Happy Spring, Happy Easter, Happy Day!
To celebrate, I have something for you. 🙂 Hint: It was laborious, fun, exciting & frustrating – all at the same time! Some of you might be able to guess already, if you follow me on Instagram & Facebook. Or, if you’re reading this from a link in my email, that means you’re among the first to see it. 🙂
It’s a free pattern & video tutorial! The Bitty Bit Cuddle Baby Pattern. Yep. And, I’m excited to share it with you. The BB Cuddle Baby is a small doll, 4 in/10cm and is a perfect pocket doll for wee pocket.
It’s an easy pattern & perfect for the newbie sewist. A sewing machine is not required & many of the materials can be found around your home. If this is your first sewing project or very first doll making venture, I encourage you to use what’cha have & not go buy a bunch of supplies. This project is perfect for up-cycling fabrics & materials.
UPDATE: Join us in the Bitty Bit Cuddle Baby Sew-A-Long!!
I tried to consolidate the tutorial as much as possible. It consists of 5 videos & will take you from the supplies you need to the finished baby. It’s the first pattern/tutorial I’ve ever published & is FAR from perfect, but hopefully it helps ya! If you have any questions, just let me know.
Also, if you make a BB Cuddle Baby, I’d LOVE to see it!!! If you share it on social media, be sure to tag me and use the hashtag #bittybitcuddlebaby, so I don’t miss it. All my social links are at the top of this page. Find & Follow Me!!
Be sure to check back to another hat option for the wee baby – a hand knit cap – I’ll post the pattern as soon as I finish typing it up & also add it to Ravelry.
So, here ya go! Bitty Bit Cuddle Baby Pattern
I’ll include the videos below. I tried to keep them as short as possible, but ended up making the last 2 longer. So, I added time links in the description on YouTube. Hopefully, those quick links will help you easily navigate the longer videos.
Update January 2016: There is also a free knit cap pattern available. It’s a another hat option for your wee baby’s head instead of the sewn hat shown in the tutorial. 🙂
no te imaginas lo contenta que estoy con tus videos de los baby.Haora me siento con mas herramientas para hacer los muñecos waldorf. Gracias tus trabajos son hermosos y tiernos. cariños
Hi Alicia! Oh good! I’m so happy the tutorial has helped you. Thank you for telling me. 🙂
I am SO excited about this tutorial 🙂 My little girls and I have been drooling over pictures of teeny tiny waldorf dolls and I am hoping to surprise them with these 🙂
Oh, Meredith, I’m so glad my videos are helpful for you. I’d love, love, love to see what you make for your girls. 🙂 So, I hope you’ll share pics with me. 😉
they are nearing completion ! I have watched your videos over and over as they are so thorough and helpful ! I’ll try to post pics when they are finished -it been kinda crazy here but I am squeezing in a stitch or two whenever I can 🙂
Oh, good! So glad the videos have been helpful for you!! 🙂 Thank you for letting me that too, Meredith…your feedback helps so much. I look forward to seeing your finished babies. <3
Carnt wait to try and make these beautiful babys xxx
Yay!! Please share some pics of your babies with me!!! 🙂
I can’t find the sewing pattern (shape). I don’t need the video. Thank you, love the shape of this.
Hi Janet 🙂 I’m glad you like pattern. The pattern link is in this post, right above the videos. Just click it & it will download directly to your computer. I’d love to see your Bitty Bit Cuddle Baby!
Hello, I am very excited to make a doll or two. I have been learning to make dolls for a year. I have designed my own pattern but I have wanted to attempt a Waldorf style. This will be a good learning tool for me. Thank you for all of the tips. I am looking forward to receiving your newsletter as well.
Hi Barbara! 🙂 That’s exciting. You are so welcome & I would love to see what you make.
Thanks so much for the free Bitty Bit Cuddle Baby Pattern. I plan to make it for my granddaughter.
Thank you for such a wonderful & detailed video on making these tiny waldorf babies. I have been so fascinated with waldorf dolls lately & your tutorial was so interesting & detailed. You are an excellent instructor. I have one question however about this surgical tubing you used in the video. Your instructions say to make a 1″ knit tube, yet the Surgitube box in the video says 5/8″. Why the difference in size for the tubing?
Hi Judy 🙂
You are so welcome! I’m glad you’ve found the tutorial & pattern helpful. Oh, yes, I understand how that size difference in the surgical tubing would be confusing. Sorry about that. I usually think of the 5/8″ as 1″, when I’m making a dolly head, even though I know it isn’t. 🙂 The sizes are similar enough, along with the great stretch in the tubing, that it doesn’t matter that much between the 2 sizes for the Bitty Bit dolls. I should have been more clear about that. You can use what ever type of tubing you can find in a similar size, with 1″ being the largest. Thanks, Judy, for reaching out for clarification, as it may be confusing for others too…I need to update that pattern a bit. 🙂
I hope you’ll share pics of your Bitty Bit Cuddle babies with me. I would love to see them. 🙂
Thank you for sharing this excellent tutorial on the sweet little doll. I plan on making it for my little granddaughter and I look forward to receiving your newsletter.
