Sew Your Own Doll or Teddy (& a Giveaway)

I love a crafty project, but when it comes to sewing, although I am keen to make stuff, I am also very much a beginner.

I picture myself tailoring my own dresses and making fancy costumes for the kids, but in reality, the only thing I am an expert at (on a good day) is using my sewing machine to stitch in a straight line.

Beanie has been asking me whether I could make a doll for her ever since she first saw what became one of her favourite animations, Coraline.

As soon as she received a ‘Sew Your Own Molly Doll’ kit, it became all she was talking about. On the night we got the kit, she even slept with her doll (well, the kit in the cardboard box) and she was desperate to get sewing.

She did all the cutting herself and was so careful to do it right it was really sweet.

I started sewing an arm for her, so she would know what to do, and she immediately declared: “I know what to do! You put the needle in, you take it out and pull! Let me do it Mummy!” OK then.

Although she knew the theory, she still struggled a bit in practice so I helped her with all parts, starting and leaving the last straight line for her.

After an hour, we had both arms and legs ready to be stuffed and we put everything aside for the night.

When we went back to it, Beanie did not fancy needlework anymore so I did the rest of the sewing. She absolutely loved stuffing her doll and seeing her take shape.

When we were done, she declared: “Molly is my best friend. Forever and ever!” She even took her to the park, to the swimming pool and to Chessington.

We absolutely loved this little sewing kits for a number of reasons:

– It contains absolutely everything you need for the project, from the doll pattern to the needle to the pencil or scissors.

– There are only 16 steps to follow. They are well detailed and illustrated.

– The instructions are in English, French and German. Guess what my French friends’ children are getting for Christmas?

– No previous knowledge or sewing skills are needed.

– It teaches children basic sewing skills with the perfect goal: having your own homemade doll.

– It does not take forever to make the doll.

– The result is a really pretty doll, which gives the children taking part a real sense of achievement.

As soon as we finished making our Molly Doll, I ordered another four to give as presents!

I found this little project so lovely that I looked into ‘sew your own’ kits and ordered a couple of different ones for my children as they make nice projects for rainy days or holidays.

Here are the cutest homemade doll or teddy kits I could find:

Sew Your Own Molly Doll


Sew Your Own Elvis the Elephant

2-in-1 Tea Towel or Teddy

How cute are these? I bought a penguin for Crevette as a stocking filler.

Stitch a Doll & Pet Bunny

Make Your Own Teddy Bear

Craft Sewing Kit Soft Personalised Doll by WILD THINGS FUNKY LITTLE DRESSES

Mini Personalised Doll Kit Elf by WILD THINGS FUNKY LITTLE DRESSES

Large Doll And Doll’s Dress Kit In Teal Blue by LITTLE RAGSMITH


The lovely people at dotcomgiftshop sent us a Molly Doll for Christmas. They did not ask me to write about it. I loved it so much I decided to write about it and find more ‘sew your own’ toys. They kindly offered to give one away to one of my readers. I have included some links to Amazon and as an affiliate, if you click on the links and order from Amazon, I may receive a small commission. 

I have teamed up with dotcomgiftshop to give away a Molly Doll to one lucky reader.

How to enter the giveaway:

You can pick and choose a range of ways in which to enter. The only one you must click on to get into the draw is the one asking you to leave a blog post comment. You must also leave a comment telling us what your favourite treat is for Christmas.

Entries are open until 23.59 p.m. GMT time on 2nd January 2017. Good luck!

DotComGiftShop – Molly Doll

– The prize will be supplied directly by dotcomgiftshop.
– The giveaway is open to UK residents over 18.
– All opinions are my own.

I have listed this giveaway on ThePrizeFinder, SuperLucky, Competition Database and Loquax.


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These sewing kits are too cute for words! There's nothing more satisfying than to make your very own teddy or doll. These are definitely handmade gifts that will be treasured for many years to come.

