Girl & Boy FABRIC DOLLS (pattern pieces included)

Whew.  I am finally done.  And I have to say, these dolls were a TON of fun to make.  Every time a little eyeball, a tiny hand, a frilly skirt, or a simple shirt pocket actually turned out………I was beyond thrilled.  And I would show whoever was around…..”Look! It worked!!”  Ha.  I loved it!

And yes, I know I said I’d have this up yesterday but the holiday turned into a crazier day than I thought.  Sorry about that.  Also, writing this tutorial took a lot longer than my before-the-kids-wake-up-time in the morning and during quiet-time/nap-time in the afternoon (which are my normal sewing/photo editing times).  Mostly because I kept adding in more pattern pieces and pictures.  Hopefully you’ll find them helpful. :)

But hooray!!  The sweet little Fabric Dolls (that won the popular vote a few weeks ago, as the next project here on Make It and Love It) are finally complete.  Mmmmmm……..I could eat them right up! :)



Each doll is as cute as can be, even without adding any extra clothing pieces (so you don’t have to add any)……but my girls, well, they love skirts.  So, I added skirts to their dolls and shorts to Connors’.


The anticipation almost killed these guys……but their dolls (and “boy buddy” according to my husband) are now complete!


The dolls have little felt eyes and hand-embroidered mouths.  Nothing too fussy.


I made yarn hair for Elli’s, felt hair for Connor’s, and a yarn/felt combo for Chloe’s.  All turned out darling.


Connor’s boy doll kept getting cuter and cuter.  Ahhhhhhhh!  I was trying to decide between a bowtie/suspenders outfit and a shirt/pocket/shorts outfit……..but the pocket and shorts won.  Holy smokes, I can’t stop lovin’ on this little boy doll! :)


But all 3 make me smile for different reasons.


Especially the little embroidered heart on the bum with an “M” (for mom) inside and a “13” for 2013.  It reminds me of my old Cabbage Patch doll with the signature on the bum.  (Yes, I’m totally a child of the 80’s.)


There’s just something about a homemade fabric doll.  It’s soft, it can be personalized, and it’s perfect for the little ones to drag around.


Chloe ADORES hers.  Ahhhhh…….melts me.


And Connor thinks that having a little buddy all his own, is SO cool!  Sweet boy……I must smother you in kisses.


And oh, little feet.  Why are they the cutest things when they’re mini?


I’m glad I made one for all 3 kiddos.  It was worth the little delay.


And just like Connor and Elli (and sometimes Chloe) are the best of playmates…..I decided the dolls needed to be as well. ;)


Love them, love them……..and LOVE THEM some more.  Thanks for voting on this project and giving me the perfect motivation to finally make some Fabric Dolls.


Would you like to make some for your own little ones?  Or the neighbors?  Or as baby gifts?  Or hey, how about one or two to sit up on your sewing room shelf?  They will surely happy up your creative space. :)


Before getting started, go and print out the Fabric Doll Pattern Pieces. (Be sure that you copy and paste each pattern image into a document.  Set your margins to zero and expand the image to cover the entire 8.5 x 11 inch document.)


Decide which pattern pieces you’ll need and cut out your fabric pieces accordingly.

***Seam allowance for the dolls is 1/4 inch, unless otherwise noted.

***I used 100% cotton for all of the doll pattern pieces, except for the hair and shoes, which I used felt.

***Be sure to note when a pattern piece says “fold” on it.  You’ll need to line up that edge of the pattern along the “fold” of the fabric, so that once it’s cut and opened up, it’s twice as big and is symmetrical.

***Gather up your sewing supplies (here’s a list of my favorite sewing supplies, in case you need a few ideas) 

***Check out my Sewing Terms 101 post, for additional help.


For one doll, you’ll need 2 head pieces, 2 body pieces, 4 arm pieces, 4 leg pieces and then possibly some hair.  After cutting them out in your desired fabric, attach any extra pieces you need.



Here’s Connor’s Doll Pieces first:


For example, you’ll need to add extra details like this little pocket on the shirt.  I didn’t take a picture of the pocket process (sorry!) but I just cut 2 pieces of fabric in this pocket shape (including an extra 1/4 inch all the way, for a seam allowance) and then placed them together, with right sides together and then sewed along all of the sides (1/4 inch seam allowance) except for the top.  Then, I turned it right side out, ironed it flat, and folded under the top raw edge.  Lastly, I sewed it right to the main body piece, by sewing around all the edges.


I also added sleeves to each arm.  To do this, I cut a strip of fabric that was just as wide as the arm and then as long as I wanted the sleeve to be, plus an extra 1/2 inch in length.  Then, I folded under the bottom edge a 1/4 inch, then another 1/4 inch……then sewed it in place.  Then, I placed the strip right side up on one of the arms and trimmed to the top edge in a diagonal, to match the arm shape.  Then I sewed the sleeve to the arm, along both sides.  I repeated this same thing with the other 3 arms, making sure that I was placing the sleeve on the right side of each arm piece.  (The front and back piece for each arm will mirror each other.)


