the elegant rag doll sewing pattern and a free and easy doll skirt pattern

elegant rag doll sewing pattern

get the elegant rag doll pattern!

Elegantly dressed, or quite nude. It’s your choice. The finished doll is 16 inches tall. The pattern includes instructions for both versions. And there are sweet details like earrings and a fancy hairdo.

elegant rag doll sewing pattern

This pattern took forever to make. You may have noticed… It was mostly because I kept changing my mind about how to make and stuff the head. I’m super happy with the solution I finally settled on, I love the result and it’s simple to do. The other good news is I’m shipping wool again – it’s the ideal stuffing for the elegant dolls. 

And I’ve included the doll skirt pattern for you below. It’s a super easy way to make a doll skirt and you could easily scale it to fit any doll.

nude rag doll sewing pattern

I hope you make elegant dolls! If you do I’d love to see – please use #annwoodpattern on instagram or send an email to info at ann wood handmade dot com.

rag doll slipper diy

There is a free tutorial for the slippers too – find it right here.

 

rag doll sewing pattern

Find the skirt pattern and directions below. And to add the bustle detail like the skirts above gather a little section in the front and add a little button.

download the skirt pattern

You will need:

  • a 16 X 9 inch piece of  cotton fabric
  • one yard ribbon or string
  • large safety pin
  • basic sewing kit

easy doll skirt diy

1. Down load the skirt pattern and pin it along the fold of your doubled fabric – right sides together – and cut out. Clip out the triangles.

2. With the wrong side of the fabric facing you fold over and press the side fabric between the triangle clips.Stitch them in place with a small, neat straight stitch.

3. Fold over the top edge at 1/4 inch and press.

easy doll skirt diy

4. Fold the tabs on both sides of the top over, press and stitch in place with s small neat straight stitch.

easy doll skirt diy

5. Fold the top over at the triangle clip, press and pin.

easy doll skirt diy

6. Stitch the edge down with a hem stitch. A hem stitch is stitching over the edge, alternating short and long stitches.

easy doll skirt diy

7. Fold the skirt in half- right sides together and stitch the seam line.

8. Press the skirt seam open. Attach a large safety pin to your ribbon or string.

9. Insert the safety pin into the channel at the top and use it to pull the ribbon through – scrunching the fabric over it.

easy doll skirt diy

10. Turn the skirt right side out and try it on your doll – using the ribbon to gather the waist. Stitch the edge down with a hem stitch. A hem stitch is stitching over the edge, alternating short and long stitches. Press the skirt seam open. Attach a large safety pin to your ribbon or string. Hem your skirt to any length you like – turn the edge over twice pin and then hem stitch.

elegant doll sewing pattern

17 Comments

  1. Dear Ann, my dream has come true. Elegant Rag Doll will be my next sewing project. Another of your magnificent patterns is added to the others purchased in these years. Thank you!

  2. Amanda Lake

    I love you’re creations. Just looking at them makes me feel happy . Thank you for sharing. I look forward to your posts.

  3. bjzedd

    Yay! Just bought this pattern as a treat to myself! So looking forward to making her, especially using precious scraps for her clothes- adding little patches is my favourite part Thanks Ann! ❤️

  4. vickie fickel

    This is exquisite! I am so happy to add this to my collection of your wonderful patterns. Can’t wait to get her cut out and make her beautiful. Thank you!

  5. Theresa L. Ryan

    I’m so excited!!! I’ve been waiting for her forever! Thank you!

  6. Jane Miller

    Thank-you…she is beautiful as is all of your creations. You make my heart sing! Stay safe and well.

  7. janemorwood

    I love this rag doll. Is it possible to send this pattern to the UK? I can’t see it in your Etsy shop.

    • claire lander

      hi Jane, it’s a pdf so no worries! I am in the UK and have bought many :-), Claire x

  8. Just ordered. Can’t wait to get to know her. Very excited about this pattern

  9. Michele Ritan

    I just bought the pattern – lovely! I’d like her to have hands. Any suggestions about how to do that? Thanks!

    • annwood

      thanks you! I would put only a tiny bit of stuffing in the hand area so it’s pretty flat and then stitch lines suggesting fingers – like the lines at the knees and elbows.

  10. Thank you so much for this sweet pattern! She’ll be the perfect relaxing project for me to enjoy during my off hours.

  11. Marlene

    I just received the pattern and so excited to start sewing her. First I am finishing a doll I designed years ago so both of these lovelies will sit side by side. Thanks ann

  12. Marlene

    I just received the pattern and so excited to start sewing her. First I am finishing a doll I designed years ago so both of these lovelies will sit side by side. Thanks ann

  13. Gisela Curnow

    Its a brilliant pattern, the instructions were super clear and my doll came out so well, my 23 year old loved it so much she put dibs on it before it was even finished. It’s now on her shelf riding a dragon!
    I need to make on for me now.
    Thank you for designing such an amazing pattern and making it simple to follow.

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