Easy Shorts Pattern for American Girl Dolls


With the 100 degrees temperature already hitting Phoenix, it’s time for some comfy outfits for our dolls. So I drafted a very easy pattern for shorts; it’s so simple to make, it took me less than 30 minutes to sew one. So here goes the pattern and the tutorial. Enjoy!

Please note that all seams are sewn at 1/4 inch. You can download the pattern here–> shorts-pattern.


1. Above are the two fabric pieces after cutting according to the pattern. Zigzag all edges.


2. With right sides together, sew on the sides as indicated by the black lines in the photo.

3. Open the fabric and move the the sewn sides in the middle so you can join the pieces that will form the inner leg.


4. Sew the fabric together on the inner leg area as indicated by the black lines on the photo above.


5. Fold the top edge about 3/8 towards the wrong side and sew to make the waistband. Leave about 3/4 inch opening for feeding the elastic through. Also, make sure that the 1/4 inch elastic can fit in it.


6. Feed a 10 1/2 inch elastic through the casing. Sew the ends of the elastic together. Sew the opening to finish the waistband.


7. Hem the bottom according to how long or short you want it and you’re done.


8. For the shorts that Saige is wearing, I used a denim fabric and I topstitch it to make a faux zipper and pockets on the side.

cute shorts pattern for american girl dolls

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49 Responses to Easy Shorts Pattern for American Girl Dolls

  • rita russell says:

    Thank you for this pattern and instructions. I enjoy them.

  • Joy says:

    Just a bit easier, but not as neat as your way, to use flat construction method of putting in the elastic before stitching the back seam.

    Thanks so much for your pattern! enJOYed the post and have pinned it to my doll patterns board.

    • admin says:

      You have a point there 🙂 because in my pants video and my other skirt tutorial, I actually used the flat construction method for putting the elastic. I might have to add that because I do have a lot of followers who are beginner sewers. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • Melinda Cieslinski says:

    Darling look. Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial.

  • kathi early says:

    thank you for sharing, this is much easier than the one i used!

  • Betty Frederick says:

    Thank you for sharing. The girls will enjoy them in the hot weather in Florida

  • Kathy Osterby says:

    I love your pattern for the shorts and the mock fly and pockets. Thank you.

  • gaby says:

    I tried this and it worked perfectly, but for some reason the “sleeves” were a little too big. 🙂

  • Sue says:

    Thank you so much for this cute pattern!

  • Sherri-Lynn says:

    I just LOVED your pattern. My niece just bought an AG doll so I have decided to sew and crochet her some clothing to give when she comes for a visit soon. I sewed a pair of these shorts out of a cotton fabric to get the feel for the pattern. Then I tried it out of some scrap denim….. Oh, how I wish I could show you a picture of the shorts!!!! I did a faux zipper and pockets like you did and on the back a pocket and embroidered a pink daisy on the pocket. I just love how it turned out ….and such an easy pattern with great instruction and pictures. Thank you. Bless you for sharing this fun stuff.

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  • sarah says:

    where do you get the pattern that is mentioned in step one?

  • Carolyn Burgan says:

    How do I download the patttern without downloading the doc to pdf. I already have adobe on my computer and have no problem downloading patterns. Thank You

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  • Karie says:

    Adorable. Thank you for sharing. You will be making young girls very happy.

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  • Suzanne Martin says:

    Hi –

    Your shorts pattern is so cute. I tried making them and they ended up too small. They will not go over the doll’s bottom. I checked my seams and they were all 1/4 “. Do you have any idea what I am doing wrong? I would love to use the pattern to make several pairs of shorts. Most of the shorts patterns that I have seen end up with really baggy legs.


    • Bokehdolls says:

      The same exact thing happened to me. I’m not sure what I did wrong…

    • Jessica says:

      The same thing happened to me. I tried twice, and the shorts still do not fit. I even tried to make smaller seams, and it did not work. Please help figure this out, I’d really like to make a bunch of these little shorts.

  • Robin Devellen says:

    Thank you for your time and this pattern.

  • Bec says:

    I am not able to download the free pattern, could you please email me back saying this did not work

  • Bokehdolls says:

    I tried this and it didn’t work. The waist area was way to small and tight, so I tried it again. This time I first put it on the doll to see if it would fit, and the waist was still way too small. Did I do something wrong?

  • Nadia Dykstra says:

    I loved how turned out and enjoyed making it. Thank you so much!

  • Beatle says:

    thanks alot! It was quite easy – even for a 9 year old!

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  • Ruth Olson says:

    thank you very much for this free pattern.

  • Alison says:

    After I printed the pattern, How far outside the lines do you cut? Do I cut directly on the outside of the line, or do I cut it further? :/

  • Shaden Lane says:

    Great pattern, but when I printed it it was way to small. What should I do?

  • Shaden Lane says:

    Thank you for this pattern!

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  • debbie says:

    y are a little small but turned out real cute gonna enlarge a little bit thank you

  • Vivienne says:

    I love this pattern I use it all the time! Would I be able to use it to make shorts for my Etsy store?

  • thanks so much for the pattern I used it for a short pair of pants for a sock monkey we are making for a church Bazzar only had to make a button hole for his tail lol’

  • Isabel says:

    Well I tried this…I failed… but your blog is amazing . It has nothing to do with your instructions … I think I made a HUGE mistake…

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  • Mona says:

    I tried the shorts pattern very carefully. They looked great but alas they could not be pulled up over the doll’s rear end. 🙁

  • Ann B says:

    Thanks for the pattern and tutorial. My 7 year old daughter was able to make them almost all on her own. For the fabric we got some stretch jeans at a thrift store (all the sizes are the same price so you get more yardage for your money if you go with the largest sizes). No problem about them not fitting over the bum, but maybe the stretch helped. We also used fold over elastic at the top because I don’t like threading elastic through casing. My daughter also left the legs unhemmed and frayed the ends. Oh, and we added patch pockets because the dolls need a place to put their money. Fun, fast project.

  • Mardell says:

    Love the shorts, I am sewing doll clothes for my great Grands I need easy patterns thank you.

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