And then for the shoes, I used my leg pattern piece to cut out a shoe shape (mine is 2.5 inches long) and then sewed each “shoe” onto the bottom of each leg piece (on the “right side” of the fabric) with just one line of stitching along the straight top edge of each “shoe”.  I used felt for my shoes but you could used a variety of fabrics.  If you use a fabric that frays, you’ll need to fold under the top raw edge of your shoe before sewing it down.


If you decide to attach felt eyes and hair like I did, you’ll need to do this before continuing as well.  For the hair (pattern pieces available), I sewed all the way around the hair piece…..but later realized (for Chloe’s doll) that you really only need to sew around the edges of the hair that will be seen after the doll is sewn together.  So, everything except the rounded outer edge.  And for the eyes, I just cut out small felt circles and slowly sewed around both of them. (I found that using a shorter stitch length really helped while sewing around such small circles.  It will give you more control.)  You could also hand-stitch the mouth on right now (hand-sewing instructions down below) but I wanted to see the doll all put together before deciding where the mouth would go…..but you decide what works best for you.



Next, Chloe’s Doll Pieces:


To make the collar, I cut out 2 half circles for each collar piece (4 half circles total).  Then I sewed 2 half circles together with right sides together, along the curved side.  Then I turned it right side out, ironed it flat, and then placed it along the top edge of the body piece and sewed it in place.  I did the same thing with the other half circle pieces.  (Be sure that after sewing, your half circles fit along the top of the body piece with a 1/4 inch open at both sides.  You’ll need that 1/4 inch open to keep your collar free after sew your doll body together.)


To make these little ballet flats, I cut them the same way as the boy shoes above, except for the front shoe piece, I added a little scoop.


For Chloe’s hair (pattern piece available), I sewed the Hair Front and Hair Back pieces down to the head pieces first.  I used a really fuzzy felt fabric, for added texture.  But regular felt would work just fine too.


Then, I added several pieces of yarn to each side of the head by placing the yarn inward and then sewing it down, right along the outer edge of the head (a 1/4 inch from the edge of the head).  You can see where I sewed it down on the left and then what it looks like after you flop it outwards, by looking at the right side.  (I bought a really thick yarn for Chloe’s hair.)



Next, Elli’s Doll Pieces:



For her yarn hair, I cut many, many pieces of thinner yarn, all the same length.  (She wanted long braids.)  Then I sewed an even amount of yarn (the amount will vary, depending on the yarn thickness) down the center back of the head, leaving a 1/4 inch space at the top.  I also stopped sewing on the hair about 1.5 inches from the bottom of the head.  Then I sewed several piece to the upper 1/3 of the front head piece, right down the center, also stopping a 1/4 inch from the top of the head.


For these Mary Jane type shoes, I sewed some felt pieces onto the ends of each leg, just like the red shoes above.  But then, I also added a little black strip across the top of the shoe fronts, to look like a strap.


And for the detail of this doll’s “shirt” section, I cut out a white scoop shape in felt, sewed a piece of ric-rac to the back side of the outer edge of the white felt.  Then I sewed it down (hiding the under edge of the ric-rac) right to the body section of fabric.  Then, I hand sewed some buttons on, right through all the layers.



Construction of the dolls:


Once your dolls have all the details you want (or don’t want), it’s time to put everything together.


First, place your Head Front and your Body Front piece together, with right sides together, matching up the the straight edges of both.  The straight edge of the head will be slightly shorter than the body piece……but that’s okay.  It’s supposed to be.  (It’s because both pieces are at an angle but when you sew in a 1/4 inch, it will meet up just right.)  Just center the straight edge of the head on top of the straight edge of the bodice, leaving a slight overlap at each end……and it will work out. Do the same with the Head Back and Body Back pieces.


Then, once you open them up, your pieces should look like this:


Next, place 2 of your arm pieces together (be sure that they match up correctly with the diagonal and any other fabric additions) and then sew along all of the edges, except the straight end.  You’ll need to leave that open to turn it right side out.  Repeat with the other arm and the two legs.


Be sure and leave the short straight ends open on the legs too.


Now, make a slit between the thumb and “finger” section of each arm.  Don’t cut through the thread…..but right up next to it.  (This will help when turning it right side out.  It will help the thumb and “fingers” to lay flat.)


Now, practice some patience and turn the arms and legs right side out. :)  I use the rubber eraser end of a pencil to shove the closed end down inside of itself and then wiggle it through until I can get it turned completely right side out.  You may have to work at it slowly and pull on little bits of fabric at a time to force the pencil through……but it will turn eventually.  Then, use something smaller (knitting needle, mechanical pencil tip, etc) to poke out the thumb and “finger” and feet sections. Then, stuff each arm and leg with batting (not too full and tight……but not too loose and floppy either).  I used the eraser end of a pencil again, to help shoe the batting inside each one.


Leave about a 1/2 inch free at each end, from any batting.  Then, sew each arm along the sides of the front body piece, starting about a 1/4 inch down from where the head meets the head.  And be sure that your arm diagonal is facing the correct way (reference picture below).  Do the same thing with the legs, making sure that if you have shoes that are different on the front, be sure that the fronts are facing down as you center each leg and sew them onto the bottom edge of the Doll Front.


