Making clothes for an 18 inch doll? These cute American Girl doll headbands take just 15 minutes to make. They only take a small piece of fabric so you can make a matching headband for any doll outfit you are making!
I make a lot of clothes for my daughters’ dolls. If I have enough fabric left over, I like to also make matching hair accessories. With just a small piece of fabric and 15 minutes, you can have a cute matching headband for American Girl dolls.
These 18 inch doll headbands are super simple to make. If you do any sewing, you probably already have all the materials you need to make them on hand. I am by no means an expert sewer and I can make one of these headbands in just a few minutes.
Materials/Tools needed to make American Girl Doll Headbands
- 3″ x 10″ Fabric Scrap
- Tape Measure
- Fabric Scissors
- Sewing Machine
- Straight Pins
- Large Safety Pin
- Iron/Ironing Board
- 1/2 inch Elastic
- Sewing Gauge (optional, but it makes it easier to measure the seams)
- Disappearing Fabric Ink Pen (optional)
If you don’t have any fabric scraps on hand, here are some fabric samplers that would make some cute 18 inch doll headbands!
Instructions to make an 18 inch doll headband
For each headband for American Girl dolls that you want to make, cut a piece of fabric that measures 3″ x 10″.
I like to use a disappearing fabric ink pen to mark the fabric to make sure it is uniform in size.
Turn in 1/2 inch on the short edges and press. Optionally, baste to hold in place. This will make it so you don’t have to hem any raw edges on these 18 inch doll headbands.
Pin right sides together and stitch down the long side. Press seam open.
Turn right side out. (A large safety pin is helpful for this task.)
Press with the seam running down the middle of the doll headband.
I like using a mini iron and travel ironing board whenever I am working on small projects like these American Girl doll headbands. No sense in dragging out my regular iron and big ironing board for something so little.
You can get special mini irons for crafting or a travel iron works as well. I also keep a travel ironing board in my craft room for projects like this one. Travel-sized ironing boards are small enough to sit on your tabletop and don’t take much space to store.
Cut a 4″ piece of 1/2″ elastic. (All I had on hand was 1/4″ elastic and that works too!) Insert elastic into one end of the tube about 3/4″. (A disappearing ink pen is great to use here too to mark how far you should insert the elastic.) Sewing close to the edge, stitch closed.
Insert the end of the elastic into the other end of the tube and sew shut.
See I told you that it would be easy! In no time at all, you can make an 18 inch doll headband that matches each of your daughter’s doll outfits.
Buy 18 inch Doll Headbands
No time to make these headbands? Here are some cute ones you can buy on Amazon…
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Pin this 15 Minute Headband for American Girl Dolls Tutorial for later:
If you have been wanting to teach your daughter to sew, this tutorial to make an 18 inch doll headband would be a great project to start. I am going to use this American Girl doll craft to introduce my youngest daughter to the sewing machine. While you are here, be sure to check out the rest of my posts on sewing for 18 inch dolls.
If you make one of these American Girl doll headbands, you will have to come back here and leave me a comment letting me know how it turned out. I would love to hear from you! So tell me… Are you making anything for your daughter/granddaughter’s American Girl dolls right now? What are you up to?