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Santa Doll Pattern

The Santa Doll has been high on the request list. Who wouldn't love a Santa doll? He would be great to decorate the house during the Holiday Season and perfect to snuggle up with while waiting for the "real" Santa to make his way down your chimney!

The Santa Doll Pattern is available in both in both the Sewing pattern version and the Machine Embroidery pattern versions. Patterns include PDF templates in (3) sizes of dolls (14", 16" and 18") for sewing and machine embroidery files for (3) hoopings for the machine embroidery pattern (The doll pattern comes in 3 hoop sizes including 5x7, 6x10 and 8x12).

The Santa Doll features removable boots and partially attached beard! Make the entire set shown above. We used the Vintage Grandma Doll pattern and the Sleepover Child Doll pattern found in the Bee Sew Inspired pattern shop in either sewing or machine embroidery patterns.

The Santa Doll can certainly be embellished with different embroidery stitching if you choose to make the sewing version of this pattern. Today we'd love to share a few extra tips in putting our Santa Doll together!

Let's get creative! Just gather the supplies below, then download the pattern and pdf templates or machine embroidery files. Don't forget to share your Santa Doll on social media using the hashtag #BSImakersclub and tag @beesewinspired.


  • Sewing or Embroidery Machine

  • Stabilizer

  • Sharp scissors and curved applique scissors

  • Hemostats or stuffing tool

  • Hand sewing needle and thread


  • Variety of colors of embroidery thread

  • Bobbin thread

  • Applique scissors

  • 1/4 yard of each of the following fabrics: Skin tone fabric, Main fabric for Santa's clothing. I used Holly Holiday fabric by Christopher Thompson for Riley Blake Designs.

  • 1/4 yard of non-fraying hair fabric such as wool, wool felt, fleece, minky etc

  • Scraps of accent fabric

  • Scraps of felt

  • Polyester fiber fill

  • Optional light-weight fabric interfacing for backing stretchy fabrics

  • Fabric fuse

  • Heat N Bond light

  1. If you haven’t already, become a Bee Sew Inspired - Maker's Club Annual Member. This gives you access to our entire growing, Maker's Club library of downloads! Including Quilt - Story Block of the Month patterns, Doll Patterns and Accessories (Sewing and Machine Embroidery versions), PDF templates, SVG cut files and more!

  2. Gather all your tools and supplies

  3. Download and print the pattern / templates and or load the embroidery files/sizes to your machine.

  4. Cut and label all your fabrics according to the directions. Back any stretch fabric with optional light-weight fabric interfacing.

  5. Follow the fully-illustrated, step-by-step instructions.

  6. Be creative! Use your imagination to add embellishments, embroidery details and texture!

  7. Display and play with your finished Santa Doll!

Here are some tips for creating you very own Santa Doll, using a plain sewing machine and some raw edge applique.

1, Gather your supplies, download the pattern (available at the end of this tutorial) and print

out the Santa Doll size required. This pattern is available in 14", 16" and 18".

2. We're going to show you the different layers that go into creating the front body of Santa Doll and after it will be easy for you to go and create the face and other elements that go into finishing off Santa Doll. Apply Heat N Bond Lite to the back the fabric you selected to make the collar and placket.

3. Trace the placket and collar pieces to the backing of the Heat N Bond Lite paper. This will help you cut the shapes out with more accuracy and prevent your fabric pieces from fraying.

4. The placket is the first element you'll want to put down on the Santa body. The best way to go about it is thinking in terms of layers, what you see first is what goes down last. Iron the placket to the Santa Body.

5. Stitch the placket to the body. Here we used a simple zigzag stitch but you can use a straight stitch, a triple stitch or any other stitch you may have on your sewing machine. You can also hand embroider the placket with a blanket stitch or create a really fun design with backstitching or stem stitch. Here is a chance to get creative!

6. Nest, move on to the collar pieces. Line them up and fuse them to the body using a hot iron. Embellish using a fun stitch detail on the collar to create texture.

7. For the belt and belt buckle we decided to use felt. We love using Fabric Fuse to glue felt to fabric easily and quickly. A little goes a long way and it's only to keep the belt in place as we stitch.

8. Once again we used a little Fabric Fuse for the belt buckle. The stitching used is a machine blanket stitch but it could have easily been done by hand.

9. The last thing to go on is the buttons. You can really use your imagination here by putting on real buttons or just putting on felt buttons. When choosing such details it's important to consider if Santa will be played with by a yound child or if he'll be sitting on the mantel watching over the house. Another option would be to hand embroider the buttons.

Now that the front is ready, set it aside and work on the rest of your Santa Doll!

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Download the

Santa Doll pattern of the Month

(in either SEWING version or MACHINE EMRBOIDERY version patterns below).

3 sizes of Dolls included

14", 16" and 18"

Fully illustrated step-by-step instructions.

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