You know what I love to do? Make up cloth doll patterns and sew up cute little cloth dolls for all the darling little girls in my life.
Wait what?! Right-I don’t have any little girls in my life. In fact, I had to borrow my adorable little model from a friend.
Let me tell you really why I sewed up some cute little fabric dolls and created a pattern this week.
A few months back I was contacted by a wonderful agency-Enchanted Makeovers-about working with them to make Women’s and Children’s Shelters a more welcoming place for the little ones there. They asked if I could design a doll pattern and have readers sew those dolls for the children who come to the shelters.
So I did.
The thing they didn’t know when they contacted me is that I was a social worker before having kids. And I went into social work because I love kids and I love doing anything I can to help kids in need. So their organization hit a soft spot in me. Yes! I want to make dolls for little kids who need a hug!
So, I am giving you this pattern and you can sew it up for all the little girls in your life. Make it look like your little girls. It would make a great gift!
Or…if you don’t have any little girls or if you just want to do something good for the world-sew one (or ten) of these dolls up and send it to Enchanted Makeovers and they will give it to a child that comes to a shelter. A child who needs a hug.
Here is the address to send it to:
12663 Hipp St
Taylor, MI 48180
I encourage you to go to their website and see all the wonderful work they do!
You should also know that this project is part of our Sew Crazy Monthly Challenge for April! So if you are finding this blog for the first time, come take a look and join in!
Cloth Doll Patterns:
- About 1/4 yard (less really) of your flesh color. If you are making these dolls to donate, please remember that kids come in all varieties, so let’s vary what flesh colors and hair colors and hair styles we use. Make them all different and unique.
- Small amount of fabric for the dress
- Stuffing to fill the doll
- Yarn (for the hair)
- Fabric paint (for the face and optional shoes)
- Optional ribbon for bows
- Pattern Pieces
Print out the pattern and cut out the pattern pieces.
With your pattern pieces cut:
- 2 head pieces from your flesh fabric
- 4 arm pieces from your flesh fabric
- 4 leg pieces from your flesh fabric
- 4 sleeve pieces from your dress fabric
- 2 dress pieces from your dress pieces
- Doll Pattern Pieces
From your yarn cut a bunch of strands to the length you want them for your doll. Each strand will cover from one end of the hair up to the head and down to the other end of the hair. So make them twice as long as you want the doll’s hair to actually be.
Place your hair pieces in the center top of one of your head pieces. Sew a straight line right down the middle of the hair from top to bottom. Yes, this will be a little tricky. I go over it twice to hold it in place well.
On the other head piece, create some bangs by sewing some yarn across like this: (My hair pieces were longer when I sewed them and then I just snipped the ends off after.)
Grab your sleeve pieces and your arm pieces and sew them together:
Then place two of your completed arm pieces together with right sides facing in and sew around them leaving the short bottom side (where the sleeve is) open. Turn them right side out. Press them then stuff them with stuffing. Leave about an inch or so not stuffed at the top so that you can sew them in easily.
Do the same with the leg pieces. (Be sure to clip the corners on the curve that is the ankles of the legs before turning right side out.)
Take your head pieces and sew them to the dress pieces across the bottom of the head and top of the dress with right sides together. You can then snip off the excess:
Sew your arms in place on the doll body. Place them near the top. Pin them in place with them angling downward slightly (or they can stick straight out-either way is fine really) and sew them in place:
Now, take your body back piece with the arms attached and your front piece and place them together with right sides facing in. Make sure the hair is out of your way (you can even put it in a pony tail for now if you need to) and that the arms are tucked in, and pin it all the way around:
Leaving an opening at the bottom of the dress as seen in the picture above. Sew all the way around where you pinned.
Then turn your doll right side out.
Stitch that shut. Ideally you would hand stitch this. I am not patient, so I machine stitch it.
Now, pull your hair into pig tails and get it just how you want it. (I like to pull it over the face a little.) Tie a piece of yarn in it on each side to create the pig tails. Then, hand stitch it from the back, through a tiny bit of the head and through the yarn you just tied it with. I stitch it about 5 times. This will keep the pig tails in place. Then I like to add bows in her hair.
Now you just need to paint a face on your little doll. I also painted little Mary Jane shoes on her. I used fabric paint and it worked very well!
And she’s done! And someone will love her.
Have fun with these. You can change them up as much as you would like!