How To Make A Ragdoll From An Old Babygro

I have seen quite a few rag dolls 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 Cherry 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 Cherry’s 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.

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!

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 Cherry loves it!

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  • Reply MelkshamMum February 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    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
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  • Reply Kerry February 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    That is so fab! What a brilliant idea! Talented lady!
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  • Reply Steph February 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    That’s a really sweet doll a one of a kind for your little girl. And you’re not a crap crafter! Xx

  • Reply Lucy at Dear Beautiful Boy February 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Ooooh, I like it. Well done you. And I bet Iyla will love her even more because her mummy went to the trouble of making her. Has she got a name?

  • Reply Kerry February 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I love her!!! Well done, you are SO not Crap!!!!!!! xxxxx

  • Reply lisa February 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Shot of her with her head in the sewing machine looks a bit cruel. Fab work! X

  • Reply Sew Scrumptious February 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    She is gorgeous! I love that she is made out of old clothes. brilliant idea. I love her plaits too. I might have to try making one of these. x

  • Reply Notmyyearoff February 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Oh wow!! That’s just amazing!!!
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  • Reply hannah February 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    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
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  • Reply fivegoblogging February 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    She is gorgeous and looks very well made to me!
    Has she got a name? She must have a name!
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  • Reply Smith February 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    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

  • Reply Rebecca February 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    That’s lovely. Very inspiring. tried to get the badge code off your side bar but it wouldn’t work.
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  • Reply Nikki Thomas February 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    That is so lovely! It doesn’t have to be perfect what matters is that you made it! I bet Lyla will love it x
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  • Reply Rebecca February 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm

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

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  • Reply Mama Syder February 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Wow, I love Her! I want to try this too…fab! x
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  • Reply jenny Paulin February 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    ~Jess this is amazing – you are a wonderful rag doll maker! well done you! x
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  • Reply lulastic February 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    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”

  • Reply Sarah February 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks for looking at my blog and leaving lovely comments. Your doll is so sweet. Well done!
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  • Reply Jennifer February 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    She is so sweet, a wonderful keepsake, especially because she is made out of old clothes. Wonderful!
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  • Reply Emma @mummymummymum February 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I want to join! I think your doll is brilliant.

    Maggy’s doll is on my list of things to do too. xx
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