American Girl doll gladiator shoes

Handmade gladiator shoes for American Girl dolls

I’d sewn a small collection of dresses for my American Girl dolls. And while I prepared for taking pictures I’d faced a problem that I don’t have suitable shoes to present my collection! Sure, girls dolls never have enough shoes!

I’d tried to use cheaters method, because I’m lazy, – to buy shoes on eBay. But I had not found any shoes I liked. So I had to get pads that I made last year for American Girl dolls.

I had light blue natural leather and faux white leather. First, I wrapped pads with cling wrap, then with masking tape and draw a shoe pattern. Also, I cut out two soles from cardboard. I was about to trace soles to faux leather but then just glued the cardboard soles to the faux leather, and then cut out the faux leather soles with the cardboard together. Thus, I got really clear sole edges. I cut out the outer soles from linoleum as well. I found linoleum in a craft store, where they recommended to use it for imprints. It turned out that it also suitable for doll shoe soles.
American Girl doll - gladiator shoes pattern making

I cut out the front parts of my sandals and cut openings in them. Then I cut out strips and pulled them into the holes (openings). I used quilters ruler and rotary cutter so I got perfectly flat strips.
American Girl doll - gladiator shoes - making front

Then I prepared a back part of the sandals.
American Girl doll - gladiator shoes - making back part

I cut out strips again for sandals fastening. Then I made holes and glued buckles to the strips.
American Girl doll - making fastening straps American Girl doll - glue buckles

I pulled the fastening strip into a loop at the sandal’s back, I made when I prepared sandal’s back, then I glued sandal’s back part of the inner sole.
American Girl doll - gladiator shoes - glue back shoe part to sole

Next I pulled the fastening strip into the front sandal’s part. After that it became easy to glue the sandal’s front part strips to the inner sole.
American Girl doll - gladiator shoes in progress American Girl doll - gladiator shoes in progress 2

After that I just glued the linoleum soles and made the edging out of the strip.
American Girl doll - white gladiators front view American Girl doll - white gladiators on doll feet American Girl doll - white gladiators back view

I made a top-stitch on these gladiator shoes, but decided do not make it on the next ones. Also, I found a linoleum with a sacking texture in the craft store and used this linoleum for the soles. I liked the combination of such texture on the soles and smooth leather, even if nobody sees the soles.
American Girl doll - gladiator shoes American Girl doll - blue gladiator shoes American Girl doll - white gladiators with flower embellishment

To make the second white gladiators a bit different from the first ones I cut out flowers from the faux white leather and decorated them with beads.

My American Girl dolls are happy wear the new shoes and almost ready for photoshoot ;)

2 thoughts on “Handmade gladiator shoes for American Girl dolls

  • These are great! I have also bought some pads for the soles of AG sized shoes, and I have a big bag of lovely leather that a friend in the UK gave me, so one of these days I really must get around to making some shoes for my girls too :)
    x

    • Making a doll shoe is a very interesting and addictive process! I’m looking forward to see ready shoes on your blog.

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