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Karl (with a K) Boy Rag Doll pattern



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Meet Karl. Karl with a K. He's a cuddly, huggable doll - who's tough as nails when he slips on his cape and mask.

My daughter pointed out that you could use the same pattern to make a companion Bad Guy - she suggested dressing him in black and white stripes, giving him a frown instead of a smile, adding stubble to his chin, and giving him a black mask and no cape. Brilliant!

This is exclusively available as a PDF pattern, delivered instantly and ready to print onto letter-size paper. No shipping costs and no waiting! If you're not sure what a PDF pattern is, you'll find more info here.

Pattern Details

You Get. . .

  • PDF file delivered instantly. If you're not sure what a PDF pattern is, you can find more info here.
  • full-sized pattern pieces – no enlarging needed
  • detailed instructions and lots of step by step photos – you’ll never feel lost or wonder if you’re doing it right
  • links to videos teaching you all the skills you’ll need to make your doll – from sewing curves and stuffing, to stitching up that stuffing hole. You can totally do this! It’s a workshop in a pattern!


He's 16 inches tall from head to toe, and 8 inches across the widest part of his hips.


Easy! There are parts where you'll need to sew slowly - and I tell you in the pattern just where those tricky parts are and what to look out for to be successful.

And remember - the pattern has links to video tutorials teaching you all the skills you'll need to make your doll. If you're comfortable using your sewing machine you can make him!

Materials Needed

You can find links to sources for many of my favorite tools and supplies here.

You'll need. . .

  • fabric for the body/shirt, skin, cape, shorts, and shoes - less than 1/4 yard of each and nothing stretchy
  • felt for the hair and mask
  • fold-over-elastic for the mask and cape
  • embroidery thread for the face

This pattern is not available for commercial resale. That means you may not copy and sell or digitally distribute the pattern or any variation of the pattern

For example, you may not print the pattern and sell those copies.


You may, however, sell anything you make with Shiny Happy World patterns as long as you are the one making it.

For example, if you're using this pattern to make stuffed animals which you sell at a craft fair or in an online shop, that's great!

Talk to Me

If you're hiring out any part of the process, please get in touch and we'll work out a fair licensing agreement.

For example, if you want to hire someone to machine embroider the faces, or do all the stuffing for you, those two scenarios would require a licensing agreement. Get in touch! I'm easy to talk to. :-)

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Loved ha a choice for a boy doll

This doll is adorable. I chose not to make the cape and the mask as I was just looking for a simple doll. I particularly loved the cowlick and the tiny ears! I'm not sure the almost two year old grandson that I made it for was totally enthralled by it but I do know his older sister will play with it if he doesn't! Previous patterns I bought I would rate as 100% clear directions. I would rate this one 95% clear. There wasn't a pattern for every piece - instructions to cut out the sleeves and the shorts involve me having to find a measuring tape and do it myself rather than the ease of being able to cut around a paper pattern.
I was nervous at first about top stitching the hair pieces but went for it and it turned out just fine. I would have appreciated a little guidance on what colors of thread look best on different hair colors. I used yellow felt and a light tan colored thread but it's almost invisible to the naked eye. I now wish I would have used a darker thread for more contrast.

Jane Smith
This doll looks exactly like my grown son.

I made the boy exactly by the pattern. It was easy, and I'm a sort-of-confident sewer. I found some gingham that I used in my son's nursery 37 years ago (do we every throw fabric away?) and used that for his shirt. When I put the face on, I thought to embroider glasses on him since I was making the doll for his little girls. Suddenly, the rectangular glasses made the doll look exactly like Clay. It's uncanny. The girls call him Papa like their father. Clay uses him as his icon and people he works with ask where he got a doll that looks just like him. I like the pattern because the clothes are part of the doll and not extra. I'd love to see more dolls like this.