Next, place your Doll Front piece together with your Doll Back piece, with right sides together.  Fold the arms towards the center of the body and out of the way…..but let the legs hand downward.  Pin in the front and back pieces together, matching up the head, neck seam, and body.  Then sew along the entire outer edge, stopping before reaching each leg.


Make several cuts along the curve at both sides of the neck/head.  Cut right up to the seam but not through it.


Then, turn the doll right side out and stuff full of batting.  You’ll need enough batting to really plump it out and expand all of the seams and give the doll shape.  But not so full that all the seams are pulling and almost splitting.  Then, fold the bottom open edges towards the inside, a 1/4 inch, and hand-stitch closed.  (Need help with hand-stitching?)



And that’s it.  The main doll shape is complete.



However, there’s a few more things you may want to add:


Here’s how I made the shorts.  I cut out 2 pieces of fabric (pattern piece available) and then folded the bottom straight edges towards the wrong side of the fabric, a 1/2 inch, another 1/2 inch, then sewed in place.


Then, I constructed the shorts in the same way that I sewed together these simple leggings.  Even though they’re pants, I put them together exactly the same way.  For the waistband, I serged the top edge of the fabric (zig-zagging would work too) and then turned the shorts inside out.  Then I folded the top edge over 1 inch, towards the wrong side of the shorts’ fabric.  Then, I sewed it in place, right along the bottom serged edge of fabric, leaving a 1 inch opening at the back of the shorts.  Then, I threaded some 3/4 inch elastic through the opening and sewed the ends together, just like the legging tutorial I linked to above.  (Don’t forget to sew the casing closed too.)


Then, I turned the shorts right side out, ironed them flat, and hand-sewed a button to the front……just for looks.


For the “skirt” section of the dress for Chloe’s doll, I cut a piece of fabric that was 5 x 21 inches.  I made a really simple skirt out of it so that I could slide it onto the doll and then it would blend in and look like it was a dress.  (Here’s a skirt tutorial, if you need help with putting a basic skirt together…..but you won’t be adding the tiers.)  After sewing my strip into a circle, I serged the top and bottom edges (but you could also zig-zag) and then folded the bottom edge under a 1/2 inch and sewed in place.  Then, I folded the top edge over a 1/2 inch (towards the inside of the skirt) and sewed all the way around, leaving a 1 inch opening at the back.  Then, I threaded my 1/4 inch wide elastic through the casing, sewed the elastic ends together, then sewed the casing closed.



EDITED TO ADD: I forgot to take better pictures and explain Chloe’s doll sleeves a little better.  They are gathered sleeves but what I did was, I cut a strip of fabric that was twice the measurement of the arm.  Then, I hemmed the bottom long edge and then stretched a piece of elastic (that was slightly longer than the measurement around the arm) and sewed it down to the bottom edge, using a zig-zag stitch……so that once I let go, it cinched in the fabric.  (to see close-up pictures of this technique, check out this Butterfly Sleeve Shirt tutorial)  Then, along the top raw edge of this fabric strip, I sewed a line of basting stitch and gathered it in till it was the same amount of gathering as the elastic edge along the other edge.  (Need help with gathering?)  Then, I sewed the two ends of this strip together (with right sides together), to make a tube of fabric.  I turned the tube right side out and slid it over the arm (before the arm was attached to the body), matching up the raw edge of the arm with raw edges of this sleeve.  Then, because the raw edges of the arm is on a slant, I allowed the raw edge of the sleeve to hang off the top edge of the arm but kept the bottom elastic edge straight on the arm.  I pinned the top edge of the arm down really well and then cut off some of that extra fabric, to create the same diagonal line.  Then I sewed the sleeve down along the diagonal line of the arm, so that it would stay gathered and in place.  Then, I did the same with the other arm and then pinned both arms to the body and continued on like shown above.


For Elli’s doll skirt, I made it just like these elastic band skirts…..but used ruffle fabric that didn’t need to be hemmed.  So I cut a piece of fabric that was 3.5 x 18 inches, sewed the ends together to make a circle, and then added it to a circle of 1 inch wide elastic.  However, because the elastic circle was so small, I would change that up and add the fabric to the elastic while both were still long strips and then sew into a tube afterwards.



Now, onto the yarn hair doll.  When you sew a doll together with all of this yarn, be sure to tuck the yarn out of the way while sewing the head together.  And remember how you left a 1/4 inch free at the top of each head piece?  Well, that’s because when you sew the two head pieces together at the top, the yarn won’t get in the way.  See the seam along the top of the head?  When you sew the head pieces together, the yarn should meet right up and hide the fabric below.  Mine shows a little itty bit of the white fabric below……..but remember, it’s homemade! ;)  If it really bothers you (or if your gap is extra wide right there), hand-stitch a few long pieces of yarn right over top and let them hang right with the hair.


To make the braids, separate the yarn down the center where the seam is and then pull each half into a ponytail.


I used a long piece of yarn, tied it really tightly around the ponytail into a knot, then let the ends hang down as part of the ponytail.


Then I tied the other end off and braided both ponytails.


