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American Girl Doll Clothes {Easy Doll Dress To Sew}

Posted by  ·  March 6, 2018  ·  Last Updated: March 6, 2018

Making American Girl Doll Clothes is easy with this free sewing pattern. It is an easy doll dress to sew and can be made in less than an hour, really even less than that. Making doll clothes can be a great beginner sewing project! If you are looking for more easy ways to learn to sew be sure to check out my practice sewing sheets. They are a great way to become familiar with the sewing machine. Then you are ready to sew this doll dress.

18 inch Doll Clothes

This dress is perfect for an 18″ American Girl doll, or any 18 inch doll.  Doll dress patterns don’t use much fabric, so they are a great way to use up leftover fabric.  If you have a baby doll you might also like this doll diaper pattern. It too is a free printable sewing pattern.

Easy american girl doll dress to sew

American Girl Doll Clothes Dress Supplies

How to make American Doll Clothes

We are ready to get started on our easy doll dress! You won’t believe how quickly this dress goes together.  It is just like a pillowcase dress.

Do not cut pattern, use the complete outside of the edge of the 8 1/2″ X 11″ piece of paper to cut out the fabric. Mark dots onto fabric.

doll dress cutting instrucitons

With right sides together sew together side seams, from dot to bottom on each side. The open area creates the armhole.

doll dress sewing instructions

Press open seams. Next sew close to the edge of the top side opening. Start at the top, go down around bottom (just below where side seam started at the dot)  and back up. Repeat this on the other side of the dress.

american girl doll dress pressing instructions

Turn top down 3/4″ and press. Do this on each side of the top of the dress.

doll dress casing

Sew across the top on each side 1/2″ in from the fold, creating a pocket for the ribbon to slip through. Repeat on the other side.

doll dress stitiching

Place a small safety pin on a ribbon and slide it through the pocket.

ribbon neck for doll dress

Start on the far right front then through the back. If the pin gets stuck in the side seams open up the pocket with a pencil and try again.

Turn the bottom of the dress under a 1/4″ to 1/2″, press and edge stitch all the way around. Put the dress on and tie a bow.

doll dress hem

Tips on how to make a dress:

  • If you prefer finished seams, serge or zig-zag around the outside edge of pattern pieces before beginning.
  • If you feel this dress will be washed at some point be sure to prewash the fabric.
  • I am a fan of the disappearing marker to make markings on the fabric.

There you go, a simple doll dress pattern that you or your child can easily make!

American Girl Doll Clothes to make

Hope this sewing pattern helps you whip up a bunch of American Girl Doll clothes! I am always on the hunt for easy doll clothes patterns–so much cheaper than the real thing! If you crochet, try this doll scarf.

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  1. Ellie
    Friday, February 15th, 2019
    Ellie is my 6 yr old granddaughter. We are going to sew together. But I only see girl doll patterns. She has a brother and a boy American doll?? We need boy patterns too!! Don’t leave the budding boy tailors out! Lol. Thanks for listening and all that you do!

  2. Diane Young Decker
    Sunday, October 28th, 2018
    Do you know the name of the doll you use as a model in this tutorial? I've always thought she looked a lot like my granddaughter will look in a year or two and would love to find one. I would appreciate an email answer if possible. Thanks! Love your work.
  3. PCooper-skiptomylou
    Saturday, August 25th, 2018
    love this American Girl easy sew dress
  4. Anne Nowlin
    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018
    This is so darling! I just want to thank you for your encouragement to teach my 8 year old granddaughter to sew! She is a creative girl and loves projects, sewing is perfect for girls like her!
    • Cindy
      Thursday, August 16th, 2018
      I love this so much, this is why I do this! Thank you.
  5. DAdra Leonard
    Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    My granddaughter is into American Girl Dolls. I am looking for simple patterns she can do by herself.
  6. Jana
    Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
    Hey! was looking to make this dress for my niece, she has a 14inch American Girl Doll Wellie Wisher doll.

    would you know what I should adjust to make it fit for 14inch doll?

