Make an American Girl Headband – Free Plastic Canvas Pattern

By | September 16, 2011

American Girl Doll Headband
While I love crafting for my daughters’ American Girl dolls, I also enjoy crafting with my daughters.  At their age though, the crafts have to be fairly simple and completed in one session so they don’t lose interest.   I have been teaching them to sew using plastic canvas so I came up with a simple project that the girls can make by themselves.  Keep reading to see how you can make a quick and easy American Girl doll headband crafted from plastic canvas.

American Girl doll crafts

These work up super quick.  My daughters finished theirs in about a half an hour so this was perfect for their attention spans.

18 inch doll accessories

Miss S and Miss A were so proud of themselves for making the doll headbands all on their own. They are already asking what they can make next.

American Girl Doll Headband

These are so easy to make, you can make several to coordinate with different outfits. We even made one to match a Valentine’s outfit. (The outfit is from Build-a-Bear. Sometimes those outfits work great with AG dolls, especially if you use leggings.)

Tutorial for making an American Girl Headband

Materials Needed

  • 1 sheet of 7 count plastic canvas (this will make quite a few headbands)
  • yarn in color of your choice
  • plastic canvas needle
  • scissors
  • 3 inch piece of 1/2 inch elastic
  • optional embellishments (small ribbon roses, bows, sequins, or buttons)

free plastic canvas pattern - 18 inch doll headband


Cut a strip of plastic canvas that is 3 holes x 70 holes.  If you have an uncut piece of canvas, you can just cut a 3 hole strip along the short edge.

Using a Gobelin stitch, stitch headband according to the chart on the left.  You can also use the continental stitch, but it takes longer.  Using the Gobelin stitch ensures that children can finish the project quickly.

Now you will need to attach the end of the elastic to one end of the headband.  I folded the elastic over slightly and whipstitched it to one of the short ends of the headband.  (You may want to do this step for your child as it can be difficult to go through the elastic.)

Overcast the first long edge. Then whipstitch the other end of the elastic to the other short end of the canvas.

Finish by overcasting the last long edge.

All done! Feel free to embellish as desired with a cute button or a ribbon rose off to the side.

American Girl Doll Headband

Happy Crafting!

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13 thoughts on “Make an American Girl Headband – Free Plastic Canvas Pattern

  1. April

    Kit looks so fetching in her little fall-themed band! :) My Redhead might just be able to DO this craft. . .she sometimes has trouble with crafty things.
    Thanks for sharing!
    We love our AG dolls too!

  2. Leslie

    This is adorable! DD is about to be 20 and we still have Josefina. This will be a great rainy day craft. Thanks for sharing!

  3. KJ@letsgoflyakite

    This is such a clever idea. I have quite a bit of that plastic mesh from a thrift shop find. I will definitely try one of these for my girls. Great idea.

  4. Jill

    What a great idea for a kids craft! Those headbands look adorable!

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