Sew a "traditional" Waldorf doll from this wonderful pattern designed by Joy Chambers.
This is a pattern for an 16" doll. The sturdy, medium-sized Honey Doll has a soft, flexible body, with shapely legs and feet that can wear shoes and sneakers (no pattern for sneakers). Patterns included for doll, overall, shirt, dress and several hairstyles. A good pattern for those with some dollmaking experience, but, many have done well as beginners. Joy's expert pattern directions will teach you a full range of dollmaking skills and techniques.
The material list is shown in an additional photo for this pattern. You can find all the supplies needed in the Doll Making section of our website or purchase a complete, custom Honey Doll Making Kit.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate (Ages 13 and older)
I made this doll for my 6 year old granddaughter. The pattern was easy to follow. I gave the doll long curly red hair, with freckles, and made her a basic wardrobe with night gown, dresses for several occasions, overalls with blouse, coat and hat, shoes, etc.
I've made several of the smaller Waldorf dolls, which were loved, but at 6 years old, this is the doll my granddaughter and her friends play with all the time.
I can recommend this pattern over the one I used for the first doll of this kind that I made two years ago.
The instructions were detailed with clear illustrations. The materials are of high quality. And the optional details of nose and belly button are pretty adorable.
My only criticism is that the instructions for attaching the head to the body are hard to follow b/c the updates made in 2009 are at the back of the booklet so you have to kind of flip back and forth and I found this confusing.
Otherwise, it was smooth sailing.
I wrote a post about the doll-making process here: