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Old Fashioned Doll Patterns

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A fun craft is making fabric, rag or wooden dolls for a special young person or craft fairs. This guide contains old fashioned doll patterns.


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By 2 found this helpful
July 8, 2015

These little dolls are brilliant for unexpected young guests because they are so quick to make. You can use materials that most people have around the house and the children can have fun making them with you.


Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: one doll


  • 1 square of thin flexible material such as cloth, plastic cut from a carrier bag, cotton handkerchiefs or paper kitchen towels
  • 3 short lengths of string, ribbon, or cord or loom bands/ponytail bands
  • 1 small piece of stuffing, this can be kapok, cotton wool, screwed up tissue, or a polystyrene ball if you have one


  1. If you wish you can cut off 2 opposite corners of your square. This is optional.
  2. Turn your square face down and place the stuffing in the middle.
  3. Holding the stuffing in place, tie a band around it on the right side to form the doll's neck.
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  5. Tie two more bands at the corners for her hands.
  6. If you cut the corners off previously, you can use these for head scarves for other dolls, but this can be a bit fiddly if the doll is small. You can draw, paint or stitch a face on your doll too.
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  8. See how easy it is to make one of these dolls out of scraps, and bits and pieces of tissues, string, and plastic.
  9. It will take you only minutes to make a whole family of dolls and the kids will think you are magnificently clever!
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By 2 found this helpful
November 16, 2010

This doll was made using some bits and pieces of lumber from my husband's cabinet shop. I just couldn't bear to see that nice wood go into the trash barrels.

I'd seen Carol Duval make a doll on her TV series, and decided to try. My doll turned out pretty close to the one she made. I didn't have a pattern, so I just made her from memory and trial and error. If it worked, I used my idea, and if it didn't work, I'd find a way to go around it.

Approximate Time: About 4 hours as I sewed her clothing all by hand. I think it would go faster if you were using a sewing machine.



  1. The scrap piece of 2x4 should be between 6 and 10 inches because that will determine how tall your doll's body will be.
  2. The scrap piece of 1x4 wood should be about 6 inches long.
  3. Attach the 1x4 piece of wood to one end of the 2x4 so that it will stand alone.
  4. Use a couple of screws long enough to go through the 1 inch and into the 2x4. I use at least 2 screws to keep her stable.
  5. I used the saw to trim small amounts of wood off the top edge of the 2x4 so that it looks more like "shoulders" for the doll.
  6. Drill a hole up into the round wooden ball, and insert a screw head first. Glue in place and allow to dry thoroughly.
  7. Drill a hole into the "shoulder" area of top of the 2x4 and screw the head on.
  8. Now, we'll make the clothes. You'll want the dress to be long enough to reach from the shoulders all the way to the piece of 1x4 so as to cover it. Hem the bottom edge and add some lace so that the lace appears to be an underskirt.
  9. Turn under the top edge of fabric, and gather tightly and stitch in place around the head.
  10. Cut a piece of contrasting or the same fabric as the dress to form arms. The piece should be wide enough so that you're able to stuff it once it's stitched and turned to the right side. When you have it sewn and turned, tie a knot in the middle of the length. The knot becomes the hands looking as though they're folded. Stuff the arms. Remember when you're cutting the fabric for the arms, to make it long enough for both arms plus enough to tie a nice knot.
  11. I cut small slits in the arm and dress fabric so that I can get a screw through everything to keep the arms in place on the body of the doll. Then I make a "shawl" to go over the shoulders and tie under the head. The shawl can be made anyway you like. You could even use half a crocheted doily by sewing a ribbon at the top to keep it from fraying, then tie the ribbon into a nice bow.
  12. Give her an apron if you like.
  13. The doll should look like she's holding her hands in front of her. She could be holding a drawstring purse if you want to make one.
  14. Glue the hair in place on the head. With the eraser of the pencil, put one dot of black on the face for each eye. Add 3 dots for the mouth, placed in the shape of a rosebud. Keep it simple.
  15. Give her a hat, either a handmade bonnet or a purchased straw hat decorated to suit yourself.
  16. Give her a necklace if you like, even earrings.

She is ready to sit on the shelf to keep you company or be given to a friend.

I always name my dolls. This one is Amanda.

Any questions, just ask, and I'll do my best to help you.

