How to make a simple rag doll

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How to make a simple rag doll
Rag dolls have been a traditional toy for generations. (Getty creative)

Rag dolls are something that can bring any grown woman back to her childhood. Most of us have memories of owning a rag doll at some time in our lives. Probably the most popular of rag dolls are Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. Rag dolls bring a smile to the face of the little girl who receives them. Make this rag doll for a little girl you know.

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Things you need

  • 1/2 metre of muslin
  • Scissors
  • Rag doll pattern
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Needle
  • Assorted clothing and decorations

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  1. 1

    Download and print out a free rag doll pattern from one of the links below.

  2. 2

    Lay out your muslin on a flat work surface. Arrange the pattern pieces on top of the fabric. Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric. Cut out all of the pieces of the rag doll. Remember to cut two pieces of each body part.

  3. 3

    Put the two head/body pieces with right sides together. (Pin to hold in place if necessary.) Sew around three sides, leaving one side open. Turn the head right-side out. Fill with stuffing. Turn the raw edges under and hand sew the fourth side shut.

  4. 4

    Sew the arms and legs in the same manner, leaving one of the short sides of each piece open. Turn all the pieces right -side out. Fill with stuffing. Hand sew the ends shut. Attach the arms and legs to the body by hand sewing.

  5. 5

    Dress the doll in any clothes you want. Sew on buttons for eyes and the nose. Use embroidery thread and a straight stitch to add the mouth.

  6. 6

    Add yarn for the hair, using a skein of whatever colour you want. Wrap the yarn around a board 15 cm (6 inches) wide by 50 cm (20 inches) long. Slip a 38 cm (15-inch) length of yarn underneath the yarn at one end of the board. Tie a loose knot around the wrapped yarn to hold it in place. Cut the loops of yarn on the other end of the board. Lay the yarn flat. You will have a metre (40 inches) in length. Sew down the middle of the yarn where you tied the loose knot to keep the yarn together and form the part. Hand sew the yarn to the head of the doll down the part. Braid the two sides to give your doll pigtails.

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