  7. Newbie
    Monday, February 26th, 2018
    Just ruined my fabric because I could not understand these instructions. :( I didn't realize I was sewing each individual piece. Please remember some of us are newbies. I'm ready to throw in the sewing towel. :( :( :(
    • Cindy
      Monday, March 5th, 2018
      Oh no! Please tell me where in the instructions I need to add more details. I am sorry about your fabric.
  8. Mariann
    Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
    GOOD! .. because I see a lot of great ideas here and I would love to see more. Thanks so much
  9. Mariann
    Sunday, January 7th, 2018
    Hello, I just came across your site while searching 18" doll clothes patterns.Is this site still active and is the PinPals Kids program still available? Please let me know. Thanks
    • Cindy
      Monday, January 8th, 2018
      Hi Mariann, You are so sweet! Yes, I am still working on it!
  10. Thursday, October 5th, 2017
    Hey Cindy,
    The dress is adorable!
    This is your second project we chose to feature in the Kids sewing projects post at Hello Sewing https://hellosewing.com/30-fun-easy-sewing-projects-kids/
  11. Elaina
    Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
    Cindy, this is adorable! My caught recently got a Hello Kitty kids sewing machine, and we've been looking for some projects that would keep her interest. I KNOW she would love to make a matching dress for her and her doll! Love this pretty flowery material too! Thanks for sharing!
  12. Debbie Swan
    Saturday, September 16th, 2017
    Thanks for the pattern, I'll be able to start making some Christmas gifts now for my grandaughter.
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
      So glad you liked it Debbie.
  13. Hailey
    Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
    Thank you so much for this pattern! I made 4 of these dresses for all the dolls in our house!😀
  14. Rebecca Russell
    Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
    My granddaughter is having a American Girl Doll Birthday Party. I can not attend -- so she wanted a sewing date with me. This will be the perfect little outfit for her to make. And it goes well -- we can make dresses for party treats for the attendees! Thank you so much. And may God bless!
  15. Helen White
    Saturday, June 24th, 2017
    I am teaching a young lady how to sew and thought these would be perfect to sew for her dolls and little sisters dolls. Thanks.
  16. Sara R.
    Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
    My 5 year old just made this for her new doll and it came out amazing!!! Thank you so much for this pattern!
  17. Kay Philp
    Sunday, September 11th, 2016
    Do you have a easy evening dolls dress I can make for a 18inch porcelain doll
    Thanks Heaps Kay
    • Helen White
      Saturday, June 24th, 2017
      Kay: Why not use this pattern and jazz it up with lace and sequins. Get a remnant, something suitable for evening wear. Put in a fancy ribbon.

      Hope this helps.
  18. Heather
    Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
    Thank you so very much for this pattern and for the tutorial. I'm a visual learner and so I appreciate the extra time you took for pictures. Ever think about doing video tutorials?

  19. Sara
    Thursday, December 10th, 2015
    I just made one for my daughter for Christmas. Fast and easy! Thank you!
  20. Grammy
    Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
    I want a simple 18" doll nightgown printable on my computer?! Been looking for hours.. Need to have doll nitie-to match 6yr old kid nitie?! ;-)
    Any suggestions?! TKS
    • Sunday, August 30th, 2015
      I haven't seen one. Let me look around a bit.
  21. Matthia Keyes
    Saturday, June 13th, 2015
    Hi, is there anywhere that I can find a simple pattern to make a dress for a 5 1/2 inch bisque Nancy Ann doll? Thank you.
  22. Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
    very cute. We love doll clothing
  23. Mariska
    Thursday, July 31st, 2014
    How perfect! Thank you for sharing. My granddaughter who is 2yrs. old will love some new dresses for her doll.
  24. Monday, June 30th, 2014
    I made it first, then my 7 years old daughter made 2! Thanks for sharing it.
  25. Marie
    Monday, June 30th, 2014
    I am having sewing camp for 2 days with my 10 and 7 year old granddaughters. They learned how to sew straight lines, then applied that to the doll pillowcase dress. They made 2 doll dresses and the 2nd one was even better. Now they are ready to make their own pillowcase dress.
  26. Thursday, March 27th, 2014
    Thank you so much for this pattern! I adapted your tutorial to a smaller version for my 3 year olds crocheted doll and linked back to you in my post!
    With how easy this dress is, I can make a few for this much loved doll!
  27. Teresa Young
    Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
    Wonderful tutorial - we made adjustments to fit my granddaughters 14" Hearts4Hearts dolls & made 3 dresses today.
  28. Saturday, January 25th, 2014
    super! i'm so glad that if found your web site I will be saving this for
    later! - free-doll-clothes-patterns is an interest of mine and and your "Easy Doll Dress To Sew | Skip To My Lou" article is without doubt fantastic work.

