Make Jeggings! Sewing Pattern for American Girl

Make Jeggings for your American Girl Doll

This pattern was developed for a modern Mattel manufactured American Girl doll.  Jeggings may also fit other brands of 18″ dolls that share the American Girl body style.  For best fit, make a test pair of jeggings first and adjust pattern as necessary for your doll before using your best fabric.


  • Jeggings Pattern Sheets
  • 1/3 yard fabric suitable for jeggings (see fabric note below)
  • Coordinating polyester thread
  • Velcro (or snap or button) for fly closure
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron for pressing hems and setting seams.

IMPORTANT – Be sure to download and save the patterns to your hard drive and print at “Actual Size” from a PDF reader like Adobe Reader.  If you print directly from your browser, the pattern may not print at the correct scale.

A Note about Fabrics – I tested several types of fabric for my jeggings.  The best fabric I found was in the denim section at my local Joann store.  It is a very stretchy, medium weight fabric that acts more like a knit then a tradition “jeans” denim.  I also tested the pattern with a stretch sateen (97% cotton, 3% spandex) that worked well.  However, because the sateen has less stretch and behaves more like a woven then a knit, the jeggings pull down over the doll’s cloth behind when she is in a seated position.  Looks great for standing, a little less great when sitting!  Another great source of fabric for doll jeggings are outgrown or thrift store people jeggings.

General Instructions

  • All seams have 1/4″ seam allowance unless otherwise noted.
  • Press seams as you sew for more polished and better fitting jeggings.
  • If your fabric frays, finish seam allowances with a serger or short zig zag stich.
  • Read completely through instructions before beginning. Let me know if you have questions! I’d be happy to help!


Assemble the Pattern

1.  Download the free jeggings pattern, print, and cut pattern pieces.   The pieces were a little too long to fit on one page, so you’ll find the bottom portion of each leg piece printed separately. To assemble your pattern pieces, tape the bottom portion of each leg piece to the corresponding top piece, overlapping as indicated by the dotted lines on the pattern.

Cut Jeggings Pieces

2. Using your paper patterns as a guide, cut your fabric.  You should have four pieces in total.


Free AG Jeggings Pants Pattern and Tutorial


3.  Right sides together, sew the crotch seams for both the front and back pant pieces.  Be sure NOT to sew the fly closed on the front!  Clip curves as indicated.

AG Jeggings Pattern and Tutorial

AG Jeggings Pattern and Tutorial

4.  On front piece, fold and press 1/4″ of the “fly” to the wrong side. ** Note ** This is not the front waist band, this is the the fly, which is the area right above the crotch seam you sewed in the previous step.   [You will fold down and sew the waist band in step 8]  Sew across to secure.

AG Jeggings Pattern and Tutorial

5. Right sides together, pin front piece and back piece together.  Sew outer side seams.

AG Jeggings Pattern and Tutorial

6. Press up and pin 1/4″ hem on bottom of each pant leg.  Sew across.

AG Jeggings Pattern and Tutorial

7.  Pin inseam and sew.

AG Jeggings Pattern and Tutorial

8.  Press down a 1/2″ waist band.  Pin in place then top stitch around waist band, 3/8″ from outer edge.  Top stitch around waist band again near top edge.

AG Jeggings Pattern and Tutorial

AG Jeggings Pattern and Tutorial

9. On one side of inner fly, sew a rectangle of velcro hook.  On the other side, sew a matching rectangle of velcro loop.  Alternatively, you could sew on snaps or fashion a button / buttonhole closure.

AG Jeggings Pattern and Tutorial

10. Fold one side of the fly back and secure to the waist band by sewing along top edge.

AG Jeggings Pattern and Tutorial



American Girl free jeggings pattern and tutorial

You’re finished!  Put the jeggings on your doll, congratulate yourself for your many skills and talents, and do the happy dolly sewing dance!

American Girl Jeggings Pattern

American Girl Jeggings - Free Sewing Pattern and Tutorial

Make the Cozy Hat and Urban Belted Coat to complete the outfit!


  1. Flo says:

    Thank you for sharing this, I will definitely be trying it out, I’ve been wanting a doll pant pattern with a fly. My girls are tired of pull on pants!

  2. Elaine says:

    I made the Shrug pattern out of Minky and cotton ribbing. The pattern was easy to sew and looks darling on my Granddaughter’s doll.

  3. Sophie says:

    Wonderful! I wanted to make some and already saved old leggins from my daughter to turn into jeggins! Your pattern and tutorial will be quite helpful, thank you so much for sharing this!

  4. Cecelia says:

    I cut out the shrug pattern,haven’t had time to make it yet. Even in pieces it looks really cute. Would you send me the 13 inch size please?The smaller dolls want one too. Jeggings look like fun.If I can find suitable material I’ll try them. Thanks for the patterns-lots of fun coming up!

  5. Dawn says:

    This is so awesome. I have been looking for how to make these and here you are being so generous with the pattern and tutorial! I’ve just started sewing these doll outfits for my granddaughter and she’ll love this. Thank you.

  6. Katy says:

    This fits all my dolls perfectly. I made them using a pair of old leggings. They were SOO easy to sew and they fit perfectly. I love how I don’t have to put elastic in, and they still go on perfectly! Best leggings pattern I have ever used.

  7. Steph says:

    I didn’t make the top, it’s an AG brand top. 🙂 I bet it wouldn’t be too hard to hack, though… hmmm.. maybe a future project?

  8. Leslie says:

    Thank you for this easy great pattern. We have a second hand clothing store in our area. I found a pair of stretch jeans for 1.99. I made this cute jeggings out of them. Plus 4 shirts and a romper.

    • Steph says:

      Woot! Second hand stores are a FABULOUS resource for materials for upcycling. I like to look at the baby and toddlers clothes to find fabrics with small scale prints.

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