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I've always been a crafter and grew up in a crafting family, so it's really a part of who I am. I've been a doll maker and designer since the mid 1990s, but am always trying new things.

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Sleepytime Santa

from Blue Heron Dolls
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Sleepytime Santa
Sleepytime Santa
Sleepytime Santa
Sleepytime Santa
Sleepytime Santa
Sleepytime Santa

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • hand and machine sewing
  • simple painting
  • stuffing with polyfil

Pattern Description:

I designed this pattern for the magazine "Soft Dolls & Animals" as a way to give back to the magazine I love. I wanted to make it simple enough to make that even beginner dollmakers could finish this project.

The detailed instructions (11 pages worth) include lots of illustrations.
Sleepytime Santa is made from a woven fabric like muslin, dyed. He's about 17 inches tall (standing), and has a weighted base for stability when seated on a shelf or mantel. His face is needle-sculpted; features are painted in acrylics and shaded with colored pencils. His old-fashioned nightshirt is slipped on his body before attaching his head. His boxers, nightshirt, cap and slippers are not removable. Santa has modified mitt hands with a technique that creates opposable thumbs. Finger divisions are stitched by hand after stuffing. His beard and mustache are sewn and stuffed.

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Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Approximately 17 inches tall


  • sewing machine
  • basic sewing supplies
  • plastic-backed freezer paper
  • 1/3 yard woven (muslin) fabric for doll
  • small piece of woven fabric for beard/mustache
  • 1/2 yard flannel fabric for nightshirt and cap
  • 1 sheet of craft or wool felt for slippers
  • thread to match
  • polyester fiberfill
  • embroidery floss or perle cotton to gather sleeve cuffs and boxers
  • acrylic paints: off white, eye color, black, lip color
  • powder blush, cotton ball
  • paintbrush: 10/0 or 5/0 liner, spotter or round
  • 1 cup pellets or aquarium gravel
  • nylon knee highs or pantyhose to hold pellets
  • glue: tacky white or Fabri-Tac
  • off-white nylon upholstery thread
  • #7 or #9 John James long darner needle
  • 5-inch long sculpting doll needle
  • air-soluble pen
  • acrylic matte spray fixative (like Krylon or Dick Blick)
  • pigma pen (Zig, Millenium, Micron) size 005 or 05, black
  • trim for nightcap: jute/twine, narrow ribbon, garland, bell, etc.
  • Santa accessories: book, teddy bear, lap quilt, rocker, etc.
  • pinking shears
  • hemostats or other stuffing tool
  • iron
  • light box (optional)
  • sewing machine zipper foot (optional)
  • colored pencils: white, light brown
  • 4 buttons for the nightshift