Traditional Waldorf Doll

 Sewing Stitches you will need

Doll making – Stitches – Basting/Running-stitch

The basting/running stitch is used on every seam that was initially pinned. Before sewing the seam permanently, I like to use the running stitch. You will use it on the back of the head, on hands and feet and along the seams on arms and legs. The running stitch is also used to gather fabric, which we will do around the waist, wrists and ankles.


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Doll making – Stitches – Back-stitch

The backstitch is used to sew all seams, this happens after the basting/running stitch. We will use it to permanently sew the seams. You will use it on the back of the head, on hands and feet and along the seams on arms and legs.




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Doll making – Stitches – Ladder/Invisible-stitch

The ladder/invisible stitch I find the most important stitch in doll making. We will use it on every seam that we have to close from the “outside”. The top of the head, around the neck, the waist, wrists and feet.


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The whip stitch is simply taking the needle over, in and out.

The whipstitch is used to tack down the fabric. We will use it on the spine of the doll to prevent fabric from rolling up toward the neck.

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Doll making – Stitches – Cross-stitch in place (no matching picture)

The cross stitch in place is used only to secure the eye-string.

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The Double Wrap knot

We use the double wrap knot to secure the eye-string and the tie around the neck.

Sewing machine stitch

Use the stretch stitch which looks like a lightning bolt on the sewing machine.

If you don’t have a stretch stitch use a narrow set zig-zag

Note: Use scrap fabric to set correct tension

Traditional Doll Outfit Pattern

Traditional Doll Outfit Pattern

$ 7.50

This pattern collection includes instructions to create a pattern for a pair of underwear, pants, shirt/dress, footwear. 

Creating patterns to sew a basic doll outfit doesn't have to be difficult. Learn to create simple patterns to dress your traditional Waldorf doll.

The pieces should be loose fitting and easy to handle for a young child. Keep in mind those little hands are just getting started on fine motor skills. If you have trouble getting the right measurement, air on the side of caution and rather use a larger measurement over one that is too small. Also, do not forget to add a seam allowance when cutting your pattern out of fabric. 

Take doll measurements and get started!

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