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Gingham Doll Family How-To

It's easy to customize these guys and girls to resemble the kids and adults in your life.





  1. Step 1

    Print desired doll template, and cut out.

  2. Step 2

    Fold fabric in half with right sides facing; press, and trace template onto fabric. Cut out for 2 layers.

  3. Step 3

    Allowing a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew almost all the way around the body. (Leave a 1-inch opening on the torso.)

  4. Step 4

    Turn doll right side out, using a chopstick for corners.

  5. Step 5

    Stuff with filling. (Use chopstick as needed to push stuffing into arms and legs.) Hand-stitch the side opening.

  6. Step 6


    Embroider facial features: A few back stitches create eyes and a mouth.

  7. Step 7

    Make the hair. For ponytails and braids, cut 20 to 30 strands of yarn about 12 inches long. Drape sideways over head of doll, and sew at center (or slightly off center) to create a part. To leave hair long, stitch onto doll across the back of the head. For ponytails, clasp sides, and secure with a piece of yarn; stitch onto the head at that point. For pigtails, braid the ponytails, and secure ends with another piece of yarn. For short hair, embroider all over the head using small back stitches.



Reviews (10)

  • ROSEMARY-4-2 14 Nov, 2012

    It was great to finally find access to this item, which we found in a magazine. It did take my husband a second round to find that you must use their task bar "appearance" , which faded in & out before it registered in our thought, to print the patterns, not from our own "file print" ! Hope this may be helpful !

  • trippmcneal 8 Nov, 2011

    I too had a problem with the hair. This is how I fixed it. wrap a book about 40 times being careful not to overlap the yarn. Tape 1 inch down from the top on both sides of the book. Cut off on the bottom. Put tissue paper on top and bottom. Sew across with a machine 3 times pretty close together. Take off tissue paper and sew on doll. 40X works well for mom. 30X works well for girl. Hope this helps!

  • thefarmerswife2 18 Oct, 2011

    I would love to better understand how to sew the hair down. Pictures? Explanation?

  • biblegirl 10 Oct, 2011

    Help! I can't get the templates to down load it says the files are corrupt. Does any know how I can get these cute little patterns??

  • RevKathyNelson 4 Oct, 2011

    To make a dress for the doll take the body pattern inlarge by an 1" cut off the arms and legs and head basic pattern for the dress.

  • MizPixel 3 Oct, 2011

    The templates are great and I agree about clothing patterns and facial features - at least photos of all of your dolls. Out of three shown, two are the same. Purl Soho has great fabrics.

  • csueyoungster 3 Oct, 2011

    Adorable craft. What a nice, simple throwback to long ago. Thank you! Would LOVE to have a simple outline of basic clothes, dress, trousers, shirt. It is the dressing and undressing of dolls and paperdolls that little girls love. Please!

  • shealy127097 3 Oct, 2011

    I am looking forward to making these for a very sweet little girl. Only wish you had clothes patterns for them. I could see her dressing her little family and having so much fun!

  • Kay_Gray 3 Oct, 2011

    This is a cute, quick project, but I would like to suggest that you offer templates for the facial embroidery. The rest is easy, but the face is going to 'make or break' the whole project. Thanks anyway.

  • klpsnow 3 Oct, 2011

    These are very cute! Thanks for the project. You might want to check out your supplier suggestions in the future. The fabric source you list has only silk gingham available online.