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DIY: Rag Doll

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If you follow me on Instagram or like my page on Facebook, you've probably noticed that I have been obsessed with making plush rag dolls recently. I love the entire process from sewing on the cute button eyes to filling each doll with raw cotton to crocheting little sweater for them. Below you I will show you how to make the body of a basic plush rag doll:


Doll Pattern ( You can sketch out a pattern on paper. You can draw something similar to a ginger bread man)

Raw Cotton ( I purchased one pound go cotton from Organic Cotton Plus. One pound is enough to stuff a pillow or for many many 13 inch dolls)

A quarter yard of fabric ( More or less depending on the size of your pattern) 

Two small buttons

Thread in various colors



Tailor's Chalk 

Sewing Machine

Sewing Needle and Embroidery Needle


Trace and cut out your fabric. You will need two bodies and four legs, as in the image above. 

On the right side of one of the bodies, sew on the two button eyes and embroider a simple little smile. You can get pretty creative here. I have seen doll with pretty embroidered eyes and lashes. 

Pin the parts together. Make sure the right side in on the inside. 

Carefully sew the edges. Leave on side of the body, the bottom of the body, and the top of the legs open.  


Turn everything inside out. :) 

First stuff the legs, head and arms. Afterwards pin the legs to the body. Make sure to tuck the raw edges inside of the body. 

Sew the legs to the body. (This is a different doll embroidered with tattoos. Like I said before, you can get really creative with your doll. )

Once the legs are sewn on, stuff the doll's body with cotton. 

Sew the open side closed with your sewing needle. 

For the hair, wrap yarn around your fingers or a book. I wanted longer hair, so a chose to wrap it around a book. 

Take the yarn off of the book and cut the loop at one side. 

Sew the strands together. 

This is a picture of what the sewn strands should look like. I normally use a matching thread, but used a contrasting color for this demonstration. 

Sew the strands on the doll joining the seam on the yarn to the seam on the doll's head. Fold all of the hair back to hide the seam. 

To add bangs, I created a smaller loop with my fingers. This time I did not cut the loop or sew it with the sewing machine. Instead I positioned one edge of the loop further down on the doll's head and sewed the strands on the seam (I used black thread this time. It's a little harder to see, but I think you get the picture.) 

Since I did not cut the loop that I used for the bangs, I wove the cut stands in and out of the loop to create the illusion of a full head of hair. Then I braided the strands together. I challenge you to get really creative with your doll's hair. 

The last step is to add clothes. I love dressing my dolls. This somethings takes longer than making the dolls. I like to take my time to choose the right outfit. :) I would love to see what you come up with.