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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.

Photography: Dana Gallagher

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Gingham cotton fabric

  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies

  • Chopstick

  • Polyester stuffing

  • Needle

  • Yarn scraps

  • Embroidery floss


  1. Print desired doll template, and cut out.

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

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

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

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

  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.

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