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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 …

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Simple Doll Pattern

We have designed a new doll, called Simple Doll, which lends itself to a production line system … after Bertha Magoge, TREE director, commented that they see 40,000 children each year! Big thanks to Dolls and Daydreams for the inspiration for this adaptable pattern for boy and girl dolls. Simple Doll Pattern


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.   OPEN   Monday 23rd, November 1pm – 3pm. Friday 27th November 10am – 2pm. Monday 30th November 1pm – 3pm, Friday 4th December 10am – 2pm is LAST DAY FOR …

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Temporary Change to Open hours

With our recent shipment now on it’s way to KZN Our volunteers are taking a well earned  break from delivery and sorting tasks. Our Centre at Anderson Road Forrestfield will be closed on Monday 2nd November 2020 and Monday 16th November 2020.


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 …


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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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November 2019 Newsletter available to read in our “News” section now! Thanks to all the dollmakers for submitting items and photos of events for sharing.


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

http://www.wacraftshow.com.au/ 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 …

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Simple undies can be made from a rectangle of stretch fabric stitched along the side seam. Stitch a crotch to make leg holes. This example is of undies made from a spare sock.  

Photo of no-sew skirt

No-sew dolls’ clothes

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 …

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Alusa knitted doll

Alusa Knitted Doll

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.

Sunbeam knitted doll

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 …

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Knitted Boy Doll

Knitted Boy Doll

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.  

Knitted monkey

Knitted Monkey

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 …

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Knitted Ball

Knitted Ball (one piece)

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.

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