A Lillie Mae’s Crafts original design by Brenda Greenwalt



Approximately 15 inches tall

Read through all directions before beginning.


Supply List:


Material:  Unbleached Muslin and Material for dress

Thin nylon handkerchief (antique one used in picture)

Embroidery Thread:  Black, red (to match hair), dark green

3 or 5 inch doll needle

Polyfil stuffing

Two 6/0 black seed beeds (eyes)

Tiny buttons: purple, red, white, blue, yellow, green

Green colored pencil

Red 4-ply worsted weight yarn

Paint:  Black (shoes) and Country red (cheeks)


Mark'B Gone and/or disappearing fabric pen.

Light box or lighted window

For Staining – 3 tea bags

Sponge brush

Stencil Brush

Paper towels and paper plates

Optional – old cookie sheet, glass jar with lid, long beading needle (see #1 of face

instructions), candle fragrance oil & distilled water (for doll perfume, see end of



Suggested shopping for fragrance oils –

The Chemistry Store – http://www.chemistrystore.com

From Nature With Love – http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com

Save on Scents – http://www.saveonscents.com

Bramble Berry – http://www.brambleberry.com

To Die for Soap – http://www.todieforsoap.com


Lillie Mae’s Crafts

Charming & Winsome Raggedy Annie Patterns

Country & Whimsical Folk Craft Designs

Brenda Greenwalt * Muncie, IN USA


E-Mail - lilliemaescrafts@yahoo.com



#1 – Print and cut out body pieces.

#2 – On doubled unbleached muslin, pin body pieces and with Mark'B Gone/Disappearing pen trace completely around body. 

#3 - Sew directly on the traced lines; leave open where indicated.  Cut out.  Clip curves and turn.

#4 - On legs, 2 inches from top of leg, with Mark B’ Gone or disappearing fabric ink pen, draw a line straight across leg.

#5 – Stuff head and body firmly and sew opening closed.

#6 – Next stuff arms up to stuffing line indicated on pattern.  Sew opening closed. 

#7 – Stuff legs up to the line you drew.  Sew a straight line across leg here for knee joint to enable her to sit. (This part of the leg is not stuffed).  Sew opening on legs closed.

#8 – Attach arms where indicated on pattern.


The legs are not attached yet as the feet have to be painted.  So the next step is staining the head and body as well as the legs.


#1 – There are many different ways to stain dolls.  Some of my dolls are coffee stained, but Emma is tea stained.  When you coffee stain a doll, she ends up with a wonderful scent which is not the case with tea-stained dolls.  So I have provided you with a spray mixture so your tea-stained doll may have the same wonderful scent.

#2 – Mixture – boil 1 cup of water, add 3 tea bags, let steep for 3-5 minutes (save what’s left for the apron.  I usually keep my leftovers in a glass jar with a lid for later use).

#3 - Staining is always a very sloppy job; I have tried several methods and this is the easiest I have discovered.  Some like to put the staining mixture in a spray bottle and spray the doll.  However, I always found that my spray bottles clogged up easily so now I use a sponge brush.  Begin by lining an old cookie sheet (you will not want to use a good one) with an old rag, you will lay your doll here. 

#4 - With your sponge brush dip into your stain and thoroughly coat the doll on all sides with the stain mixture.  Check the doll thoroughly to make sure you have covered all the seams, etc. 

#5 – Bake in oven at 250 for 10 minutes.  Check this often to make sure nothing catches on fire.  You may want to turn her over and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes. 


#6 – Remove from the oven and let cool.


While that is cooling, go ahead and paint the feet.



#1 – Attach a loop of thread to top of the leg (this is for hanging to dry).

#2 – Paint the feet with black (2 coats) as indicated in the pattern.

#3 – Hang to dry. 

NOTE:  To hang my dolls to dry I use an old wire hanger.  Be sure to hang where any droppings of paint (if any) will not harm carpet, etc. 


The head and body should be cool now so let’s finish the face and hair.



#1 – Eyelashes:  Her eyelashes are done first so the eyes will rest right on top of these lines.  Thread your doll needle with one strand of your black embroidery thread and, starting in the seam at the top of the head (this will be covered with her hair) embroider eyelashes using a simple back stitch.  (See picture for placement.)

#2 – Eyes:  I have always been able to get my doll needle through these seed beads, however, if you have a problem you may need to use a long beading needle.  To be sure you don’t place them to high up on the forehead, check the pattern for their placement.  Thread your doll needle with black (regular sewing) thread and, starting in the seam at the top of the head (this will be covered with her hair) sew black beads on for eyes as indicated on pattern. 