The dolls can be made to sit on a shelf, by putting together the wood differently, and adding another section of wood. It requires a little more wood and work, but it works very well.

By Pookarina from Boca Raton, FL

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November 10, 20050 found this helpful

Back in the 1970s there was a pattern for a rag doll in the Golden Hands Encyclopaedia of Crafts which was published in weekly parts. Unfortunately, I have lost my copy in a recent house move. Has anyone a copy of the pattern they could forward to me, as I would like to make it for my young grandchildren.

Lin Davey from UK


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July 19, 20070 found this helpful

I 'm looking for a Golden Hands doll pattern too. I have the doll that I made for my daughter 35 years ago. I am making a pattern from it, but would love to find the original. My doll is about 15" and has a yarn top knot, side curls and and an embroidered face. She looks old fashioned. Does that sound like your doll?

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June 15, 20080 found this helpful

Hello Paula! I am looking for the very same rag doll pattern for my mum as she's lost part of hers in a move too! Any chance you could send us a copy, please? We would be very grateful!

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 25, 20080 found this helpful

I have just come across your requests for the golden hands rag doll pattern. I have one tucked away and I just wondered if Lin Charlieworm and Paula still wanted a copy?

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March 5, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you Linda! I have only just seen your post when you reply, I'll give you my e-mail so you could maybe post us a copy?

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January 31, 20100 found this helpful

Does anyone remember having seen a pattern for a reversible frog prince? He is approx 12" tall and turns completely inside out through his mouth. A green (obviously) frog on one side and a rather flashy prince (if a bit ugly!!) on the other. I made him about 20 years ago and cannot find the pattern now. I think it might have been a Golden Hands pattern.

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April 15, 20100 found this helpful

She's beautiful! May I have a copy also?

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May 25, 20110 found this helpful

I know it's been a very long time since I've been on here.I still have the pattern if Charlieworm or anyone else was still interested in a copy.It has been well used.

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September 20, 20110 found this helpful

Could I have a copy of this doll pattern please?
Thank you

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September 25, 20110 found this helpful

I would also love a copy of the Rag Doll pattern, I made several years ago
and would like to make one for the grandchildren.

Thank you

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August 12, 20120 found this helpful

Could I please too have a copy of this doll? My mom made one for me about 30 years ago, and would love to have a copy of her. Thanks.

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November 26, 2004

I'm looking for old fashioned cloth doll patterns. I can't seem to find any of the plain kind of "Raggedy Ann" type.



November 27, 20040 found this helpful

Try search engine to find patterns you'll like..

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 5, 20050 found this helpful

" i have a raggedy ann 10" up for auction on ebay It is 10" or you can order it from me item no : 5548577737 "

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July 29, 20050 found this helpful

I am looking for a large 30-40 inch annie or rag doll pattern to make a doll to look like a 3-5 year old girl
as well, have you had any luck?(primitive or country)
email me
rafused AT

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July 29, 20050 found this helpful

You can go to www. for free doll patterns . Happpy Sewing!!!

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 27, 20050 found this helpful

I have a 1940 pattern of Raggedy Ann and Andy""

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October 26, 20060 found this helpful


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By guest (Guest Post)
July 17, 20070 found this helpful

I need a Raggedy Ann pattern but it must be free. Please do any of you guys know where I can get 1?

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June 3, 20080 found this helpful

Hello I would like to know if some one have the pattern with instructions and a photo of how too make a mum puppy? It's made with mum flowers. Thanks

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By 0 found this helpful
February 7, 2011

I am searching for old doll patterns and doll clothes patterns from 1960 and before that time. I would like to make dolls from long ago if I can find existing patterns that are out of print such as Kewpie Doll, Betty Boop, Blondie, and other cartoons, etc. If anyone has these items or knows where I can locate them I would appreciate that so much. Thanks.

By Monica from Cortez, CO


September 26, 20120 found this helpful

Here is a place for free crochet doll patterns

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July 10, 2010

I have some patterns for the Debbie Ann doll clothes, but I am interested in getting the Debbie Ann doll pattern and the party dress. I am willing to share my clothes pattern for the doll pattern.

By Debra from Nellis, WV


July 14, 20100 found this helpful

Is this the doll that looks like a cabbage patch doll? I googled Debbie Ann doll and that's what I got.

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