Craft: Make Your Own Doll Shoes

One of our readers, Aunt Karen of North Vancouver, Canada has made some of the cutest shoes for her nieces dolls. She has offered to share her instructions for making your own doll shoes.

craft for creating shoes for dolls

What you will need to make to make your doll a pair (or several pairs of shoes)

  • 1 felt board (can be purchased at Michaels or other craft stores for about $1.29)
  • Ribbons (I used ribbons I had left from Christmas and ribbon I bought at Michaels in the $1.29 bin)
  • Glue  (I used a hot glue gun, if you are doing this as a party activity I recommend that you use craft glue or have a lot of adult supervision with the hot glue)
  • paper (to trace your dolls foot or existing shoe)
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • *optional small buttons, beads or accessories to decorate the shoes

fun doll craft make shoes

How to make doll shoes to fit American Girl dolls

Step one – Trace your doll’s existing shoes or trace your doll’s feet on to a piece of paper.

Step two – cut out the tracing, this is your pattern for all the shoes you will ever need to make.

Step three
– place the pattern on to your chosen color of felt board, trace two for each shoe and cut out.

Step four – cut 2 – 3.5 inch strips of ribbon, (I used ¾ inch wide ribbon)

Step five
– using glue (I used hot glue as it is faster but white craft glue will also work) attach the ribbon approximately ½ inch from the toe, to the bottom side of the top part of the Shoe top. Then pull over the top and place shoe on dolls foot to measure tightness and angle of the ribbon, then attach with glue to the spot desired.

Step 6 – Once you have the ribbon in the spot you would like, apply glue all over the bottom and use the second felt piece to sandwich the ribbon. Hold and press down so that the felt pieces stick tight together.

Step 7 – make sure the shoe fits your doll and then if you wish to add more decoration then glue to the ribbon at this time.

Step 8 – repeat step 1-7 for the other shoe.


  • For the sandals with two straps cut two pieces of ribbon for each shoe.
  • The felt board will be enough to make about 12 pairs of shoes. With all the colors available the possibilities are endless. Fun and easy to make!

This is such fun craft idea and would be perfect for Girl Scout meetings, birthday parties, slumber parties or rainy day fun.

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  1. hello everybody! i just got all my english done! yay! now i just have 4 math pages and a map! almost done!

  2. Is anybody on now? I wasn’t sure if you all got off or not…

  3. Oh, no, Antha I don’t think you are spoiled, my friends said that sometimes, but they don’t understand that I buy all my AG stuff myself, the only money I get is my allowance every week and then christmas or birthday, but that hardly ever happens. My wish list is huge as well! I LOOOOOVE the volleyball outfit and the violin and flute! I really like all the AG instruments!

  4. :)


  6. sorry i havent been on in a while, ive been playing wii! and i posted some comments but they were awaiting moderation. GUESS WHAT!?!?!?!? rebecca is coming out in spring! i emailed ag about her and they said shes coming out in sping! and like, 2 years ago, i went on this thing called millies doll closet when i was looking up the 2008 doll, and the were talking about a rumor about rebecca a long time ago. its so weired that they aree really making her! phew! that was a lot of typing! :roll: 😉

  7. im so exited about rebecca!

  8. i am too,tara! especially cuz she’s an actress! want 2 be an actress when im older,and i act in plays too! wht AG dolls do u hav?

  9. ur lucky sarah! i don’t get an alowance. But,geuss what?! i got the Samantha AG paper dolls today! there adorable!

  10. hi sarah!!!!!! thanks sonali and lena!!! chrissa is glad to have a new friend ( so am i) she is right here. the others say hi too! god, i wish dolls could talk, ha ha! i have these test called terra novas this week. the only good things about them is that you get snack time and no homework. i am not a terra nova fan.

  11. and tara and priscilla! sorry

  12. who’s your fav ag doll? i have two. i love sam and chrissa!!!!!!!!!!

  13. but i love all my dolls too.

  14. hello…………………

  15. hi antha! 😀

  16. my fave is either Julie,Nelie(even though i don’t hav her.) or the bitty twins!

  17. i luv my dolls!

  18. gtg,bye! im going to play paper dolls!

  19. i like julie, but i don’t think i will get her

  20. Hey Antha and Priscilla and anyone else who is on :D!! I got the Molly paper dolls from a nurse in the hospital and I also got these reeeeeally old cinderella paper dolls! I haven’t played with them yet, maybe I will!! I really want to get the AG book “Tiny Treats” I’ve wanted it for years!! I have an AG skin and nails book and it gives really helpful tips on how to keep ur skin acne free and how to do the perfect pedicure!

  21. Hiya! My dolls say hi!!! What is ur favorite doll that u have? Gee, I don’t think I could choose because each doll’s personality is unique. Like my doll Kailey is the one that I have the most fun with because she is so free spirited and is really FUN 😀

  22. It’s a tie between Kit and Rose. Kit was my first, and I’m very attached to her. But Rose’s story is my own writing, and I feel like I’m her mom in a way.

  23. WHAT HAPPENED TO EVERYONE???? Did everyone drop dead?? I’m lonely……

  24. I’m guessing you aren’t on anymore…

  25. Since it’s an hour later

  26. hi everyone! how are you? i have three sets of paper dolls,they are- (AG) samantha,not ag- fairies, and not ag- anne of green gables.

  27. come on the new post! AND GEUSS WHAT?! MY MUM’S BUYING ME A NEW AG DOLL OUTFIT IF I PAY 4 HALF OF IT! YAY!(not to brag,sorry.)

  28. hello………………………………………. where is starr?????

  29. i am not so crazy about rebecca, only because she took my dear sam’s place. i have nothing agaist her, i’m just not going to get her. i’m not tring to be mean. i will read her books though. i may want to be a actress too, but they do not make a lot of money. thats why i’m thinking of other things too.

  30. hello?
    im here!

  31. but i’m glad ag finally made a other jewish doll who is not retried!!!! i’m not jewish but i always felt sorry for my friends at summer camp who love ag dolls but they all celabrated christmas and not hanakah or who never celebrated the holidays they did or do the same relilgos things.

  32. hi bella!!!!! i missed you!!!!! chrissa says hi to your chrissa and gwen and other dolls Bella!!! and other people!

  33. bella, i never said how much i loved your pictures!!! chrissa looks really cute in the teal glasses!!!!!!!!!!!!! i may get them.

  34. hi peeps!my fave ag is either kit or # 28. probably kit because she was my first, (like lena said) and i just love her stories and she is soo cute. i also like nellie… idk! :)

  35. btw priscilla, i have:


    jly # 27 taylor

    nicki renamed bailey



    jly 26 named lilly

    and soon to be either sonali or felicity! ( or maybe nellie cuzmy moms friend might give her 2 me!)

  36. and taylor was named after taylor swift because i LOVE taylor swift sooo much!!!!!

  37. n e 1 on?

  38. guess not…

  39. be back on later or 2morrow!

  40. I don’t really count Lindsey as Jewish, because the bar mitzva was so stereotypical, and is the only mention of her Jewishness.
    I’ll be getting Rebecca because we both are from the same area (Slavic areas)

  41. theres a new post up!

  42. :)

  43. I’m getting rebecca! were both actresses,and i’m not jewish,but my grandma is and so i geuss i’m like half-jewish,but i go to a catholic church,so idk…anywho,i’m DEFINETLY buying rebecca!