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Matryoshka Dolls

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Author Precious Patterns
Price $4.99
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These precious Russian Matryoshka dolls are very easy to make. They can be made in four different sizes –
small (4 3/4” tall), medium (6 3/4” tall), large (8 3/4” tall) and X large (10 1/2” tall) – measurements are from the top of the head to the bottom of the body. Your favorite little girl will love carrying these sweet dolls around. They are perfect for little hands to hold. There aren’t any attached embellishments (if you eliminate the ribbons) which make them safe for babies (although, babies should always be watched carefully with toys). The sample dolls are made using a sewing machine but they can be made entirely by hand using running stitches to assemble them and blanket stitch embroidery around the faces. Cotton fabrics were used for sample dolls. It will be fun to make the dolls from holiday fabrics for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.

This eight page PDF e-pattern includes full size patterns to make the dolls in four sizes, a materials list, detailed instructions written in English and clear step-by-step photographs.

*Note: These are downloadable instructions and patterns for making a matryoshka doll. Since it is a download, a window will open to download and when you are signed into your user account at the time of purchase, it will also be located in the "My Library" section of your user account immediately after purchase.

by Murray, Carrie
on April 27th, 2012

What a cute pattern! Very easy to make and makes good use of fabric scraps! Thanks for a great pattern.

by Corneille, Allison
on April 25th, 2012

so so cute!

by Mock, Melanie
on February 23rd, 2012

I love this pattern, each one turns out so cute! A great way to use scraps.

by Anderson, Laura
on January 10th, 2012

made a few of these for my 4 girls, they were really easy to make and the pattern was very simple and easy to understand. Thanks so much for taking the time to put this pattern together :D

by Carrie Murray
on August 1st, 2001

What a cute pattern! Very easy to make and makes good use of fabric scraps! Thanks for a great pattern.


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Fabric rectangles are a guideline – less fabric is needed for smaller dolls.
Cotton print or stripe fabric - 8” x 16” rectangle for doll body, 5” x 13” rectangle for doll head
Cotton solid fabric – 3 1/2” square for face, 2” x 3 1/2” rectangle for hair
Iron-on fusible web for fabric – 3 1/2” x 5 1/2” rectangle for face & hair (Lite Steam-A-Seam 2
Fusible Web by The Warm Company was used for sample dolls but any fusible web for
fabric will work fine)
Polyester fiberfill for stuffing doll
Sewing thread – color for outline around face & color that matches fabric
Embroidery floss – same color as thread used to outline face
Ribbon – 1 yard to wrap around doll & tie into a bow (width of ribbon depends upon size of doll)
OPTIONAL – 5” fabric square for apron
OPTIONAL – 12” x 16” rectangle of fusible fleece to adhere to wrong side of assembled doll front and back shapes – this is not necessary but it makes stuffing the doll easier and it gives the finished doll a nicer look without lumps from the stuffing showing through the fabric – fusible fleece comes in different types – a soft pliable type that is great for the dolls or a stiff type which doesn’t work as well for the dolls but it’s great for purses. If fusible fleece isn’t available, you can use white cotton muslin or flannel fabric – extra fabric or batting between the doll and the stuffing helps to prevent lumps.
OPTIONAL: Dab Fray Check or Aleene’s Stop Fraying on cut ends of ribbon ties to prevent them from fraying

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