AG Doll Socks Tutorial

By | October 9, 2012

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We never seem to have enough doll socks in our house (or shoes for that matter, but that’s a different post!)  I have seen several posts floating around about making your own doll socks from adult socks you buy at the dollar store.  So I decided to make my own, using this YouTube video as inspiration.  It provided a good starting point, but didn’t include measurements, types of socks, etc.  So I experimented a bit and came up with a tutorial to share.  These doll socks work up super quick.  You can make a pair in 5-10 minutes, if you use a sewing machine.

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You want to start with a pair of Trouser Socks in womens adult size 4-10.  These are thin socks meant to be worn with dress shoes.  I found some white socks on clearance for 75 cents at Walmart that work really well.   You want the socks with the thin elastic ribbing at the top.

Each individual adult sock will make 1 pair of doll socks.  You may be able to scrounge in your unmatched socks and find one that will work so you don’t have to buy any.  If you are going to use colored socks, be sure to wash them first in hot water and then dry them in a dryer to help set the color.  This is to help ensure that none of the dye from the socks transfers to your doll’s feet.

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You need to start by deciding what length you want your finished doll sock to be. For an ankle sock, you want to cut a 3-4 inch tube.  For slouch or knee socks, cut a 5-6 inch tube.  You are going to use the existing band at the top as part of your doll sock. Measure from the ribbing down to the desired length. I used a disappearing ink fabric pen to mark the length.

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Cut the desired length to form a tube from the top of the sock. The remainder of the adult sock can be discarded or saved for another project.

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Fold this tube in half lengthwise with the ribbing around the top and the cut end at the bottom.  Cut through both layers down the middle.

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Now you have the pieces for your 2 doll socks.

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With the right sides together, pin down the long edge.  Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew the side. (Top is where the ribbing is.)  Be sure to use the plastic foot for your sewing machine, if you have one.

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Before you sew the bottom seam, turn it so the seam is running down the middle, instead of being at the side.  This will ensure the seam is running up the back of the dolls leg when the socks are worn.  Sew the bottom seam.

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Trim excess material close to the seam and turn right side out.

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These socks are snug so they stay up well, but aren’t so snug that they are hard to get on your doll.

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Feel free to embellish as desired.  I made a pair with cute little ribbon bows just above the ankles.   These would also be cute with tiny heart shaped button at the sides.  You can also use holiday socks found at the dollar store to make these socks.  Just be sure that the pattern is fairly small so it doesn’t look weird on your doll.

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Here is a pair of knee socks I made. For these, I cut the initial tube at 5 inches in length.

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If you enjoyed this post on making AG doll socks, you might also enjoy my tutorial for making doll tights from a knee sock.

If you have any questions about this quick and easy doll socks tutorial, feel free to leave a comment below. Happy Crafting!

If you enjoyed this tutorial for making Doll Socks, you might also enjoy these sewing patterns….

Simplicity American Girl Sewing PatternSimplicity American Girl Sewing PatternLearn to Sew for Your Doll: A Beginner's GuideLearn to Sew for Your Doll: A Beginner’s GuideDoll Days! 18 inch Doll Sewing PatternsDoll Days! 18 inch Doll Sewing Patterns

20 thoughts on “AG Doll Socks Tutorial

  1. Anna

    Looks like a quick project. I will have to keep an eye out for some lightweight pattern socks to use. They would make an adorable stocking stuffer!

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    1. Jen Post author

      If you have a Dollar Store nearby that is a great place to look. Thanks for visiting Anna!

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  2. sande cross

    love the little blue daisy and cherry print outfit! can you tell me what pattern was used to cut it by? thanks!!

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    1. Jen Post author

      That’s the meet dress that comes with the Emily doll from American Girl. I have not seen a pattern for it, but you might want to look at http://www.bunnybear.com/. They have wonderful historically accurate patterns.

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  3. Sue

    Great idea! Thank you for sharing this. I’m having a lot of fun churning out cute little sock pairs from our pile of lone socks ; )

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    1. Jen Post author

      Glad my tutorial was helpful Sue! It definitely is a good use for all those socks that have lost their mates.

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  4. Susan

    I have done some like this using baby socks that come in really cute prints at the Dollar Store. You just sew them down in size … one baby sock per doll sock. They turn out really sweet.

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    1. Jen Post author

      The Dollar store is a great place to get socks for this project! I have a couple of pairs of Christmas socks that I bought there last year that I never got around to making into AG doll socks. I will have to dig those out and make them. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Anne Coleman

    I really like the denim blue dress. Do you have a pattern for it? I am trying to make dresses that look like the 1930s and 1940s.

    Thanks!

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  6. Lynne

    Thanks so much for the great tutorial! Those little socks are adorable and so easy to make. I’ll never buy doll socks again. I was eyeing American Girl socks on eBay but with the added on shipping they were way too expensive.

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  7. Melinda

    Thanks, this is great and so easy! I have lots of trouser socks that I no longer wear. My dolls are getting some socks!

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  8. Cindy

    Wonderful tutorial! My 9 yr old daughter and I are getting ready to make these. We found women’s trouser socks-pack of 5 at Walmart a couple of weeks ago for $4. 🙂 Wish us luck, both are sewing novices.

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  9. Cheryl Cooper

    Your tutorial is great. Love that you included the measurements. I just made a witch costume for my granddaughter’s AG doll and added a pair of Halloween knee socks made from socks found at the Dollar Store thanks to you.

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    1. Jen Post author

      I am glad it was helpful Cheryl! I hope your granddaughter enjoys the witch costume 🙂

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  10. Janet

    Thanks for the tutorial. I found some elastic in my local store that comes with ruffles in pink, white, purple, and black. Also, there’s something called fold over elastic that comes in wide variety of colors and prints…even pink camouflage. Just a thought if you’re making ankle socks and want to use the rest of the adult sock…

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    1. Jen Post author

      What a great idea Janet! Thank you for sharing. I will have to look for that fold over elastic and try it.

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