18″ American Girl Doll Quilt

American Girl Doll Quilt all finishedMy 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.

Hand sewing down the binding on the American Girl Doll QuiltPlacing 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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5 thoughts on “18″ American Girl Doll Quilt

  1. Jean

    Very cute little quilt. I’m sure your daughter was thrilled to get it! It’s been a long time since I’ve made American Girl Doll clothes. My little girl is all grown up.

    1. mllitz Post author

      Thank you! She was thrilled and keeps begging for more. Perhaps you’ll have a granddaughter for whom you can sew. 🙂


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