Dish Soap Bottle Dolls

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Recycled dish soap bottle dolls are a popular craft project for gifts and around the holidays. This is a page about making Ivory dish soap bottle dolls.


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January 16, 2008

Do the dishes with a smile! Make one of these unique "dish dollies" to put next to your kitchen sink. This is a great way to turn odd bits of fabric, trim, beads and other craft supplies into a useful and unique hostess or bridal shower gift, too. Best of all, the dish dollies are refillable, so your creativity can be enjoyed for months to come.

Approximate Time: 45 minutes



Cut piece of fabric large enough to make bottom half of apron "dress." Denim from old jeans, pretty florals and cheerful stripes all make good choices - separately or together. Trim if needed and glue into place directly on bottle. Next, cut separate piece for bib top and glue into place. Glue a strip or two of lace, beads or ribbon around middle for "belt," leaving enough to tie in back of bottle. Embellish with beads, rhinestones, buttons or charms. Tip: Don't glue anything around top of bottle cap; you'll need to remove this periodically to refill.

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I have been looking for a pattern for Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus on Ivory dish soap bottles and cannot find it. Do you know where I can find this pattern? They have Styrofoam heads and plastic hands, but the bodies are the Ivory soap bottle. Help.


By V Keating


June 1, 20114 found this helpful

I just bought the book with all of the Ivory soap bottle dolls patterns. Now it's impossible to find the faces, hands. Do you know where you can get the faces and hands? I'll share my patterns with you if we can find them.

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November 28, 20150 found this helpful

I may be able to find the hands and faces if you would like to share your pattern please going to look today for them

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August 9, 20170 found this helpful

I found the hands and stuff to make them can u share the pattern for me and Mrs Santa Claus and send me your address and I will send them to you if you are still interested

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September 15, 20170 found this helpful

Please share the pattern for the ivory soap bottle dolls

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December 8, 20171 found this helpful

Please share your pattern or provide the company the pattern is by. Etc. McCalls n pattern #. Would like to get this info so I Can make these dolls. My email is

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March 4, 20190 found this helpful

Do you sill have the ivory bottle mr and mrs santa pattern

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

how do i make the arms for her

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September 5, 20190 found this helpful

With twisted pipe stems, glue hand to this. Run the pipe stems through the shoulders.

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September 21, 20190 found this helpful

what size head do we use

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November 29, 20190 found this helpful

Can you please share your patterns for Santa and Mrs Claus. I have been looking everywhere for them. My parents had them when I was little. Would love to make them. Thank you Joan


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November 29, 20190 found this helpful

I was wondering if I can get the ivory dish bottle Santa and Mrs Claus patterns from you if you have them.Thank you for your time.Joan

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December 17, 2019

I was wondering if you happen to have the pattern to make the Claus soap bottle dolls?


December 17, 20190 found this helpful
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Yes, right here on Thrifty Fun they have such a cute one to use. The finished project is so cute and it is made with an Ivory soap bottle. Here is the link to the project -

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March 3, 2016

Is there a pattern for the Mr. and Mrs. Santa made from dish soap bottles and where can I purchase it?



September 15, 20170 found this helpful

Here is a pattern from Thrifty Fun that you can use:

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October 31, 2014

Where can you buy the Santa heads?

By Kathy


January 10, 20151 found this helpful has them for $2.99 each. You can also find them on They are heads and hands. 6 sets for about $18.00


Harlean from Arkansas

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January 5, 2013

Does anyone know how I could obtain patterns for any of the Ivory Liquid soap bottle dolls? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

By qsuzie


January 6, 20130 found this helpful

I googled ivory soap bottle dolls and got this.
good luck!

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November 8, 2011

I am still looking for the pattern for Mr. and Mrs. Santa dolls made with Ivory Soap bottles. Can someone tell me where I can obtain it or the name of a book that contains the pattern for all the Ivory Soap bottle dolls. Thank you.




November 9, 20110 found this helpful

I saw one on ebay and it looks like you buy the doll head top and add it to the bottle. Then buy arms and legs. Either make a Santa suite or buy one and dress it. I have searched and searched and can't find anything.

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March 9, 2012

Does anyone have a pattern for a kitchen doll made from old Ivory dish soap bottles?

By Stephaine

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I am looking for a free pattern for Mr. and Mrs. Santa made from Ivory soap bottles.

By Erma from Las Vegas, NV

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January 9, 2017

This is a page about making a dish soap bottle apron. This cute little apron makes a plain bottle of dish soap decorative. It makes a nice gift as well.

Soap Bottle Apron 1

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April 9, 2010

How do I obtain a pattern for the Ivory Liquid bottle Mr. and Mrs. Santa? This pattern, I believe, is from the 60s.

By Joyce from Chicago, IL


Ivory Soap Bottle Dolls

I've enlarged the picture. (11/30/2009)

By Catherine

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Ivory Soap Bottle Dolls

You may try to inquire through your local newspaper. (Major newspaper). The larger cities used to have craft columns where you would send in self stamped envelopes to receive instructions or even recipes. (12/20/2009)

By Kim Chenez

Ivory Soap Bottle Dolls

I have patterns for different dolls made from ivory soap bottles including the ones your requesting and will share the patterns and also have 2 tubs full of these dolls ready to be dressed for sale cause I'm moving and can't take them with me. I will send you pictures if you like and you can let me know. Thanks.

Judy (02/16/2010)

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November 29, 2009

Back in the late 60s or early 70s I used to make dolls from Ivory soap bottles. The heads and hands were vinyl and you actually made clothes. The dolls that we made the most were Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The clothes were made from velvet, with whatever accessories you wanted to add.

Also, I had a pattern for a Betsy Ross door stop doll and it was made from a 2 liter soda pop bottle. Has anyone heard of these? I would love to get the patterns again to make for my granddaughters.

Jo from Decaturville, TN


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My grandmother made these as well. I'm wondering if your local librarian might be able to help you. Libraries and borrow books from across the country, maybe they can find something that will help.
You might also want to check out Michael's, in their doll making aisle. They have the doll parts, they might also have books with the patterns. (02/15/2006)

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