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Black Apple Doll

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2008

Crafter Emily Martin, the top seller on the website, a Brooklyn, New York-based online marketplace for all things handmade, is here to make one-of-a-kind dolls sure to please children and adults alike.

Download the doll template and three simple tutorials, hand-drawn by Emily herself, to make a beautiful black apple doll at home.

Tutorial 1
Tutorial 2
Tutorial 3
Doll Template

Resources: The felt used to make them is available on Fabric and buttons can be found at fabric stores. To purchase an already-made doll, visit Emily's store on Find out more about Emily on her blog, Inside a Black Apple.

Comments (66)

  • 11 Aug, 2014

    What i did to increase pattern by 150%. Download doll pattern as pdf. Select print option. See Page Sizing and Handling, select Poster, increase sizing to 150%. This will increase the image to 150% and print your pattern into 4 8x11 sheets(like a puzzle). Cut it up and transfer to a cardboard stencil. Hope this helps.

  • 4 Mar, 2014

    Adorable....I can't wait to make one!

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  • 29 Oct, 2013

    how do you enlarge the pattern by 150 %??

  • 18 Mar, 2012

    sorry for the duplicate posts below :( My computer was having issues :(

  • 31 Aug, 2011

    So aggravated!!! Really want to make this for my niece's birthday but can't figure out how to enlarge!!!!

  • 27 Aug, 2011

    why can't we print this out? so frustrating!

  • 19 Mar, 2011

    How do I print with the 150% enlargement it says to do?

  • 3 Nov, 2008

    You guys are right. You really don't need the template. A simple rag doll template is easy to make. Use your imagination! Martha Stewart is all about crafts, and DOING IT YOURSELF. She gives ideas and suggestions...and, I'm sure, she fully expects you to take those ides and suggestions and 'run with them' ! Make each craft your very own with your own special touches and additions! Have fun with your crafts!

  • 1 Sep, 2008

    I love the black apple too! with a scraps materials I will make a few dolls, as a party favor for my daugther,s 8 bitrhday, all the dolls will drees and call as my daugther Diana in her party.
    Thanks for template,

  • 31 Aug, 2008

    these dolls are cure. I made my own template a couple a of months ago. Use you mind and make up a doll your self. mine sell like crazy.

  • 29 Aug, 2008

    Love the little doll but cannot get the template either.....All I get is pages of on dial!!! Also the "crafts" page does not fully come up...very frustrating ..

  • 29 Aug, 2008

    Love the little doll but cannot get the template either.....All I get is pages of on dial!!! Also the "crafts" page does not fully come up...very frustrating ..

  • 29 Aug, 2008

    I also cannot get the template or tutorials in ENGLISH from this website.

  • 28 Aug, 2008

    i could not down load the template for the doll // how can i get a copy of the template

  • 26 Jul, 2008

    I love the Black Apple! Her designs are awesome. I love looking through her Etsy store. I can't wait to try making one of her dolls :)

  • 6 Jul, 2008

    I just finished making these dolls to use as party favors for my daughter's birthday. They turned out so cute and are really fast to make once you get going. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 3 May, 2008

    My daughter's and I made these dolls with some of their old, outgrown clothes. They came out great. Plus this was a great compromise with my oldest daughter, who HATES to get rid of anything. Reusing some of her old things, gives them a new life.

  • 9 Apr, 2008

    These dolls are so easy to make and make great gifts. It's also a nice way to use up little scraps of material.

  • 31 Mar, 2008

    how wonderful!
    my great grandmother taught me to sew as a little girl making dolls like these, and bean bags! glad to see some things never change!

  • 30 Mar, 2008

    My 7 year old daughter and I made a pair of these dolls, it was the first time she really helped me sew. I even let her sew the heads on (the only bit of straight stitching). She then Stuffed while I sewed.

    They look great, when my husband saw the pictures on the website, he was a bit surprised at how alike they looke dto ours. My daughter wants to make a Cruella de Ville version, we will have to do that soon.

  • 29 Mar, 2008

    I am definitely going to try out these dolls. I now have 3 great-nieces who would love them. To one of the previous comments...I would leave a 1/4" seam allowance, 1/8" might give way.

  • 28 Mar, 2008

    I did go to Emily's store on, but did not see the dolls there for sale. These are charming dolls that I'm sure my granddaughter would love. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful item. readnrose

  • 26 Mar, 2008

    Congratulations Emily! and thank you Martha for supporting the crafters!

  • 24 Mar, 2008

    is there a suggested seam allowance?
    i want to make one, they are so cute!

