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Wendi Gratz on craftsy.com
high in the mountains of North Carolina

I'm on a mission to teach people to sew, quilt, and embroider. I design patterns especially for beginners and I never release a pattern until I have videos teaching you every skill you'll need to ...

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Rag Doll pattern

from Shiny Happy World
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Rag Doll pattern
Rag Doll pattern
Rag Doll pattern
Rag Doll pattern
Rag Doll pattern
Rag Doll pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • simple sewing
  • basic embroidery stitches - nothing too fancy

Pattern Description:

Here it is - the rag doll pattern! It's actually three patterns - the body is the same for all the girls, but you'll get patterns for three different hairstyles and faces. Feel free to mix and match! See close-up photos of the three hair and face styles in the sidebar, plus an image of the full doll from head to toe.

Oh, how I love these girls! I've made dozens of them and every single one has stolen my heart. They're all different, with unique personalities - just like real kids. I'm feeling a little giddy about sending the pattern out into the world - I know you all will create wonderful new girls, and I can't wait to meet them!

A word about difficulty level. A couple of people have commented that they think the pattern might be too hard for them, but it's not as hard as it looks. This pattern is more about patience than skill. If you just bought your first sewing machine and have never used it before - this isn't the pattern for you. Start with some simple straight line sewing and get a feel for your machine before you tackle this. If you feel comfortable with your machine, if you're able to smoothly control the speed and you've shed the fear of sewing over your own fingers - then you can sew this pattern. There are parts where you'll need to sew slowly - and I tell you in the pattern just where those tricky parts are and what to look out for to be successful. The pattern has links to videos teaching you every skill you'll need to make her. The hardest thing is actually stuffing the doll. It takes a lot of time and patience - and an astounding amount of stuffing. Truly astounding.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 22 inches tall


  • small amount (fat quarter or less) of fabric for skin, body/dress, skirt, boots
  • wool felt for hair
  • embroidery thread for face
  • stuffing
  • 1/4 inch elastic for skirt