Looking for a simple, no-sew American Girl doll shirt craft to make in less than five minutes? I’ve got a super easy one to share today!
I love sewing, but I had to find something real quick that matched with my doll’s pants. And it had to be something another doll hadn’t already worn in the series I was making.
I put my brain to work.
As a result, I ended up with a no-sew American Girl doll shirt that was super simple, super cute, and something that could be worn more than once!
Materials for Making the No-Sew American Girl Doll Shirt
- A piece of clothing that has a long seam (legging pants leg, a dress, or a skirt). Stretchy fabric works best!
- Your doll (for measurements)
- And an adult’s permission to cut up clothing
Let’s get started!
1. First, lay your fabric flat and folded directly at its long seam.
2. After that, lay your doll on top. Cut two slits where you would like the sleeves to end.
3. Make a large square from where you cut the slits. Be sure it is the length you want the shirt to be.
When you open it up, it should look something like this.
4. Lay the folded square on your doll and cut two slits where you would like the hole for her head to be.
5. Then cut a nice crescent shape.
6. After that, slip the shirt over your doll with her head through the hole.
7. Now cut a long, thing strip of fabric.
It can be from the same fabric you cut the shirt out of, or a different color or pattern for a pop of color! Again, stretchy fabric works best.
8. If it’s stretchy, pull on it so the sides curl inward.
9. Pull both edges of the shirt together so they overlap.
10. Then tie the string around the doll like a sash. You can tie it in a bow or a simple knot.
And that’s literally it! I’m always amazed with how this turns out.
- If you need to, make some final adjustments. For instance, I trimmed the bottoms of Josefina’s shirt so they were even, or you might round the neck hole a little more.
- Remember that you can also make the sashes a different color or pattern. I like the way it blends in, however.
- Make them in all different colors so they’ll match whatever bottoms need a top!
If you make this no-sew doll shirt, let me know!
In addition, if you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them.
Firstie! I love that shirt! I’ll make for my doll Brooke- Now where is that purple shirt I had when I was 2?
Yay! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like this craft, and if you end up making it, I hope you have fun!! :D
Thank you! I have always wanted to know how to make a doll shirt That does not need 2 hours of sewing!
I will probably make a shirt for all my dolls (as long as I have enough old clothing) :D
Aw, you’re welcome! Thank you! Yes, it’s super easy and quick. ? I hope you have fun if you end up making it! :D
This is SO cool! It looks really great! Just like a real shirt!
I love no sew things! I am Definitely planning on making this!! :-D
Thank you SO much!! :D If you make it, I hope you have tons of fun!! :D
I saw earlier that you posted something about Chapter 1. Is that for my novel that I asked you to Beta read? Or is it for someone else. If it is for me, I don’t have the password for the password protection.
Actually, I made chapter 1 for my own book! LOL. I’m actually thinking of asking DWOD readers to beta read my novel I’m working on, but I’m not sure. :P I’m actually going to be reading yours really soon!
1:Use normal or patterned fabric, they both look amazing!
2:Fabric glue on a patch
3:Keep making different colors!
Amazing tips! Thank you!
That’s so cool! My dolls have, I think, no plain shirts. :P I’ll have to make this! It’s a good thing I’ve saved every article of clothing I’ve ever had . . .
Thank you SO much! ? If you make it, I hope it works out! Haha, yeah, same here. :P
Those are amazing! Great job! :)
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Thank you! They were super fun to make. :D
I just made this shirt because I wanted some plain colored shirts for my dolls. I have tried many different designs for AG clothes before and none have worked. I was so so excited to find out that this was so easy and actually worked. Thanks so so much!
I’m so glad, Soph! Thanks so much for commenting and making the shirt!