Make an American Girl Headband – Free Plastic Canvas Pattern

By | February 10, 2020

Make a quick and easy American Girl headband for 18 inch dolls using plastic canvas. This is a great project to work on with your daughter.

Make a quick and easy American Girl headband for 18 inch dolls using plastic canvas. This is a great project to work on with your daughter. Learn how here.

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.

Make a quick and easy American Girl headband for 18 inch dolls using plastic canvas. This is a great project to work on with your daughter. Learn how here.

These doll headbands work up super quick.  My daughters finished theirs in about a half an hour so this was perfect for their attention spans.  This American Girl doll craft is so easy to make, you can make several to coordinate with different outfits.

Make a quick and easy American Girl headband for 18 inch dolls using plastic canvas. This is a great project to work on with your daughter. Learn how here.

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.

Materials Needed for making an American Girl Headband

  • 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)

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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.

American Girl Headband Instructions

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

Make a quick and easy American Girl headband for 18 inch dolls using plastic canvas. This is a great project to work on with your daughter. Learn how here.

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

Not sure what a Gobelin stitch is?  Check out my plastic canvas how to guide.

Make a doll headband from plastic canvas

Now you will need to attach the end of the elastic to one end of the headband.

Make a doll headband from plastic canvas

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.)

Make a quick and easy American Girl headband for 18 inch dolls using plastic canvas. This is a great project to work on with your daughter. Learn how here!

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

Make a doll headband from plastic canvas

Finish by overcasting the last long edge.

Make a doll headband from plastic canvas

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

This pattern is copyrighted to Jennifer Voss of CraftaHappyHome.com.  All rights reserved.

While you are here, be sure to check out the rest of my free plastic canvas patterns.


Pin this American Girl Doll Headband Plastic Canvas Tutorial for later:

Make a quick and easy American Girl headband for 18 inch dolls using plastic canvas. This is a great project to work on with your daughter. Learn how here.

Happy Crafting!

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