Our Favourite Handmade Dolls | Doll Patterns to Try

A handmade doll is the perfect gift for the special little girl in your life, but there are so many patterns out there! To make choosing easier, here’s a list of a few of my favourite handmade dolls.

My Rag Doll1. The wildly successful My Rag Doll by Corinne Crasbercu is full of super cute dollies to sew, as well as a whole bundle of sweet clothes and accessories.

Make a pretty ballerina complete with leotard and tutu, or a fairytale wedding dress and veil for the bride doll. Bedtime doll has her own dressing gown and teddy, and floral doll looks pretty as a picture in her pinafore!

By using the pattern pieces in different sizes, you can create dolls at any scale, and there are so many clothing patterns to choose from that you can really personalise your own doll with your fabric choices. You can mix and match the outfits too, to create something truly original.


tilly doll - sewn toy tales


2. Tilly Doll from Sewn Toy Tales is really cute and colourful.

She?s an energetic, oudoorsy sort of gal, bounding along on those gangly long legs with her ponytails flying in the wind – it’s no wonder she’s one of our favourite handmade dolls.

You can buy the individual sewing pattern or the full book – which contains loads of other sweet soft toy patterns.



My Crochet Doll - favourite handmade dolls

3. Isabelle Kessedjian is renowned for her cute crochet, and her book My Crochet Doll is one of our absolute favourites.

The crochet dolly is completely customizable with hair, outfits and accessories. The designs include a wide range of outfits, from school days and bedtime to cute fancy dress costumes and adventures to the North Pole!



favourite handmade dolls - russian doll decoration4. What’s this? It’s a free pattern! These little babushkas are one of my favourite handmade dolls because the project is perfect for using up scraps of fabric.

You could make them into decorations as we suggest, or you could scale the templates up to make a larger dolly. Find the free pattern here.


favourite handmade dolls - tilda angel

5. Tilda dolls are absolutely gorgeous, and each Tilda book contains new gorgeous designs.

This Angel Doll is from the recent Homemade & Happy book, which features stunning lifestyle photography taken in Tone’s own home overlooking a Norwegian Fjord.

It was almost impossible to decide which Tilda doll to feature – there are so many! And we do love seeing your versions of Tone’s stunning designs.

You can find Tilda doll kits here, and all the books materials you’ll need can be found in our Tilda Crafts section. What’s more, we’ve just created the ultimate guide for how to sew a Tilda doll – so if you’re thinking of trying one of Tone’s adorable doll designs, now is a great time.


Knitted Toy Talespolly dolly6. If you love to knit, then Polly the Dolly is the perfect doll for you.

You can buy her pattern separately or order the whole book – which contains everything from bunnies to bears, from Russian dolls to robots.

Polly also comes with a number of patterns for her wardrobe so your little princess can have fun dressing her up.


 favourite handmade dolls - knitted doll7. Yum, another free pattern! This Cute Pocket Doll would make a super sweet hand-me-down.

There are no buttons or small parts on this doll, meaning it’s suitable for even the littlest of little girls.

As well as the free doll pattern there’s also a free dress pattern – you could make a whole rainbow wardrobe with different coloured yarns. Find the free pattern here.


favourite handmade dolls - topsy turvy doll

8. What’s not to love about the Topsy Turvy Doll from Little Lady Liberty!

The great thing about this pattern is you’re getting two dolls in one – experiment with hairstyles, expressions and fabrics to make them as different from each other as can be.

You can buy the individual pattern, or the full book – which contains over 20 gorgeous sewing patterns for little girls.

sailor doll

9. The Sweet Sailor Rag Doll pattern is designed by incredibly talented Kim Kruzich (aka Retro Mama) and is another scrap-fabric-friendly project.

From her swishy side ponytail to her hand-embroidered eyes, this stylish little sailor is perfect for practicing techniques you can use on a range of projects.

You can find the sailor doll in Retro Mama: Scrap Happy Sewing and the pattern is also available individually.


favourite handmade dolls - my felt doll

10. And last but certainly not least, My Felt Doll has just arrived – I’m already obsessed with these little cuties.

Michelle Down is sure to capture your imagination with her whimsical felt dolls – which can be turned into mermaids, princesses, prima ballerinas and even superheroes.

The book contains 12 full-size doll patterns and over 40 accessories, and the best part is that these projects are suitable for all abilities!



I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my favourite handmade dolls, and that this post has inspired you to make one of your own! We have lots more doll and toy patterns to choose from – take a peek at the sewing patternscrochet patterns and knitting patterns in the store. And if you need to stock up on materials, we have lots of yummy fabrics and yarns available.








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