The 20 Best Doll Patterns

What Could Be Better than a Handmade Doll Made With Love?

Free doll patterns are plentiful on the Internet but that doesn't mean they are all great patterns and instructions! As I began searching most links would cost me about $10 or more. You'll find my top 20 free doll patterns to fit the bill for your sewing needs that will build special memories and become family favorites!

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    Absolute Sweet Cindy Soft cloth doll
    Absolute Sweet Cindy Soft cloth doll. Debbei Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This doll is large enough to be a companion! She can be cuddled, dressed up and all kinds of imaginary play are possible with this doll.

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    Baby Bows by Judi Ward
    Baby Bows by Judi Ward. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This is an adorable cuddly baby doll. It measures about 18" to 20" long. The clothing pattern is not included but the finished doll wears preemie to newborn size baby clothing. This baby would make a hit at a baby shower for the sibling who is awaiting the new arrival.

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    Prairie Flowers, an original cloth doll
    Prairie Flowers, an original cloth doll. Debbie cColgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This free pattern is offered as a fully instructional PDF pattern and there is also an available picture tutorial.

     The pattern is for a "Little House on the Prairie" type of doll that is bound to bring a smile to a little girls face. The doll is decorated with painting and embroidery. Sewn on shoes are included but the clothing is linked from Prairie Flower Doll Dress Patterns

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    Free Doll Pattern for you to Download!
    Free Doll Pattern for you to Download! by Gingermelon Design. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This adorable doll is a great hand sewing project and great for beginners... maybe even let the young ladies make this doll them self! The print the pattern link can be difficult to find but it is there for a pdf pattern.

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    Boy Dolly Free Pattern
    Free Printable Boy Dolly Pattern. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This super simple boy doll is a three page printout and easy to sew! Consider making it for the big brother at a baby shower for a baby girl who will be arriving soon so he has his own doll.

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    Don't Worry Dolls from The Silver Penny
    Don't Worry Dolls from The Silver Penny. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    What a great gift to make a friend who is going through a hard time!

     This simple hand sewn and glued pattern ends up 2.5" tall by 1.25" wide.

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    Sock Rag Doll PDF Sewing Pattern

    Sock Rag Doll PDF Sewing Pattern from Marisol N. Creations
    Sock Rag Doll PDF Sewing Pattern from Marisol N. Creations. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    You just found a home for all those socks that are missing their mate! This dolls size will depend on the size of the socks you are using and its a perfect first baby since there  are no small pieces and it is so soft.

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    Little Red Riding Hood

    Little Red Riding Hood
    Little Red Riding Hood by nunodoll.com. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed toAbout.com

    What a way to accompany that favorite story book! This red hair (yard) doll will enhance the story to no end! I would not recommend this for a very small child because small pieces are involved to decorate the doll.

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  • 09 of 20
    Basic Doll by Nunodoll.com
    Basic Doll by Nunodoll.com. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

     This is a fantastic beginner doll for all of the doll variations nunodoll.com offers. The simple clothing can easily be elaborated on to create fancy clothing.

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    WIDE EYED WENDY by Judi Ward/Judi's Doll

    WIDE EYED WENDY by Judi Ward/Judi's Doll
    WIDE EYED WENDY by Judi Ward/Judi's Doll. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to ABout.com

    This doll's face is going to entrance any child! The pattern is simple to follow and the clothing pattern has no limits for embellishing! Links are provided for making the doll jointed.

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    Free Felt Doll Patterns by nunodoll.com
    Free Felt Doll Patterns by nunodoll.com. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    These 15 cm (Just shy of 6" little felt dolls are fun because the clothes can be changed and since they are all made from felt, it's easy to sew. These would be great dolls to keep in the car or on the go bag!

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    Little Love 10" Jointed Cherub

    Cherub - Jointed 10" Angel
    Cherub - Jointed 10" Angel. Debbie Colgrove, Licend to About.com

     This doll is a perfect little angel. This 10" soft cloth doll features a painted face, curly hair, ears, wings and a ton of cute!

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    Life-size baby doll by nunodoll.com
    Life-size baby doll by nunodoll.com. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed toAbout.com

    This life like, life sized doll is a great gift for big brother or big sister. It wears ready made clothing so you can concentrate all your energy on being creative with the dolls body!

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    Small Baby Rag Dolls from KnitOwl Toys and Crafts
    Small Baby Rag Dolls from KnitOwl Toys and Crafts. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed toAbout.com

     This doll would be a great first doll and even better when the child is older and can participate in fabric choices and dressing options. So many choices and ways to make this an adorable, customized baby doll!

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    Santa Claus Doll by Runo

    Santa Claus Doll by Runo
    Santa Claus Doll by Runo. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This free pattern includes the doll and Santa's removable clothing. His boots are permanent. This one would make a great decoration or sleeping buddy as they youngsters wait for the big day. I can also envision a change in clothing to make a gag gift for an older persons Birthday party.

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    Gingerbread Man Doll
    Gingerbread Man Doll. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This is a very easy to sew doll that would make an excellent accompaniment to the Gingerbread man story book.

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    FREE Waldorf Baby Doll Pattern and Instructions!
    FREE Waldorf Baby Doll Pattern and Instructions!. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This beautiful doll is approximately the same size as a newborn baby, so you can use newborn-sized clothes to dress the doll. Patterns and detailed instructions are included.

     Be sure to visit Making a Waldorf-style Doll Worksheet from The Silver Penny for more information on making a Waldorf Style doll.

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    8 Inch Baby Doll Pattern from Cloth Dolls by Stitch 'N Stuff
    8 Inch Baby Doll Pattern from Cloth Dolls by Stitch 'N Stuff. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This  eight inch doll is said to be a great shower decoration and first doll with certain sewing details. To me the doll screams cuddle!

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    Doll Eyes Tutorial
    Painted Doll Eyes Tutorial. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This page is NOT in English but it is a FANTASTIC picture tutorial that is understandable in any language.

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    15 Inch Annie Doll by Helen B. Wharton

    15 Inch Annie Doll by Helen B. Wharton
    15 Inch Annie Doll by Helen B. Wharton. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    The Annie doll is very much like a Raggedy Ann  and it also includes overalls pattern so Andy can also be made.