At the end of each braid, I tied them off with another piece of yarn and then cut the ends off the same length as the end pieces from the braid.  Also, trim off the ends of each braid, to make them even and pretty.


To hold each braid in place (and it keep it from flopping around on the head), use a needle and thread and start your thread under the braid with a knot.  Then grab some fabric, wrap the thread around the braid, grab more fabric below with your needle, wrap around again, and repeat several times, keeping the thread tight.  Knot it again under the braid, hiding your thread out of view.


For Chloe’s style of doll hair, you sew the head together with the long yarn ends facing towards the face.  Then, when you turn it right side out, the hair will stick outwards.  I just tied a quick ribbon around each ponytail, then trimmed the yarn ends.



Now, for the embroidered smile.  (Like I mentioned above, you can add the smile before sewing the head pieces together but I wanted to see the doll all put together before deciding where the mouth would go…..but you decide what works best for you.)


I first drew a smile with a pencil.


Then I used some embroidery thread (the twisted kind, not the strand kind that you can separate) and knotted the end.  Then, I lifted up the hair in the back and place my needle through.  I pinched the face from the front, to make it flat enough to poke the needle through until it came through right at the one end of the pencil line smile.


I pulled the thread all the way through.  Then I held the thread out of the way over to the left, with my left hand.  With my right hand, I poked into the fabric with my needle from right to left, right along the pencil line and stitched a small chunk of fabric. (I maybe stitched like a 1/4 of a centimeter of fabric at a time…..really small.)  When coming back up with the needle, be sure that you’re coming up right next to the thread that you’re holding out of the way with your left hand.  You don’t want any gaps in your smile.  Then pull the thread all the way through.


Then, repeat over and over again, keeping the thread pulled over to the left with your left hand.


When you reach the end and take your last stitch along the pencil line…….pull the thread through just like normal.  But then (shown below in the picture on the right) poke the needle back down in right at the end of the smile, not lengthening the smile at all.  Pinch the face flat so that you can shove the needle back through to the back of the head where you started.


Then, as you pull the needle end towards the back of the head………your thread end will disappear.  But don’t pull too tight or you will create a dimple.


Now, you can knot the end of your thread, securing your thread ends under the yarn hair.  For the boy hair, I entered and exited at the back of the head, under the small flap of felt edge that I had.  You can sorta see the knots under that edge……….but who cares?  It’s homemade, remember?!! :)


For the embroidered bum, I drew my shapes that I wanted with a pencil, then hand-stitched the heart the same way as the mouth above.  Then, for the ‘M’ and the ’13’ and the ‘X’s’ for the shoes, I just used long stitches going up and down.  (The laces were an after thought…..but next time, I would hand sew the X’s on before sewing the legs together.)



And guess what?  That’s it.  WHEW!


I really love these little dolls though.  There are so many possibilities and different ways to personalize them.  I already want to make several more.  So be creative………and make them just how you want them.  And have fun!!!



Good luck!


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243 Responses to “Girl & Boy FABRIC DOLLS (pattern pieces included)”
  1. 1
    Sarah K. says:

    I have a six year old daughter and a (just turned) three year old son who would flip over a doll just like them!! The possibilities are endless! You have me brainstorming ways to use bits of old favorite (and completely destroyed) clothing to make new little outfits for their dolls. I love this post more than I thought I would!! Thank you for all your generosity!

    • 1.1
      Beth says:

      I love this comment! I so agree – already brainstorming and YES, thank you for all your generosity!!

  2. 2
    Michele C says:

    Beautiful! What a great job you’ve done designing and creating a tutorial.

  3. 3
    Michele says:

    They are absolutely darling! (Your kids too!) Love all fun details.

  4. 4
    Ksenia says:

    Love them! One quick question- is there a reason you embroidered the smile after the dolls were finished? Would it be ok to do this before putting the head together?
    Thank you for the tutorial!

    • 4.1
      Ashley says:

      I mentioned in the tutorial that I wanted to see my doll put together before adding the smile. I just wanted to be sure it didn’t end up in a wonky spot. But you could totally do it beforehand. And the other embroidery stuff was added as an afterthought, otherwise I would have done that before sewing the body together too.

      Good luck!

  5. 5
    Barbara says:

    These are absolutely adorable! And you have made a fabulous tutorial…I want to make one for myself!

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    Wendy P says:

    Love these! You have finally motivated me to make some dolls for my boy. He wants Avengers dolls though, so I’m going to modify them for him. I hope they turn out as cute as yours. :)

  8. 8
    Jen says:

    So cute can’t wait to make some!

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    nisha says:

    oh my !!! such beautiful dolls. You amaze me everytime with every new project. Its the perfection that comes with each of those that suprise me.
    You must be an extremely patient lady !
    love you :)

  10. 10
    annely says:

    These are absolutely adorable!! My girl and boy definitely need one each:) Thank you!!

  11. 11
    Regina says:

    OMG OMG Ashley… there anything you can’t do? You are better than Wonder Woman!!! I have just one question, but might have more when I actually go to make these dolls. Is there a reason why you secure the boys hair in the back, when it is fabric already sew down? I look forward to making a boy and girl for my granddaughter and grandson…..great Easter gifts. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for always doing such quality work with the best instructions. You are truly AMAZING. I wish I lived near you and could learn more from you (I would babysit for free)…….and I have been sewing for 45 years…..but you are so much better than any pattern I have ever purchased.