#3 – Nose:  Print out nose pattern and position on face using a straight pin.  Very lightly trace this with a pencil.  Thread your doll needle with a double strand of red embroidery thread and insert from top of head as above and come out with your needle at bottom of nose.  I usually unthread my doll needle here and rethread my embroidery thread in a smaller sharper needle.  This helps me stay in the lines of the nose.  Using a simple back stitch or satin stitch, stitch the nose. 

#4 – Mouth:  I do my mouth, I’m sure, a little differently from others; but this is the way that works for me.  After you have the eyes done, take a regular size spool of thread.  Match the top of the spool up with the eyes … making sure the spool of thread is placed evenly between the eyes and the bottom of the spool should be about where you would like the mouth to be.  With a pencil, lightly trace the curve at the bottom of the spool of thread; this makes the curve of the mouth and does a wonderful job.  Using 2 strands of black embroidery thread, embroider the mouth as indicated on the pattern.

#5 – Cheeks:  Dip some country red paint onto paper plate.  Dip your stencil brush lightly into the paint and pounce off most of it onto the paper towels.  Unless you want her cheeks really red and rosy, be sure to pounce off MOST of the paint.  If her cheeks are not colorful enough for you, you can always add more…but begin by applying only a small amount.  With your stencil brush and checking picture on pattern for placement of cheeks, in a circling motion, paint on cheeks.



#1 – Bangs - Cut 5 pieces of red yarn 2 inches long and sew at very top of head.

#2 - With your red thread, attach pieces about 5 inches long in the three spaces as indicated on head pattern.

#3 – Cut 21 pieces of red yarn 10 inches long.

#4 – Position these in center of piece of thread at very top of head and tie.  Do the same for the thread pieces at side of head.

#5 – Divide hair into 3 sections of 7 strands of yarn each and braid.  Tie bottom with matching piece of thread.



#1 – Print and cut out the dress pattern.

#2 - On double layer material, right sides together, pin dress pattern and cut out.

#3 – Using 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew as indicated on pattern.

#4 – Turn hem under 1/4 inch and hem.



#1 – Print out and cut apron pattern as well as belt and straps as indicated on patterns.  Strap and belt pattern are the same pattern.  For belt pattern, you will need to print out strap pattern 3 times and tape together lengthwise. 

#2 – On doubled unbleached muslin, pin apron pattern and cut out.

#3 – With your light box or a sunny window, on only one layer of the muslin, trace flower pattern.

#4 – Putting the two layers back together, doing the sides first, turn under 1/4 inch and hem; do the same for top and bottom of apron.

#5 – Center belt pattern on apron and pin.  Sew to apron with 3 lines of stitching.

#6 – With your dark green embroidery thread, outline leave patterns only with a simply back stitch.

#7 – Dip apron in staining mixture and bake as above with the same precautions.

#8 – Once cool, color in leaves using your green colored pencil.

#9 – Press; this will “color set” the leaves.

#10 – Sew on buttons as indicated in pattern.

#11 – Position straps to outside edges of top of apron and sew on with 2 tiny green buttons.


Finish Legs & socks:

#1 – Lightly sand the shoes.

#2 – Print and cut out sock pattern.

#3 – Pin to your thin nylon material and cut out.

#4 – Hem each sock; 1/2 inch for top and 1/4 inch for bottom of socks.

#5 – Now sew the sides of each sock together using 1/4 inch seam allowance.

#6 – Put on doll (the socks need to be put on the doll’s legs before they are sewn to her body).


Hair Bows:

#1 – Print and cut out the hair bow patterns.

#2 – On doubled material, right sides together, pin bow patterns and trace.

#3 – Sew on traced lines – do not leave an opening.

#4 – In very center of one side, cut a small opening (this will be the bottom of the bow, towards her head) and turn. 

#5 – Hand sew opening closed.  Press.

#6 – On back side, hand sew a gather stitch up the bow and pull to gather.

#7 – Sew on the tiny yellow buttons to center of each bow.

#8 – Sew or glue on (as shown in picture).


Putting It All Together:

#1 – Using a slip stitch, attach legs to body.

#2 – Slip dress on over doll’s head.  Turn neck down 1/8 inch and, starting in center front, with your matching embroidery thread hand sew a gathering stitch around.  Pull to gather and tie in a bow.  Do the same for sleeves.

#3 – Put on Apron and tie.


You're done with Emma. I hope you enjoyed making her as much as I enjoyed designing her. If you have any problems or questions at all, please don’t hesitate to email me.


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