Dotee Dolls - Make and Trade Them for Fun!

by tandemonimom

The Dotee Doll (or Dottee Doll) was created by crafter named Dot - to trade, not sell! Join the club and make a doll for therapy and fun - and find a friend to trade with!

Dotee Dolls - What Are They?

What exactly is a Dottee Doll?

Dotee DollsA Dotee Doll is a simple handmade cloth doll, usually about 4 to 6 inches in height. It is generally just a simple soft sack body with no arms or legs, and a drawn or embroidered face - but this simple body is your canvas to embellish to the limits of your imagination! Then, once your Dotee Doll is completed to your satisfaction, you can trade it to a friend for her creation!

There are online places to trade, such as, or you or your daughter can trade with your own friends casually, or within another group structure such as Girl Scouts or a church youth group. The possibilities are endless!


How to Make a Dotee Doll

Easy-to-follow instructions to make your own Dottee Doll!

Dotee Dolls - Why Make One?

What's the point of these handmade, palm-sized dolls?

Dottee dolls are a great creative outlet that doesn't take a lot of training or time.

There is no right or wrong way to make a Dotee Doll! The more creative you get and the more personalized you make it, the better!

Anyone can make a Dotee Doll, even a beginning crafter or young child.

Even ugly Dottee Dolls are just too cute!

Hand sewing is very therapeutic, not to mention fun!

It's a great way to use up little scraps of fabric and leftovers from other craft projects!

Trading dolls with friends in real life or online is great fun!

Making Our First Dotee Dolls

My 7yo daughter and I made a couple of Dottee Dolls - one for a gift and one to keep.
Basic Dotee Doll Pattern
Basic Dotee Doll Pattern
My 7yo sews the Dotee Doll face.
My 7yo sews the Dotee Doll face.
Our first Dotee Doll
Our first Dotee Doll
Our second Dottee Doll.
Our second Dottee Doll.

Dotee Doll - How to Make Your First One

These dolls are so easy to make, and the more personalized and unique yours is, the better!

Felt is great for beginning seamstresses, as the edge does not have to be finished. A simple blanket stitch will hold the edges together with an attractive, folksy stitch. Choose matching or contrasting thread, depending on the look you want.

Draw or embroider the face, and sew it on with the same blanket stitch. Embellish with beads, feathers, bells - or buttons, as we did (see above).


Scrap fabric or felt

Embroidery thread and needle

Scrap ribbon and yarn

Feathers, fur, or doll hair 

Buttons, bells, bows

Any other embellishments you can find!

Have You Made Any Dotee Dolls?

Would you like to get started trading Dottee Dolls?

How to Sew a Blanket Stitch

The blanket stitch is a good way for beginners to sew front and back together.

Creative Cloth Dolls

These are more elaborate than the simple Dotee Doll, but still fun to make, and the book has lots of ideas that would look great on a Dottee Doll!
Creative Cloth Doll Collection: A Complete Guide to Creat...
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A Couple of Dotee Dolls

Two very different Dottee Dolls!
Dotee Faces
Dotee Faces
Dotee Doll #2
Dotee Doll #2

Printed Felt and Embellishments for Dotee Dolls

Printed felt sheets make colorful Dottee Doll bodies easy! And packages of small embellishments help beginning crafters who don't have boxes of scraps to dig through.
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Martha Stewart Bright Felt Borders
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KandCompany Handmade Fabric Florals
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Updated: June 23, 2011, tandemonimom
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Will You Make a Dotee Doll? To Keep or to Trade?

Vickie on 09/19/2014

I also just found out about these dotee dolls, I would luv to try and make some and trade!! I wish someone was holding a swap.. I checked swap--bot , no swaps on dotes right now. If Anyone hears or starts one or would like to do a private swap please email

cindy andrews on 07/10/2014

just found these yesterday on Swap-bot! I love them and want a whole family of them. I went home yesterday and started two of my very own design! So many people are so creative. I can hardly wait to swap

bloomingrose on 11/19/2012

I woke up today realizing that I wish I had a creative outlet like this -something with my hands- rather than just writing. As nice as writing is, there is pleasure in going beyond words. These Dotee dolls are adorable, and I love that they are traded.

lorraine on 07/02/2011

both :)

Sylvestermouse on 06/20/2011

Fabulous instructions and I love the doll! Any child would want one. Oh, wait, I believe I want one and I think I am way past childhood. Ummmm...... well, at least in physical age :)

RhondaAlbom on 06/04/2011

I never heard of Dotee Dolls before. What a great project for kids. Thanks for sharing it with us :)

Victoria on 06/04/2011

These are so cute! What a great way for kids to express themselves.

CherylsArt on 06/04/2011

So cute, and also easy for a young child to hold. (without the removable buttons.)

ohcaroline on 06/03/2011

In a less hectic day of my life, I would have probably tried them. They are cute though.

Susan52 on 06/01/2011

What adorable Dotee dolls! I'd never heard of them before. I would have loved making these when I was little. In fact, I might just have to pull out some scraps and give it a try - they're so cute!

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