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Charity Projects

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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(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.)


Dolly Donations – Sending Love, 1 Dolly at a Time! - http://dollydonations.blogspot.com/

This group has collected 1000 dolls for Haiti Orphans since the earth quake in January 2009 and have a large collection of free cloth doll patterns (along with crochet and knit patterns) that can be used for charitable work.

The free pattern can be found here:


with lots of terrific doll making tips and tricks.

Contact founder Sarah Hanson at DollyDonations@gmail.com

Visit their site at http://dollydonations.blogspot.com/


New York , U.S.

Every Doll Needs a Home - Doll Auction for Evangeline Booth Miracle Home

Deadline: This is an annual auction. The deadline for 2004 was August 15. Check with Pam Small to see if dolls are still wanted for next year.
You can see some of the dolls up for auction to benefit this women and children homeless shelter at:
If you are able to donate some dolls, please email Pam Small at: erasmuse@nycap.rr.com

Donations can be mailed to:
The Booth Home
ATTN: Pam Small
168 Lafayette St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
Dolls will be displayed at local library, appear in newspaper and auction catalog.


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Aid

They distribute disaster relief supplies worldwide, and would be happy to accept cloth dolls under 24" tall. If you wish to use the patterns on our Charity Corner, everything except the two hospital dolls would be acceptable. Noni Cely's "Dolly Hugs" would also be perfect. They want the dolls to have hair (this can be painted on), faces, and clothes, and not just hospital gowns. If the dolls have buttons or other removable small items, make sure you label them "Not suitable for children under 3." These dolls can be delivered to any local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel (their phone number is in the yellow pages under church), or call the number listed above for the nearest distribution center. Just tell them it is for Humanitarian Aid and they will see that the dolls are delivered to the proper place. Because this church delivers relief supplies all over the world, dolls can have any ethnic skin color, including Caucasian. Their website also has patterns for soft toys suitable for boys (balls, bears, blocks, bunnies, fish, frogs, lambs, puppies, and wooden toys). Just click on "Patterns for Humanitarian Needs." If you check out their website you can find out where the latest care packages are going.

Texas , U.S. –

One of our readers, Darlene Wilkinson, started a project “Dolls for Sick Kids” over a year ago. “These are kids that have cancer and are beams of light in my life and the lives of others. The project is through Ronald McDonald House at TX. Children's Hospital. The dolls have to be hand made and the kids are ages 1 month to 23 years old. So if a dollmaker likes making art dolls, spirit dolls, healing dolls or kid dolls, anything goes. If a dollmaker is making a doll for a small child it does have to be child safe. I do also accept stuffed animals, these go over best with the boys and they don't have to be handmade.” For more information contact Darlene at: Darlene11@houston.rr.com

Granada –

Any members with dolls for charity can contact SIMARC Foundation, 10000 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854 or telephone 301-299-1838. Dolls will be sent to an orphanage in Granada.


My name is Yaffa Smolensky and I live in Tzfat, Israel. I am one of three retired ladies who are founders of a non-profit organization called "Lev U'Neshama" (Heart and Soul). We have been helping poor families in Tzfat for 5 years with food boxes, free shoes for children, free eyeglasses for adults and children, dental assistance, hospital visits for soldiers in our city's hospital and toys and school supplies for three Ethiopian preschools in the city. The children have practically nothing in their classrooms and we have stepped in to provide supplies as well as new, warm jackets, hats, gloves, shoes and socks. However, I am writing to you with the hope that there may be people who would like to make simple dolls, perhaps with brown faces, to distribute to the children. We are trying to help 180 children here and we would really appreciate some help.

Please visit our website: www.levuneshama.com

I can be reached at this email address:

Thank you for your consideration.

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.

The dolls are distributed through CINDI (Children in Distress Network) and member organization TREE (Training & Resources in Early Education). Australian co-ordinator, Georgia Efford, would be happy to answer any questions: georgia1@iinet.net.au

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

It seems that in general the most cost effective freight method is to use the postal service.
The new postal address is:

TREE, PO Box 35173, Northway 4065, South Africa.

Boxes should be labeled "Handmade dolls for donation to children. No commercial value". If boxes are marked just with "dolls" and a value, we have been charged Value Added Tax, as the postal customs service presumes that these are for resale.

For information about the Uthando Project: http://www.uthandoproject.org
For information about TREE: http://www.tree-ecd.co.za
For information about CINDI: http://www.cindi.org.za

Noni has created a special pattern for this charity called Dolly Hugs. You can get the pattern at: http://www.nonidolls.com/dollyhugs.html


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):
Web Graphics(Page 1, Page 2)

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)


Antonette Cely has created a Free Pattern for a Special Gift Doll called Dolly Hugs. She also has a cute bear pattern to be used for charity. You can find both of them on her website at: http://www.nonidolls.com/dollyhugs.html

To get your FREE PATTERN by US Mail, send a STAMPED, SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE for EACH pattern to: CharityDolls Antonette Cely 3592 Cherokee Rd Atlanta, GA

Bev’s Snuggly Dolly
http://www.comnett.net/~craftbookbarn/ dolly.html

These patterns are mostly for teddy bears that are knitted or crocheted.


 Many links for charity organizations looking for dolls, etc. http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/aa031798.htm

Many charities listed alphabetically by location, and by need


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