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Poseable Guardian Angel - Free Cloth Doll Pattern
Poseable Guardian Angel
By Mary Ann Kaahanui and Bonnie B. Lewis
© 1999 Dollmaker’s Journey

Materials Needed:

  • freezer paper for making templates
  • Poseable Guardian Angel6" x 15" flesh colored fabric for head, feet, hands
  • 22" x 18" (fat quarter) print for body, sleeves, skirt 
  • (or you can create a contrasting skirt with another fabric)
  • 4" square gold ultra leather or thin vinyl for sandal bottom
  • 14" of 1" wide Cluny Lace for collar and sleeves
  • 12" of 1-1/2" wide wired ribbon for halo
  • 4" of 1" wide gold trimmed lace for slippers
  • 14" of gold trim for belt and sleeves
  • matching threads
  • 2 pipe cleaners – 12" each
  • 14 tablespoons of plastic weighting pellets
  • button and carpet thread for joining arms
  • 2 - 6mm and 2 size E seed beads for joining arms
  • 3.5" needle for jointing
  • fiberfill
  • yarn or mini curl doll hair for hair
  • fine line permanent markers (Micron Pigmas or Gelly Rolls) black, brown, pink
  • colored pencils for lips and "eye shadow"
  • powder blush
  • white acrylic paint
  • plastic lid for inner soles
Please read through instructions before you begin.

Pattern Notes: 

  • Set your machine to make small stitches for strength. Back stitch at the beginning and end of each seam to prevent it from coming apart when pieces are turned.
  • RST = right sides together
  • RSO = right sides out
  • Click HERE for Pattern (PDF)

Trace the body, 2 arms and back head onto the dull side of freezer paper. Be sure to include all of the pattern markings. Cut out the templates and iron them shiny side down to the wrong side of your folded fabric. Sew around the paper, then lift off. The templates can be reused quite a few times.


Iron body template to wrong side of folded body fabric. Sew around, leaving open where indicated. Remove template and cut out pieces forming a scant 1/4" seam allowance. Clip curves, turn body right side out and stuff firmly. Sew opening closed.

Body - Poseable Guardian Angel


Arms - Poseable Guardian Angel
Arm - Free Project - Poseable Guardian Angel
  1. Sew the long edges of a 2"x15" piece of fabric for the hands to a piece 4"x15" for the sleeves, press the seam allowance toward the sleeve and fold the completed piece in half RST. Hold the seam in place with a few pins. Position the templates so that the line at the wrist rests on the seam line. Sew around the hands with matching thread. Sew around the rest of the arm with thread to match the arm fabric leaving an opening where indicated.

  3. Loop each pipe cleaner in half, twisting the ends together. Insert the looped ends into each hand as shown. Bend the remainder of the pipe cleaner to conform to the shape of the arm. Stuff the arms firmly, placing the stuffing on both sides of the pipe cleaners. Sew opening closed.


  1. Cut out 2 skirts and sew around RST leaving it open at the top. Turn right side out. Fill skirt with the 14 tablespoons of plastic weighting pellets. The skirt will be about half full.

  3. Turn top edge of skirt under 1/4". With a double thread, hand gather top edge of skirt. Place the skirt over the body matching the side seams. Adjust gathers and sew skirt securely around waist.
Skirt for Free Pattern - Poseable Guardian Angel


  1. Face and Head - Poseable Guardian AngelTrace face pattern onto the dull side of freezer paper. Iron the shiny side of the paper to a rectangle of the face fabric. Do not actually cut out the face until you are finished coloring it in. Use a light source to lightly trace the features onto the face fabric either with a mechanical pencil or brown pigma pen.

  3. Color in irises with desired color. When the color has dried, outline the iris with a darker color or black.

  5. Optional: Add some white on either side of the iris.

  7. Add the pupils with black paint or pen then draw a line over the eye and add a few lashes.

  9. When the eyes have dried you can color in some eye shadow with colored pencil. Deepen the line of the eyelid by adding more brown pigma.

  11. Form the eye brows with tiny strokes in a color to match the hair.

  13. Outline the lips, then fill them in with color of choice making the top lip darker than the bottom lip.

  15. Use white paint to add the "life lights" by making a tiny white dot on the upper left side of each eye, and stroke a line on the right side of the bottom lip.

  17. Use a Q-tip or small brush to apply powder blush to cheeks.

  19. Free Instructions - Poseable Guardian AngelIron back head template onto wrong side of folded face fabric with the template placed on the bias. Sew the center back seam leaving an opening where indicated. Keeping the template on the fabric, cut out back head along the side edge of the pattern and a scant 1/4" away from the center back seam. Remove template and baste down seam allowance around back opening.

  21. Sewing the head Cloth Doll Sew face to back head RST leaving it open at the top. Turn RSO. Stuff head firmly. Gather up top raw edge with doubled thread and knot off securely. Add more stuffing through back of head if necessary.

  23. Insert neck into back head opening and securely stitch the head to the neck.
  1. Sew or glue ruffled lace around neck to create a collar. Sew more ruffled lace around bottom of sleeve to cover the seam where the hand joins the sleeve.

  3. Sew or glue gold trim over the gathered edge of the lace on the sleeves. Add gold trim at the waist to cover the gathering stitches and create a belt. 

  5. Add a button brooch, ribbon bow, or lace motif to the neck to finish the bodice. You can also add tiny gold beads to create a button-down blouse look. 
  1. Trace 2 feet onto the wrong side of one layer of skin fabric. Using a light source to see the outline of the foot, baste decorative ribbon or trim across the front of the shoes on the right side of the fabric. Put the skin fabric and the sole fabric RST and sew all the way around the outline of each foot. Cut out each foot forming a 1/8" seam allowance. Carefully slit the top of the foot where indicated and turn the feet RSO.

  3. Use the foot pattern to cut out 2 inner soles from the plastic lid. Cut inside the lines to make them slightly smaller. Insert an inner sole into each foot, then stuff foot firmly and slip stitch opening closed.

  5. Place the slit on the top of the foot against the seam line at the bottom of the skirt on either side of the center and securely sew the feet in place.
Making Shoes

Free Pattern Making Shoes
Completed feet Poseable Guardian Angel

Attaching arms:

Bead Joints cloth doll pattern - Free Project Attach arms to angel by securing a doubled upholstery thread with a tail on one side of the body at shoulder. Bring thread through the body, through an arm, through the gold bead, through the E bead, back through the bead, through the arm and body and the second arm, through another bead and E bead, and back through the bead and arm. Pull thread tight and knot it to the original thread tail. Bury thread ends in doll. Decorative buttons could be used in place of the beads.


  1. If using mini curls, rub them between hands to make them fuller and remove some of the shine. Place glue on the head and press curls in place. You may wish to use a little glue to keep the hair against the sides of the head.

  3. If using yarn, create a multiple yarn loop twice as long as finished hair. Tie in middle. Glue to head and arrange as desired. You can add a yarn braid, twist in a bun, or leave long and loose.
Embellishment: - Halo

Using your 12" wired ribbon, gently pull one wire from both ends until ribbon is tightly gathered. Twist ends of wire together to form circle. 

Glue or sew in place on back of head. 

Posing the Doll:

To place the angel in a kneeling position, fold the skirt under just before it bells out making sure that there are pellets above and below the bend. She can also be seated. Hold her upside down so that some of the pellets go around her hip area. Just have fun playing with her for a few minutes until you find the position you like best.

© 1999 Dollmaker’s Journey

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