Dotee dolls are small fabric dolls with a face, hanger and tail (no arms or legs). They are often also decorated with beads. This style of doll is based on the work of a blogger called Dot and has become popular amongst the SwapBot community where many crafters join to swap dotee inspired dolls.
I have joined a number of these swaps now, the latest one being a Matryoshka Dotee Swap.
I’ve never tried to replicate the style that Dot has used for her Dotees; to be honest I would rather adopt my own style for crafts. So, with a nod in the direction of Dot but with a personal twist I give you my dotee inspired doll collection…it’s quite small and actually not my collection because these all have new homes in America, but I hope you get the idea anyway.
new year dotee – she’s got her PJs on because I tend to go to bed at New Year
the very first dotee I made
If you fancy having a go at something like this yourself, well, I’m not going to insult anyone with a pattern and besides mine never follow the same pattern anyhow. What to do is take two pieces of fabric and adorn one with a face and other embellishments, attach to the other piece of fabric (wrong sides together), turn and stuff. Sew on a hanger and tail….done! The first ever dotee inspired doll I made was just a square piece of fabric folded over and sew around the open sides.
Seriously, anyone who is willing to give it a go can make these. In fact, many people who have never sewn a stitch in their life are joining in this craze with some good results.