    • 11.1
      Ashley says:

      Hey Regina, you’re as sweet as can be! And you’re so welcome! :)

      As for securing the boy hair, I think you’re talking about the picture where I knotted some thread at the back of his head. That’s when I embroidered the mouth and just needed a place to hide the knots. I was just showing where I hid it on the boy doll. Is that the picture you’re referring to?


      • 11.1.1
        Regina says:

        Yes, thanks that’s exactly what I meant. Maybe I shouldn’t offer to babysit…..or that I have been sewing for so long…..I can’t even read your instructions carefully. haha. Thank you for your prompt response and again what a beautiful and creative tutorial. I decided to make 2 sets…..not only for my grandchildren but fir my twin god children…..also a boy and a girl……they are almost 8 months old……perfect age for their first dolls or “boy buddy” as your husband says.

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    Crystalyn says:

    These are darling! I have been trying to come up with a gift idea for a friend who is having a little boy. She already has a girl so I wanted to make something for each kid, and these are perfect! I may even make some for my own boy and girl. (And if I’m feeling adventurous, I have a ton of nieces haha!) Thanks for the great pattern!

  13. 13
    Kari Weathersby says:

    These have got to be some of the cutest little dolls I’ve ever seen! Hats off to you :) Your children are so lucky to have a mommy that does such loving things for them. I think I may have to move these up to the top of my “must make list”. Hope you have a great day and thank you for this cute post!

  14. 14
    Kenna says:

    Cute as can be!! Love them!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Sharon M. says:

    Soo Adorable! You never cease to impress me!!

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    fitri says:

    OMG..!! so cute !! even the ruffle skirt .. I’d love to make one for my little one , she will like it… and eem.. maybe one for her bff too :D – thank you..

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    Kim says:

    My mom made most of my clothes when I was growing up. One year she made me a (big) fabric doll using a pattern for Goldilocks (from Goldilocks and the Three Bears). She made me a dress, and Goldilocks a similar one from the scraps. It was so fun to have matching dresses. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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    vira says:

    You never cease to amaze me! You are one talented lady! Wish i had one tenth of your talent….thank you for sharing your gift with us all. :)

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    Beth B. says:

    I’m SO excited for this post and tutorial!! Can’t wait to make one for my little girl. Thank you for taking the time to make these and to share.

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    Sandra :) says:

    Thank you so much for all the work you’ve done in preparing this adorable tutorial (I know you can’t just “throw together” a tutorial like this in 5 minutes!) – I can’t wait to try out a dolly :) Your photographs and instructions for the yarn hair make it look pretty easy – I was planning on doing felt hair because I thought it would be easier, but now I think I might just need to make braids!

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    cucicucicoo says:

    oh my adorable!! i’m not usually a big doll person, but those are just so sweet! thanks for such detailed instructions and pattern pieces! :) lisa

  22. 22
    Beth says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial! Mt only question is about Chloe’s sleeves. Are they gathered at the top and bottom for a puff sleeve?

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    Ellie says:

    So so cute! I have 5 daughters and we usually give them each a doll for Christmas, but after the oldest 3 saved money for American Girl dolls it seems goofy to give them a cheaper doll. The last couple of years those with an AG doll have gotten doll accessories and the littler ones have still gotten a doll. But these are a perfect solution because now I can make one for each of them and even my big girls (the oldest is 10) can get a doll for one more Christmas. Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

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    Emily J says:

    These are amazing! I have three boys, but i know they’d love these! Thank you for your generosity in making the pattern available! You are so talented.

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    raisingcropsandbabies says:

    Oh I can not wait to make my baby girl and her cousin buddy one of these for their 2nd birthdays this fall! Thank you so much!

  26. 26
    Connie Sanders says:

    Oh my word!! You are SO awesome! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

  27. 27
    Noemy says:

    They are adorable, just like everything that you make thank you so much for sharing!!!

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    Fatimah Ashworth says:

    Great! Though i suggest you tie a cute bobble at the end of the braids to make them pop a little.

  29. 29
    Kate says:

    WOW. SO sweet! I can’t believe you share this stuff for free! I love the bottom embroidery… I’m glad you mentioned cabbage patch because I couldn’t remember why that looked so familiar :)

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    Cheri says:

    These dolls are so adorable! I just found your blog a few weeks ago and I just love what you make; and your instructions are fabulous. I really want to try making one of these dolls so thank you for the pictures for the pieces!
    You are very talented. Do you sell any of the items you make on Etsy?

  31. 31
    Emilee Diehl says:

    Cute dolls! I made almost these exact dolls last fall and put them up for sale in my etsy shop. So if you don’t want to sew one then come on over and buy mine!

  32. 32
    Kristina Noall says:

    Ashley, wonderful, as usual! Your children really are so very blessed to have a mom like you!
    I noticed that you didn’t talk about how you made the sleeves for Chloe’s doll (sorry, you made such a great tutorial, and I bring up a tiny detail!)–was there another tutorial you could direct us to for how to do that? I’m sure you’ve shown us before.

