Craft for Etsy Blog – Fabric Nesting Dolls

I was very honored when Etsy recently asked if I’d be interested in making a new craft to post on their blog. I decided to make these fabric nesting dolls. The idea for them came after I painted a set of nesting dolls for a friend of mine. She said I should try making some nesting dolls that her niece and nephew could play with; maybe using fabric. They turned out to be very simple to make, and are suitable for the 0-3 age group, but also fun for older kids too. You can stand them up and even use them as puppets. If you want to try making your own, check out the post on the Etsy blog, with more photos and full instructions. Could be a fun gift idea for the holidays!


  1. infinitemonkeytheory
    November 19, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Great! I think a certain almost-two-year-old would get a big kick out of these.

  2. Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose
    November 19, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Very awesome!

  3. The Little List
    November 19, 2010 at 1:24 am

    These are adorable. You come up with the most wonderful designs for toys. It's always a treat dropping in here.

  4. La Chili
    November 19, 2010 at 2:08 am

    They are so cool!

  5. Marie
    November 19, 2010 at 3:06 am

    that's another idea for me for a Christmas present. Love the idea

  6. Terri
    November 19, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Just saw the feature on Etsy! Love it... and love the dolls. My girls would have a great time with these!

  7. Kerry
    November 19, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Yet again, I'm lost for words at your creativity! These are just brilliant and so beautiful! Wow!

  8. Helmi
    November 19, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Awsome, thanks for sharing.
    grt, Helmi

    November 19, 2010 at 11:47 am

    These are super dooper awesome!

    I like things better that aren't made out of cereal boxes - cause I spend half my life explaining to the kids that they can't have cheerios (or nearly every other cereal)as it is so bad for their teeth! :)

  10. child central station
    November 19, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I love this idea! Thanks again for inspiring :). I gave you a blog award today:

  11. (V.Kerr) School Time Adventures
    November 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Wow~ What creativity! Thanks for sharing.


  12. Joel Henriques
    November 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks everybody!

  13. Maiz Connolly
    November 20, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Another winner, you prolific toy genius! I'm hoping to make these with Diego for Julio for Xmas. Thanks!

  14. origanimal
    November 21, 2010 at 12:31 am

    tu creatividad es inagotable :) me hice adicta a tu blog...


  15. lespommettesduchat
    November 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    J'aime beaucoup tes poupées gigognes !
    A bientôt ^..^

  16. Katie Parker
    November 21, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Another fantastic idea! Thank you Joel

  17. foundobjectbeachart
    November 22, 2010 at 1:47 am

    these are awesome and congrats on etsy blog.

  18. ale balanzario
    November 22, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Fantastico!!! love this idea.
    thanks for sharing.

  19. Holly
    November 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm


  20. sarah
    November 23, 2010 at 3:13 am


  21. suna
    November 23, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    thanks for the inspiration.

  22. MUS
    November 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    i like !

  23. Joel Henriques
    November 24, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks everyone!!

    suna - Nice! Your dolls turned out great! I love the drawings. What fabric did you use? It almost looks like ultra suede? Cool!

  24. lisette
    November 25, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Cool!!! Very amazing.

  25. Jamie
    November 27, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Oh my, THANK YOU! I just finished the cutting and drawing...all I have to do now is the sewing. I'm so very excited to give these to my niece and nephew for Christmas.

  26. dls
    November 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    What an awesome idea! Really, really fun.

  27. Sew Flippin Cool
    December 27, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Hey Joel,

    I loved this idea so much I just had to do a few sets for myself. So fun!! You can see how mine came out here - Thanks for the idea. The families I gave them to loved them!!

  28. Emmeline
    January 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    This is a fantastic idea - I have just completed a set for my niece who is about to get her first baby brother or sister any day now. I made the dolls to represent my niece, her mummy, daddy, new baby and kitty-cat. They may not remain as sturdy as yours however as all I had to hand was felt for the backing!
    I can't wait to make another set! Thank you!

  29. Figliuluccia
    February 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Thank you so much Joel! Yesterday was a beautiful day, and in a way, it was because of you (excuse me for my english's lingo!!!) you can see my Nesting dolls on my blog, you'll can see that they have travelled a lot to arrived in a small French town for a nice birthday's party! Thank you again and again!!!

  30. Joel Henriques
    February 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks everyone!

    Figliuluccia - Wow, those look fantastic! What a beautiful party. I love the photos. Thanks for showing me!

  31. Chris
    March 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    How artsy and craftsy! Love them

  32. July 21, 2011 at 10:10 am

    [...] made this following a tutorial  by made by joel. It was a present for a little boy. I had no idea on how to draw robots, so I [...]

  33. July 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Thank you for this tutorial. I made it for a little boy and changed the drawings into robots. You can see a pic here

  34. July 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Wow, these are awesome! Amazing job! I bet my son would love a robot set too. Great idea!

  35. September 11, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I saw your web site and started just clicking away then I saw your nesting dolls. I thought hmmmm.. I wonder if I could make some of my own dolls with the same shape with cross stitch. They are all the same size tho. The medieval folk needed a 3D castle-- which was slightly over stuffed--still looks like a castle! There has to be an easier way to sew 3D things then the way I did it!! Will see with my next project. I have lots more characters via my etsy store.

    1. September 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Awesome Dawn! Those are great! I've seen a four panel sewn castle before that folds and stands up. It's got cardboard inside to make it stiff. I think it was by Habba Toys. Anyway, yours is awesome!

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