To make these Minimum-sew patterns, you only need to know how to start and finish a line of running stitch with strong oversews. Experienced dollmakers may add embroidery, ricrac braid, lace, pieces of felt or appliqué. Download our Minimum-sew dolls’ clothes patterns for a top, skirt, pants and a dress made by adding a skirt to a stretch top.
The success of these no-sew patterns often depends on using knit fabric or fabric which doesn’t fray. This means no need for hems or facings. Click on the heading to view and download our No-sew dolls’ clothes patterns for a circular skirt, no-sew jacket, flip-over top, one-shoulder tie dress and vest with shoulder seams (a tiny amount of sewing).
The Alusa Knitted Doll is mainly knitted in stocking stitch, but you may prefer to highlight knitted-in clothing with garter stitch. Clothes may be knitted separately or indicated with change of colour. Click on the heading to view and download our Alusa Knitted Doll pattern.
This Sunbeam knitted doll is a very quick and simple pattern, suiting beginners and children. It takes one ball of yarn (a little more if knitted in garter stitch). You can knit separate clothing, or use coloured wool to ‘knit in’ the clothing. These dolls are given to small children, so should not have beads or buttons sewn on. Download our Sunbeam Doll Pattern.
The Uthando Project needs lots of boy dolls. This Knitted Boy Doll is approx. 33cms high. You’ll need brown wool for skin, black wool for hair, and bright colours for knitted-in undies or other clothing. Click on the heading to view and download our Knitted Boy Doll Pattern.
Click on the heading to view and download Kay Daw’s Basic knitted dolls’ clothes patterns for a skirt, top, sleeveless top, pants, Jacket and tee-shirt.
This knitted monkey pattern was devised by Uthando volunteer Anne Bell. You’ll need a single ball of 8 ply wool, in dark brown or monkey colour (or another fun colour), plus a small amount of lighter (contrast) for feet, hands, face and ears. Use 4 mm needles. We have been told that these monkeys are very much appreciated by the boys who receive our dolls. Click on the heading to view and download the Knitted Monkey pattern.
This Knitted Ball is made in one piece; the pattern makes a cross shape which becomes a ball when you sew the edges together and stuff firmly. You can be creative with different colours or textured wool. Click on the heading to view and download our Knitted Ball in One Piece pattern.
These puppets will be used especially by counsellors helping children, so think about this as you create the character of your puppet. The face might be sad or angry, not always happy. Click on the heading to view and download our Knitted Hand Puppet pattern.
This cheerful crocheted doll has a very friendly face. You’ll need 8 ply yarn in brown for the skin, plus two contrasting colours. Made on a No 3.50 crochet hook, unless using different ply yarn. Click on the heading to view and download our Crocheted doll pattern.
In December 2013, Georgia and her team packed up over 2000 dolls waiting to travel to KwaZulu Natal – and they are now on their way. A huge thank you to all those doll makers who contributed, or who have sent dolls independently.
It’s wonderful for a doll to have a shoulder bag filled with spare clothing, and we have a number of shoulder bag designs which you can experiment with. Click on the heading to view and download our Shoulder Bag Designs.
It is very nurturing for the child to wrap up a doll, and for this we suggest making a Doll Wrap. Children love to play out games of ‘real life’. Carrying a doll on their back is what their mother or older siblings do with a baby, and the Child Wrap is designed for this. Click on the heading to view and download our Doll and Child Wraps patterns.
October 2013: The Shire of Kalamunda’s media release about the Uthando Dollmaking Exhibition at the Zig Zag Gallery.
August 2013: The Witness (a KwaZulu Natal newspaper) has an article about: Inspirational teen to share doll-making passion teaching underprivileged children.
“Where most teenage girls give away their old bought dolls, Lesley Jung (14) has given away hand-crafted dolls that she makes herself from scratch…”