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  1. Kirsty Greer says:

    My iPad x

  2. lucy higgins says:

    probably when me and my siblings got my Mum an iPad, she loves it so much

  3. katesds says:

    The Crystal Maze board game because I wanted it so much and didn’t think I was getting it

  4. Joanne Phillips says:

    The best present I was ever given was a poem that was written for me by a loved one

  5. Adeinne Tonner says:

    Has to be a personalised family photo for my mum

  6. Janet Howell says:

    I was bought a sewing machine by my partner Ian, best present ever!

  7. Angela Treadway says:

    an electric car aged 8 x

  8. Val Hartley says:

    I have 4 grandchildren, the latest being 11 weeks old. I have knitted them all clothes & I really enjoyed doing this & they are all special to their parents & one offs.

  9. Sarah Mackay says:

    An ipad

  10. Margaret GALLAGHER says:

    It was a beautiful hand made bracelet from my neice -so special because she made it all by herself 20years ago

  11. Lara Latchem says:

    Has to be my duo boots, 1st pair of boots I ever had that fit properly.

  12. Maggie Ali says:

    A teddy when I was about 6-7

  13. suan watts says:

    These are lovely kits

  14. Rachel Craig says:

    Good quality watch for fiancé.

  15. Lorraine Stone says:

    My fav gift of all time was a Girls World, Basically a dolls head that you could style and add make-up too.

  16. Kim Carberry says:

    Oh this is a hard question….If you ask the my girls it would be their tablets or laptop but in my opinion it would be for my youngest her monkey teddy which she takes everywhere and my eldest it would be her poo emoji slippers….They’re so funny! 😀 x

    • That monkey teddy must be really special for her… and the poo emoji slippers sound like every kid’s dream, bwahaha!

  17. Spencer Broadley says:

    I think it was probably a personalised mirror to hang on the wall- not the most expensive but if you mean the most appreciated

  18. winnie says:

    a set of sylvanians

  19. fozia Akhtar says:

    A mac book to my brother

  20. Sarah Prescott says:

    I gave my brother a helicopter flight once

  21. Caroline H says:

    Hello. I always struggle to think of the “perfect gift” but I did once buy a mag sub for someone in a subject that they’d mentioned they were interested in learning about. They got really into it, still keep it up, are really good at it and sell some of their work so hopefully, I helped a little.

  22. Julie Henderson says:

    my sindy house

  23. Emma Eminoglu says:

    So far it was the play kitchen for my little girl. She absolutely loves it!

  24. Lynsey Buchanan says:

    A pair of Emerald Earrings

  25. Natalie Crossan says:

    I took my best friend a trip to Las Vegas, all expenses paid and we got to meet Britney Spears too

  26. Paula Barker says:

    A black patent vanity case, which I received when I was 10, I thought I was so grown up!!!

  27. caroline walliss says:

    I believe the best present i have given was when i was out shopping on a freezing cold day i saw a homeless person sat in a doorway shivering so i bought her a bundle of thermal sleeping clothing / sleeping bag. I believe it was the most appreciated present i have bought anyone, thanks.x

    • This is such a heart-warming anecdote. If only more people helped people around them and looked after each other, the world really would be a better place.

  28. Ruth Harwood says:

    A pair of Vans for my bro xx

  29. natalie moore says:

    i always like to get a little something that means something whether its a mam/dad/grandad/nana etc

  30. jennifer mason says:

    my son home this christmas from australia.

  31. isis1981uk says:

    I saved £10 a week for almost 25 weeks to buy my husband a Playstation 3 back when they came out…he actually cried when he got it! 🙂

    • Awww bless, that’s so thoughtful… not the PS3, but the fact you spent so long saving for it and he appreciated the gift so much he cried. Love, love, love this!

  32. michelle olner says:

    an Amstrad 464 computer when i was 12. It was the latest computer then and the first one we ever had at home. it was ancient looking back but we had a lot of fun with it

    • We got an Atari when I was about the same age, and although you could do nothing other than playing games on it, my mum and I thought it was the best thing ever!

