Here is a super easy dress you can make for your American Girl doll using a bandanna.
Actually, half a bandanna!
My bandanna was quite large (about 19 or 20″) so I cut it in half. I wanted to use the existing hem so I measured for the length based on that.
I made a simple casing to run the ribbon through at the neckline.
I also cut an opening for the arm holes, turned and hemmed them.
I ended up with my seam in the front. I would normally sew a seam up the back but most of the pretty pattern on the bandanna would not have shown.
That’s why you see the ribbon down the front – it hides the seam.
The dress closes with ribbons at the shoulder. I think it could have been a tad shorter, but it’s okay.
While I was at it, I made a little flower for her hair – a bobby-pin covered with some of the leftover scraps. It’s just petal-shaped pieces, sewn then turned, with a little cotton ball covered with fabric in the middle.
The sandals were fun to make. Foam soles, ribbon trimmed with little beads to make a flower shape, and a hair elastic. Quick.