Does that special little girl in your life adore her American Girl Dolls? Make a pair of American Girl Doll Flip Flops for their summer wardrobe! These DIY 18 inch doll shoes are so simple to make with this free plastic canvas pattern – even younger girls can help put them together.
My youngest daughters always loved their American Girl dolls and I had so much fun making accessories for them. Sadly my two youngest are teenagers now and have outgrown their dolls. I came across my original tutorial for these American Girl Doll Flip Flops as I was in the process of transferring craft tutorials over here from my other blog, A Heart Full of Love. I thought I would share the instructions here so that other moms, grandmas, and aunts could make them for their special little American Girl Doll fans. Enjoy it while they are small! Believe me, they grow up so fast!
Made from plastic canvas, these adorable DIY 18 inch doll shoes work up quickly. One pair of flip flops takes just 30-45 minutes from start to finish. This would be a good summer project to help teach your daughter to sew, especially if you used the plastic beginner’s needles.
Materials Needed for these DIY American Girl Doll Shoes:
- scraps of 7 count plastic canvas (You will need 4 pieces that are 10 x 17 holes and smaller pieces for the straps)
- small amount of 1/2 inch elastic
- worsted weight yarn in the colors of your choice (You will need one color for the shoe base and one color for the strap)
- thread to match the flip flops
- plastic canvas needle and a regular sewing needle
- Two 1/2 inch decorative flower buttons
- needle threader (optional but recommended)
Having trouble finding plastic canvas in local stores? I can hardly ever find plastic canvas in my local craft stores anymore. So I buy my plastic canvas in bulk on Amazon.
Free Plastic Canvas Pattern needed to make your own doll shoes:
Shoe Base – 10 holes x 17 holes
Strap – 3 holes x 18 holes
Instructions to make these American Girl Doll Flip Flops:
Cut 4 each of the shoe base and 2 each of the straps. Stitch all pieces according to the chart with your color of choice. In the middle of each strap, sew one of the flower buttons.
Take a 3-4 inch long piece of elastic and stitch with thread to one shoe base with the right side facing upward, beginning with the 3rd hole down on the shoe edge. (Refer to picture for placement.) Since dolls vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, it is best a this point to place your doll’s foot on the base and then fit the elastic snugly. Cut off the excess and sew the other side to the shoe base.
At this point, try the shoe on again, to make sure it fits correctly. You want it snug, but not so tight that little ones will have problems taking the shoes on and off. Repeat the process to sew a piece of elastic on one of the other flip flop bases.
Holding 2 shoe bases (1 with the elastic, wrong sides together), and using the same color yarn as the shoe base, stitch on one side of the strap, using the elastic as a placement guide. Overcast around the shoe until you get to the other side and then stitch on the other side of the strap. Finish overcasting around the edge of the shoe. Repeat for the other flip-flop.
All done. See I told you they were quick and easy! Have fun making these DIY American Girl doll shoes in all sorts of colors for your favorite little girl.
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So tell me… Have you ever tried to make your own doll shoes? Or do you prefer to buy them? If you make any of these American Girl doll flip flops, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know how they turned out.