My daughter has been begging me to make her a quilt for her American Girl doll. I don’t know why I kept putting her off. This is one of the easiest and funnest (is that even a word???) projects ever. I had it done in an afternoon, including the binding.
I didn’t use a pattern, just looked at a lot of little girl’s bedding online. i had a basic idea of what I wanted, so I dug out the fabric. After ironing it I cut it into random strips 1 1/2″ wide to 2 3/4″ wide by 19 1/2″ wide. (I have no idea what I was thinking in regards to size.) Finished size is 19″ by 22 3/4″.
The first thing I did was to lay out the strips in random order until I got the look I was wanting.
Stitching them up took me about an hour with pressing between each row. I just started with the two strips at the top and worked my way down until the strips were all sewn together.
Once I had the rows all sewn together, I pressed a large piece of cotton for the backing and laid it out on my dining room table. I then layered a scrap of batting and the top, using 505 Spray and Fix by Odif USA to secure the layers.
For the actual quilting, I used a size 90/14 topstitch needle and King Tut #40/3-ply machine quilting thread in white from Superior Threads on the top and 50wt pink variegated Aurifil (Bubblegum MK50 3660) on the bottom. I did simple edge to edge straight-line quilting to keep things simple.
The quilting took me approximately 2 hours with starts and stops.
For the binding, I cut 2 inch strips across the width of the fabric and sewed them end to end. I double the fabric over lengthwise and pressed it.
Placing the cut edges on top of the quilt sandwich with all of the edges flush, I stitched 1/4″ from the edge. Mitering the corners, I sewed all the way around. To join the ends I used the method in the video below.
I then proceeded to hand-stitch down the binding on the back side until it was finished.
I am very happy with the finished product and my daughter is thoroughly pleased that her American Girl doll has a quilt to match hers.
If you have made an American Girl Doll quilt, I would love to see it. Please leave me a comment and let know if you enjoyed making a small quilt.
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