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We Need Your Help...

If you have information on any charity projects involving dollmaking please email us at info@dollmakersjourney.com


At Dollmaker’s Journey we hope you not only enjoy using the patterns, books and supplies to create dolls that excite the imagination, but you share your talents with those less fortunate. Periodically we mention various charities that are looking for soft cloth dolls for children in their care. We are providing patterns for a variety of dolls suitable for children in hospitals, orphanages, battered women shelters, underprivileged countries, etc. We hope you use them to make someone happy. All patterns are to be used for gifts or charitable purposes only. You may NOT sell dolls made from these patterns.

A few of of the 26 dolls the L.I. Cloth Dollinks club  made and sent to Hlabisa and S. African U Thando Project.

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CHARITIES TO CONSIDER:
(We strongly suggest you email the chairman for each charity BEFORE sending anything to be sure they are still in need of dolls at this time.)

South Africa –

Uthando Project, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Deadline: Ongoing need

Dollmakers worldwide have sent thousands of child-safe, African-style brown-skinned dolls to the Hlabisa District, an extremely poor community in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, establishing the Uthando Project. The Uthando Project now has a wider reach, to all the children of KwaZulu-Natal, where many families live in poverty, one in five children has lost one or both parents to AIDS and all children are impacted in some way by the AIDS pandemic. Many children have no toys and have never had a doll of their very own. These dolls provide the opportunity for creative play for children living in often harsh conditions.

For information about the Uthando Project: http://www.uthandoproject.org


A few of the 26 dolls the L.I. Cloth Dollinks club made and sent to Hlabisa and S. African UThando Project.

We Need Your Help...

If you have information on any charity projects involving dollmaking please email us at info@dollmakersjourney.com


FREE CHARITY PATTERNS FROM DOLLMAKER’S JOURNEY:

Note: Although these patterns were originally designed for a specific charity, feel free to use them for any charity you wish.

All the the patterns that follow are TEMPLATES except the two hospital dolls.  This means that you sew ON THE SOLID LINE and cut the doll out after sewing, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance beyond the stitching line.  There are no seam allowances included in the patterns unless they are indicated by a dotted line INSIDE the solid line, and then (like with the hospital dolls) the seam allowance is only 1/4". 

These patterns are available in 3 formats for your convenience - PDF, MS Word and Web Graphic (.gif) formats

Q.P. Charity Doll (Suitable for babies) - 9"
© Andrea Perkins 1999
Pattern (Click on format option below):
MS WORD ~ PDF ~
Web Graphics(Page 1, Page 2)





Q.P.
Doll created by Ellyn Voss
Note: If this doll is for a child under 3, don't add the buttons.

Hospital Charity Doll (10") and Gown
© Dollmaker’s Journey 2004

Narrow hem hospital gown sleeves and bottom, and sew double folded narrow bias tape around top and tie in the back. This gown would also make a cute dress, if you used Velcro on the back and added panties. The ethnic faces by Jean Jansen would work on both this doll and the Johns Hopkins doll. You could also paint the hair with black gloss paint (as in the Haiti dolls) or make yarn hair.

Pattern (Click on format option below):
MS WORD ~ PDF ~ Web Graphics(Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5)

Click Here for Helpful Face Diagrams by Joan Jansen.


Johns Hopkins Hospital Doll (12-1/2") and Gown
© Johns Hopkins Hospital 2000

This doll and the hospital doll were originally designed to be used in a hospital setting. The children draw faces on the doll (each side could have a different face – happy, sad, scared, smiling, etc.). The doctors then add heparin locks, sutures, casts, bandages, etc. to show the children what will happen to them. The child then brings home his very own doll. If you are making dolls for a hospital, do not give them a face or hair, and the only clothes they can wear is a hospital gown. Please use ethnic fabrics, since the doctors try to match the doll to the child. This doll is the largest charity doll pattern.

Pattern (Click on format option below):
MS WORD ~ PDF ~ Web Graphics(Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5)

Click Here for Helpful Face Diagrams by Joan Jansen.

Haiti Charity Ethnic Doll (Boy and Girl)
© Ellyn Voss 2000
Pattern (Click on format option below):
MS WORD ~ PDF ~ Web Graphics(Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5)

Calico Charity Cat
© Carolyn Padgett 2000
Pattern (Click on format option below):
MS WORD ~ PDF ~ Web Graphics(Page 1, Page 2)

Spreading Some Love (African Charity Doll)
© Material Girls Cloth Doll Club 2001
Pattern Created by Billye Wheeler
Pattern (Click on format option below):
MS WORD ~ PDF ~ Web Graphics(Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6)

Bereavement Dolls - 7"

Pattern Designed by Elaine Weickert

Soft fabric is the key. These dolls were originally designed to share with women who had lost a baby due to miscarriage or abortion. The heads are oversized because newborn babies have large heads. When used in this fashion, they do not have faces. However, if you want to create a gift for a baby, just add a simple sleeping face and perhaps a little hair from fine yarn or embroidery floss. To create hair, make about 5 loops of yarn or floss 3” long. Stitch through the middle several times to secure. Sew hair to top of head, bring all hair to the front, and cover with hood. Trim ends unevenly for wispy bangs.

Pattern (Click on format option below):
MS WORD ~ PDF ~ Web Graphics(Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4)



FIND A CHARITY LINKS:

 Many links for charity organizations looking for dolls, etc.
https://www.thespruce.com/charity-sewing-projects-2977741

Have a web page or site with charity doll and/or sewing projects? Let us know and we will add your link. Email us at... info@dollmakersjourney.com


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