  • 23 Mar, 2008

    My daughter and I just finished making two of these cute dolls.. We didn't sew the hair around the face, and it looks good as well.

  • 22 Mar, 2008

    I love the black apple dolls but would love a show on making teddy bear.


  • 17 Mar, 2008

    I was so happy to see this segment and I learned about the Etsy website. My friend is very handy at home crafts and we both learned that there is this special website ! Thanx so much !

  • 17 Mar, 2008

    They are so cute and easy too. Absolutely adoreable. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to make.
    Jenny from Australia. xoxo

  • 16 Mar, 2008

    Thank you for sharing your cute little dolls, I'm almost finished with mine. I couldn't wait to get started! Congratulations Emily! (Martha, I would like to a see a segment about teddy bear making, too)

  • 16 Mar, 2008

    This dolls are adorable, I'm going to make a lot of them for my girls night in.

  • 15 Mar, 2008

    I'm going to make this doll flat with scrapbook paper in a reduced size for my daughter's scrapbook. I plan to make the dolls in her and her friends likeness. They could be holding hands, skipping rope (using yarn or string), dancing, etc. ect.....

  • 13 Mar, 2008

    to cool I love dolls . Martha maybe someday you can mae bears to asl well thanks for this coll ideas looking forward to to do it sometime soon so much craft to do so little time . Thanks :)

  • 12 Mar, 2008

    I was browsing through etsy a couple weeks ago and ran across these dolls... what a coincidence to see them on the show! I made one for my daughter today during her nap using fabric scraps. She loves it! I have enlarged the template even more to make a really big one! Fun, easy and CUTE! So easy to personalize, too!

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    It was exhilarating to see you on the show! Very neat that such a living doll was instructing us how to make dolls! Bet you've lost count of all the times you've been told just how your lovely disposition

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Congrats Emily! I have loved your art for a long time. proud to be part of the etsy family with you!

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Emily, these dolls are so very lovely - thank you for sharing them with the Martha community! vanessa

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    our dolls say HI to yours....adorable!! Love from us at

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    our dolls say HI to yours....adorable!! Love from us at

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Adorable dolls! Thank you for sharing the tutorial! I can't wait to make one!

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Hello Emily!
    Thank you for sharing your doll pattern, they are so cute, and unique. I loved your personality! I'm also part of the family at

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    I have always loved Emily's work. I can't wait to make these adorable dolls.

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    What a terrific story- it is so important to support local artists, working to produce hand made originals. The community at Etsy is supportive and welcoming, and the art available always amazes.

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    My 6 yr old and 4 yr old daughters can't wait to make these dolls... we are on our way to the craft store to pick out felt for hair... the only material I don't already have for them to use in my fabric collection. Thank you!

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Wonderful segment, CONGRATS Emily from a fellow GA girl!

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Go Emily! Congrats on your success! :)

    Hilary of

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Way to go! Loved the segment! Thanks for the tutorial! Viva la crafters!

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Congratulations, Emily! I can't wait to see today's show!! :D

    n n n n n n Bree

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Congratulations Emily

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Awesome - what cute dolls!!!


  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Hi-Your dolls are adorable-I love your work!

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    I Love it , now i have a lot more to be busy on my days off....Congratulations to you Emily,,,,,!

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Congrats Emily! It looks like you had so much fun! We'll be making dolls with Girl Scouts soon. Thanks for the pattern...and thanks Martha!

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Nice! Congratulations Emily!

    ~ Stockton

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    I've been waiting for Martha to feature someone from etsy! Congrats Black Apple!

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    The dolls looked great and as an Etsy member I am thankful for your support!

    Oh and I loved your sweater Emily!!

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Emily is so talented and deserves to be on Martha!! CONGRATS!!!

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Etsy Queen!

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    So excited to see you on Martha! Congrats Emily!!

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Congratulations, Emily. I love that you are on here and love your dolls. All of Etsy loves The Black Apple. And, of course, Martha Stewart. Thanks for putting Etsy out there.

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    These are the PERFECT dolls to make for my 18 month old daughter!!!! I LOVE THEM!! I have my DVD recorder set to get the full tutorial. So beautiful Emily. You are truly gifted and so generous to share. My daughter and I thank you!

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Congratulations Emily!

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Congrats Emily! You've done the Etsians proud :)

  • 11 Mar, 2008

    Congrats Em! This is so cool! :)

    Snitterdog :D

  • 10 Mar, 2008

    Congratulations Emily! Your store is awesome!

  • 10 Mar, 2008

    Too cute!