Little two and a half inch dolls, made to spread
joy and cheer.
These tiny girls love to be hung alongside the glowing lights of a tree or just carried in your pocket
strung amongst your keys.
They're happy to be anywhere that they'll be smiled upon and praised.
So sew some up for yourself and friends, and have
What you'll need:
printed pdf pattern for Mini Matryoshkas
several colors of felt including skin toned felt for the doll's faces (I like to use 2 shades of the same color for the body of my dolls)
fabric marker or chalk pencil
pink (rosy) colored pencil
hand sewing and embroidery needles
applique pins - optional
fabric scissors (a small sharp pair helps greatly with the detailed cutting of little things)
clear, fast drying fabric glue like "Unique Stitch"
thread to match felt for doll body
black pearl cotton or floss
hair colored pearl cotton or floss
other bits of pearl cotton/floss to sew on flower embellishments
6 inches of complimentary yarn (or floss) for hanging
How to make one:
First print and cut out all pattern pieces.
Choose the colors for your Matryoshka's hood, back and tummy.
Next, you can either trace your pattern pieces onto the felt with a fabric marker or pencil, or you may opt to use itty bitty applique pins to pin the pieces down and cut around them. I use both methods depending on the pattern piece's shape and size.
Cut out you doll's face, hood, tummy and back of body. Be sure to mark where her hood overlaps her tummy piece.
Apply a tiny amount of glue around face and top edge of tummy.
|Front view - Back view|
Glue her face behind her hoods opening and then line hood up with the top of her tummy (along overlap line).
While the glue is drying choose and cut out your flower design. Feel free to play around and come up with your own flower and leaf combinations.
|Click on photos for a larger view ;)|
Attach your flower design to your doll's tummy. I use a single straight stitch to attach my leaves and either a french knot or cross stitch in the center of my flowers.
After the glue has dried, using a single strand of coordinating thread, take some small stitches around the base and opening of the hood, to secure your gals face and tummy.
Next using a double strand of hair colored pearl cotton or floss, satin stitch her hair. Use the pattern as a guide for placement and stitch slightly under the hood as you go, so as to avoid any bald spots.
Now mark eyes, lashes and mouth placement and stitch with a single strand of black pearl cotton/floss. Use a twice wrapped french knot for the center of her eyes and straight stitches for her lashes and mouth. Draw on your doll's blushing cheeks with your pink colored pencil.
On the back body piece, using a large needle, pass the 6" of yarn, knotted at the end, through center of felts loft and come up at the top of your dolls head, this will secure your dolls hanging loop, but you should not be able to see the stitch from the doll's back side (see photo bellow).
|Wrong side/ inside doll - Right side/back of doll|
Draw needle back through the center of the felt and out next to your original knot. It helps to hold the felt at the doll's head secure between two fingers as you do this, and you may need to reshape the felt a bit at the needles entry point. Knot the yarn an inch from the end, trim off excess and pull loop taut.
Sandwich the two body pieces together.
Starting at the bottom right corner of your little lady's body, blanket stitch her front and back pieces together using a single strand of coordinating thread. Stop at the opposite corner, leaving the bottom open.
Stuff firmly. Use the end of your pencil to help push stuffing into her head and body.
Finish by closing her up with blanket stitch across the bottom.
You've made a sweet little dolly to hang from your tree or anywhere that brings you joy.
Now make some more and give them to your friends. Everyone is sure to delight in their delicate cuteness!
Lots of love,
Thank you. This is so beautiful. It reminds me of my grandma and my Eastern European heritage.
These are so cute!!!
April, these are adorable!
Fantastic! Thanks for creating a tutorial for these gorgeous dolls : )
So lovely! Thanks for this super cut idea!
Even the tutorial is cute!
oh so cute!!!
April - Thank you so much for changing the text!
Just found your blog, this tutorial is adorable!
Thank you very much for sharing this lovely project, I shall be making a few to go in my family's and special friends christmas presents ! magic !
These are adorable! I like them so much that I linked to them on my blog, www.namesakedesign.blogspot.com. I can't wait to try making my own.
These are so cute!!!
Thanks for this tutorial - I have a friend who is going to LOVE one of these. so cute
These are darling! I love the little flowers. So sweet! :)
Olá!Fiquei tão feliz ao ver as bonecas e resolvi fazer para da-las aos meus netos e netas.
sempre queiz aprender a fazer porque me lembra o Pais proximo que meu papai nasceu à querida Polônia.Obrigada e feliz Natal.
Com muito amor e carinho desta aqui do Brasil.blog-da-vovo.blogspot.com jinhos.Vera Fonseca.
I love matryoshkas. These are darling!
How kind to share this tutorial. THANK YOU!!!
April, you have made my day! Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I love Matryoshka dolls and now I can make a million or a few for my Christmas tree.
I love this tutorial! I've just made some and they are so cute. I'm going to include some with presents I'm giving this year. Thank you!
I have a thing for anything Matroyshka! thank you for sharing this tutorial!
April, I just finished my first little matryoshka! Thanks for the pattern. :)
These are charming. Thank you for sharing them with us.
I really enjoyed making this precious doll during your workshop today (despite all my pouting and complaining!). She looks beautiful on our Christmas tree, and I'm so proud of her! You are a very patient and talented instructor. I look forward to putting all of your great techniques into action again to make some more of these little darlings. The creative possibilities are endless! Thank you for such an inspiring project!
thanks so much for your lovely idea and pattern! I just made one for our Christmas tree and we love it!
Thank you for generously sharing this pattern. I will save it for next year.
I was searching for a cross stitch pattern for matryoshkas, but I love these and will definitely be having a go at making them.
These are adorable.
These dolls are so cute, thank you for sharing. I also like how you photograph on paper/fabric, it looks better than the white sheet I use! xx
Love them!! Definitely going to have to make me a batch!
Love, love, love these!!
My husband went to Poland and brought us stacking dolls when he came home! I have 3 girls... wonder if I can/will make enough for them and me!? :) Thanks for sharing.
Oh, found you via Pinterest.com.
thanks for the pattern and the tutorial. The Minis are cute, cute, cute, adorable and cute :)
You may have a look at my versions on my blog.
Greetings from Germany!!
Way too cute! I'll have to convince my mom to sew a few into keychains for me!
Made one for my tree last year and loved it so much. Now, I'm attempting to make 50 of them in the next 3 weeks to give as gifts. Wish me luck! Any tips for mass producing?
This is one of the first sewing crafts I've ever tried, and though she's far from perfect, my little doll still turned out adorable! Great tutorial :)
very very beautiful, thanks, merci
merci pour ce beau tuto
Thanks April,I love these dolls.I have two of them in their sets,they both were given to me as gifts.I wish I had seen your store before because I was in Columbus last week.Thanks again,
merci j aime les matrio c est trop beau bises
Thanks for sharing the pattern! I'm in Dayton, OH, so I will definitely try to visit your shop when I am in Columbus next!
Love Matryoshkas!!! These are lovely and very easy to make. Thank you very very much from Uruguay!!
So sweet! What a nice break from quilting! Just too cute, I will start one right away! Dotti
Amazing! I also wish him good luck to defend his gold medal. I like to share it with all my friends and hope they will also encourage him.
oh my these Mini Matryoshkas are super cute!!! I love that they're easy to make too! I featured this in my blog: http://www.plushiepatterns.com/mini-matryoshka-doll/ thanks for sharing!
Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts.
This is a great tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
Short but very precise information… Thanks for sharing this one.
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