Knowing that I had lots of my grandmother’s embroidered pillowcases, one of my crafty friends offered to lend me her pattern for pillowcase dolls! She explained that, historically, the dresses have matching bonnets and are worn by very simple, faceless muslin dolls so I’d actually have three items to cut out and sew—a doll, a dress, and a bonnet. Although I couldn’t locate a link for a free pattern like mine online, you can find several inexpensive (under ten dollars) patterns for dolls identical to these by Googling “pillowcase doll kits,” and you can also find free patterns for different types of rag dolls and doll dresses that could be adapted to this style. Making pillowcase dolls IS detailed and time-consuming, but it’s completely worth every tender stitch you put into it. I know these little ladies will be loved forever! ♥
These are so adorable!! And what a great way to preserve treasured pillowcases from your grandmother!
Thank you, Kenley! 🙂
Oh, these are wonderful! Maybe if I started now with my grandmother’s pillowcases when/if I have granddaughters they would be done? 🙂
That’s a good idea, Sara!!! 🙂
What an oiriginal idea and a great way to carry on the tradition of grandma’s linenes to a new generation. Many things like hand stitched linens are lost or forgotten, not seen for the priceless treasure they really are, but this brings them right back into the limelight where they deserve to be.
I love your comment! My grandmother inspired me to sew and craft, and I know she would love seeing these! 🙂
Love, love, love! These dolls bring back memories! My Mom, and grandmothers, embroidered lots of pillowcases and Mom made dolls from many of them. Wonderful!
Thank you, Laura! And I love that story!!! 🙂
Beautiful! I love them! My grandmother also embroidered and embellished pillowcases a lot. She got into the fabric paint–liquid embroidery, I think it was called, and did a lot of that too. I found a sheet she made for my son that had a drawing of ET on it! A weird heirloom! I wish I had some of her wonderful pillowcases to make into dolls, but I think all the ones we got from her, we used until completely worn out.
You must have had a way-cool granny to draw ET!!! 🙂 I love that story!
These are adorable. I may even try my hand at making a couple for Christmas gifts.
I hope you do, Lois! I know they will be lovely . . . and loved! 🙂
I just hope my sewing skills are good enough.
They are precious!
Thank you, Sarah! 🙂
Wow those are totally awesome!!!
Thank you, Lisa! 🙂
Love them…I would find it hard to separate them…mkg
I know . . . especially when they ended up all snuggled together in the photo! 🙂
Thank you, Amber! 🙂
Q – I have a book on this I bought years ago. Did I ever make one? Don’t ask. LOL!
That sounds like something I would do! 🙂
These are great! What a wonderful way to display those handmade pillowcases!
Thank you, Ruthie! 🙂
Thank you! That’s so nice of you to say! 🙂
I’ve never seen those before! Delightful.
Thank you! I wish I could have a dress like this! 🙂
No kidding! You amaze me with all you do. Your writing, your crafting. Top notch!
Aww . . . thank you! I just love to try new things! 🙂
These dolls are so beautiful!
Thank you, Ellen! 🙂
They are gorgeous!! And to give old pillowcases a new least of life….i love that. They would look lovely sitting on a bed. You done it again!!!
Thank you, Silvia! You always have the sweetest comments. 🙂
I see you’ve been a busy lady as usual. You are going to make some little girls so happy, are they for Christmas. Clever use of a cherished item.
Thank you, Boomdee! And yes, they’re going to some little girls! I actually made several more, but the “big girls” already have theirs. 🙂
I just love these, I wish I had old pillowcases from a grandmother, they would be a perfect gift for my niece. You are so talented.
Thank you, Liz! I have a lovely pile of other vintage linens from Grandma so I’m thinking of projects for those, too. I know some will become pillows!!! 🙂
What a marvelous idea! I’ll have to remember this if/when I ever get a Granddaughter. These gals are lovely and definitely appeal to my sense of nostalgia! 🙂
Thank you! And I hope you get a granddaughter someday . . . they’re amazing!!! 🙂
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Oh my, These are soooo adorable! Really love them. TFS. I have pinned them. Hope thats ok. Have a wonderful weekend.
Regards Florence x
That’s very sweet of you, Florence! I’m glad you enjoyed seeing them! 🙂
They are so pretty and inspiring. My fingers are itching to start.
Thank you! I hope you’ll get to make some. They take time . . . but they’re SO rewarding! 🙂
so beautiful! they would also just make a lovely decoration sitting on a chair.
I like that idea!!! 🙂
they are beautiful!!! and what a nice way to show some lovely hand embroidered fabric!
Thank you, Josee! 🙂
Oh my goodness, they are absolutely gorgeous. Well done
Thank you, Donna! 🙂
These dolls are really beautiful… I love vintage inspired dolls. Great job!!!
Thank you so much! I’ve always loved dolls, too. (I still have my Barbies!!!) 🙂
These dolls are so sweet!
Thank you! I love being able to use my grandmother’s pillowcases for dresses. I know she would love them, too! 🙂
These are so adorable…oh my goodness adorable, love them!
Thank you! I’m not sure if I’ll ever make more, but I do love them! 🙂
These are great. I am searching for a pattern to make one for my little girl with grandma’s pillowcase. Will you suggest one?
The pattern I used was a bedraggled copy of a copy from a friend, and I don’t have it anymore. 😦 But . . . I just googled “pattern for pillowcase dolls” and it looks like there are some available online, especially on ebay. I wish you good luck in your search, Kathryn! These dolls really are precious in every way.
Thank you visiting my blog :-). I am so glad to have come over, these are gorgeous!
I really appreciate this kind of artsy-craftsy folklore art. If I could sew beyond just a button repair stitch I’d give this a try myself. Thanks visit my blog.
I have several pillow cases like this handed down from my grandmother and great grandmothers. Right now they sit in my closet. However, I have three very young god daughters now. This would be an incredible gift that my grandma and I could do together for them. Thank you so much for the idea.
You’re very welcome! I no longer have this pattern (I think I loaned it and forgot to get it back!) but I’ve seen them available online. Can’t wait to see your dolls! 🙂
Wow these dolls are fantastic! Gorgeous!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving my friend! Hugz Lisa and Bear
These linen dolls remind me of a large angel doll that stands on a water-filled soda bottle or on top of a Christmas tree. My sister bought several as Christmas gifts from someone who handmade them. I have had mine for years. I love old linens and am finding some uses for the ones I inherited. Not sure I have any pillow cases though. I do know someone who collects them and uses them on her master bed pillows.
Thanks for subscribing to my blog. Most appreciated. I can see I simply must join yours too. By the way, how did you hear of me, if you don’t mind me asking. I am looking to build my following.
I’m on the ICL facebook page with you . . . I’m a former instructor there. 🙂
Thanks for letting me know where we connected. Are you writing books, magazine articles etc. in addition to your fabulous blog?
I’ve done all of the above, but right now I’m a full-time writer for Benchmark Education Company (student books, teacher’s guides, and so on). I used to be an elementary teacher, so it’s a great way to combine my education and love of writing. My web site is http://www.edwriter.com. 🙂
You are one interesting lady! I’ve written teacher guides for books and for Cobblestone magazine. No books, yet. I’m working at it! Thanks so much for sharing!
You are welcome! So good to meet you! 🙂
Thanks. Same here!
Hi all I so love these beautiful dolls. I have made a few, but have lost my pattern. If anyone has a pattern please please email it to me. I would surely appreciate it so very much. I now have 2 beautiful granddaughters and would so love to make them one for Christmas. Thank you so very much. Debbie
I have 10 I’d like to sell