How To Make A Ragdoll

How to make a doll out of babygros

I have seen quite a few ragdolls made from old baby clothes on Pinterest lately so I decided to try and make one myself. I like the idea of using old clothes as it means that if the doll withstands time and Iyla keeps it then it will be extra special.

Plus given the fact that I have zero doll-making experience, I figured that it would be easier to stuff legs and arms of babygros as they have already been sewed together.

I haven’t used a pattern, I basically just made it up as I went along, something which will become apparent later!

I started by making the head which resulted in several attempts due to it being too small or not sewn straight.

Then I made the arms and legs out of one of Iylas old babygros and cut the body out of one of her old t-shirts.

I had to sew it all together and then turn it the right way, but when I did that there was a little problem in that the head was too small. Dad2BabyInsomniac said it looked like it had a thumb head so I had to find a solution.

I decided to give it some hair, made out of wool, this was after I had stuffed it and sewn it together.

I cut lots of long strands then tied them together in the middle, I made two of these then sewed one on each side of the head and plaited them.

This did the trick and the head looked in proportion to the rest of the body, if only the same could be said about the arms!

handmade ragdoll

It’s by no means perfect but then I didn’t think it would be as I have never made a doll before. I like the fact that it’s unique and the most important thing is that Iyla loves it!

ragdoll

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Comments

  1. says

    Aw, that is just so lovely – a keepsake for Iyla. I loev the idea of using Iyla’s old clothes, particularly of somehing you really liked – more sense than keeping a piece of clothing forever. Fab crafting Jess! x x

  2. says

    I’ve also pinned this, havent been brave enough yet! Will be hand sewing mine though. I think she turned out lovely, nice little keepsake as well xx

  3. says

    She’s lovely! Well done! Really don’t think I could do this one without making her lop-sided and chubby but yours is gorgeous. Smith x

  4. says

    That’s lovely. Molly has some bunting in her bedroom which my mum made for her. It’s so pretty.

    Can’t seem to get the badge working to link up.

  5. says

    CUUUTE!!!
    I love your haphazard making style.
    I am often like “er, it wasn’t really meant to be like this, I did this so then just had to do that, and now I have a hat instead of a cushion cover”

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