Hi Joan! Oh, you are so welcome. I’m glad you’ve found the pattern & tutorial helpful. I’d love to see the doll you make for your granddaughter. Those are the best kind of gifts, the ones made by grandmama, in my opinion. 🙂 Did you see the email I sent out yesterday? It linked to the new knit hat pattern for the BB Cuddle Baby. In case you didn’t see it, here’s the link: http://withlovehannah.com/a-knit-doll-hat-pattern-for-your-bitty-bit-cuddle-baby
What a fabulous tutorial for Bitty Baby, can’t wait to get started. Thank you.
Hi Olive! Oohh…hope you’ll share pics!! 🙂
Thanks so much for the videos to make this. I have twin granddaughters that are 4 months old (first and only) and I hope to make these for their 6 month birthday! Are they suitable for infants if I use only fiber fill and not pellets? I think they are adorable and, if I am successful, will be “one of a kind” gifts for them!
Thanks so much for sharing!
You are so welcome. You are the exact reason I spent the time to make them! 🙂 You’re right to not use pellets in any dolls made for babies. Personally, I would use wool as a stuffing, as it’s naturally antibacterial, among other reasons. They are super easy to soak in warm water to hand wash. However, using fiber fill would make them machine washable, on the gentle cycle. 🙂 I hope you’ll share pics of your one of a kind gifts for them! 🙂
Thank you so much for your love pattern.
Love from France
Hi Mimi! Oh good, I’m so glad you love it. 🙂 I’d love to see your dolls you make with it. 🙂
Hi! Thank you for a great tutorial! I wonder if it is possible to wash this dolls (and how)?
Glad you found the BB Cuddle Baby tutorial helpful. 🙂 Yes, wool dolls, such as the Bitty Bit Cuddle Baby, can be washed with no problem. Never in the washing machine, though. 😉
When they’re in need of a good wash…Just make a warm bath, about the same temp you would for a child, add a little soap or detergent to the water. Add the doll & let her soak for a while, pressing down gently and/or “swishing” to encourage the warm water to soak in well. Let the doll stay soaking for at least 30 min or so. Repeat this step if the doll is esp. dirty or had an encounter with bodily fluids from a sick child, for example.
When, the doll is clean, gently squeeze the doll & remove some of the bath water. Rinse the soap from the “bathtub”, then fill with warm water again. Place doll in the clean water & let soak again to rinse. Sometimes, I double rinse them too, making sure there’s no soap residue.
After rinsing, remove the doll & squeeze the rinse water gently out. Wrap the doll completely in a towel – kinda like a burrito & press firmly to remove as much water as possible. Then, lay her out to dry. If she looks askew from her bath, hair, etc., adjust as necessary. Depending on the weather, it can a take a day or 2 to fully dry. (Wool can hold up to 30% water before it feels wet. 🙂 )
It sounds like a lot of steps, but it really is an easy process. Most of the time involved is just soaking time, which is totally hands off. I usually set a timer on my phone to remind myself to check on them while soaking… 🙂 Hope this helps!
I love your Bitty Bit Cuddle doll and I would like to makes some for Easter for my great great nieces..but I dont know where to find your little pattern …I would be very grateful if you could tell me or email me thankyou…
Oh, perfect! What lucky great, great nieces you have to have an aunt to make things for them. 🙂
You’ll find the pattern link by scrolling up on this page. It’s below the first picture & before the videos & is a highlighted blue link.
I’ll add it here for ya, though: Bitty Bit Cuddle Baby Pattern
I hope you’ll share some pics of the babies you make! 🙂
Loved making a bitty bit to go with one of the dolls I was sending to my niece. They are so sweet, quick and loveable. Thank you for sharing.
Hi April 🙂 That’s awesome! I’m glad you like the pattern. I love them too…I keep several around just for myself. LOL Thanks so much! 🙂
I went online looking for pictures of Waldorf-style Bunny Dolls, so that I could try to re-create them to sell at my daughter’s preschool Easter Bazaar and never expected to find a free pattern AND amazing video tutorial!! Thank you so much for creating this – exactly what I was looking for and SO much better than trying to figure it out on my own!
That’s awesome! I’m glad I could help ya. 🙂 Hope the bazaar is a huge success!
Thank you so much for this pattern! I am twelve and I love to sew, I am going to make one of these for my baby sister.
Hello! You’re so welcome! I’m happy to hear you love to sew. You’re so sweet to make a Bitty Bit Cuddle Baby for your sister. She’s so lucky to have you. Happy Sewing!!
This is amazing ! Thanks you so much !
Hi Kalya! Sure thing. I’m glad you like it. 🙂