AG Doll Spa Wrap Tutorial & Free ME Designs



Well, I promised this tutorial would be posted today “if the good Lord’s willin’ and  the creeks don’t rise.”  I have to tell you that I’m not sure the Lord was willing but the creeks did not rise.  So I took the normal water level as a reluctant “okay” from above, even though just about everything else that could have thwarted my goal today did.

After the pictures from my granddaughter’s 8th Spa-tacular Birthday Party  were posted, the American Girl spa wrap has gotten a lot of attention, as well as many  requests for the long promised tutorial.  This is a follow up to the Girlie Spa Wrap for the girl doll owners.

So all day and into the wee hours of early morning, I have held on to this tutorial mission with the determination of a Pit Bull.  Finally, here it is.  Please let me know if you find any errors.  I didn’t have the luxury of reviewing this for a day or so before posting it.  That makes me really nervous.



For new readers, matching girl and doll spa wraps were made as party favors for each guest attending Laurel’s birthday celebration.



These are easy to make, but the it is important to get the sequence of steps just right.  It took me a few tries so I hope this little tutorial is helpful and saves you some time.  No need for any of us to re-invent the wheel.

As a  thank you for reading my blog, I am offering two free machine embroidery designs.  The AG monogram and a yo-yo made mostly in the hoop will be emailed to anyone posting their request as a comment (see below).

Like all bloggers, I really, really enjoy reader comments.  So whenever you get a chance or find a post particularly interesting, I would love to hear your comment.

Now on to the tutorial.~~~~~~



You will need:

  • 1 fingertip towel 14″ (not counting fringe) x 12 1/2″
  • 10″ gingham ribbon
  • monofilament  thread
  • 3″ soft velcro 1/2 wide
  • 3 1/2″ square scrap of fabric for yo-yo
  • 3 1/2″ scrap of water soluble stabilizer or tissue paper for yo-yo
  • ribbon rose or novelty button

OPTIONAL (2 free machine embroidery designs free–post request as a comment)

  • yo-yo machine embroidery design
  • AG monogram design
  • machine embroidery supplies: stabilizer and threads


1.  Cut fingertip towel from 12 1/2″ to 8 1/2″.

2.  Serge rolled hem with wooly nylon or roll and whip top edge with your heaviest thread, 12 wt-30 wt.



3.  With matching or monofilament thread, stitch ribbon to one edge, next to fringe.  Fold ends under to wrong side.  This is most easily done with a glue stick.



4. FOR OPTIONAL MACHINE EMBROIDERED MONOGRAM: Mark placement for embroidery design as desired or 2″ down from  top edge, 1 1/2″ to left of ribbon.  Remember that the 1/2″ velcro will be sewn along the top edge.  NOTE:  FYI, after finishing this wrap, I wish I had centered the embroidery 1 1/2″ down and 1″ from ribbon.  See photo of finished wrap to determine if that suits you.

5.  Embroider monogram.  Of course, you cannot hoop the towel, so it will be placed on hooped tearaway stabilizer.  Then the basting frame around the design will stitch the  towel to the hooped stabilizer and secure the water soluble stabilizer. After embroidery is complete, remove both stabilizers.



6.  On no-ribbon (left) side of wrap, stitch 3″ scratchy (hook side) velcro to top,  right side of spa wrap.  This will face away from the doll’s body.


right side (as opposed to wrong) of fingertip towel/spa wrap


7.  On wrong side of wrap, above the embroidery and beside the ribbon attachment, stitch 3″ soft (loop side) velcro.


wrong side of fingertip towel


1.  Without an embroidery machine, simply draw a 2 3/4″ circle on  right side of fabric.  It doesn’t have to be exactly this size.  Slightly larger or smaller will make little difference.


1. fabric with 1 3/4″ circle drawn on right side, 2. water soluble stabilizer or tissue placed over fabric, 3. straight stitched on drawn line


2.  Place water soluble stabilizer or even tissue paper over fabric.  Stitch RIGHT ON DRAWN LINE. NOTE: If using tissue paper, draw line on paper instead of fabric because the drawn line will not be visible through the tissue.


fabric, stabilizer trimmed to 1/4″ from stitching line, stabilizer slit

3.  Trim fabric and stabilizer 1/4″ from line of stitching.  Slit stabilizer or paper.

4.  Turn right side out like a pillow top.  Press. Then gently remove stabilizer or paper.

yo-yo turned and most of stabilizer removed


5.  With 20″ length of strong thread with a hefty knot at the end, work big, hunky 1/4-3/8″stitches around the circle, close to the outer folded edge.  Use tails to pull up yo-yo.  Knot off but don’t cut tails.


yo-yo drawn up



1.  Load file into your machine.    Hoop yo-yo fabric right side up and water soluble stabilizer on top in 4 x 4 frame.

2.  Embroider design then follow steps #3-5 above.


1.  Cut knot from thread tail.  Use the longer thread tails to work a few hand stitches through the center of the yo-yo to the back, ending at the front center of the yo-yo.  Knot again to the other tail and clip threads.

