American Girl Doll Ruffle Pants Tutorial

This week, Becky and I are proud to bring you American Doll Tutorial Week!

Between the both of us, we have 5 girls and all of them are crazy about dolls. Their favorites? The American Girl Dolls and the Our Generation dolls at Target. We’ll be focusing on 18” doll clothes, bedding, and you might even see an American Doll Giveaway this week!

Let’s get started with these ruffle pants from Becky…

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My daughter recently got an 18” doll (Our Generation doll from Target-kind of like the American Dolls) for her birthday and she keeps asking me to make her doll some PJ’s, a dress, a hat, etc. She has quite a list of demands for her new doll. I have always stayed clear of sewing doll clothes.  Mainly because I thought sewing miniature things would be a royal pain.  I have to admit, I was wrong!  It’s actually really fun to sew these little clothes because I can get them done so fast…and my daughter LOVES them!

The first thing I made for Daisy (that’s the doll’s name) was a pair of RUFFLED PANTS.  Seriously, these little pants took me about 10 minutes from start to finish…

and that includes taking pictures for this tutorial!


Supply List:

1/4 yard of ruffled fabric

11” of 3/4” knit elastic

doll pants

sewing machine and matching thread


1. Fold ruffled fabric in half.  Make sure all the ruffles are laying flat.

2. Fold the doll pants in half and lay them on the fold of the ruffled fabric.

3. Cut around the pants. DO NOT cut right up against the doll pants…cut about 1/4” away as you go around the pant.  This leaves room for a seam allowance when you begin to sew.

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4. Unfold each leg piece and fold it right sides together.  Again, make sure the ruffles are straight and flat.

5. Matching up the ruffles, pin the inseam.

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6. Sew the inseams using 1/4” seam.

7. Turn one leg right side out when you are done sewing.


8. Insert the right-side-out piece into the wrong-side-out piece, lining up the inseam stitch you just made.


9. Lining up the ruffles inside pin both pieces together.


10. Sew with 1/4” seam.  Turn right side out and you have a pair of paints with no waistband.

Let’s add the waistband!


11. Sew the ends of the elastic together using 1/4” seam.


12. Line up the elastic seam with the seam of the pants.


13. Pin all the way around making sure to line the bottom of the elastic up with the top of the ruffles. 

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14. Sew the elastic into place and you’re finished!

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Stay tuned for more 18 Inch Doll Tutorials to come!

Also, make sure to check out our American Doll Pinterest Board!

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