How to Make "Mini Me" Cloth Dolls

by Mary
(Palm Coast FL)

Mini Me Beach Babe Cloth Doll

Mini Me Beach Babe Cloth Doll

Mini Me Beach Babe Cloth Doll
Mini Me Crafter Cloth Doll
Mini Me Gardener Cloth Doll
Gardeners Basket Cloth Doll

For this Mothers Day, I made cloth dolls for three close friends. Each doll is unique to that friend. Everyone has a hobby or something special that identifies their personality and so it is with these friends. One is a great crafter, another loves gardening and the other is crazy about the beach.

I designed this simple doll form and had so much fun creating them. I call them "Mini Me". I think they will make an unusual and cute gift. In this project I'll show you how to make cloth dolls like these.

Materials for Cloth Dolls

At times, I challenge myself to create something by only using materials I already have on hand. It makes a great way to clean out your stash and you will usually end up with a neat creation! So, here's what I used:

~ Doll Material (fleece and felt work great)
~ Clothing Material (your choice)
~ Stuffing
~ 2 small black beads for eyes
~ Doll hair or yarn
~ Trims
~ Decorative items
~ Imagination!

The two blue dolls were made from a sweatshirt that had shrunk in the washer. I kind of like that "smurf" look! Anything goes so just use what you have on hand.

How to Make Cloth Dolls

This basic doll pattern was used for all dolls. I stitched everything by hand, which is a lot easier than it sounds. The clothes are also basic and can be adapted to many styles by cutting shorter, tuck here, fold there and a gather or two.


Body, Arms, and Legs
Here is my cloth doll template:

how to make cloth dolls template
Click here to download template


Cut out doll body, 2 arms and 2 legs. Using a simple whip stitch or whatever you desire, sew pieces together and then stuff. Make sure on body that you leave areas open to insert arms and legs. Once arms and legs are stuffed, insert into body and attach by sewing.

Head, Eyes, and Hair
Sew beads on for eyes. Start and finish in the back of the head since a hat or hair will cover it. Pull the beads slightly when sewing to indent them (i.e. pull the thread a little tight).

You can rub a little blush on the cheeks with your finger, if desired.

I used curly doll hair that I already had. If making a hat or kerchief, you will not need as much hair. There is no hair under the kerchief of the gardener or the bathing cap of the beach babe. Just attach what will show. I pulled the hair open after sewing on for that "wild" look.

Clothing
Here is my template for the doll clothing:

how to make cloth dolls template
Click here to download template


I made very basic clothing and each can be adapted such as cutting the pants shorter to create shorts or omitting the inner seam to make a skirt. The gardener has a turtle neck which I used the cuff from an old sweater to make.

The apron is just a rectangle wrapped around the doll and a square stitched to the front. You can cut the shirt down the front or add a collar and buttons. Earrings were made using jewelry loops and beads then sewed to the sides of the head.

Special Touches for Crafter Minime Doll
I gave the crafter more hair because I wanted to stick several things such as miniature spools of thread to it. I also added buttons and little spring jewelry findings I had on hand into her hair.

The idea for the crafter was to put as many goodies on her and in her arms that she could possibly hold. This one was a special one for me to make and before I put the clothes on the doll, I sewed a red heart on her. I don't know if the friend receiving it will ever see it, but I know it's there.

Special Touches for Gardener Minime Doll
Here is the gardener before she's holding her basket:

how to make cloth dolls - gardener

The gardener's basket was made by painting popsicle sticks and hot gluing them all around an empty tin can. I then made little things to fill it up with. I made a bag of potting soil using a bit of muslin. I sewed it into a bag and stuffed it, then drew on the front with markers to decorate it.


I also made a mini frame from a piece of cardboard egg carton and inserted a picture of my friend and I. I wrote "two peas in a pod" on it. I made a mini book from card stock and titled it, "Gardening in Michigan" and drew flowers with markers. I included a tiny wreath made from fresh branches and attached a woodsie to it with wire and wrote, "Welcome to my garden" on it. Finished it by filling in with mini artificial flowers.

Special Touches for Beach Babe Minime Doll
The Beach babe is holding a towel which is a rolled up baby wash cloth. I made a simple dog from felt to represent her dog. A bottle of suntan lotion and margarita mix made from thick cardboard and colored with markers. A small square of rubber shelving liner rolled up that looks like a beach mat. I gathered a small circle of material and stuffed it for a beach bag.

