Easy DIY Rag Doll

My Rag Doll Making Ideas

DIY Rag Dolls! Today I’m going to introduce you to the art of Rag Doll making! These are always fun to do and once you find a pattern for a doll you like, you might spend days making more. Pictured above is the doll that I made on a whim and ended up giving it to my mother as a gift.

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There are several resource places to find patterns. The one I used for my doll I downloaded close to nine years ago. So the one I included here is just an example, but a workable pattern, which you will be able to download.

Making Rag dolls is so much more than just for fun. It can be an art or an expression of self. It is something I think all craft goers should attempt at least once in their lifetime. So now I’m going to take you through my process.

Here’s what you need to make your own DIY Rag Doll. This post does contain some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.

Easy DIY Rag Doll Making Materials

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Polyfill
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine or sewing needles
  • Doll needle (it’s really really long)
  • Buttons
  • Chunky Yarn
  • Black Embroidery Thread
  • Pattern from the resource library

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Easy DIY Rag Doll Making Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1 – First thing you need to do is to download a pattern that you like. I found mine on Etsy just browsing through rag doll patterns until I got one that I liked. You don’t have to buy one there are some nice free patterns online. Which I will provide a link for you today.

Download your pattern

Step 2 – After that it was easy. I printed out the pattern, cut it out and grabbed up the fabric I had on hand. Honestly, I had an old stretchy fabric just sitting in my fabric bin and I thought it would be perfect for a doll. It was soft and slightly stretchy. So then I cut out the pattern from the fabric.

Step 3 – Next, I just followed the pattern instructions on construction. I sewed it up and stuffed it as I went.

Step 4 – Now, I didn’t like the idea of sewing the arms to the body without making it a little cute. So I took a few buttons and then made button joints, which I had to look up on YouTube. After I did that it was starting to come together.

Arm Button as DIY Rag Doll Decoration

Step 5 – Next step, add the eyes. I used buttons for the eyes. It was pretty simple. I marked out where I wanted them to go, and then I used the doll needle to sew them on to the head.

Step 6 – This step is a little more complicated. You need to make hair wefts to sew on to your dolly. There are several ways to do this. I measured the chunky yarn by placing it against the doll head to see the length I like and then I double that measurement.

Step 7 – At this point, I cut the yarn and do this several times until I have a big pile of yarn strands. Then I take each strand, fold it over in half, and sew it to the head following the diagram below. (insert diagram)

Adding Hair to the DIY Rag Doll

Step 8 Once everything is sewn on, then I can style or trim the hair how I like it.

Step 9 – Now, I embroider a design and a mouth on to the doll just using a simple back-stitch.

Step 10The final step is to dress your doll. You can purchase doll clothing or make them yourself. If you want to make them yourself, I just use the fabric squares at Walmart and sew them into a tube and add embellishments willy nilly.

The finished DIY Rag Doll

DIY Rag Doll Making Books for Inspiration

If you are just getting started or are already making rag dolls, don’t forget to pick one or more of these books.

My Rag Doll: 11 Dolls with clothes and Accessories to Sew – by David & Charles
My Felt Doll – by Shelly Down

Rag Dolls & How to Make Them – by Dorothea Hall

DIY Rag Doll Making Quick Videos

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Gorjuss Rag Doll Tutorial

Rag Doll Tutorial

Last Word about DIY Rag Doll Making

The reasons I made the doll that I pictured here, was I wanted to try something I’ve never done before. And I actually made two, the other one someone loved so much they bought it from me the moment I showed them. I really had fun with this.

Don’t forget to visit the Resource Library for the pattern we worked on today. There are many other downloads available and they are all FREE to my readers!

Are you about to make a rag doll this week? If so, do share it with me in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Until tomorrow…


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Easy DIY Rag Doll Tutorial
Imagine making a rag doll for your children or even one for yourself. This rag doll is so easy to make, you will love the fact it is an easy project that does not take up a ton of time. Perfect for home decor as well from BettesMakes.com Get the free tutorial now. #tutorial #crafttutorial #ragdoll #doll

Carina Grace
Carina Grace

I have been crafting and making things all my life. I'm particularly fond of knitting, sewing, wool crafts and any odd or fun that teaches me something new.