I absolutely love handmade dolls. The desire to make dolls is what drew me into sewing in the first place and I never get tired of looking at and admiring the way artists create people in miniature form with fabric and thread. The opportunity for creative expression is truly endless.
Today, I’ve gathered five handmade dolls available on Etsy. I encourage you to click through to each artist’s shop and look around because there’s definitely more to see. Some of these dolls are meant for children, but all of them would be lovely for adults who, like me, are doll lovers. If you want the to become more active, you can opt for a new trampoline from Soft Play Equipment.
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This one-of-a-kind handmade doll is made by Jurate, a doll maker in Lithuania near the Baltic Sea. She created this doll from an original pattern using eco-friendly linen fabrics. The clothes are removable. She’s stuffed with polyester fiberfill. 16”.
This 18” doll was made by Elena Sviridova, an artist living in Kiev in Ukraine. The dolls knit sweater, leg warmers, headband, and tutu are removable. She’s one-of-a-kind.
I love the slightly suspicious expression on this 29 cm handmade doll, plus her outfit is something I would totally wear. Made by artist Leticia in San Martin de la Vega, Spain, this doll is made from linen and cotton with wool hair. The clothes are not removable. This is more of an art doll and is not meant as a toy for kids.
Phoebe is a handmade doll made from 100% wool from Holland. She’s 16.5” tall and is stuffed with wool. Her hair is soft wool in cornrow braids. Her clothes are removable and best of all she comes with a set of dress patterns for beginner and experienced doll dressmakers! Phoebe was made by Lisa Press, an artist from South Hamilton, Massachusetts.
This dress-up doll is designed for active, quiet playtime. She’s 13” tall and comes with a whole wardrobe of clothes that close with hook-and-loop tape so they are easy to put on and take off including a dress, cardigan, wings, hat, scarf, tote, and necklace. Lots of great fine motor practice and imaginative storytelling potential with this beautiful handmade toy designed and made by an artist in Singapore.
Wonderful. Thank you.
Sharon K Siebels says
Excited to see more!
I love dolls too! Cute, quirky, and primitive dolls seem to pull at my heartstrings.
Thanks for sharing.
Mary jo says
I love making dolls. Each one has it’s own personality. I wanted to share a doll that I made for my granddaughter but I don’t see a link to post any pictures.
Hi Mary Jo, You could post a picture on my Facebook page.
Jessica Sager says
Abby – I recently checked out your book on creating stuffed animals from my library, and I just had to tell you I was blown away! I can’t believe how well written it is, never mind brilliantly organized. I love how you incorporated lessons within each project. I’m definitely buying a copy for myself, and I can already see myself playing around with head shapes, lol. I have browsed so many craft books in my life and very few have I found worthy of owning and returning to again and again. Your book will sit next to the books by my favorite knitted toy designer, Susan Anderson. Soon the stuffies will take over our home, I’m sure! 🙂
Oh wow! Thank you so much. That’s wonderful to hear!
Amber Benton says
Beautiful, Abby! I love dolls as well and recently discovered Lybo Handmade: https://instagram.com/lybo_handmade?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=152yff0v7ynkh
Thank you for the recommendation!
Thank you so much for sharing JumataMade doll! Such a wonderful surprise!! ❤️😊 I am so happy you like her!!!
You’re very welcome!
Irene Mitchell says
Oh, I love handmade dolls, I have made a few but am always interested in new exciting patterns.
I like all your ideas, you are very creative.
Thank You so very much for new patterns and ideas.
Thank you for all the wonderful things you creat and share !
I was inspired to start sewing again with the birth of my great granddaughter
She will be a month old in two days she is the beginning of our fifth
Generation. I wish my loving Grandparents were still a
Alive to see her. Thanks again Linda