  33. Lorraine Bell says:

    A dance Matt to my niece

  34. Susan lloyd says:

    Some aromatherapy play doh x

  35. Jemima Middleton says:

    I got my Husband some flying lessons! He loved them and is still slowly learning now!

  36. Tee simpson says:

    A samsung tablet to my 2 year old so she didnt fight her sister for hers?

  37. Jennifer Bruce says:

    My favourite present was a necklace with three diamonds, one for each of our angel babies. I can wear them everyday

  38. Sian Hallewell says:

    My bear Bimbo, still got him over 50 years later

  39. Tammy Westrup says:

    I gave my nephew a balance bike that I won – he loves it!

  40. charlie bee says:

    I got my brother a photo canvas, a collage of his baby & other family photos. It turned out lovely and he treasures it!

  41. Michaela Hannah says:

    We got my son a kitten last year and they have been inseparable ever since

  42. my daughter ,to my husband ( she was born on Christmas day )

  43. Samantha O'D says:

    i got my husbands name tattooed on my bum as a fun surprise haha

  44. Paula Gwynne says:

    My son who was born 4 days before Christmas In 2005

  45. melanie stirling says:

    I bought my husband a flying lesson which he loved but it was also a great day out for the family at the airfield.

  46. Toni Pearson says:

    I gave my mum a grandparents photo album as a gift, and it was our way of telling her she was finally going to a nanny.

  47. Helen Tovell says:

    My lace making starter kit

  48. Jodie A Harvey says:

    The best one i ever received was my ‘mum’ ring and the best one i gave was a family tree cross stitch i made for my mum

  49. Angie McDonald says:

    My boyfriend bought me a Nintendo NES console the first Christmas we were together! I had told him that I has one growing up and was absolutely gutted when my parents gave it away, I didn’t bring it up again but he remembered and surprised me on Christmas morning with it! I still play it now 5 years on!

  50. amypest28 says:

    a watch for my boyfriend

  51. Joanne says:

    I like to spend time making cakes and cards

  52. Katie Sharman says:

    I like to give hand on gifts to children such as making jewellery etc

  53. Deborah Mackenzie says:

    a blue and white dog pj case….. do they even make these anymore?

  54. Lisa Jones says:

    A dolls house to my lovely niece x

  55. Sam Goodwin says:

    I got my husband a scrabble board game, and spelt out his real present – that we were going on holiday! I even managed to get the sellophane back on again, it looked brand new and unopened! He was shocked!

    • Oh wow, that’s just amazing! Love the fact you managed to get it to look new with the surprise message inside: priceless!

  56. This year for my nephews I bought an astronaut costume for the biggest, a small wooden rocket for the youngest and a book to share on how to catch a star by O. Jeffers… quite proud of myself ;-)))

  57. iain maciver says:

    my family

  58. modzy78 says:

    I won an iPad and a personalized case in 2 contests a couple of years ago. Luckily, this was before I had bought my husband his Christmas gift. He absolutely loved it.

  59. Sally Collingwood says:

    A dolls house for my daughter

  60. Lyndsey says:

    a playhouse in the garden for my little boy

  61. Lydia Graham says:

    A number of years ago I bought my husband a MIG welder. I think that would be classed as the best present I have given but you would have to ask my family to be sure 🙂

  62. Louise says:

    Love this and Beanie looks like she enjoyed helping to sew her Molly doll. I’m hoping that this year’s Christmas present to hubby will be the best one ever (it’s a handmade present which I’ve been working on for most of the autumn!) but my best one so far is my annual present to my mum – the promise of a bouquet of fresh flowers every month throughout the year.

    • I love this present to your mum, it’s so, so thoughtful. I remember you mentioning this before and I love it! Can’t wait to find out what you made for your Hubby. x

  63. Maureen findley says:

    a friend had lost their job so i made up a box full of their favourite treats and gave it to them.

  64. kate kathurima says:

    my nephew is having a cheese and onion hamper this Christmas (he loves cheese and onion sandwich)

  65. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi) says:

    Probably concert tickets because I knew they really wanted to go 🙂

  66. clairew137 says:

    a competition win of a trip to Paris to my parents.

