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Jan Horrox
Doll Artist
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Doll designer, author, teacher and supply business owner from the United Kingdom.
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Judi Ward

Judi's Dolls
Judi Ward - Judi's Dolls
Cloth doll designer, teacher and 10 year sponsor!
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Maureen Mills
Sweet Meadows Farm
Maureen Mills - Sweet Meadows Farm
Profesional doll artist featuring traditional, primitive, country and fun designs.
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Sandra M. Blake
S.O. Dollightfuldolls
Sandra M. Blake
Doll artist specializing in African-American images ranging from the whimsical to the natural and from baby dolls to grown-ups!
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Sharon Mitchell
Cloth Dolls With Attitude!
Sharon Mitchell
Cloth doll artist from New Zealand featuring unique designs and educational tutorials.
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Sherry Goshon
Inner Child Creations
Sherry Goshon
Professional designer with endless creativity!
~ Molds and Patterns ~

Susan Barmore
Frowning Francis Folk Art
Susan Barmore
Cloth & Mixed Media Artist with designs that include a little of everything!
~ Printed Patterns ~ Download Patterns ~

Winners for each challenge and skill level will be determined from a split of 50% of the votes from online voting by other dollmakers and 50% of votes from our panel of professional doll designers!

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Join us for The 10th Annual Cloth Baby Doll Challenge!

2018 Cloth Baby Doll & Animal Doll Challenge!!!

Sponsored by Dollmaker's Journey, Cloth Doll MarketJudi's Dolls, Cloth Doll Connection, Platypusnow, Sandra Blake Designs, Magic Threads, Inner Child Creations and The Doll Net!

No matter what type of cloth dolls you enjoy making, or if you are a quilter or do other sewing/craft projects, it is always fun to go back to the basics and make a Baby Doll! Everyone likes babies and baby dolls!

2018 includes a Second Challenge!

** Animal Doll Challenge! **

So come join in the fun and win some prizes!

To Join the challenge...

Send an email to
saying "I am Joining the Challenge!"
Include your name, which challenge (baby, animal or both) and your skill level.

You may enter up to 4 dolls.  2 in the Baby Challenge and 2 in the Animal Challenge!

Doll/Dolls Due Date Is May 15, 2018

Below are the challenge information and rules.

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2018 Theme: Open... Any theme you desire!

Challenge 1... Baby Doll!  Baby Doll is defined as any age pre-toddler (usually <12 months old.)

Challenge 2... Animal Doll!  Any real-life animal you wish. It can be a baby or full grown animal. A bear, fish, bird, or any other animal.

Categories: Each challenge will be split into 3 skill level categories...

Beginner... A Beginner has made one or a few (6 or less) cloth dolls, and has many techniques to master. Has not sold dolls, but does give them as gifts.

Intermediate... An Intermediate dollmaker has many more skills under their belt, needs work in perhaps a few areas, an has possibly sold  a few dolls. Often gives dolls as gifts.

Advanced... An Advanced dollmaker has made many cloth dolls, perhaps sells many and also usually designs (amateur or professional). Almost all skills that they need are mastered, and any new skills are easy to master.

Special Note on Categories: 

The Beginners level should be just that.. a beginner dollmaker. This is a level where beginning dollmakers have a chance to push themselves and show off their newly found creative skills. If you are a beginner "Designer" you should be in a higher level category. Beginners have not sold any dolls.

The Intermediate level will be the largest group and also the most diverse group. 

And the Advanced level is for the advanced dollmaker and/or designer!  It is a great challenge and honor to enter your doll in this category. 


Winners for each challenge and skill level will be determined from a split of 50% of the votes from online voting by other dollmakers and 50% of votes from a panel of professional doll designers!

Random Grand Prize

Grand Prize for Baby Doll and Animal Doll Challenges

Based on a random drawing from all the entries (both challenges combined) there will one lucky dollmaker this year who wins an unbelievable prize....

Anyone Entering a Baby Doll or
an Animal Doll Can Win!

"Milo and Rocky"

Milo (18" Doll) with Rocky (12 " Rocking Horse) are the original prototype dolls for the classic pattern with the same name and are part of the treasured Oregon RagBabies(TM) family. 

