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New Hampshire, United States

In designing sewing projects, the biggest kick for me is figuring out how to get fabulous finished products with really simple construction techniques. I'm VERY particular about my designs. If I ...

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Waldorf-Inspired 16-inch Doll

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Waldorf-Inspired 16-inch Doll
Waldorf-Inspired 16-inch Doll
Waldorf-Inspired 16-inch Doll

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • machine sewing
  • hand sewing
  • minimal embroidery

Pattern Description:

At 16 inches tall, this is the classic, huggable Waldorf play doll. Detailed color photos guide you step-by-step.

Two doll patterns in one! Choose either of 2 easy traditional construction techniques: the one-piece body with straight legs, or the sewn-in legs with more natural shaping. Arms may be sewn-on or button jointed. Legs are hinge-jointed.

Choose from 2 hair styles. Go long and loose, with ultra-easy, no-crochet construction. Instructions for a clever and low-cost adjustable hair loom are also included. For crochet fans, directions are given for a quick loop-stitched curly cap.

Dress your doll in a quick and easy 2-piece outfit, with short pants and sleeveless top. It's a cute play outfit, or pajamas.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 16 inches tall


  • 1/2 yard cotton interlock knit in skin-tone of your choice (makes several dolls)
  • Un-spun wool for stuffing (about 1/2 pound)
  • 2-inch wide tubular cotton gauze (about 1 yard for each head)
  • Embroidery floss - red plus your choice of eye color
  • Thread to match doll skin fabric
  • Strong cotton craft thread
  • Wool or cotton yarn for hair
  • Red beeswax crayon for rosy cheeks
  • 1/4 yard soft woven cotton for clothing
  • 12 inches of 1/4-inch elastic for clothing
  • Baby rickrack or narrow lace
  • 2 snap fasteners

You Will Also Need:

  • 7-inch doll needle
  • Two 3/4-inch buttons for jointing arms (optional)
  • Surgical hemostats (optional, but recommended)