  67. Rachael ashmore says:

    My daughter 12 years ago she was the best Christmas present ever ?

  68. gothlass88 says:

    mmy sewing machine i love it

  69. Keith Hunt says:

    A trip to New York on the QE2

  70. Jules Eley says:

    a pretty bracelet

  71. Kim Styles says:

    My first computer- it was a revelation

  72. Barbara Handley says:

    My bicycle

  73. kezzy999 says:

    The best gift I’ve ever given were tickets to Justin Beiber … My teenager actually hugged me and said Thank You!

  74. Patricia Avery says:

    A clock 🙂

  75. janine atkin says:

    i gave my parents a characature of themselves

  76. Clifford Sherwood says:

    My family is all I need

  77. Jennifer Toal says:

    A teddy as big as me when I was little

  78. LAURA WHEATLEY says:

    i cant really pick but definately the homemade gifts i have given

  79. Polly Rogers says:

    A puppy!! This year I got given a cavapoo and she’s going to be my therapy dog and I love her!!!

  80. hayley pemberton says:

    an electric typewriter

  81. Lolly Blackburn says:

    My Pilates book!

  82. Pam Smith says:

    A ukulele was my best present

  83. Dawn Hull says:

    Sylvanian Families. They were my favourite toy.

  84. Christine Caple says:

    A bike for my son

  85. Harline Parkin says:

    That must be for my husband he had an old VHS with his parents at a christening I got it converted to a dvd there wasn’t a dry eye in the house brought back lovely memories of them both

  86. Julie Ward says:

    No one every complains about the prezzys I give, I’m happy with chocs or bath goodies

  87. Joanna Ford says:

    A personalised painting of my Nan and Grandad’s garden.

  88. sharon stanley says:

    I loved my game boy so much when I was little. It gave me an escape from other things happening around me.

  89. claire fawkner says:

    My north face coat! Super warm

  90. Rich Tyler says:

    A bike to my little boy

  91. EJ Dunn says:

    Well, I guess that depends on the views of the person who received it! This Christmas, my husband said his favourite present was the Godfather trilogy boxset.

  92. A magic set. Turned out to be my niece’s hidden talent!

  93. Hekna says:

    A handmade dress for my great niece. Both she and my niece (her mum) loved it!

  94. Jill Fairbanks says:

    This year my children spoilt me I love my new charm for my pandora bracelet

  95. Carole Paton says:

    I gave my niece a cross stitch sampler for her wedding and she loved it!

  96. Leanne Cody says:

    My favourite treat at Christmas time is always the Christmas cake! It’s so delicious, I was very spoiled this year and received a slow cooker from my mother, I love it!

  97. leanne weir says:

    a laptop

  98. kimberley ryan says:

    a necklace with my grandsons fingerprints on to my daughter-in-law

  99. Jo McPherson says:

    A blanket I knitted my eldest daughter for when she moved out to University, took me months. I’m still trying to knit one for my middle daughter, that’s taken me a few years !

  100. clare h says:

    my daughters bike

  101. Harley Richardson says:

    We found out we were expecting on Xmas eve. That was my hubbys best X,as gift

  102. Kat Glynn says:

    I bought my hubby some new ski’s for Christmas, i’ve never seen him so surprised and happy at the same time lol

  103. A collection of Agatha Christie books.

  104. Erica Price says:

    A bike for my son

  105. Mainy - myrealfairy says:

    A girls world when i was little.

  106. laura stewart says:

    my laptop x

  107. Claire Ward says:

    A photo book for my nan

  108. Lucy Carter says:

    My sons bike last year, he’d been asking for a new bike for ages and was so excited when he saw it.

  109. lia sturman says:

    gave my daughter and son in law a ps4

  110. Emma Elliott says:

    We didn’t have much money this year so the gift of spending quality time with my lovely family

  111. my husband a brand new truck

  112. I gave my Mum a signed photo of Noel Edmonds and she positively beamed; I’ve literally never seen her so happy!

  113. Allan Fullarton says:

    A new laptop for my dad.

