Free doll patterns are plentiful online but that doesn't mean they are all great patterns or have clear instructions. While you can find really good patterns, most will cost around $10 or more.
For the frugal doll maker or someone who simply wants to take on a fun sewing project for a child, we've found some of the best free doll patterns for you to explore. They're adorable and will surely create special memories, even becoming family favorites!
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Baby Bows is an adorable cuddly baby doll pattern from Judi Ward of Judi's Dolls. It measures about 18 to 20 inches long. The clothing pattern is not included but the finished doll wears preemie to newborn size baby clothes, which are easy to find. This baby would be a hit at a baby shower for the sibling who is awaiting the new arrival.
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The Prairie Flowers doll pattern creates a "Little House on the Prairie" type of doll. It's sure to bring a smile to any little girl's face and it's a lot of fun to make.
The pattern is available as a free downloadable pdf and there is a tutorial available with pictures to guide you through all the steps. The doll is decorated with painting and embroidery and her shoes are sewn on shoes. The pattern doesn't include the clothing, but there are lots of cute options available in the Prairie Flower Doll Dress Patterns section on the By Hook, By Hand website.
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Simple and adorable, these felt dolls are a great hand sewing project and perfect for beginners. If you have a child who wants to learn to sew, this pattern is ideal. Plus, many crafters are making them for charities because they're so quick and easy.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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The Don't Worry Dolls are a simple and quick hand sewing project that requires a little glue. They are small, just 2 1/2 inches tall and 1 1/4 inches wide, so they're perfect for holding in your hand. For that reason alone, they can make a thoughtful gift to make a friend who is going through a hard time.
Don't Worry Doll Pattern from The Silver Penny on Craftsy
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This is a basic doll pattern that is perfect for beginners. The instructions will walk you through each step along the way, from the head to joining all the parts. There are even instructions for making her clothes, which can easily be elaborated on to create fancier clothing if you like.
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Create your own perfect little angel with this super cute jointed cherub pattern. It creates a 10-inch soft cloth doll, complete with a painted face, curly hair, ears, and wings.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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A pattern that's perfect for beginners, these small baby rag dolls are a great project to get kids involved. The dolls are small—just 5 to 7 inches—and can easily be made with scrap fabric. Completely customizable, these little girls are adorable and fun to make.
Small Baby Rag Doll Pattern by KnitOwn Toys and Crafts at Craftsy
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A Waldorf-style doll is all about the handmade touch, minimal facial features, and natural fibers used to make it. It's all about the love that goes into each stitch and this pattern will show you how it's done. The very detailed instructions walk you through the process, creating a newborn baby sized doll that will be easy to dress.
Also, you may find it helpful to use the Waldorf-style doll worksheet from The Silver Penny, which is available on Craftsy.