    Btw, congrats on buying a house soon!! (Is it in AZ, so we can be neighbors? ;))

    • 32.1
      Ashley says:

      Oh dang, yep, i forgot about those little sleeves. I updated the tutorial and added in a bit about them. Thanks!

      And ha, nope the house isn’t in AZ (it’s here in CO)! That is where I grew up though, so my heart is in AZ! :)


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    Michele T says:

    OMG!!! I love these and all the perfect little details… thanks for sharing snap shots of how you made these adorable toys!! Your children are very, very fortunate!!

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    debi m says:

    I soooo want to make these dolls for my grandchildren, but I am unable to download the patterns. On your other patterns I just click on the “here” word, but on the doll patterns it us not available. In addition, thank you so much for all your pics and tricks on making it easier. I do appreciate!

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    Laura says:

    Thank you for such a great pattern! My grandkids will love them.

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    Martha says:

    Ashley – I have been making dolls for years…since high school. It is one of my favorite things to sew. Isn’t it so fun to see their little personality appear right before your eyes? I absolutely LOVE your dolls and can’t wait to make them! I just have one problem. ..can’t you just see them with cute little PJs or a rain slicker or even a tiny teddy bear? I can’t wait to get started cause I have a dozen ideas to add to them. I’m so thankful for your talents and willingness to share. And thanks to all who voted for the dolls – yea!

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    So, so, so adorable! You are always put so much love into the details – I think that is my favorite part of these dolls. The tiny pocket, the stitches on the shoes, your embroidered mom heart. So amazing. Thank you for sharing!

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    Sheena says:

    You did an awesome job!! I can’t wait to make some myself.

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    Lynette says:

    I have 1 boy, and I am sure he will love one someday (he’s only 9 mos at the moment) :) These are all darling. I may have to make one for my sewing room like you suggested.

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    Sue says:

    How adorable! I love how your dolls will never be totally naked! I am not sure I have the sewing talent to make one…but I want to thank you for sharing your pattern and talent!

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    Brianne says:

    Those turned out so cute! I didn’t vote for the dolls and I was a little sad that my pick didn’t win, but now that I’ve seen your dolls I’m okay :-). You have the cutest fabric. Have you told us where you buy your fabric? I can’t remember. Please share! Thanks for all of your hard work on this. I’m glad your kids love them!

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    Niki says:

    A few weeks ago I looked and looked, and looked at doll patterns. I finally settled on one that I could modify to my liking, and paid $10 for the pattern. Guess what… I like yours better! I’ll be making these for sure. :)

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    Jennifer says:

    Awesome, I’ve really been wanting to try something like this! Thank you!

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    elsie says:

    love the photo shoot of the kids and dolls – gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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    Those are wonderful! Thank you so much for the turorial!

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    Amie'lie says:

    Les poupées, sont très mignonnes, et les enfants très jolis !

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    They’re adorable! And felt eyes! I struggled so much with embroidery for the eyes on the doll I made at Christmas-felt would have been perfect.

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    Thank you so much for the inspiration! These dolls are adorable. I know what my little one will be getting for her next handmade gift.

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    Libby says:

    OMGooooooooooooosh these are so greeeeeeeeeeeeat!!! AWESOME work!!! I think these little beauties are going to make their way around the cyber space world all around the world once word gets out about the tut and the way you make them look doable not out of my reach. LOVE!!!

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    Jenny Z says:

    Soo cute!! Love, love, love them! Can’t wait to make some for my little ones too! =) Thanks so much for sharing such great projects! I love your blog!!!!

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    Ali says:

    Love these! Taking a break from the quilt I’m working on to whip one up today. How did you make Chloe’s sleeves? Or did I just miss them in the directions?

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    sandi says:

    Love these cuties!!! Grandaughters Birthday is Monday…might just make a couple of these up.

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    These are ABSOLUTELY amazing. I just made a fabric doll for my niece that pales in comparison. I can’t wait to try these out!!

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    Colleen says:

    I loved your dolls and couldn’t wait to make one. So I made one today like the girl one with the dress with sleeves. But I had alot of problems figuring out how to do the sleeves. Could you give me some instructions on how you did it? I would love to make one for each of my grandchildren. Thanks for your wonderful projects and tutorials!

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      Ashley says:

      Yes, so sorry about that……a few others mentioned the same thing. I added more info about those sleeves into the tutorial. Good luck!


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    Devon Sweeting says:

    These are awesome! I made a very similar doll for my daughter Chloe a few years ago. Not as nice as yours though. My oldest girl wants one and now I can make one for my son too!!! Your tips will help me make them look much better this time! :D

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    Elie says:

    Ashley, those dolls are adorable! Thank you, thank you! Your instructions and pictures are so explict that even a novice seamstress should be able to follow. I made my 4 yr. old grandaughter a rag doll for Christmas fashioned after one of her drawings. Love the idea of the shoes! Now I have a nicer pattern and can make my “liitle buddy” grandson one as well. So glad my vote won!
    P.S. Where did you fnd your fuzzy felt? Haven’t seen it in Canada, unless Michael’s carries it, but then again we don’t necessarily get the same things as the US stores.

