the sweetest little dollies you ever did see


I made a few dolls for a few special little girls in my life.



She is wearing a cable knit ruffle-front sweater {not the easiest material to sew, but oh so cute} with yellow dot bubble skirt.




A little suit of jersey ruffles – sweet and simple.



Sawyer is funky with a polka-dot top, floral bubble skirt and a teensy flower pin {sewn on, not pinned}



The real Isabella is the best dressed little girl around, often sporting baby legs, so I decided to make a mini pair for this baby. 


Surely not as cute as the real little girls, but I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.

{I used this pattern to make the dolls}

62 Responses to the sweetest little dollies you ever did see

  1. Casey December 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    I have been obsessing over these doll for about a year now and now that my little girl has come I am so excited to make one for her. I was wondering if like others above if you would mind sharing what kind of fabric was used for the body and/or how you made the skirts. Thanks for always being so inspiring. Everyone is getting Emily inspired gifts from me this year.

  2. Eileen Conlon October 2, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Hi Emily,
    The dolls you made are beautiful! Would you mind sharing how you made the skirts? Thank you.

  3. Teresa February 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    I just made my first doll for a very special girl. I put her name and the verse that her parents chose for her on her back on a little patch. Thanks so much for sharing. Your dolls are adorable! I love the material you used, too. What is that? I just used muslin.

  4. tobi d January 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    okay – i know its two weeks later but I remembered this post and want to make for Valentines day for my daughter. I have the same question as cara though! What is your body material made of? Is it a broadcloth? Thanks, Tobi

  5. cara January 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    these are ADORABLE! what type of fabric did you use for the face and body?

  6. lauren January 2, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Would it be strange to say that I want one for myself ;-) Truthfully, I would love to make one for my little girl!!

  7. Leanne January 2, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    wow, i wish i were a better, more patient seamstress, (and had little girls in my life!) as these little dolls are just perfect – you are so talented!

  8. Beth B January 1, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    I love the individual looks for each doll!

  9. Lindsey January 1, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Wow…those are adorable!

  10. WhisperWood Cottage December 31, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    Adorable is an understatement! Am I too old for a doll of my own? :)


  11. Deana December 31, 2010 at 7:21 am #

    I love them!! How long did it take you to finish 1 doll start to finish?

  12. Christy Eriksson December 31, 2010 at 12:55 am #

    These are the cutest things ever! I don’t have a girl but I still want one! Linz is a lucky girl to have you as a cousin. :)

  13. Amoreena December 31, 2010 at 12:24 am #

    SO cute! Your dolls are even more fantastic than the dolls from the pattern that you used!

  14. Tamara December 30, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    These are wonderful! I wish blogs had been around when my daughter was little….there are so many creative ideas out there!!

  15. Katherine December 30, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    Those are adorable. Four very lucky little girls will be so happy.

  16. Aja December 30, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    I LOVE these dolls! They are so cute! You did an amazing job on all of their little outfits- thanks for sharing!!

  17. Jennifer W. December 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    Love them! They are so cute! You are very talented!

  18. jodi @ back40life December 30, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    ooh – how adorably cute! love them – you did a fab job!!

  19. Rebekah {honeyandcheese} December 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    These are soooo sweet! (Confession – I got a baby doll for my 21st birthday. I don’t think we girls ever grow out of them. :) )

    I’d love to link to this from my blog – may I use one of your photos to do so?

  20. Audrey December 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    Seriously – I, too, am 24 and would like one of these dolls for myself! Especially since my name is Audrey. I am due next week with a little girl of my own, and I think she needs one of these adorable dollies! But i have no sewing skills whatsoever. Pleeease start selling them?? :)

  21. Sarah December 30, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    As soon as you start selling them, I want one!!!! AH! They are perfect!

  22. Jordan G December 30, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    Umm… I’m 24 and I would like to get one of these dolls for XMas. So cute!

  23. Janell Beals December 30, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    These are absolutely adorable, sweet!!! Janell

  24. Ladizzle December 30, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Those are so dang cute! Love the outfits!

  25. Micah December 30, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    Uh.Dor.Uh.Ble! I absolutely LOVE your sense of style! I am so glad I found your blog this year. :D

  26. Sherry Hart December 30, 2010 at 8:09 am #

    Those are dang cute!

  27. Kelly Rand December 30, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    Emily! You’ve done it again… how unique! I know some sewing projects take longer than others, but I bet some of us would be willing to pay a pretty good amount for something so creative :)

  28. Meghan Beck December 30, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    SO CUTE. I want their outfits for me.

