Soft Rag Doll

Soft Rag Doll

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered soft rag doll.

Soft rag dolls are so sweet, and with embroidered faces, can be made with facial styles and expressions you love.

Four patterns are available for four different sizes. Choose the size and doll face design you like, then create an adorable gift item or collectible.


The extra-large and large sizes can fit into infant clothing for even more personalization!

Read on to learn how to make this charming rag doll.

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered soft rag doll.

Supplies Needed:

**Cotton fabric (I used 100% cotton flannel)

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen

**Yarn (for hair -- I used super bulky yarn)

**Polyester fiberfill

**Ribbon (for bows)

**Needle and thread for some hand sewing



Special Project Notes:
When sewing the extra large and large doll patterns, use a 1/2" seam. When sewing the medium and small patterns use a 1/4" seam. I am using the large pattern which is sized to fit the 5" x 7" size designs.

The extra large and large dolls can be dressed in infant sized clothing! The extra large doll fits into 0 - 3 month clothing and the large doll fits into newborn sizes.  All clothing is sized a bit different, so I recommend trying the clothes on the doll before purchasing them.


Designs Used:

For my rag doll I used the Ellie (Looking Forward) design. There is an amazing variety of doll face designs with different styles and expressions to choose from!

Finished Size:
Extra large pattern (fits 6" x 10" size designs): 19" high
Large pattern (fits 5" x 7" size designs): 16 1/2" high
Medium pattern (fits 4" x 4" designs): 13" high
Small pattern (fits 2.5" x 2.5" designs): 8 1/4" high


Free project instructions to make an embroidered soft rag doll.
 

Choose which size doll you want to make and print the pattern pieces. These are PDF files, and will print on 8 1/2" wide by 11" high paper. Click the links below to download the patterns: the extra large size will print on four pieces of paper; the large size on four pieces, the medium size on two pieces, and the small size on one piece of paper.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered soft rag doll.
 

Cut out the pattern pieces and tape them together according to the instructions printed on the patterns. 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered soft rag doll.
 

To prepare the fabric for the front of the doll, lay the pattern piece on top of the fabric (I used flannel), pin in place, and using an air-erase pen, trace the shape. 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered soft rag doll.
 


Next, remove the pattern. Then, to help position the design, create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software.  Position the template on the fabric and center it side to side and from the top of the head to the bottom of the head by measuring equal distances in between the center point on the template and the outer edges of the shape. Poke a hole in the center of the template and mark the fabric. Also mark the horizontal and vertical axis points.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered soft rag doll.
 


Remove the templates and draw lines connecting the marks.  Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.  Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered soft rag doll.
 

When the designs have finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery. Then, cut out the shape.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered soft rag doll.
 

Next, to prepare the back piece, lay the embroidered front piece on top of the fabric, right sides together, pin in place, and cut out the shape. Sew a seam along the outer edge of the shape according to the seam guide above. Leave about 2" to 3" open along the side just under one of the arms.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered soft rag doll.
 

Clip the seam allowance all the way up to the seam above and below each arm. Also, clip the seam allowance about every 1/4" around the entire shape.  Next, turn the fabric right side out.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered soft rag doll.
 

Stuff the doll with polyester fiberfill: fill the head, arms, and legs first, and then the body.  Fold the fabric of the opening in and using needle and thread, sew the opening shut.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered soft rag doll.
 

To create the hair, decide how long you want the hair to be and cut strips of yarn to that length (I cut 30 strips to about 20" long). Arrange the strips together, lay them flat, and then tie them in place in the center using another piece of yarn.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered soft rag doll.
 

To add the hair, position it with the center tie at the center top of the head. Hand-sew the hair in place at the center tie. Next, gather about 10 yarns together along each side of the head, tie ribbon around the yarn, and tie bows to secure them in place. Secure the bows in place by hand-sewing them in place along each side of the head. Trim the yarn (if necessary). And your doll is complete!



Free project instructions to make an embroidered soft rag doll.
 

Soft rag dolls make sweet gifts for babies and children, and cute collectibles, too!

Click here for a printable version of these project instructions.


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