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If you are a fan of the American Girl® 18 inch play doll line, you might already know that American Girl is celebrating its 35th anniversary. In honor of this milestone, they have released the original 6 American Girl® doll characters, for a limited time.
American Girl Doll Fan Tee Shirts for the Original Six Dolls
The doll are at a great price point, since they can be expensive on the secondary market and also come with their complete meet outfit and their accessories.
My daughter and I have been collecting these dolls since she was six years old in 2006. Over the years we have added and been gifted many of the historical characters. Of the original six, the only one that was not already part of my (or my daughter, Molly’s) collection was Kirsten Larson. So I just had to, right?
When my daughter was young, we used to travel to Wisconsin to visit my sister. This usually included a trip to the American Girl Outlet Store, which at that time was in OshKosh. We never got any dolls there, but they always had a fun assortment of items, doll and girl clothing, accessories etc and they were usually very cheap. My daughter and I have always been big fans of all things American Girl!
One item we picked up at one time were some coloring and cooking book sets for the historical characters. I found a page that had all six dolls in silhouette outlines in one of those book (Photo #1) and thought they would look cute on doll sized tee shirts. You can probably find some similar images on Google. My computer scanner is not working at the moment so I had to improvise a bit. If you use a google image, you’ll be ahead of the game. A few trips through the Brother Scan n Cut (see THIS POST for a quick video tutorial) and my Cricut Design Space software, and I cut the six head shot cameos out of glittery HTV and I was ready to make some tee shirts for my dolls to show their fan love of the original characters! Photo 1 below, from left to right: Addy, Josefina, Felicity, Molly, Samantha, and Kirsten. Let me share how I did this quick and easy project!
Once I scanned my doll silhouettes into my computer (Photo 1 above), I was able to cut them from heat transfer vinyl (Photo 2) – Don’t forget to reverse anything you cut from iron on! I used this sparkly gold glitter HTV. Cut with the shiny side down- I used my Cricut Joy machine and the Design Space software, but I also could have used my Scan n Cut probably more easily with fewer steps. However, I’m more familiar with the Cricut software (having had it longer) so I like to keep my entire design library there for now if I want to repeat the project.) Weed the excess HTV from around your images, and cut them apart. They are still on the clear carrier sheet. (Photos 3 and 4)
Warm up your heat press. The Cricut Mini heat press is both adorable and doll sized!! It’s perfect for these quick and tiny projects. You can certainly make your own tee shirts (See the Oh Sew Kat! Simple Sweet Tee Sewing Pattern HERE) but I find it’s worth it to shop at Amazon and have a set of premade tees on hand for these types of projects. I just put my Cricut pressing mat on the kitchen counter and pressed both of these shirts in less than 10 minutes. Once they are pressed, you can peel and toss the clear carrier sheet. Give one more quick press on the inside of the shirt for good measure.
Make a Kirsten Larson Fan Doll Tee Shirt
Here is my beautiful new Kirsten doll in her Kirsten Fan Tee Shirt. Kirsten’s character had a lot in common with the Little House on Prairie books and TV Shows.
Make Samantha her own Fan Tee Shirt
And the always iconic Samantha- of course her tee shirt had to be pink!
Which of the original six characters is your favorite? Did any of them find their way home to you? I think it’s so awesome that the next generation can enjoy these classic doll characters! See my collection of pattern hacks for some of the historical characters HERE.
Easy Graphic Tee Shirts for 18 inch Dolls with Cricut Joy
Find more photos and ideas for the Historical dolls in the Oh Sew Kat! Historical Fashion Idea Gallery. Stay tuned for a few Kirsten hacks to come!!