Hillary Lang, dollmaker and pattern designer

To me, few crafts are as satisfying as dollmaking. I love knitting, quilting, cross stitch and pretty much any needlework craft, but only my handmade dolls smile back at me and are good at giving hugs.

I hope you find someone in the shop that looks like a friend you’d like to make.

Please check out my website and blog for dollmaking tips, supplies (also my amazon shop has some of my favorite supplies), my inspirations and other crafting adventures.

I wrote a book on sewing toys (a beautiful book, thank you STC craft!) You can see some of the projects from the book on my blog here.

I sell a few handmade originals here and there so I can keep creating and they don’t crowd me out of the house. And I have a custom order form on my website that I can be tempted into. And I like to do giveaways on my instagram, @wee_wonderfuls. You can find me on facebook too.

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Thanks for stopping by! Please email me any questions at hillarylang@gmail.com

36 thoughts on “Hillary Lang, dollmaker and pattern designer

  1. Danielle Caldwell says:

    Can you suggest a source for buying the wool you use to make your dolls? I’ve been to the fabric stores in town and the wool doesn’t seem right for making doll bodies. An online retailer perhaps?

    Thank you.

    • Hillary says:

      Hi Danielle,

      I used recycled wool, from wool items I find at the thrift store. Sometimes there is wool suiting at the chain stores that will work but hard to find in the right color. Linen and cotton are more readily available and work just well.

      thanks!
      Hillary

      • Danielle Caldwell says:

        Recycled wool-great idea! I’ll be on the lookout for some when I am thrifting! Ive started a doll with cotton and its working nicely. But, I do love that cuddly soft look of the wool ones you’ve made.

        Thank you!

  2. Lori says:

    Quick question. My fantasy loving 11 year old daughter is learning to sew and wants so badly to make your elf doll. Do you have a pattern (or option on another pattern) to make that? We’ve so many of your patterns and love every one. Thanks!
    Lori

    • Hillary says:

      The most recent elf dolls I’ve made? They are the same pattern as my make-along doll but with elf ears added on. If you wanted to go that route I could send you a pattern piece for the pointed ear. There are outfit pieces which could be pretty easily adapted to be a cute elf outfit

  3. Michelle Dodge says:

    Hello! I was thinking of buying your make-along doll pattern to make for my little girl. The thing is she is obsessed with taking clothes on and off dolls, but she is not quite 3 and gets very annoyed with it! Are some of the clothes patterns easy to remove? Also, what is the size of the finished doll and have you ever changed the scale of it? Thank you.

    • Hillary says:

      Hi Michelle,

      The Make-along doll is 16″ doll and that’s the only size I’ve made her in. It would be difficult to scale the pattern and clothes because the seam allowance is included in the pattern pieces. I stuff the arms and legs very firmly to make dressing easier but it still might be difficult for a 3 yo. Obviously a hard plastic doll is probably easiest for a toddler to dress but if you want to go the handmade route you can make slight alterations to patterns as you see fit to make them easier to put on.. loose elastic instead of ties, fully open backs instead slits, velcro instead of snaps, etc.

  4. ruth says:

    Hi, Hillary,
    Do you physically post out the doll pattern and instructions or is it all via downloadable pdf? I do not have a working printer at the moment plus I am in the UK. So just trying to work out how it all arrives. Thanks!

    • Hillary says:

      Hi Susan,

      No, I don’t offer the cottage industry license anymore now that I’m selling handmade originals in my shop as well as my patterns.

      Hillary

  5. Verity says:

    Hi Hillary,
    Are the Kit, Chloe and Louise make-along doll sized? Want to know before purchasing anything. Oh, and what is the delivery cost to the Uk?

    Verity

    • Hillary says:

      Hi! All patterns are PDF so no delivery cost. And no, those are two different doll designs the makealong clothes don’t fit the Kit, Chloe and Louise dolls. They come with 3 dress patterns.

      Thx!

  6. Corinne says:

    I have your Wee Wonderfuls book and the instructions for the doll sleeping bag call for pre-quilted fabric. Do you have any online recommendations of sources? I have looked in my local fabric store and the patterns leave a lot to be desired. I want something whimsical and cute like you feature in the book.

    Thank you,
    Corinne

    • Hillary says:

      Hi Corinne,

      That fabric I used was vintage. They definitely did quilted fabric cuter in the 60s/70s than now. Check etsy! There are some cute prints available there.

  7. Hillary says:

    Hi Angela, Thanks for your order! I’m not sure what you mean by a certain date you need to start reading. The PDF patterns are automatically sent to you upon ordering. I do not have a pattern for the fairy ears or different facial features than what’s included with the pattern, sorry. You can email me if you have further questions, hillarylang@gmail.com. Thanks!

  8. Hillary says:

    Hi Ann,

    One method for fully styleable yarn hair is given. So you sew it on one way but then can style it however you like. Hope that answer the question. Thanks!

  9. Avon says:

    I just purchased the Make-Along Set and already love it and can’t wait to get started. Thank you for all the work you put into the patterns, the directions, and the cute illustrations. This is just what I have been looking for !

  10. Jess says:

    Good morning! I am opening a sewing school and I love your patterns. I wanted to see if it’s possible to teach a make-a-long class. If each child purchases the pattern are their discounts available? Also is the Olive and Archie Make a long still available. Those were the first patterns I made and I think the kids would love them.

    • Hillary says:

      Hi Jess,

      Yes, we could do a group price no problem. I can give your kids a code. I am wondering what age group you’ll be teaching. I’ve been thinking about which patterns would be good for kid sewers. I could dust off Olive and Archie, that would probably be a better bet because the Make-Along yarn hair would be very time consuming to teach in a class. You’d be better off with the felt hair. Why don’t you email me at hillarylang@gmail.com and we’ll discuss.

      thanks!
      Hillary

  11. Frank Archambault says:

    my wife already works cleaning houses, but she has a lot of weird, spare time that she has filled sewing doll bodies for a friend who sells the crafts
    The problem is, my Wife does so well and fast, her friend cannot keep her going in a way she could excel in
    Is there a market for someone that just sews up the bodies (to be stuffed) and who are they ?
    Thank you

  12. Lori says:

    Are the 1/4 inch seam allowances included on the Kit, Chloe, and Louise pdf pattern when I print it or do I need to add the allowance before I cut?

  13. Mariana says:

    Hola! Quiero hacer una compra pero al momento de pagar me dice “página no encontrada”. Cómo puedo hacer para pagar?

  14. Dianne says:

    Hi, I have bought the book Wee Wonderfuls and cant find the pattern for Kit and Louise. Are they in the book. Thanks Dianne

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