How to Make a Rag Doll
Rag dolls are old-time favorites of children. They're super easy to make from spare pieces of fabric
or unwanted older fabric that would otherwise be thrown out. You can make them as simple or as complex
as you like. You can even adjust certain details to be safe for the youngest babies. You can make
something unique and from the heart.
Things You'll Need
• Cloth scraps
• Buttons or embroidery floss
• Tailor's chalk or washable marker
• Straight pins
• Cotton, polyester, or scrap yarn for stuffing
• Sewing needle
• Ribbon or rubber band
• Fabric glue
1. Choose how you want your doll to look.
Choose a human or an animal. Start with the fabric color. Any plain fabric will do, but you might
want to choose something approximately skin-colored. Decide on the color of the hair and eyes. If you're
making an animal, you should also decide on whisker color. Traditionally, rag dolls were made from scraps
of fabric (rags). Try to find enough fabric to recycle from a pillowcase, an old shirt, or clothes that don't fit.
2. Draw the outline for your doll on a cloth. To make things easier, download free templates from
websites like AllFreeSewing.com, Pinterest, or AllCrafts.net. Then, trace the outline onto the fabric.
Add some extra width (half an inch to 5/8") all around the outside of your outline for a seam allowance.
Use tailor's chalk or washable pencil to mark the fabric if you don't want leftover marks showing through.
To make a rag doll, start by cutting out 2 patterns from your chosen fabric and pinning 1 pattern on top
of the other. Then, stitch around the outline, but make sure to leave a small space for the stuffing. Next,
turn the doll inside out by pulling the fabric through the opening, then put in the stuffing and sew the
stitches for the arm and leg joints. Afterwards, use string, yarn, and buttons to make the hair and facial
features, and sew them onto your doll.
One way to get your doll the same shape on both sides is to trace the outline on paper, fold this pattern
in half down the middle, and cut it while it is folded in half. This doll is your own, so have fun with it.
If you want crazy colors or crazy hair, make your doll that way.