Free Elf on the Shelf Doll Pattern

Today we begin the fun of sewing our Elf on the Shelf dolls!  The accessories will be coming tomorrow…today we will be focusing on the dolls themselves.

There is a boy and a girl– both hair styles are included in the templates, so you can have a choice.

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These elves are 12″ tall.  They have pose-able arms and legs which let them have fun hanging about, holding onto things or posing for fun.

Materials Needed to make one elf on the shelf doll:

Doll templates

red fabric- body, arms,   5″ X 12″

red fabric- legs  6″ X 4″ –2

cream or other fabric- face and hands  3 1/2″ X 12″

polyfil stuffing


needle and thread

4 pipe cleaners

fleece 6″ X 10″ color of hair

fleece 1″ X 6″ green for collar

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Free Elf on the Shelf Doll Pattern

1)  Print off templates and cut out

2)  Sew the 5″ red fabric to the 3 1/2″ face fabric

3)  Lay the body template on the fabric- lining up the face line with the seam of the red/cream  Pin in place and Cut out

4)  Cut out arms lining up the hands line with the seam again.

5)  Cut out legs from red fabric

6)  Cut out hair from fleece


7)  Sew the arms and legs, leaving the top edge open

8)  Turn right sides out


9)  Stuff a little bit of polyfil into the arms and legs and push to the ends


10)  Fold the pipe cleaner in half and twist the end– leaving a loop.  Finish twisting the rest of the pipe cleaner

11)  Stuff the pipe cleaner loop end first- into the arm/legs


12)  Sew the hair pieces to the front and back of heads- for the girls, cut 6 strips 1/4″ X 2″ and sew 3 to each side of the head


13)  Pin the arms and legs in place and stay stitch them into place

14)  Pin the front body to the back body and sew all the way around, leaving an opening on one side- under the arm for turning


15)  Turn right sides out and stuff somewhat firmly.  If you’d like you can snip the ends of the pipe cleaners- if not, bend them so they aren’t sharp and jabbing out of the stuffing

16)  Using a ladder stitch, close the opening


17)  Snip the 1″ green fleece for a pointy collar design

18)  Wrap around the neck and stitch together in the back.  You can snip the length if needed before sewing together.


18)  Stitch a running stitch around the collar to secure to doll


19)  Sew buttons in place (you can substitute this with felt if you’d like) and cheeks


20)  Tie ribbons around the hair ponies and secure with a knot

See how they can bend and play?

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If you are making one, please share it in the facebook group –patchworkposse or in the flickr group.  Can’t wait to see them!

Here are the other Tutorials—- Doll Accessories including the apron, hat, and skirtPatchwork Bag for Storage and a personalized Tag,  Elf on the Shelf doll- boy and girl  or if you’d like here is the whole pattern set ready to print and sew!


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  1. Dona Reynolds

    11 November

    Thank you so much! The children at the hospital will love these and they are the perfect size!


  2. Debra Kay Neiman

    11 November

    my granddaughter is going to love this

  3. Nancy Hubbard

    14 November

    Did you use a regular 1/4″ seam allowance? Do you sew on the line or 1/4″ inside the line? What about suggesting poly pellets or crushed walnut shells for weighting the doll to sit on a shelf.

  4. Becky

    16 November

    1/4″ seam for everything Nancy- glad you asked. I love, love poly pellets– that would totally help them sit! Thanks for the suggestion.

  5. adelebeeannpatterns

    19 November

    My son is crazy about the Elf on the self. Thank you so much for this tutorial!

  6. Emily

    22 November

    very very cute!!! I love this idea!! How perfect for Christmas. you have been featured this weekend. Come check it out!

  7. Joanne T Ferguson

    24 November

    G’day How cute!All blog comments appreciated and sharing is caring today!
    Cheers! Joanne @ What’s On The List #SayGdayParty pinned

  8. Emma Lofaro

    25 November

    Hi I am unable to open the doll template I keep getting adds that ask for my mobile number to enter to win stuff 🙁 I have a friend that it is happening to as well 🙁 Is there any other way we can get the template please?

    thank you

  9. Becky

    25 November

    emma– make sure you are clicking the correct link. I have included it here, just in case:

  10. Becky

    25 November

    Thank you Emily!

  11. Louisa

    26 November

    Some of the elves that I have seen have been a bit sinister looking but these are just adorable. It’s a great idea to use pipe cleaners to make the limbs poseable. #pintorials

  12. The store-bought elf on a shelf are frightening but these are so cute!!!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop)!

    Wishing you a lovely evening.

  13. Diana Rambles

    28 November

    Congratulations! This post is featured over at Diana Rambles today and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Recommended on G+. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

  14. Laney

    30 November

    I came over from Stitch by Stitch. These dolls are adorable! So very cute. Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

  15. GeeGee

    5 December

    This is so cute! Do I need to add seam allowance or is it included in the templates? Thank you for sharing!!!

  16. Becky

    9 December

    The seam allowance is included. Good luck!

  17. Jessica

    17 December

    Thank you so much for sharing the pattern!! I made two, one for my son, another for my neighbor’s kids. The all loved them!!!

    I would like to share with you a photo, just can’t find how.

    Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and wonderful holidays

  18. Jessica

    17 December

    Thank you so much for sharing the pattern!! I made two, one for my son, another for my neighbor’s kids. The all loved them!!!
    I would like to share with you a photo, just can’t find how.
    Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and wonderful holidays

  19. Becky

    18 December

    Jessica- feel free to share the picture of the elves in the facebook group- Can’t wait to see them!

  20. Margaret

    24 October

    I am trying to download your elf on shelf pattern with no luck is it no longer available 25/1012016

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