Babushka Doll Applique

Babushka Doll Applique

I decided I needed a lot more “bling” to give my babuskha doll that traditional matryoshka “feel”. I sorta just started embroidering and kept going! Anyway, here she is… waiting her final destination… which I haven’t decided on, so she isn’t sewn onto anything yet! But I am done with the directions, so if you’re interested in making your own babushka doll, she’s good to go!

Just a couple of FYIs. First, this doll measures 9″ but you can enlarge or reduce her to meet your needs. If you’d like to make multiple dolls in decreasing size, place the original patterns in your printer and reduce at 90%, 80%, 70% etc. until you get the set you like. Also, if you look at any traditional babushka dolls, you’ll notice that the paint jobs are not perfect. If your eyes are crooked, if your smile is askew… well, that’s more or less traditional, so don’t panic! Also, the faces on traditional matryoshka dolls become more and more simplistic as they get smaller, so follow suit when embroidering faces.

Finally, I did not include my embellishments on the pattern… since Michelle had already finished the pdf before I was done embroidering. I used 6 strands of floss, making lazy daisy flowers and French knots in the center of the flowers and as the dots on the babushka.

HINT: To get the flowers and dots placed evenly, I cut the shapes out of graph paper, decided how close together I wanted the flowers and dots, then poked holes where I wanted the embroidery to go. I then laid it over the doll, and using a sharp pencil, made small dots in the holes. I then had perfect placement for my embroidery. So, without further ado, the pattern for the Babushka Dolls. Enjoy!



  1. She turned out lovely! I love Tina’s idea of turning her into a Christmas ornament. If you make a set, Kimara, will you make it identical, color and patterns, or make each one different? I love this so much. I have a couple wooden sets of babushka dolls but I only bring them out at Christmas. Thanks for this beautiful pattern.

    1. When making the smaller ones I would keep the basics the same. I would keep all pieces of clothing the same color. However, I’ll probably change the kind of flower the doll is holding, and may change the pattern on the sleeves and skirt. Keeping the colors the same is the main thing. Again, simplifying them as they get smaller is almost a necessity.

  2. Thank you for this awesome pattern Kimara! You know i can’t resist anything babushka. 🙂

  3. She is so SWEET! I have those colors in felt too, I will have to make one for me. I didn’t know others knew what a Babuskha was!?! Love the nesting doll idea with smaller ones to go with the largest. I may applique them on a quilt I am making…..

  4. Your work is always so awe inspiring, Kimara. This is beyond beautiful. Gonna give this a try. Thanks for all the time you invest in the patterns. We really do appreciate them!

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