2. Sew ribbon rose to center of yo-yo, either by hand or machine.

3.  Rinse out marked lines.

4.  Wrap up an American Girl doll.


482 responses to “AG Doll Spa Wrap Tutorial & Free ME Designs

  1. What great timing, I am making AG clothes for my GD and your spa outfit
    will be a nice addition. Will you please send me the designs for the added touch. Do you have any other tutorials?
    Thank you in advance & Merry Christmas

  2. Pat, the spa wrap designs have been sent. Isn’t sewing for dolls just so much fun? Happy stitching.

  3. Greetings from South Africa,
    Oh my goodness! I just found your post for this cutest tutorial!!! I am sure that with your easy & precise instructions I WILL be able to make this for my GD – am NOT a confident sewer but AM a keen machine embroidery (LOL)! Cannot wait to attempt this!
    Am I too late to please request your adorable embroidery designs? Sure hope so & keeping my fingers & toes crossed! Faraway HUGS, Mia’s Granny

  4. Sandie, I’m so glad you like this fun project. I posted that as an after though when I finished making so many for Laure’s birthday party. I had no idea that so many people would request the designs and leave comments. Apparently, sewing for AG dolls is even bigger than I thought–even in South Africa! Thanks for your sweet words about the instructions. I’ll send out those designs ASAP. And thanks for reading my blog. P.S. Aren’t grandchildren about life’s greatest blessing?

  5. I would love to have a couple of the embroidery designs. I enjoyed making these and hope my neice enjoys receiving them for her birthday. I bought the vanity used but it did not have the towels so I made her a whole set for all her dolls. thank you so much for the help

  6. Kathy, it sound like you are having fun sewing for your niece’s dolls! The designs have been sent for the spa wrap. Keep making your little niece happy!

  7. These are so cute! I am making spa wraps for my granddaughter’s birthday party and would love to have the designs. They will make a great addition to them. Thanks!

  8. Kaye, I’m glad these designs appeal to you. What fun you will have making these spa wraps and seeing your granddaughter’s reaction. Happy sewing!

  9. Janice I would like the embroidery designs for the spa wrap. Thank you. A friend wants one made

  10. Maggie, the designs have been sent. Happy stitching!

  11. I love your wrap and your blog. Would love to have the embroidery design to finish off this wrap! Thank you so much

  12. Cynthia, the designs have been sent. Your doll spa wrap will look wonderful with this monogram. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  13. I would like the embroidery designs, if it’s not too late to request them.
    Thank you!

  14. Mary, the designs have been sent. Happy stitching!

  15. Helen Ganas

    Now this is a design I will use. I have a new Grand Niece. Thank you.

  16. Your wraps are adorable. I too would love to have the embroidery file.
    I can see why so many have asked for it. You did a wonderful job, so talented

  17. My dolls are wanting the embroidery design for their spa towel. You did an awesome job on your tutorial.

  18. Ann, tell your dolls the designs are here! Now you can get started so they can plan their spa date.

  19. Carol, thank you for your kind remarks. The doll spa wrap designs have been sent. I hope you enjoy stitching them as much as I did.

  20. Helen, the designs have been sent. What fun you will have sewing for that Grand Niece! Dolls are so much fun.

  21. Sallie Van Name

    Thank you for the information. Love the wraparound. Would love the designs. Happy Holidays.

  22. Sallie, I’m glad you like this fun little project. The designs will be sent to you shortly. Thanks for reading my blog.

  23. Melinda Cieslinski

    Hi, I thought for sure I had requested your fabulous AG emb file for the towel wrap – – but I’m afraid I lost it in a computer crash. Would this file still be available? I hope my granddaughter will want an AG birthday party in the next few years 😉 You’re my hero!!! ggg

  24. Please send me the embroidery design. This wrap is so cute!!

  25. Kathi, the spa wrap designs have been sent. Have fun making this unique little project.

  26. Melinda, the spa wrap designs have been sent. What fun AG birthday parties are! Share a picture or two, okay?

  27. This is so cute! Please send the embroidery design. Thanks!

  28. Susan, I’m glad this caught your eye. The designs have been sent. Happy sewing!

  29. THANK YOU! You are amazing

  30. I’m so glad you are pleased with the spa wrap, bunnies and grass designs. I would love to see any projects you make with them. Happy sewing!

  31. This is adorable! Could you please send me the embroidery design. Thank you for the cute idea.

  32. Debbie, the designs have been sent. It’s so much fun to sew for dolls. Happy stitching!

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