  114. A.E. ADKINS says:

    Poo! A History of the World from the Bottom Up! book, eldest loved it even though it was aimed at older kids 9+ the twins also loved the realistic poo in their Xmas stockings – although it became a huge effort pretending to be surprised

    • Brilliant! I was intrigued by the title of the book (quite understandably) so I looked it up and I’ve just ordered it for my 8yo! Thanks for the inspiration.

  115. christine westlake says:

    this year a trampoline to the grandchildren they are so so happy

  116. jo liddement says:

    I gave my husband a hand knitted sweater which i had to knit when he wasn’t around as i wanted it to be a surprise.He wore it until it literally fell to pieces and he keeps asking me to knit him another one.

  117. Rebecca Howells (@Peanuthog) says:

    My guinea pigs!

  118. samantha currie says:

    sewing machine

  119. Catherine L says:

    These are so cute! x

  120. sallyanne rose says:

    spin art – wish i still had one

  121. Mel Evans says:

    A pink mini netbook, it was beautiful

  122. I spent almost a year knitting a scarf for my Mum. I had to learn how to knit and I wrote Happy Mother’s Day in white wool against a red background and then I backed it with white satin. It took a lot of planning for a novice.

  123. Debbie Burfoot says:

    A beautiful canvas of my children

  124. katie w says:

    isle of wight tickets

  125. Nancy Bradford says:

    These are so cute and such a clever idea x

  126. lynn neal says:

    My young grandson gave me a brightly painted pasta necklace!

  127. katrina adams says:

    I think the best present I have ever given was 12 months of dates to my husband. They were all pre-planned and they meant that no matter how busy life got, we made time for each and created some wonderful memories. I plan to make a scrapbook out of them to give him next year.

    • That’s such a brilliant idea! You should do that every year 🙂

      • katrina adams says:

        I’m hoping too but worry I will run out of date ideas – we even did silly little things like building a blanket fort to have a carpet picnic in while we watched movies. We covered it in fairy lights. It was such a good time. I think this would be a great gift for others as well – best friends, grand parents – they always say the greatest gift you can give is time 🙂

        • Oh that’s absolutely brilliant, I love this! I’m trying to do something similar with my children and for January to March, I’ve got 9 days out on a one-to-one basis (I have 4 children) so they are over the moon they’ll each get their mummy to themselves for a whole day every couple of months. Just like you, what we’re doing is not necessarily costing anything, but the important thing is I’m committing to be with them 100% on those days and it will be brilliant!

  128. Caroline Signey (@Cazhow33) says:

    Best present is the bike I got my daughter and my fave Christmas treat is the Christmas dinner

  129. Oksana Fitzgerald says:

    Ti sento bracelet

  130. Joanna Kasznicki says:

    My ipad

  131. Gemma Aktekin says:

    This year after making 8 dinners for my family, I managed to make another 10 dinners from the left overs and gave them the a homeless camp in our town centre, this is the best gift I’ve ever given.

  132. Break in Paris 🙂

  133. CAT CULMER says:

    A handmade quilt

  134. James Holyland says:

    An I pad air

  135. Paula Cheadle says:

    Xbox one that my son had 2years ago, it is used daily

  136. Dawn Samples says:

    A bike for my son as he is obsessed with bikes so he was so excited to get one x

  137. Susan B says:

    Gosh, I am not sure but probably money for my children who are saving for large purchases.

  138. my dolphin chain

  139. Beryl Drake says:

    My aunt bought me a doll and then made loads of clothes for her . I really loved it

  140. carol boffey says:

    a phone for my son

  141. Claire Davey says:

    has to be my sister bought me a break to see the family.

  142. steph lovatt says:

    A supercar driving experience

  143. Amanda Bailey says:

    Sinclair spectrum computer

  144. Flowers to my mum

  145. kelly morgan says:

    engagement ring

  146. Emily Hutchinson says:

    I adopted a chicken for my wife 🙂

  147. Karen Barrett says:

    Airline tickets to Australia 🙂

  148. Jenny Rogers says:

    Monopoly game when I was about 10. I still have it.

