DIY American Girl Dress cut with Cricut Maker

Posted on Aug 21 2017 – 12:01pm
by Rudy

DIY American Girl Dress cut with Cricut Maker

I am over the moon excited to finally show you the new Cricut Maker in action! I have used Cricut cutters for a long time and nothing compares to what the new Maker can do.  I still love the Cricut Explore and plan on doing many projects using it, but I will also use the Maker to create things you never would have guessed a Cricut could make! The first project with the new Maker is this doll button-up dress. Since the Maker can cut fabrics without backing, I thought it would be fun to start with a sewing project. You may notice currently I don’t do many sewing projects, but that is all about to change. I see many coming our way!

Please keep in mind that I am no expert seamstress, so my techniques may be a little different than yours. I started sewing at a young age, but I’ve always sewn without a pattern. Most of the time it’s just an idea in my head and I cut for it as I go. Seriously, I’ve made dresses and outfits for my girls with nothing more than a tape measure. I’ve never liked patterns. They stress me out and I enjoy the process more without them. Still, I don’t sew all the time so there are many things I can improve on. That’s why I love the new Maker. It eliminates me having to shop in a store for a pattern. No more cutting out the tissue paper, pinning, and cutting some more. None of that! I can do the part that I actually enjoy, which is sewing, and not worry about cutting the pattern. Yay!

Once you watch the video and see how the Maker cuts the fabric, let me know what other sewing projects you’d like to see!

There are links below showing you where you can order the Cricut Maker and my readers can get an extra 30% off supplies by following this discount link. <<<30% off Cricut Supplies>>> So, stock up on supplies!

Official Cricut – Cricut Maker – no discount codes available for the machine, but if you are an Access member you do get 10% off! If you order any of the cutting materials or tools enter code AUGSHIP for free shipping on $50 or more!

AmazonCricut Maker – free shipping available if you have Amazon Prime

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Materials Needed

  • Doll Button-Up Dress Simplicity Pattern
  • Top Fabric  3/8 yd. of 45″ or 60″
  • Skirt Fabric  3/8 yd. of 45″ or 60″
  • 1/4 yd. of 1/2″ Wide hook, and loop tape
  • 1/2 yd. of 1/4″ Wide elastic
  • 1/4″ Buttons (4)
  • 1/4″ Double fold bias tape (1pkg)

Watch and let me know if you like this pattern!

DIY American Girl Dress cut with Cricut Maker was last modified: August 21st, 2017 by Rudy

27 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. ginnie
    September 9, 2017 at 9:18 pm –

    I can’t stand tissue paper patterns either. I much prefer patterns that I can print out on computer paper. They are way easier to pin to the fabric to cut out. They have significantly changed my view on sewing. I do way more sewing for the dolls now that I can purchase printable sewing patterns online. ?

    ginnie /

  2. Jade
    September 1, 2017 at 6:38 pm –

    This is amazing! I have been gone, and this has proved I missed your crafts so much!

  3. nicky1234
    August 31, 2017 at 7:53 am –

    Rudy can you please make the mermaid costume? I think it would turn out really good.

  4. Adele
    August 28, 2017 at 7:23 pm –

    Thanks Rudy, I guess this is

    something for me to think about!

  5. Nylah
    August 25, 2017 at 8:57 am –

    hi my doll’s b day is coming up and i need more treats and decorations so could you help me out

  6. Bookfanatic102
    August 23, 2017 at 11:50 am –

    Kate yes I did if you want to make them measure and cut out the shape of the glasses (be sure to make holes for your dolls eyes) in doll size and then (if you want) color them cover both sides with packaging tape and trim off the extra tape (don’t cut the tape out of the place were the doll sees out of) and color the back of the eye holes with a black sharpie and then cover the sharpie markings with tape so it doesn’t rub off on your doll add mirrored scrap book paper on the outside you can use the same technique to make solar viewers too.

  7. Emily
    August 23, 2017 at 8:19 am –

    Rudy, you should make clothes themed with How to Train Your Dragon. I’m a big fan. Thanks!

  8. Kate
    August 23, 2017 at 7:56 am –

    hi bookfanatic102 how did you make eclipse glasses? i want to know.

    also my family made pinhole protectors insted of glasses they were just the same i think better]

  9. Bookfanatic102
    August 23, 2017 at 5:13 am –

    I agree with Adele and Terri the cricket maker is too expensive especially if i’m only going to use it to make doll stuff please either make a mix of tutorials that you can make with or without a cricket maker or keep making what you usually make. Please make orthodontist stuff!

  10. Adele
    August 22, 2017 at 11:14 pm –

    I agree with Terri, this is a really cute dress and I’d love to make it but I really can’t ask my parents to get me a $400 machine for no reason. Maybe if you could come up with crafts that can be made with or without the Maker you could continue to do tutorials with your machine and people without the machine could also do something?

    • Rudy
      August 23, 2017 at 7:43 am –

      There are thousands of crafts that can be done with the Cricut Maker. You can even start your own business by using a Cricut Maker and earn the money back! Get creative.

  11. Rebekah Shappard
    August 22, 2017 at 5:56 pm –

    Rudy, I only have the original cricut and I love it but I think it’s so neat that this one will cut out doll clothes pattern pieces. My question is, can you somehow download or import your own patterns? I use a lot of patterns from Is there some way to use those patterns with the cricut maker? Or are you limited to what they offer?

    • Rudy
      August 23, 2017 at 7:44 am –

      There is a way to create your own patterns and upload patterns. They have to be saved properly and I’m testing the process now.

  12. liv
    August 22, 2017 at 4:14 pm –

    Please make another coner room: A kitchen

  13. liv
    August 22, 2017 at 4:10 pm –

    Cool rudy, yo u have some talent

  14. Olivia
    August 22, 2017 at 4:09 pm –

    Hi Rudy! Really cool dress! I do agree wit bookfanatic 101 about ortodontist stuff! Thank you Rudy!

  15. Pusheenstar16
    August 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm –

    WOW just wow…..? I can’t believe how good that looked!! And trust me I really WOULD make that dress but unfortunately I don’t have a cricut and I REALLY want one!!??? and I think u make ag doll pop rocks or doll blind boxes/bags ???

    • Rudy
      August 23, 2017 at 7:46 am –

      You can still buy the paper pattern and cut it out the old fashioned way. The Cricut just saves a lot of time on these projects so I can do multiple things at once.

  16. Frog_lover
    August 22, 2017 at 10:03 am –

    Adorable. I love seeing doll clothes because it saves so much money!

    Terri, you can make this craft with a pattern from the store as well. I am still saving up for a cricut, so for now that is what I do. I also sometimes don’t use a pattern. ?

  17. Terri
    August 22, 2017 at 2:23 am –

    Hi Rudy, the dress you made is nice. Unfortunately, I can not afford to buy the $400 cricut machine.

    I’ve always enjoyed American Girl ideas because the crafts can be made without a lot of money. I do hope you will continue to craft things that an average person can afford.

  18. Breasia
    August 21, 2017 at 7:08 pm –

    Can I have one of the outfit please I love your videos

  19. Cocobugg
    August 21, 2017 at 4:32 pm –

    Yaaasssss girl yasssssss

  20. Althea
    August 21, 2017 at 2:20 pm –

    Rudy, please make doll fitbits

  21. Bookfanatic102
    August 21, 2017 at 12:38 pm –

    I made eclipse glasses for my doll! they are so cool the eclipse was really cool too! please make orthodontist stuff!

  22. Fuzzawuba
    August 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm –

    Great dress ruby you really out done yourself

  23. Fuzzawuba
    August 21, 2017 at 12:24 pm –

    YAY first comment