Waldorf-Inspired 16-inch Doll

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Waldorf-Inspired 16-inch Doll Pattern


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Sewing: Waldorf-Inspired 16-inch Doll
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Doll/Doll Clothing

Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

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)

About Designer

About Designer

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Thimble Garden
by ThimbleGarden
New Hampshire, United States
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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 can't make it easy for you to sew, it won't become a ThimbleGarden pattern.

I'm Margaret Lunn, quilter, dollmaker, puppeteer, and all-around fabric crafter. Quilts, dolls, clothing, bags, ...

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