As of September 2015, a number of websites offer dollmaking patterns and instructions, including Make It & Love It, A Beautiful Mess and Living Crafts. In addition, Martha Stewart offers a Black Apple Doll sewing tutorial at MarthaStewart.com. Knitters can find a selection of knitted doll patterns for sale in the Etsy marketplace.
Make It & Love It includes downloadable patterns to complete three long-legged rag dolls named Elli, Connor and Chloe. The blog offers detailed instructions and photographs illustrating how to add various details, such as yarn hair and embroidered facial features. The tutorials on A Beautiful Mess include a traditional rag doll inspired by the writer's grandmother, and the tutorial also includes instructions and a pattern to make a matching sundress for the finished doll.
Living Crafts offers illustrated instructions to make a Waldorf-style doll from tubular stockinette, cotton knit fabric and mohair yarn. The crafter can customize the soft-sculpture doll to resemble the child for whom it is intended. Martha Stewart features a downloadable doll pattern and video tutorial by designer and illustrator Emily Martin of The Black Apple.
Crafters who prefer knitting can purchase a number of doll patterns from designers on Etsy. Popular styles include knitted rag dolls, princesses, cartoon characters, teddy bears and clowns.