The Cozy Mittens and Hat Pattern for Small Dolls

h4h les cheries paola reina doll pattern hats mittens free pdf tutorialOnce again, the littlest of the small friends threatened dolly mutiny if they were left out of the new pattern.

So, thanks to vinyl coercion and a very nice email from Many Small Friends newsletter reader Lisa … {waves to Lisa 😀}, I resized the Cozy Mittens and Hat Pattern to fit 13″ to 15″ dolls.

I tested the pattern on my Paola Reina, Corolle Les Cheries, and Hearts for Hearts dolls.  The Hearts for Hearts dolls have a larger head then the others, but all three dolls have similarly sized hands.  So there is a single Mitten size option that works well for all three dolls and two Hat size options, the smaller size fits Paola Reina and Corolle, and the larger size fits Hearts for Hearts.

I suggest choosing a  lightweight knit fabric for the smaller sized hats and mittens.  I developed this pattern using micro fleece, which is a lightweight version of polar fleece.  My local Joann fabric store usually has this in stock.  It’s also a common pajama fabric for young children, so check thrift stores for clothing to upcycle.

Bottom line, choose a fabric that won’t be too bulky and preferably a knit that doesn’t fray so you won’t have to fuss with finishing seam allowances.

The construction steps are similar to the 18″ doll hat and mitten tutorial but I made a few tweaks to better suit the smaller sized pattern pieces and to make this as un-fiddly as possible.


  • Cozy Hat and Mittens Pattern Sheet (for 13″-15″ dolls)
  • 1/4 yard knit fabric -OR- scraps, you don’t need much.  Polyester micro fleece is an ideal fabric to make this project fast, fun, and EASY!
  • Coordinating polyester thread
  • Sewing machine -or- hand sewing needle
  • [Optional] Embellishments for the hat – ribbon, buttons, felt flowers, etc.

IMPORTANT – Be sure to download and save the patterns to your hard drive and print at “Actual Size” from a PDF reader like Adobe Reader. If you print directly from your browser, the patterns will not print at the correct scale. Measure the 1 inch box printed on the pattern sheet to  be sure your pattern printed correctly.


1.  Cut a rectangle of fabric, measuring 2″ x 5″ with the stretch going lengthwise.  For the wristband of the mitten, cut another rectangle of fabric measuring 1¼” x 5″, stretch also lengthwise.

Fold the wristband strip in half, wrong sides together, lengthwise.  Lay the wristband strip on top of the right side of the first rectangle you cut, aligning the raw edges.  Pin in place.small doll cozy winter mittens hat pattern

Sew the wristband strip to the fabric rectangle with a ¼” seam allowance as indicated by the black dashed line in the photo above.  Trim the seam allowance to a scant ⅛”.

2.  Fold the wristband down and then fold everything in half width-wise, right sides together.

mitten tutorial for hearts for hearts doll

3.  Pin the paper mitten template to the folded fabric, aligning the dots on the template with the seam between the fabric rectangle and the wristband.  Sew around the mitten shape, sewing as close to the template as you can, and back stitching at the beginning and end of your seam for added durability.

mitten tutorial free pattern corolle les cheris

4.  Remove the paper template and trim away the excess fabric, cutting close to your sewing line, and leaving only the inside-out mitten.  Clip a little notch in the seam allowance between the thumb and finger portion of the mitten, taking care not to cut into your stitching.  Turn right side out, and your finished!

Repeat the steps to make a second mitten.


Cozy Hat

1. Using the printed pattern as a guide, cut 5 panels of fabric for your hat plus one rectangle for your hat band. See pattern sheet for measurements for hand band.

Hat and Mitten Tutorial

2.  Pin two of the hat panels together, right sides facing. Sew along one long side with a  ¼” seam allowance (as indicated by the white dotted line in the picture below). Trim seam allowance to a scant ⅛”.

Pin a third panel to two you just sewed together, right sides facing, and again sew along one long side.  Continue in this fashion until all five panels are sewn together.

(Note: Borrowing pictures from the 18″ doll Cozy Hat and Mitten tutorial.  Your pieces will be smaller).

Hat and Mitten Tutorial

3.  Fold your hat band in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.  Pin hat band to hat, right sides together, aligning raw edges.

Sew hat band to hat with ¼” seam allowance as indicated by dashed line in the photo below. Trim seam allowance to a scant ⅛”.


4.  Fold the hat band down and then fold and pin the hat in half, right sides together.

(Note: Borrowing pic again from the 18″ tutorial.  Your hat will look like this except the hand band will already be attached.)

American Girl Doll Hat and Mitten Tutorial and free pattern

Sew the final side seam to join the hat panels and the short ends of the hat band with a ¼” seam allowance.  Trim your seam allowance, turn your hat right side out, and you’re finished!

I’d love to see your dolly hats and mittens!  Post pictures to our Facebook page or add link in the comments below.


  1. Lise says:

    Thank you very much for the lovely mitten pattern. They are so cute! I made 8 pairs for all the dolls in my family, my own and those of my 3 granddaughters. SInce I had only pink micro fleece, I decorated each mitt with a different colour embroidery. Thanks, Lise

    • Steph says:

      Lise, that’s so awesome!! What lucky girls.. both the vinyl variety and the humans. 😀 I hadn’t thought of using embroidery to embellish. What a clever idea!

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