Some websites that offer free printable paper doll patterns include Free-Paper-Dolls.com, DIY-Network.com, About.com, ActivityVillage.co.uk and PattyReedDesigns.com. Many of these online patterns require PDF software, such as Adobe Acrobat, to download. To make the dolls sturdier, print them on card stock, attach the designs to cardboard backings with spray adhesive, or laminate them between two sheets of clear contact paper.
The website Free Paper Dolls offers an extensive selection of full-color and black-and-white reproductions of vintage paper doll books from the 1930s to the 1960s. The paper dolls are grouped into categories such as babies, holidays, weddings and celebrities.
The DIY Network’s website has free printable paper doll templates of a boy and girl, both with several clothing pattern options. The website recommends creating the paper doll clothing with fabric scraps, colorful card stock, buttons and other trimmings.
About.com also provides a free colorable paper doll pattern and a selection of clothing templates for shirts, pants, dresses, underwear and accessories. The instructions suggest creating hair with embroidery thread or felt.
Activity Village offers free printable paper dolls in a range of themes, including princesses, school children and Halloween costumes, as well as simple paper dolls for younger children. The templates are available in both full-color and black-and-white options.
The artist Patty Reed also offers a free selection of printable paper doll patterns on her website. The paper dolls feature Reed’s artwork of little girls. Each doll comes with several pages of full-color outfits.