Make personalized clothing for American Girl and 18" Dolls

American Girl Doll Clothing and Accessories

Learn how to make one-of-a-kind garments and accessories for your American Girl or other 18" dolls.

This class is for children ages 9 - 13. Parents are welcome to register too if you want to take the class with your child and learn to sew along with them.

This is similar to the course Vanessa taught at Stitch Lab, and dozens of patterns will be provided for students to choose from to make clothes for their doll. Bring a few different fabrics so you can mix and match design or pattern styles. More advanced students can create different elements to the existing patterns for an even more unique look. We'll also cover skills and techniques to use when working with both knit and woven fabrics.

What You'll Learn

  • Pattern sewing - how to read, trace and adjust a pattern
  • How to pin fabric to patterns in preparation for cutting
  • How to think creatively and coordinate fabrics
  • Pattern cutting for all garments and accessories
  • Working with woven and knit fabrics
  • Fabric grainline
  • How to assemble pants and shorts
  • Stitches on your machine that are suitable for sewing knit fabrics
  • Appropriate hems for either woven or knit fabric


This class is for anyone who already knows how to sew, or the confident beginner who knows how to use a sewing machine and basic sewing techniques. If you're new to sewing or want a refresher to get you ready for this project, check out the Beginner Basics class or the in-depth Intro to Sewing Course.

Materials to Bring

  • 18" doll
  • Straight and zig zag sewing feet
  • Universal and jersey needles
  • At least a half yard (18" x 45") of fabric. This is the minimum needed to make the patterns, and feel free to bring multiple prints for mixing and matching.
  • Thread
  • Sewing kit: pins, scissors, snips, thread, extra needles, fabric markers, etc.
  • Your sewing machine if you're not using one of ours. Some projects may require hardware that may not fit or be available on our loaner machines. Please review the materials list carefully for any machine hardware requirements, and contact us with any questions.

Make sure to pre-wash and dry your fabric before class. All materials must be purchased before the class.

Materials Provided

  • Sewing tools
  • Elastic or velcro if needed for the pattern you select
  • Fabric scraps for embellishments or applique - Note: These are not large enough for pattern pieces, please make sure to bring at least a half yard of fabric
  • Patterns

Contact me with any questions or where to get really cool fabric in town.


Private Sewing Classes When and Where You Want


Plus Discounts for multiple people

2 hours


Group Classes
Discounts are available for multiple people in your group, so bring friends or family members too.

2 students
$55 / person (21% off)
3 students
$50 / person (28% off)
4 students
$45 / person (35% off)
5 students
$40 / person (42% off)

Sewing Machines
Sewing machines are provided for free if you don't have your own.

Fabric & Materials
If you're not sure what to get or don't have time, needed materials can be provided for an additional fee. This includes pre-washed fabric, notions, thread, and any other materials needed for this class.

Travel Fee

Learn to Sew Where You Want

If you want the class/lesson to take place at your location, input your address to find your travel zone and related travel fee. The travel fee is charged per trip.

Zone 1 = $15 / trip
Zone 2 = $20 / trip
Zone 3 = $30 / trip
Zone 4 = $40 / trip

Zone 1 = $15 / trip
Zone 2 = $20 / trip
Zone 3 = $30 / trip
Zone 4 = $40 / trip
* Outside the travel zones, please contact us.

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About the Instructor

Vanessa has over 18 years of experience teaching adults and children. In addition to offering sewing classes and lessons she is an instructor in the Fashion Design Program at Austin Community College. Previously, Vanessa was an instructor at The Stitch Lab where she taught intro and specialty sewing classes, gave private lessons, hosted parties, and ran summer camps. Beyond sewing she has taught art, yoga and English to children as young as two through high school-aged kids. She has taught adults and kids of all ages and enjoys seeing how everyone applies their newfound sewing skills to express themselves.

Vanessa is a full-time designer and seamstress working with clients on a wide variety of custom, small-scale manufacturing and consulting projects that keep her current with the latest sewing trends and technologies. She is also a machine service technician and has expert knowledge on a wide range of sewing machines that she shares with students on how to properly use and maintain their sewing machine.


American Girl Doll Clothing and Accessories

Our sewing classes are taught on-demand, meaning they're scheduled when and where you want. Submit the form below, and we'll get back to you with our availability and next steps. Please also feel free to contact us with any questions.

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Sewing Machines
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Fabric & Materials
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What are your sewing goals?
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