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Classic Sewn Doll

Stages in making our classic sewn doll

It works best to make this doll’s body of stretch, knit brown fabric, stuffed to feel firm, but not hard. Click on the heading to see a picture showing the stages of making a doll. You can also look closely at the examples pictured in our Gallery to give you ideas. There are many more fabulous examples in our book “100 DOLLS, COUNTLESS HEARTS” which may be purchased from our shop.

Download the classic-sewn-doll (JPG) pattern (in two parts).  Top | Bottom


Our Headquarters at Anderson Road Community Centre in Forresfield WA, will no longer open on  Mondays.
From Tuesday 25th April, 2023 opening times are:

Tuesdays 1pm – 3pm

Fridays 10am – 2pm

To contact  us please use the Contact Us button on the top right of this page.

Temporary Changes to Opening Hours

Anderson Road Community Centre,
24 Anderson Road Forrestfield WA
Open Hours
If you are planning a visit to our Headquarters in Forrestfield, please note temporary changes to our session times below:
Monday 3rd April, 2023 1pm – 2pm (early closure from usual 3pm time).
Monday 17th April 2023 CLOSED.

Opening Hours 2021

Opening hours for our headquarters Anderson Road Community Centre, 24 Anderson Road Forrestfield are:

Mondays 1pm – 3pm commencing Monday 8th February 2021. Public Holidays Excluded.

Fridays 10:00am – 2:00pm commencing Friday 26th February 2021.

End of Year Open Hours for Headquarters, Anderson Road Community Centre Forrestfield WA

As we approach the end of the year there are a few dates to note for visitors to our Anderson Road Centre in Forrestfield.
Monday 23rd, November 1pm – 3pm.
Friday 27th November 10am – 2pm.
Monday 30th November 1pm – 3pm,
Friday 4th December 10am – 2pm is LAST DAY FOR DROPPING OFF ITEMS – dolls or materials.
After 4th December please hold on to your dolls or other donations until we reopen in February 2021.  Opening date will be posted here when confirmed.


Hi Everyone
Well, all the dolls are packed and ready to go. I’m sure you’ll be thrilled to know that your efforts have contributed to a total of 96 bags containing
4309 dolls
236 sewing kits
387 balls
210 African animals
300 assorted toys, puppets and rattles.
Everyone deserves a pat on the back and many many thanks for having produced such a treasure trove for the children in KZN.
You are all very special and much appreciated.
Keep up the great work. 

Temporary Closure

Our centre at 24 Anderson Road Forrestfield (Anderson Road Community Centre) will be closed on Friday 25th September 2020.  Normal opening times for Friday 10:00am to  2:00pm will resume the following week Friday 2nd October 2020


To celebrate the reopening of our Headquarters in the Anderson Road Community Centre, Forrestfield, we are offering for a limited time only, our book “100 dolls Countless Hearts for the children of KwaZulu Natal for the very special price of just $5  (PICK UP ONLY and CASH ONLY) from 24 Anderson Road Forrestfield WA

Open for sales Fridays 10 am – 2pm

Next Shipment from Western Australia

Our next shipment of dolls to KwaZulu Natal, the first we have been able to send since December 2019 is now scheduled!

To be included in this shipment completed dolls need to be received at our Headquarters, Anderson Road Community Centre, 24 Anderson Road, Forrestfield WA on or before Monday 21st September, 2020.

Dolls can be delivered to the Anderson Road Centre on Mondays 1pm – 3pm or Fridays 10am – 2pm. 

Dolls may also be posted to our postal address:  PO Box 118 Forrestfield WA 6058.  


Anderson Road Opening Hours

We are pleased to advise that our Headquarters in the Anderson Road Community Centre, 24 Anderson Road Forrestfield, Western Australia, is open again!

Opening hours are: Monday 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Closed on public holidays).

                                    Friday   10:00am – 2:00pm.

COVID-19 procedures are in place including a 10 person limit in the main meeting room.



Bunbury WA 2020

Uthando Project would like to thank Deborah Campbell, who after eight years of co-ordinating the wonderful dollmakers group in Bunbury WA, is moving on to other local community art works. Deb’s tireless commitment to making dolls, recruiting and sharing your skills with others and managing fundraising events has ensured that hundreds of children in KwaZulu Natal have been able to receive a doll of their own. We will miss her visits to our Perth cente, her car packed to the rafters with bags of dolls ready for shipment. Will be looking out for you Deb, at Bunbury art events, especially Tree Street Safari!

Covid 19

In line with current community efforts being made to reduce the risk of Corona virus spread,  Headquarters at Anderson Road Community Centre in Forrestfield WA will be closed, until further notice.  
We ask that you keep any completed dolls you have made until we are able to reopen.

Dollmaking activities at CWA, Albany WA: Multicultural Centre, Fremantle WA: Sorrento WA, and  Cygnet Tasmania have also been suspended.

2019 Festive Season

Uthando Project thanks all our supporters for their commitment and dedication to ensuring more children in KZN can receive a doll. We wish you all a happy and safe festive season and look forward to seeing you again in 2020.
Our headquarters at Anderson Road Community Centre, Forrestfield WA will close Friday 13th December to reopen on Monday February 3rd, 2020 1:30pm to 4pm.


Please note that the postal address for Uthando Project has changed.
Uthando Project now has it’s very own postal box address: Please send all items to us at: Uthando Project, PO Box 118 FORRESTFIELD WA 6058

WA Craft Show 2019 Claremont Showgrounds August 2nd,3rd and 4th

Uthando Project will again be at the WA Craft Fair at Claremont Showgrounds this year. The Craft Fair has combined with the WA Woodwork Fair to bring patrons a huge range of stalls and displays over three days for one ticket price. Follow link for details and to purchase tickets early. Come and visit the Uthando Project stall to talk to our supporters and check out the range of beautifully crafted items we will have for sale. Or sponsor a doll and include a note to the child who will receive it.  All proceeds raised contribute to costs of freighting dolls to the children of KwaZulu Natal

Shipping Time!

‘It’s that time of year again. We have thousands more dolls ready for shipment to South Africa later this month and we appreciate any donations that help towards the cost of the freight. Each doll costs about $1.50 to send so a donation of $15 will help send 10 dolls. $100 will ship a whole bag of dolls. Any amount is always appreciated and helps spread the joy of Uthando dolls. Help light up a life! Don’t forget EOFY and all donations are tax deductible!’

Mothers Day 2019

With Mothers’ Day approaching, please consider making a donation in honour of your Mother.
Help us send the next shipment of dolls to vulnerable children in KwaZulu Natal. 
Donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.  Donations can be made through PayPal or Credit Card by scrolling down to the Donate button below.  Alternatively payments can be made by cheque posted to: The Treasurer. Uthando Project Inc, P.O.Box 118 Forrestfield WA 6058.  

Albany 2018

Albany Group invited dollmakers to join them for a fun weekend gathering. Never enough time for photos. Many thanks to Laura from CWA holiday units, staff at the Museum of the Great Southern – Albany, Trish and Chris everyone else for helping out.