Create four types of cloth dolls-three sculpted and one rag doll
Beginner-friendly project instructions with templates for the body and clothing, as well as suggestions for hair and accessories.
Mix and match patterns and poses to create an unlimited number of dolls with your own flair
Inspirational gallery included
A step-by-step visual guide to making a lighthearted and charming collectible for the doll-lover in your life! Bring these endearing characters to life with patterns you can personalize for a chef, gardener, knitter, mother, scrapbooker, shopper, or lover of all things handmade. Learn face-painting techniques that make each doll unique.
Review By: Seema Saraf, - October 1, 2010
"The most amazing book in cloth dolls i have come across.I have 3 other books on cloth dolls but this book is the best i have come across.The author has explained each and every step in detail.There are some lovely doll projects.Great techniques and methods illustrated...an awesome book and must have for all cloth doll lovers."
Review By: Juanita Lanaux, - October 15, 2010
"Terese Cato does an excellent job with writing Make Cloth Dolls. She takes us step by step in making cloth dolls, from simple to more detailed. There are so many dolls to make in this book, you will want to make them all.
Terese walks us through sewing the body parts, stuffing, and even turning those tiny fingers. Each project has step by step instructions for attaching the body parts, adding hair, making faces, dressing and embellishing.
There are patterns in the book for each project, but you can use them to make your own custom doll.
I recommend this book for the beginner dollmaker, as well as, more experienced dollmakers."
Review Australian Homespun Magazine - February 1, 2011
Here at Homespun, we think a lot about presenting projects in an appealing manner, writing instructions that are easy to understand and finding ways to encourage and inspire readers. So when we come across a craft book where these things are done extremely well, it makes our hearts sing. Make Cloth Dolls is a superb book that will help aspiring doll makers push themselves to the next level. Trese has focused on four basic doll shapes. The instructions to make them are clear, detailed and wonderfully illustrated, with loads of photographs. What's more, once you have made the basic doll made, she provides a host of inspiration for making your doll unique. The options are lots of fun: painted toenails, sandals and shoes, a wide array of hair styles and textures, and so on. If you've dabbled in doll making and you would like to experience the joy of honing your skills we highly recommend this book.
Review By: Kathleen Carmona, Customer - February 20, 2012
"What a delightful time was in store for me the day I took Terese Cato's doll making class. I signed up because of the picture of the adorable doll . . . not because of anything I knew about Terese. By day's end, though, I felt I had made a friend for life. The classroom was filled with jaw-dropping art in the form of dolls with every kind of dress and personality. We had so much fun in class we literally ran an hour over without anyone noticing! Terese was funny, charming, entertaining and told the liveliest personal stories. She humbly warned against past mistakes, and taught us the importance of the details which bring the dolls to life. Terese gave each of us the personal attention we needed while expertly moving us collectively forward. The day began with students and a teacher, but I could swear I said good bye to a whole room full of folks . . . including all the "little people." Creating with Terese is nothing short of magical. It is pure joy to watch her work in her God-given gifts. Although my fascination with Terese slowed down my work, she motivated me enough to finish my "doll" quickly at home. Mattie Mae now lives in my craft room, and forever bears the image of her sweet creator . . . Mama Terese."
Review By: Alice Jean Callicoat Carter, Customer - February 20, 2012
I attended Terese Cato's Make Cloth Dolls Class at Fiddlesticks Quilt Shop in Boulder City, Nevada. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Her informative teaching technique was patiently and professionally executed with fun and humor. The classmates were from varied experience and backgrounds but all enjoyed the successful completion of their individual dolls. Sometimes the educated touch or feel of the technique is necessary for learning how to successfully complete a project. Sharing this with her "tips and tricks" of making a doll and painting the doll's face was invaluable. Giving insight to Terese's creative process and various alternative uses of objects to develop the doll's personality and character was priceless. Also, learning how she organizes her studio and answering all our many questions in person or by phone was very generous. Terese's love of making dolls and personal background is fascinating and inspirational. After enjoying creating several Betty-Lou dolls with her dog I gave them to friends and relatives. I kept my first Betty Lou with her dog for myself. I share her with many of the crafters and artists in my life. The Terese Cato doll design "Betty Lou and her dog" are admired by all. When asked, I refer them to her book to learn how to make cloth dolls. I found the book easy to follow while very thorough and detailed.
I am very fortunate to have met Terese and I respect her gifts in art, teaching, and writing. I am very grateful of her sharing with me. I am anxiously awaiting Terese's new book.
Review - December 6, 2013
This book is great. I have made Cabbage Patch dolls, Raggedy Ann dolls but never a doll like the ones in this book. The directions were easy to understand and follow...thank you to the author for a very well written book. I am looking forward to making more dolls for my grown up daughters!