I used a rubber gasket and wrapped it with yarn to look like a preserver and the bathing cap is made from a piece of sock. I made flip flops from thick cardboard and glued rubber shelving liner on them. I used thread on the tops with glued pom poms on.

Poems to go with Dolls

I also wrote some poems to go with the dolls. You're welcome to use them (just replace the name with whoever's name you made the doll for).

Poem to go with Gardener Cloth Doll
Here is a little Betty doll,
She was made with love for you.
It's amazing and most beautiful,
Of what her hands can do.

She spots her patch of chosen earth,
Of weeds and dried up twigs.
And with her trusty little trowel,
She digs and digs and digs.

Then into earth go seeds of love,
Blues and pinks and yellows.
Onto another patch of dirt,
Go her wagon and her shovel.

A vine here, seeds dropped there,
A tree and some flowers to hang.
A touch of her heart is all it takes,
To bring spring time in with a bang!

She waits with anticipation,
For the new life that will grow.
Buds pop up their little heads,
Beauty is what she knows.

So listen to Betty and she'll tell you true,
That one seed is all it takes.
To bring color and sunshine into our hearts,
And make the world a better place.


Poem to go with Beach Babe Doll
Here is a pretty Barbie doll,
She was made with love for you.
When the summer sun is near by,
It's amazing what she'll do.

Until then she waits impatiently,
For the cold to end it's chill.
She fills the time doing other things,
But this really takes some will.

She looks longingly at her swim suit,
As it sits tucked away in a drawer.
The summer urge is growing,
For winter is such a bore.

But time goes by, the sun comes out,
Her waiting is now at end.
It's time to gather the goodies,
There's much she has to tend.

Wipe cob webs off the cooler,
Wash towels and her suit.
Out with the flops and sandals,
Away with the winter boots.

Grab the lotion and the beach mat,
Fill the cooler with bottles of beer.
Towels, sunglasses, beach bag,
And off she goes with cheer.

You went looking, but can't find Barbara?
The answer I'll give you, my dear.
She's on the beach, under the sun,
Drinking lots of beer!!!

Anything else you'd like to share about your project?

These cloth dolls were really fun to make and the miniatures you can create are endless. Just use materials around your house and a lot of imagination. Keep the person you are making it for in mind and ideas will come. I sewed a loop on the back so the dolls can either sit or hang.

Have fun creating a "Mini Me" doll for someone special!

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Nov 12, 2013
Making the Doll
by: Nanci

I searched the internet and found your pattern. This morning I made a Hanukka Harriet doll for my soon to be son-in-law. Last year I made Hanukka Harry. I used a plastic Santa Claus face and glued lots of blonde curls on the head. I tied silver ribbons in her hair. I used the shirt pattern but flared it out so it became a dress. I used Hanukka fabric for the dress and trimmed it with silver lace. This pattern was so much fun and easy to use. Thank you!

Sep 23, 2012
Mini Me Doll
by: pollyoops

Mary,
I love the Mini Me! I found found your page yesterday. and today I have finished my mini me!
I know I still want to add more to it, but for the time being I am happy with they way she has turned out! Iam posting her up on pinterest!

Polly

Aug 04, 2012
Wonderful Cloth Dolls
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous cloth doll pattern and clothes and accessories with us. I usually knit, but these are great! Must make one for my gardener friend!

Feb 17, 2012
Gardener Mini-Me doll
by: craftin' gramma

Feb. 2012. Just discovered your doll ideas. I have a gardening pal whose B'day is coming up in April. I'm going to make her one, it will make her giggle! She has the most beautiful flower gardens and she is sight impared, almost totally blind! She does all the work herself, but needs my eyes to explain colors to her as she no longer sees in color--only gray and black.

Jan 11, 2012
POEMS
by: Anonymous

Is there a poem for the mini me crafter doll?

Jan 05, 2012
Ingenious!
by: Anonymous

These are such thoughtful, caring gifts... and your poems make them extra-special. Your friends must have been so touched!

