The 12 Best Free Doll Patterns

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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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    Absolute Sweet Cindy

    Doll laying on the sofa
    Absolute Sweet Cindy Soft cloth doll.

    Debbei Colgrove

    Absolute Sweet Cindy is a soft cloth doll. Not only is she sweet, but this doll is also large enough to be a companion! She can be cuddled, dressed up and all kinds of imaginary play are possible with this doll.

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    Baby Bows

    Baby Bows by Judi Ward
    Baby Bows by Judi Ward.

    Debbie Colgrove

    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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    Prairie Flowers, an original cloth doll

    Doll laying down
    Prairie Flowers, an original cloth doll.

    Debbie cColgrove

    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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    Felt Doll

    Two twin dolls
    Free Doll Pattern for you to Download! by Gingermelon Design.

    Debbie Colgrove

    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.

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    Boy Dolly Pattern

    Boy Dolly Free Pattern
    Free Printable Boy Dolly Pattern.

    Debbie Colgrove

    This super simple boy doll is a three-page printout and it's easy to sew! It would make a fun baby shower gift for a young boy who may soon become a big brother, so he has his own doll to play with.

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    Don't Worry Dolls

    Don't Worry Dolls from The Silver Penny
    Don't Worry Dolls from The Silver Penny. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    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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    Basic Doll in Simple Clothing

    Basic Doll by Nunodoll.com

    Debbie Colgrove

    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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    Little Love 10" Jointed Cherub

    Doll with curly hair
    Cherub - Jointed 10" Angel.

    Debbie Colgrove 

    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.

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    Life-Size Baby Doll

    Life-size baby doll
    Life-size baby doll by nunodoll.com.

    Debbie Colgrove

    Not only is this doll life-like, but it's also life-sized! lt measures 24 inches and wears ready-made baby clothes. That means you can concentrate all your energy on being creative with the doll's body!

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    Small Baby Rag Dolls

    Small Baby Rag Doll Toys
    Small Baby Rag Dolls from KnitOwl Toys and Crafts.

    Debbie Colgrove

    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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    Gingerbread Doll

    Gingerbread Man Doll
    Gingerbread Man Doll.

    Debbie Colgrove 

    Before the holidays come around, take some time to make a gingerbread doll. It's an easy pattern to sew and would make an excellent accompaniment to a storybook featuring the gingerbread man.

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    Waldorf Baby Doll

    White baby doll
    FREE Waldorf Baby Doll Pattern and Instructions!. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    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.