Both Dolls are Original Designs and are Made by Kezi! Milo is Signed and Dated By Kezi!   They are in mint condition!

For More Pictures and Information on These Original Dolls Go To the Cloth Doll Market - Click HERE!


*** Note...  You may enter up to 4 dolls.  2 in the Baby Challenge and 2 in the Animal Challenge!

Challenge 1... Make a Baby Doll!  Baby Doll is defined as any age pre-toddler (usually <12 months old.)


Challenge 2... Make a Real-Life Animal Doll!  Animal Doll is defined as any age animal and must be a real-life animal, not mermaids and other fantasy creatures.

2018 Theme: Open... Any theme you desire!

General Rules for Both Challenges

The doll may be from a pattern or made from your own original design. Also, the Doll must be made for this challenge and have never been entered in any other competition.  Do not post the doll anywhere online until the challenge is over.  The voting is based on anonymous entries.

Important Note... If your doll is an original, please indicate this in the description.  If it is from a pattern, whether "tweaked" or not, list the designer's name and pattern name as well.

The doll may have supporting accessories either made or purchased (i.e. toys, stuffed animal, etc.) Please indicate in your description if the accessories are made or purchased. 2 dolls from/of the same design can be included as one entry as a companion set.

A maximum of 2 entries per dollmaker is allowed in each Challenge.  So you may enter 4 dolls... 2 Baby Dolls and 2 Animal Dolls.


Send a short note indicating you are going to enter and your skill level along with your e-mail address to us letting us know you will be making a doll. E-Mail entry information to This way we can contact you with any updates. Next, make your doll/dolls! Have fun and be as creative as you wish!

DUE Date Is May 15, 2018:

On or before May 15th, participants need to send to  the following:

1) 3 photos of their entry.
NOTE: Please take the best photos possible and include 3 different pictures...  Ideas for pictures...  Front Shot, Side Shot, Back Shot, Close-up of Face, Close up of other feature, etc. Please remember... the photos are what everyone votes on so make sure they are clear and representative of the doll and anything special on the doll.

2) Your Doll's Name (May include a 4 or 5 word sub-title if needed to emphasize your theme)

3) Description
This should be a description of the actual doll which includes the designer's name (yourself or designer of pattern), anything special you did in making the doll, info on clothing (home made or from pattern or purchased) and similar information about any supporting items.

4) Additional Infomation (Optional)
This may include a short story, quote, history or anything you feel will help define or explain your entry. This will be display along with description.

***  Important NOTE...  The Description and Additional Information must be a combined 200 words or less.  You may split the words between the description and additional information whichever way you wish. You may double check your word count by using the online program we use to verify the number of words - Click HERE.

5) Also include the Dollmaker's Full Name and Address (e-mail and snail mail - these WILL NOT be posted on the web) as well as the Category (Skill Level) you feel they belong. Include a short statement as why you feel you belong in the specific skill category. (Please note that the sponsors have the final decision as to which skill level a dollmaker belongs.)

SEND #1 - #5 to on or before May 15, 2018!

Challenge FAQs

- Doll may be any size!

- This is the first challenge for the Doll.  The doll must not have been entered in any other challenge or competition and must be made for this challenge.

- Doll may be an Original Design or from a pattern (with credit given to designer)

- Clothes can be made or purchased (must note in description)

- Molded Fabric faces OK

- Doll Net is a family friendly site so doll must have private parts covered/clothed.

- Armature OK

- Entries form Non-USA Countries Welcome

- Deadline is May 15, 2018

- Doll must be made for this challenge and never entered in another challenge or contest.

- Contact and Entry e-mail is...

The Entered Pictures will be posted on the web several days after the closing date without the dollmakers name for a short time period. During this time visitors will be able to vote for their favorite doll in each category. The judges will also be voting at this time.

Winners will be announced several days after voting is concluded.  Time is needed to count votes and update webpages.

To join the challenge please send a short note and your skill level along with your e-mail address to This way we can contact you with any updates.


To Join the challenge...
Send an Email to
saying "I am Joining the Challenge!"
Include your name, which challenge (baby, animal or both) and your skill level.


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