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      Ashley says:

      I found it at Joann’s. It was really random stuff and I’m not sure when else I’d use it…..but it was perfect for hair. :)


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    Chris says:

    Oh dear. I LOVE these!!!!!! I want to make one for my four year old, except a superhero doll, to match a superhero outfit I want to make for him. But his birthday isn’t until the end of September….. and I can’t wait that long to make it! :o)

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    Adrienne says:

    Oh I so love these!! Thank you for such a fabulous tutorial! Just curious, do you know anything about making curly yarn hair?

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    Barbara says:

    Can you offer any tricks on constructing the doll and turning inside out when using the hair with braids. I can envision getting yarn sewed onto seems. Lol. Thanks for the tutorial,started last night can’t wait to finish.

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      Ashley says:

      Hmmmm, I should have showed a picture of that…..sorry about that. It really didn’t end up being very tricky. Since it was only attached along that one little line down the center of the head, I just kept it in the center and down the middle of the body and let it hang out the bottom with the legs. It stayed out of the way pretty well. Just be sure to pin the body pieces together before sewing……that will help too. Good luck!


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    Maydra says:

    Wish this was around a few years back! I created my own doll and deffinately wasn’t this cute, a little scary in fact!! I am hoping your creativity comes through osmosis! Very cute!!

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    Nicole Z. says:

    Thank you so much for the pattern and tutorial! I loved your dolls so much that I already made two for my girls! They didn’t turn out quite as well as yours, but we still love them! Here’s a link to a picture of mine in case you’d like to see them.

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    Brilliant! Love these little dolls! Can’t wait to try them!

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    Wendy says:

    These are so sweet. Thanks for the generous pattern and excellent tutorial.

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    Lynn says:

    this is so cute! can’t wait to make one for my lil girl.

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    R's Mama says:

    These are super cute. I am almost done making one for my 14 month old. I am also going to make one for my 2 months old niece!!! These are super cute and love the term “boy buddy”! Thanks for making these and putting together a tutorial!! I can’t wait to make more!!

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    Tamara says:

    Thank you! I love them. I think I’m going to make them for my girls for Easter.

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    Emily says:

    Do you perhaps have a pattern to make shirt or dress that can be taken off? I’ve been trying to draft one all day and I just can’t get the neck right.

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    Sasha says:

    I’ve been having some issues with printing. One of the prints the arm was twice the width of my arm and other is 6 1/2 inches for all pieces. How big are the dolls? I followed your directions.

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    yolanda says:

    I´ve try your pattern and now we have an adorable girl fabric doll at home!! Her name is Aroa… blogged here: Thanks for share!!

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    Shannon says:

    Thank you for this cute pattern! I made my first doll!!! (I’m a quilter, not a sewer.) Here’s the link for you to see:

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    Alexis says:

    thanks for the free pattern all the amazing patterns all cost money i cant wait to make it!

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    Tammy says:

    These are darling! I can’t wait to make 1. I am not sure if I have printed the pattern pieces correctly, can you provide any dimensions for the pattern pieces?

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    Lauren says:

    I absolutely love these. I have been looking for a doll pattern for a special project for my preemie, I want to make her a doll that is her length and weight at birth. I think that would be fun to show her someday. (“You were this little!”)

    My question what is the finished length? and I’d need to get the doll to 2.5lbs, Do you think some poly pellets in the belly would get up to that weight?

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      Niki says:

      What a great idea! My finished doll is just a bit over 18 inches–but about 10 of that is the legs. So those could easily be shortened to the length you need for your little one. You could easily get your doll to the point of hand stitching the bottom closed, and weigh it. Then see how much more weight you need and sew a little pouch to put the pellets in, and sew the whole thing closed. I just weighed the doll I made and it was about 5 ounces. So you’ll need a quite a bit of weight from pellets.

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    Anna says:

    LOVE these! gonna get to working on a few of these VERY soon. I don’t know if i’m missing it, or what, but have you said about how much fabric is required for one doll body?

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      Niki says:

      Doesn’t take much fabric at all. I used scraps. I think the easiest thing to do would be to print off the pattern pieces and figure how many different fabrics you are going to want. I used one fabric for the arms and head, another for “tights,” another for the body.

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    Jeanne says:

    I am so glad to find this through I am Moma Hear me Roar! One of my girls has been wanting me to make “a Dolly for Sue” doll (that’s what I call her- from Rudolph) and I think this tutorial will really help me out. I have found some other ideas, but this is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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    Tracy says:

    I just want to tell you how much I love these!!! I am making one for a friend’s little girl that is turning 3 this month and then I am going to make 2 more for my girls and put them in their Easter baskets. Thanks so much for your wonderful blog and wonderful tutorials!!! I visit your blog every day and love it!

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    Anna says:

    last night i got all of my supplies to make a few of these cuties! excitement! :D

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    Anna says:

    i can never find that fuzzy felt in joann’s. :(

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    Niki says:

    To anyone that is going to be making more than one or two of these, I would suggest buying some hemostats. They look like scissors, but don’t cut, but instead clamp. I saw it on another website about making dolls. Makes it so much easier to stuff the arms and legs.