    keep up the great work, I'll check back again soon!
  29. Allison K
    Sunday, January 19th, 2014
    Just made this dress with my 5 year old and it was great! We did it in about 30 minutes, and I'm not an expert sewer by any means. My daughter was even able to do much of the sewing since it's a lot of straight stitches. Looks great on our doll - thanks!!
  30. Angela
    Thursday, December 26th, 2013
    I just want to say thanks! I've never sewn a day in my life and even though the dress didn't come out as cute as yours, my daughter is thrilled with it, and I'm proud of myself!

    I've been way intimidated to sew, and even with a screw up and a start over, I was able to do it!
  31. Debbie
    Friday, September 20th, 2013
    Thank you so much! I have a similar pattern however this one is super simple and is perfect to use up my out of control scrap pile! It took only 30 min. to make :)
    • Friday, September 20th, 2013
      So glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know.
  32. Carol Hannah
    Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! Can't wait to make this!!
  33. RF
    Sunday, June 9th, 2013

    can you tell me about the doll. That is the prettiest doll I've ever seen, I'd love to find it for my daughter. Can you tell me the brand and the name and where you got it?

    Also, the pattern is lovely. Clever and easy. Glad there are people who can create these things for others to enjoy.
    • Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
      Hi RF, It is a knock off...and I am sorry I don't remember the name. I thought it was a discontinued Zapf, but I am not sure. I know I paid less than $50.00. I will see if the doll has any markings.
  34. netra
    Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
    Super cute!!!
  35. Terry
    Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
    I can't get the download links to work to get the pattern.
    • Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
      The download was hard to see thank you for letting me know. I have now fixed it.
  36. Gayle
    Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
    Hi, Noel! The dress is sewn straight across. I think it only looks like a scoop neck because the ribbon is tied loosely and the fabric is gathered more in the middle front. If you play around with it on the doll you'll be able to achieve the scoop effect.
  37. MAGGIE
    Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
    hi i love this i did it with a little bit of my moms help and it looks so good i am makeing a matching head band
  38. Friday, March 1st, 2013
    Had a question. Sewed this for my niece but I could not get it to turn out like the picture. The top just comes straight across with no scoop neck. What am I doing wrong? I like how easy this pattern is!
  39. Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
    This really is a fabulous project, Cindy! I shared two dresses that I made with the pattern on my blog today: http://www.stampgoodness.com/2013/02/a-most-unexpected-project-featuring-tea-for-two-from-stampin-up.html and I know we'll be making more of these in the future! Thanks so much for sharing this idea!
  40. Jane
    Thursday, January 31st, 2013
    Hi!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful pattern. EAsy as it may be, I couldn't wrap my mind on this myself. I bought my great granddaughter a 14" Melissa and Doug doll, for which I couldn't find any patterns for clothing. This is simple enough to cut down
    both in length and width. Your photos are wonderful!!! Blessings to you!!!!!!!
  41. Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
    Thank you so much for the great tutorial! My girls and I (and some of our friends as well) followed your tutorial today and gave our little girls their first sewing lesson while we made these dresses. They were a big hit and my daughters are already asking if they can sew again tomorrow.
  42. terra
    Monday, December 10th, 2012
    This is adorable! The download link for the pattern isn't working. Can you point me in the right direction, please?

