com

Headband for American Girl Doll

Headband for American Girl Doll

How to sew a doll headband for an American Girl Doll or other 18" doll. Needlepointers.com

Infinity Scarf for American Girl Doll (Finger Knitting)

Infinity Scarf for American Girl Doll (Finger Knitting)

Learn how to make a finger knit infinity scarf for an American Girl Doll or 18" doll. Needlepointers.com

Leotard/Swimsuit for American Girl Doll

A tutorial on how to make a leotard or swimsuit for an 18" doll. My A G Doll Craft

Loopy Ribbon Bow for American Girl Doll (18" Doll)

Loopy Ribbon Bow for American Girl Doll (18" Doll)

This is video tutorial on how to make a loopy ribbon hair bow for your American Girl or other 18" doll. Needlepointers.com

Messenger Bag

Make a messenger bag for American Girl doll. My A G Doll Craft

Mini Food for Dolls

Barbies and American Girl Dolls need food items for themself and to serve to friends. Learn how to make food items with this free tutorial. Shades of Soft Tangerine

No-Sew Handkerchief Skirt - American Girl Doll

No-Sew Handkerchief Skirt - American Girl Doll

This tutorial will show to how to make a non-sew handkerchief skirt for an American Girl doll or any 18" doll. Needlepointers.com

Paper Clip Barbie Clothes Hangers

Barbie has lots of clothes. Now she needs hangers to hand her dresses and shirts. Grab some paper clips and pliers. Then make hangers with this DIY tutorial. Thrifty Fun

Pencil Case for a Doll

Pencil Case for a Doll

This video will show you how to make a pencil case for an American Girl Doll or 18" doll. Needlepointers.com

Rug - Spool Knitted Dollhouse Rug

Rug - Spool Knitted Dollhouse Rug

Learn how to spool knit a rug for a dollhouse. Needlepointers.com

School Locker for 18" Doll

School Locker for 18" Doll

How to make a school locker for your 18 inch doll. Needlepointers.com

School Supplies - Binder

Create a binder for American Girl doll. My A G Doll Craft

Sleeping Bag Pack

How to make a doll sleeping bag pack. Fleece Fun

Spa Eye Mask for American Girl Doll

Spa Eye Mask for American Girl Doll

How to sew a eye/face mask for an 18" doll or American Girl Doll. Needlepointers.com

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