    Here are some on Amazon But I bought a pair at a local sporting goods store in the fishing section for $2.49

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    silvia says:

    Oohhhh!!! Amazing! They are so sweet… I want to try! Very nice website, I’ll come again!

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    Viv says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. It was so easy to follow. I love all three of yours. Here’s my version:

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    Kate B. says:

    Wanted to thank you for this tutorial/pattern! My grandmother passed away, two years ago, and when we were going through her things, my mom and I discovered about three dozen handkerchiefs and scarves. Neither of us are handkerchief people, and most of the scarves are damaged in one corner or another, so I (packrat upcycler that I am) brought them home and washed them, determined to find a use for them. About the time that load of laundry finished, I was in the midst of deciding what fabric to use to make one of your dolls for my daughter for Easter. I realized this is the perfect use for those squares of fabric from Grandma! There are probably a dozen granddaughters and great-granddaughters, so I’m busily turning handkerchiefs and scarves into dolls for Grandma’s little girls. Her four daughters will be getting your turtle, elephant, and hard-to-say-what-else, all with memories of Grandma sewn in. Long “comment,” but wanted you to know how you’ve become part of our family! :) Thanks again for all your hints, patterns, and tutorials!

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      Ashley says:

      What a WONDERFUL way to keep your grandmother’s memory alive. Beautiful idea! I bet all the granddaughters will cherish every single item you construct. Thanks for sharing! :)


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    Lucie says:

    Thank you so much for such an excellent tutorial! I have just finished the first doll (will do 2) and me and my daughter are so excited!!!! Xxx

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    Heather Follett says:

    I love these dolls… going to make one for my granddaughter, Avery.. she will love it!!! Thanks.. SO GREAT!! Having a little trouble enlarging the pattern but i will keep working on it til i get it!!! Thanks for the pattern..
    Nanny Heather

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    Ainslae says:

    What material did you use for the face etc.?

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      Ashley says:

      It’s just a light weight cotton fabric. Hope that helps! :)

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        Ana says:

        I have been meaning to make this for a while now. My son reminded me of this yesterday so I nee to start working on this. Is it regular quilting fabric you used for face and body? If I buy the fabric online (joann’s), how do I tell if it is lightweight? TIA

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    Zaakirah says:

    Wow! Ure simply amazing!! Thanks for your generosity. Im 21 and feellike making myself one :p. Youre awesome

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    Heather Follett says:

    I made the two girl dolls for my granddaughter, Avery.. just finished them!! Wanted to keep one for myself..they turned out AWESOME! if i do say so myself.. you had very clear instructions and i loved the hair.. first time ever making a doll or hair and i was so proud of myself when my dolls were finished!!! Thanks a million for the great pattern.. Heather..

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    Anne says:

    I’m a french reader of your lovely blog.
    I’d like to sew one of these so cute dolls for my daughter’s birthday (she’ll be 4 in June).
    Could you confirm I don’t need to cut extra allowance from the pattern?
    Thank you very much for your answer.

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    Kristin says:

    Thanks for the pattern and tutorial. I just finished a little buddy for my son…the instructions were easy to follow and the buddy turned out great! Can’t wait to give it to him (a small gift we will give him when his baby brother is born just a couple weeks or so from now).

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    kerry says:

    As usual – I think I am reading too deep in to this but on your tutorial for the patterns it mentions cutting and pasting each image in to a new document and then expanding. Does this mean that you should try to save and copy each separate piece (legs, arms, head, body) on to it’s own 8×11 page OR just save the entire page with the pieces as is on to one page? And, if I should save each individual piece off of the original page – how do I do that bc right clicking on the images just saves the whole page for me… Sorry…I am confused :) Thanks! Kerry

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    jenniffer says:

    would it be ok to market the finished product?

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    Madison says:

    These are so adorable!! I can’t wait to make them! Just one quick question, where did you buy the fabric? I love the cute patterns and colors :)

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    Alisha Cotner says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I just made my daughter one and she is in love!!!

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    Ursula Stouffer says:

    Thank you so much….. I am going to sew a boy doll for a grandson’s first birthday, I am sure he will love it!

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    Kavita says:

    Wow! They are so adorable<3 Loved your dolls and your kiddos too :)
    I'm gonna make this for myself :D I'm 21; but who says only kids enjoy dolls ;)
    Thanks a lot for sharing!

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    Thanks for a great tutorial. I make a couple dolls of my own with some changes, but they turned out adorable.

    I would love to send you a photo so you can see them.

    Thanks again for sharing

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    Lisa says:

    Thank you so much! This is exactly what I was looking for.

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    Roxane says:

    I was looking for what seemed forever for the perfect thing to sew for my granddaughters and came across this..omg thank you so very much:) I have made them 3 each and my grandson says he wants a boy one now:))..thx again.keep safe and healthy..

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    Vanessa says:

    Hi Ashley

    I found your tutorial on Pinterest and I am very excited to start this project. Thanks so much for sharing :)

    I have one question though, how would I make the hair into a bun?