A Handmade Toy Is Love Made Visible

Your child's imagination is a sacred space of story and movement.

It is peopled with the folk and critters of her dreams and wishes.

It is a delight to watch your child play with laughter and selfless abandon.
You want to keep your child safe in her childhood.

But your child's freedom to think for herself is under attack. Toys and dolls born of TV, video games, and movies are littering her personal world of play. They steal away her own beautiful words and stories.

Corporate-driven toys come pre-scripted, made from toxic materials, designed to be disposable and limited.

There is no love in these toys. None of these toys was made for her. No one in the corporate board room was thinking about your child. No relationship was fostered.

It's time to bring the love back into play.

A child breathlessly awaits the big reveal of a toy that says "this was made just for you". No scripts. Just love. This doll and this child form a new relationship. And there, anything is possible.

SweaterDoll has sewing patterns for dolls and toys that make your love visible and your child's stories playable.

SweaterDoll products include:
  • toy and doll sewing patterns, 
  • tutorials, 
  • helpful skills videos,
  • advices regarding toxin-free fiber options, and
  • upcycling resources to help you create eco-friendly toys. 

The PDF files allow you to print only what you need, and you can print the templates over and over again.

You, the maker, decide on color, texture, and materials that suit your child best.

Making a toy for your child is relationship building. Children tend to favorite their handmade toys, finding a comfort in them commercial toys simply can't provide.

Your purchase supports a home-based, mother-run handmade business.

New to sewing? Have some questions? Looking for a special style, animal, or folk character? I am always just an email away and happy to answer your questions and address your needs. I want you to be successful at making a special toy for your special child.

SweaterDoll sewing patterns - 
classics with a modern twist

Using new or reclaimed textiles, you can use the patterns and projects of SweaterDoll to create a traditional cloth doll with a modern twist.

A signature element of many of the dolls is the fabric hair which is sewn in rather than added after sewing the doll. 
  • No tangled yarn 
  • No pilled and ratty looking felt
  • Even young children can style it

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SweaterDoll on Etsy offers DIY toy and doll sewing patterns, tutorials, and upcycling e-books.

Craftsy SweaterDoll carries my free downloadable tutorials as well as all my patterns for sale.


I am a self-professed rag hound and thrift store queen. I learned how to sew and make toys and other household textiles at the feet of Cajun and farm women of the American South and Midwest in the 1960s and 70s.

With an unexpected switch to single motherhood and limited funds, I started making most of my own two young children's toys, dolls, and games. I drew from a deep well of women's wisdom and traditional needlework skills and the depth of my children's imaginations to create original designs that filled their playroom with open-ended play opportunities.

Limiting their TV time helped the children develop the capacity to play in their own safe worlds for hours on end, allowing me to work, study, and do housework without worry. Joining them in their play was easy as their stories came from our own imagination, not prescripted from TV or video games. The best part was that their play was filled with love and relationship.

That's what motivates me to help parents and friends of children to move away from toys that have limited playability and predetermined personalities.

Take your time with the upcycling tutorials or other articles here or in the Etsy or Craftsy shops. Email me if you have any questions or skills needs. I'm happy to help you create a gift that makes your love visible.


Glass House Mountains, Queensland, Australia

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