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Doll Softies

Fabric: Penny and Friends by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Project design: Erica Jackman


Make two sweet dolls (along with eight others) fast from a fabric panel. "Penny", a reproduction 1930s doll, and nine of her doll friends are so easy to sew!



Here’s the whole panel. It’s about 22x44".

The materials given are for ten doll softies. Instructions are for making one.



  • One panel (makes 10 doll softies)
  • 10—8x11" rectangles assorted prints (or 1/2 yard) for backing
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • Chopstick (optional)


Finished doll: about 8x3"

Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances.
Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.



Assemble the Doll:


1. Cut out a single doll print along printed border. With a water-soluble marking pen, draw a line around doll shape about 1/2" away from outer edges.


2. With wrong sides together, layer and pin marked doll print and 6x10" backing rectangle. Cut out layers on marked line.


3. Pin cut shapes with right sides together (printed sides). Using a water-soluble marker, mark a 2" opening along one edge of doll shape.


4. Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew around shape, leaving marked opening free. (See how to sew a curve here.) Clip around curved edges. (See more about clipping curves here.)


5. Turn right side out. Stuff doll shape with fiberfill, using a chopstick to pack filling into small areas.

TIP: Using small “tufts” of polyester makes for a smoother finished stuffed doll.


6. Fold unstitched seam allowances to inside; pin in place. Using a needle and thread, stitch opening closed. (See how to sew a seam closed with invisible stitches here.)