  149. Jenny Rogers says:

    Oops, got distracted reading other posts and forgot to say the best present I’ve ever given, not received. I gave my mum a collage of photos of her and my dad.

  150. Jayne Kelsall says:

    My Kindle that I had this Christmas .x

  151. Heather Haigh says:

    i think it would be the iPad I gave my hubby – he never puts it down lol

  152. Stevie says:

    I once was given a reighley striker.

  153. Meena Hindmarch says:

    Many years ago I gave an Xbox to my husband and he still says it was the best gift ever!

  154. Leanne Bell says:

    A personalised water colour painting of my family x

  155. Lorna Ledger says:

    My daughter wants to be a zookeeper, so I got her a ‘Zookeeper experience day’ 🙂

  156. georginaack says:

    My diary , i would be lost without it x

  157. karen Howden says:

    my first bycycle

  158. Cath Joyce says:

    I bought a clarinet for my husband a couple of years ago, he loved it!

  159. Kyomi Johnson says:

    My cross necklace from my nan

  160. Minnie Rose says:

    A pamper day for my mum <3

  161. serenityyou says:

    My little girl would love this, and it’s so sweet. the best thing I have bought for a present was an ps4 for my son

  162. Laura Pyper says:

    giving mum and dad a canvas of all there grand kids

  163. sharon martin says:

    this year, a kenwood mixer 🙂

  164. Annamattandlily says:

    A handmade wooden aga play cooker for my two little ones

  165. Denise C says:

    A few years ago I gave my Dad a breadmaker – he loves it

  166. sian jameson says:

    When i was little we had 1 main present and then 1 or 2 small things. One year i got a doll, when u lifted her arm up and down her hair grew out of the top of her head. I remember like it was yesterday. I loved that doll

  167. Suzanne Brown says:

    the best present I’ve probably given is an X-Box One for my husband – it’s probably also the worst as I have to listen to soldiers screaming ‘attack this objective’ 24/7 …

  168. petalrose91 says:

    I brought my mum a photo album with photo’s from her 70th birthday which she loved

  169. ellie spider says:

    I think whe my mum took me to disneyworld for xmas was prob the best pressie for me as a kid – as an adult its prob my new laptop!

  170. Emily Slough says:

    Playdoh is always a hit in our house!
    Love the dolls! Just beautiful! My little girl would love to make one !

  171. Averil Lea says:

    I bought my youngest granddaughter an iPod this Christmas so she didn’t keep taking her sisters when they weren’t looking. She’s only three but loves the Teletubbies.

  172. linda griffiths says:


  173. Antonia Richardson says:

    keep fit sindy

  174. KARL BOROWY says:


  175. Michelle Rutter Hughes says:

    A positive pregnancy test 🙂

  176. Caitlin Donegan says:

    I got my fiance a PS4 which he had been wanting for ages but never had the money for.

  177. Becki Gates says:

    A gold cross pendant we got for our nan afters hers was stollen

  178. Imogen Richards says:

    For my father for his 60th birthday a photobook with photos from when he was a baby all the way up to today! He loved it, thought he was going to cry at one point.

  179. A framed family photo

  180. Sarah Parker says:

    my bike 🙂

  181. Jo Glasspool says:

    A rainbow brite doll!

  182. Marie Rule says:

    A vintage guitar

  183. Angela Pagan says:

    A sewing machine to my daughter. She loves making things!

  184. Matching sentimental necklaces to my closest friends and family so they knew just how much they meant to me 🙂 Dxx

  185. Shannon Mostert says:

    My converse, favourite colour too! Teal!

  186. claire little says:

    A holiday

  187. Adrian Bold says:

    I created a personalised photo album for my Mum. She loved it!

  188. robyn297 says:

    I surprised my husband with a trip to the Bahamas, it was a combined birthday/christmas and belated honeymoon

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