  43. Nina
    Monday, December 3rd, 2012
    Thank you so much! This is so cute! My daughter keeps asking for doll clothes and with this pattern, I can throw a few together before Christmas. :)
  44. Olivia
    Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
    Omg this is toooooo cute I am totoly going to make one
  45. Deb
    Saturday, October 20th, 2012
    Just used your lovely pattern for a little dress for an Australian Girl, and it is wonderful. Thanks for a great & free tutorial.
  46. donna
    Thursday, October 18th, 2012
    your dress pattern is so sweet and super simple. I was wondering if you have any simple patterns for my old Nancy Ann doll, she is about 5 and half inches tall. thanks so much donna
  47. Sunday, September 9th, 2012
    I just used this pattern to make a dress for a little girls birthday gift. She loved it (I also made a dress for her that matches the doll dress). Thanks for the pattern and tutorial! here's my blog post about it:
  48. Melinda
    Thursday, September 6th, 2012
    For the lady who wanted to know about American Girl Dolls without teeth.
    Madame Alexander Dolls have no teeth and besides that look just like American Girl Dolls, but I like them better because their shoulders and upper arms are not made out of material like American Girl Dolls so look cuter in sleeveless dresses. I bought my granddaughters, me, my daughter and daughter in law all Madame Alexander Dolls through Avon. They don't sell them any more but I have seen them on Ebay. They seem to be like the Generation dolls from Target and Walmart, but not sure.
  49. Munimula
    Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
    Thank you! I am a beginner sewer and made this dress for a little girl's American Girl doll. Great, EASY instructions for someone like me who knows next-to-nothing about sewing.
  50. Sunday, August 26th, 2012
    Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern! I made a dress (my 2nd sewing project since my loooong sewing break) for my old doll. You can see it here: http://guiltlessmama.blogspot.com/2012/08/so-sew-already-doll-dress.html
  51. Rachel
    Friday, August 24th, 2012
    For everyone unable to download the pattern, it had me stumped as well. You have to click on "Free American Girl Style Doll Dress Pattern" and NOT "Download".
    HTH :)
  52. Brenda
    Friday, August 17th, 2012
    Can't download the doll dress pattern. I have Adobe Professional 8 and I also downloaded the PDF Reader on your page. However, the 'download' button is not accessible. Can you help me?

  53. Kim
    Friday, August 3rd, 2012
    Thanks for sharing this. I hope to make these with my girls!
  54. Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
    How precious!!
  55. Georgette I
    Monday, July 30th, 2012
    Thanks for much for this cute and EASY dress! I am in the process of making some American Doll clothes for my granddaughters' birthdays in September.
  56. Sunday, July 29th, 2012
    Thanks so much for this sweet pattern -- I can't wait to make these for my grown DD's American Girl dolls!!! Actually made a similar one with a free Liberty Jane pattern, but this is even simpler. I'm anxious to make it up and see how the two compare! Love how you ran the ribbon through and tied one shoulder bow; I used two ribbons on LJ pattern and tied two bows -- works either way, depending on look you want! Having great fun learning to use different stitches on my new sewing machine with free doll patterns -- TFS!!! :`)
  57. Michelle Stebner
    Sunday, July 29th, 2012
    I'd love to try this but I can't get the download button to work! Thanks for the great idea!
  58. Elizabeth Tighe
    Friday, July 27th, 2012
    Love the pillowcase dress b ut was unable to download the pattern./Hugs
  59. kim
    Friday, July 27th, 2012
    Thank you for the instructions, my nieces will be so happy once I get around to making them this little dress. Can you tell me what doll is in the picture, my daughter now wants an American Girl doll without "teeth" and I'm not sure if the pictured doll is an our generation from Target or one she saw in A.C.Moore. Thanks!
  60. Carrie
    Friday, July 27th, 2012
    Very quick and easy! I made 2 dresses from one fat quarter. One for my daughter's doll and one for a friend's. I overlock stitched around each 8.5 x 11 prior to sewing them together to prevent raveling. I also reinforced under the arms as I was sewing by back stitching a time or two at the 'dot' on the pattern before continuing back up the arm hole. Love the pattern. Thanks for sharing!

    The fabric you used for your tutorial is too cute!
  61. Hillary B
    Thursday, July 26th, 2012
    My daughter has been wanting to sew something for her doll. This is perfect.
  62. colleen
    Thursday, July 26th, 2012
    this is adoreable and I can just enlarge the pattern to make a matching dress for my neice!!
  63. Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
    Thank you so much for sharing! :)
  64. Deanna Bassett
    Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
    Love this little dress. Maybe someday I will have granddaughters!
    Thank you for sharing.
  65. ellen
    Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
    Thanks! We have a fundraiser in Feb and I've got a lot of FQs. I'm starting right now!
  66. Akhila
    Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
    Thank you so much for the step by step instructions and photos. My daughters have been begging me to make there dolls a dress. Now I can yay!!!!
  67. Sandy K
    Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
    Thanks for this pattern for the doll dress. I am sure with help ,my granddaughters will be able to make new dress for their dolls. Matching pillowcases dresses are in the future.