  29. Stacey December 30, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    Oh if I only sewed…ADORABLE!

  30. Tara December 30, 2010 at 6:15 am #

    seriously the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

  31. Ashley @ One in the SAHM December 30, 2010 at 12:42 am #

    Oh my goodness, Emily – are you selling these!?!? Talk about THE cutest little baby shower gift or 1st birthday gift or just “you’re a cute girl and I like you” gift. You are SO talented.

  32. Tiffany from HOLIDAY December 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    These are the most darling dolls I have ever seen! I’m very partial to Audrey.

  33. Deidre December 29, 2010 at 9:31 pm #

    Loving these lovely little dolllies…and thinking my three lovely little ladies may just love them as much as I do!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  34. Kristi December 29, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    I love the Sienna doll…I want one for my little girl! ADORABLE!

  35. Megan December 29, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    Love these lil’ cuties! I made dolls for my girls a couple Christmases ago. There is a pattern similar to yours on Martha Stewarts web site (Black apple dolls). So cute & fun to make.
    Love your style.
    Happy New Year!

  36. Jenny December 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    WOW- These are ADORABLE! Just love their little outfits!

  37. Amy King December 29, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    Would you ever think about selling those cute dolls?!!! I would be the first to buy! So sweet! You are super talented my friend!

  38. mary katharine December 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    Should not be allowed! So super cute!! I have to admit, I was actually speed reading the post anxiously hoping to find the “you can buy your own” at the bottom:). Perfect, perfect! I will check out the link … maybe a good project for my 12 year old.

  39. valerie December 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    sorry for the typos….sister ….our eyes….them…gosh my fingers are not typing very well this evening!:)

  40. etta December 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    the dollies are adorable!!! i would def buy one if you were selling them!

  41. valerie December 29, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    These asre precious. Reminds me of some rag dolls that my mommy had made formy sistrer and I and they had dresses and hair made of yarn and eyes sewed onto the fabric that matched out eyes….these are so so great! love them….I thinkyou need to sell tham…perhaps one that is a boy doll too….

  42. Shelley December 29, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    Those are so stinking cute I literally squealed in delight!!! What lucky little girls! I’m going to have to stop looking at your site because every project you feature ends up going on my To-Tackle list :) Ok, that will never happen, you’re my fav!

  43. Kim December 29, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    *Love* BTW I like your new header too!

  44. dorylyn December 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    Oh these are so adorable!!!!

  45. Heather {WhipperBerry} December 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm #

    These are tooooo cute!! Well done!

    Heather from WhipperBerry

  46. Christi December 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    What sweet memories these brought back for me! Not to mention I have a little girl of my own named Sawyer…. I made dolls very similar to these when my girl was little… she just completed her first semester of college this year! My, how time flies! But she still has the doll and I am sure it will be something she will treasure as she one day becomes a mama. — I stitched a little message on the back of the doll, which is hidden under her dress. I also made a matching dress for my daughter. So much fun. — Thank you for sharing your projects! My two girls and I made flower pins from your tutorials this Christmas. It was the perfect way for them to give gifts to their girlfriends. Spending little money, but creating something unique and cute.

  47. Amanda M. December 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    OH MY GOODNESS! These are just darling! I LOVE the cableknit sweater!

  48. Julie December 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    They are the sweetest! I purchased that pattern over a year ago and still have not tried it yet! Are they hard to make? I am new to sewing and thought they might be easy! I guess I need to get on it! I know my little girl would love one! You are a talented mama!

  49. Becky December 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm #

    These are just darling! I could think of so many girls that I would love to buy these for. You should make these and sell them, seriously. Too cute!

  50. Brenna December 29, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    These are amazing! Such talent!

  51. Lynne December 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Emily… an amazing designer… with her own little {Rag~Dollie} runway show!
    Soooooooo cute!…. How lucky are the recipients of such sweet works of love! *L*

  52. michele b. December 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    This just may be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! LOVE these!

  53. Emily Lauren December 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    These are seriously the cutest dolls ever! You need your own TV show!

  54. jami nato December 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    are you freaking serious? these are the cutest thing i’ve ever seen. darn you and your craftiness.

  55. Rebecca December 29, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

    Those are simply SWEET!

  56. Nicki December 29, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    Wow! You did a FABULOUS job on those. I bet the little girls will love them!

  57. rachel December 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    You are soo talented!! I wish I could sew!! Did you take classes?? The dolls are adorable!!

  58. Pudel - design December 29, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    Love them all!!!

  59. Heather December 29, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    Those are too cute for words.

  60. I Live in an Antbed December 29, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    Oh my! Oh my! Those are absolutely adorable! Our first grandbaby is on the way . . . Wonder if it’s a girl? I could start now!!

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