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.

Making doll clothes can be a great beginner sewing project! Doll clothing doesn’t take much fabric so it’s easy to handle while building your sewing skills.

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 Pattern

This dress is perfect for 18″ American Girl dolls, or any 18-inch doll. Doll dress patterns don’t use much fabric, so they are a great way to use up leftover fabric. They’re also great for dressing up teddy bears! 

If you have baby dolls 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

  • Free American Girl Style Pattern for Doll Dress Download and print pattern
  • 2 – 8 1/2″ X 11″  pieces of cotton fabric (make sure to pre-wash the fabric before cutting)
  • 24 inches of 1/4″ ribbon
  • safety pin
  • marking pen
  • sewing machine or needle and thread
  • scissors
  • straight pins
  • tape measure
  • seam ripper (let’s hope not)

How to Make a Doll Dress Easy!

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.

NOTE: Do not cut the 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 the bottom (just below where the 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.

ribbon through pocket

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 American Girl doll clothes pattern helps you whip up a bunch of doll clothes!

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. My granddaughter is into American Girl Dolls. I am looking for simple patterns she can do by herself.

  4. 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?


  5. Oh no! Please tell me where in the instructions I need to add more details. I am sorry about your fabric.

  6. 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. 🙁 🙁 🙁

  7. GOOD! .. because I see a lot of great ideas here and I would love to see more. Thanks so much

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. Thanks for the pattern, I’ll be able to start making some Christmas gifts now for my grandaughter.

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