American Girl or 18" Doll Sofa or Couch Plans

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 11/01/2019 - 10:31
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Free plans to make an American Girl or 18" doll sofa or couch. Very simple and easy to make. Tutorial by Ana-White.com

American girl doll sofa plans
American girl doll sofa plans
American girl doll sofa plans
American girl doll sofa plans
American girl doll sofa plans

Hi everyone, happy Monday!  Just a few days left before Christmas!

After I shared plans for this dollhouse, I promised you I'd get you those 18" or American Girl doll sofa plans to you before Christmas, didn't I?  I know we are cutting it close, but this project is SO simple, it's totally do-able!  I guess I should say DIY-able!

This doll sofa and doll chair are made of just 1x6 scrap boards with 1x2s underneath for support!  Seriously, so simple!

This living room set is perfect sized for my daughter's American Girl, and would work with most 18" dolls.

This set would make a wonderful gift, especially since you could personalize by painting different colors and using different fabrics for the cushions and pillows.

The set we made was free because we used scrap wood.  But if you were to purchase wood to make this doll sofa set - expect it to be under $10 in supplies!

I've got you covered with the free plans following.  If you build, please do share - it makes my day to see your projects!

And if you can't build now, make sure you pin to build later!

Have an awesome day!

XO Ana

Dimensions
American girl doll sofa plans
Dimensions shown above

Preparation

Shopping List

SOFA FRAME SHOPPING LIST

1 - 1x6 @ 4 feet long

1 - 1x2 @ 3 feet long

CHAIR FRAME SHOPPING LIST

1 - 1x6 @ 3 feet long

1 - 1x2 @ 14" long

Cushions were made with 1" thick chair cushion pads and fabric

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List

SOFA CUT LIST

  • 2 - 1x6 @ 6-1/4" (arms)
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 14" (supports)
  • 2 - 1x6 @ 14" (seat and back)

CHAIR CUT LIST

  • 2 - 1x6 @ 6-1/4" (arms)
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 7" (supports)
  • 2 - 1x6 @ 7" (seat and back)

NOTE: Round corners with jigsaw on arms and top back piece to prevent sharp edges

Tools
Tape Measure
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Jigsaw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer

Instructions

Step 1

Attach 1x2 supports to arms, so the front is up 3/4" and the back is up 1/2". Use 1-1/4" nails and glue, if you have a Kreg Jig, you can use that (preferred).

Step 2

Attach seat back to seat bottom with 1-1/4" nails and glue.

Step 3

Place seat inside arms and attach through arms and also to 1x2 supports with 1-1/4" nails and glue.

Step 4

Quick Cushion Tutorial - Use 1" thick foam batting (I used seat cushion pads available at most craft stores). If your foam batting is thicker, you will need to alter these plans. Pillows are just stuffed with stuffing.

 

SOFA CUSHION AND PILLOW FABRIC CUTS

(2) 7" x 15-1/2" - seat cushion pieces

(4) 4" x 7" - pillows (make two)

 

CHAIR CUSHION AND PILLOW FABRIC CUTS

(2) 7" x 8-1/2" - seat cushion pieces

(2) 4" x 7" - pillows (make two)

 

Step 1 - With right sides together, sew two identical pieces together, with 1/4" seams, turning corners. Near the center of a longer side, leave an opening big enough to inside out and stuff cushion or stuffing into. Do this on all cushion and pillow covers. Stuff the pillow covers with stuffing and hand stitch opening closed.

Step 2 - Box cushion corners. For the seat cushion, you will want to sew the corners on the inside at a 45 degree angle to create the box cushion ends.

With the cushion cover sewed and inside out, find the corners and pull fabric appart, so that the sewed seams are aligned.  Draw a line perpendicular to the seam where the diagonal is 1" long.  Sew.

When done correctly, your seam will look like this

You can also pop over and read this tutorial here (note that the tutorial is for 2" thick cushions instead of 1" thick).

 

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
We used the jigsaw to round all corners to prevent any sharp edges. Then we filled all nail holes and screw holes with wood filler. After that dried, we sanded the entire project with medium grit sandpaper. With a brush, we removed all sanding residue.
Finish Used
These doll sofas were just primed and painted white.
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