Nov 16, 2011
Thanks to you all
by: Mary

I am speechless and humbled at the response from my doll. I want to thank you all for writing in with your comments and encouragement. I hope those of you that gave a Mini Me a try, had fun with it and I know that whoever you gave it to will treasure it always, especially since you put your heart into it. If you made one, I would be tickled to see a picture of it. Thanks! (Ed: you can upload a photo via our contact form.)

Nov 06, 2011
:)
by: Anonymous

this is an amazing project. I made quite a few of them for christmas. I made 2 beach babes, 3 gardener dolls, and even put alittle twist on these and I made a retro doll. These are so fun and easy to make! I love them!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 31, 2011
template
by: Stephanie

Deb B: Please try downloading the template again, but if it still doesn't work then contact me using the "contact me" form on this site and I'll email you the template.

Oct 31, 2011
link not working
by: Deb B

These are the cutest doll and just what I needed to make for my sister for Christmas. However, the links for the templates would not work.

Oct 25, 2011
excited
by: Jackie

These are so cute, I can hardly wait to get started. Thank's

Oct 25, 2011
Cute as can be
by: Bev Jane

Wish I was intelligent enough and fingers nimble enough to make these. I love them. And the heart that makes them is beautiful too.

Oct 25, 2011
really precious good idea
by: Daring Sunshine

This is really precious and I enjoyed the poem too. Thank you for sharing.

Sep 08, 2011
Making Mini Dolls
by: Anonymous

This is just the type of gift i will be making for my co-workers. I am retiring and wanted to give each of them a personal gift to say goodbye
One thing i did notice though was that you have not mentioned any sizes for any of the materials you used.

Sep 08, 2011
Wonderful gift
by: Bonni

As with all gifts, the time and love that you put into these is the most important. The little details that you added put them over the top. I am sure they will always be cherished.

Sep 01, 2011
making mini-me
by: Cynthia

You are a wonderful friend and delightful crafter! Thank you so MUCH for sharing this fun doll pattern--especially the clothes (as I have such trouble w/making my own!).

Aug 31, 2011
Fabulous
by: Neena

This will rejuvenite my need to sew. It appears that some of my friends may have posed for you. Thank you for posting.

Aug 28, 2011
Thank You
by: Anonymous


Mimi me" Thank you for the idea. I love it. I'm going to make some for Christmas gifts. julia

Aug 27, 2011
Soo Adorable
by: rahrah

I can hardly wait to create my own line...thanks

Aug 27, 2011
MINI ME INSPIRATION
by: NANA OF FOUR

My grandaughters had so much fun this summer making dolls for our church's mission trip and was trying to think of a way to help them remember this experience. Mini me is perfect as they are as varied in personalities as can be. Thanks for inspiring a tired old brain. Love this site.

Aug 27, 2011
What a keepsake.
by: Joanne

Type of gift that my girls will cherish forever. Thanks.

Joanne

Aug 15, 2011
JUST PRECIOUS
by: Barb

I am going to make these for friends, they are just precious.

Jul 31, 2011
too cute
by: liz

These dolls are adorable- I've never made one before but I think one for my granddaughter is in order- then maybe I'll move on to others. Thanks for sharing.

Jun 01, 2011
Delightful
by: GK

Thanks you for the 'Mini Me's' they are delightful. I have a whole lot of ideas going on all at once. Just one question though, how big did you make them?

May 28, 2011
Brilliant Ideas
by: cajungranny

I enjoyed your article so much. It is interesting
what a person can come up with, when they put
their mind to it. It reminds me of my Po-keno
club, when we made gag presents for the gifts.
We had talented people & it was the highlight
of the year. Your dolls & poems would fit right in.
Thank you so much, for making my day.

May 28, 2011
Wonderful Tribute
by: Grace

I think these make wonderful tributes to those that enrich our lives. I see a few Mini Me making moments in my future! Thank you!

May 03, 2011
Cute
by: Jill

Very cute. It made me laugh!

Apr 30, 2011
Lucky Me
by: Anonymous

Since I am the lucky receipent of Mary's Crafter doll I can tell you just how clever she is in person. What a treasure that I will always have to remember one crazy friend and fellow crafter by. I find new things tucked in here and there every day. Everyone needs a "Mini Me" doll of their own.

Apr 30, 2011
Mini Me
by: LindaQ

Mary this is adorable.. lol.. I have to try to make several since I am a Mini Me Master of disguise.. thank you so much for sharing your great ideas and crafts..
Linda

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