25 Primitive Folk Art Style Sewing Patterns – Sewing


Primitive dolls/folk art doll is a broad type of folk art that includes elements of naïve and outsider art. The primitive folk art style is associated with the historical or early Americana era. Primitive crafts are typically rough and unsophisticated in appearance, implying a lack of traditional creative expertise. So the more rustic the better for Primitive crafts. So how do they get their fabric so brown, it is stained to look old as metal embellishments are also rusted to fit into the design of the sewing project?  These dolls are also reffered to as grunge dolls.

To make your grunge stain, combine 1/2 cup instant coffee granules, one tablespoon cinnamon, one teaspoon nutmeg, one teaspoon ginger, and one teaspoon vanilla in a small dish with one cup boiling water. Using a sponge paint brush, apply the grunge stain to your cloth or stuffed prim item. Popular clothing for primitive dolls includes dresses and overalls. These can also be stained.

If you are wanting to age safety pins or metal buttons this is my technique –  I place the items in bleach overnight, then drain and apply vinegar and 3-4 tbs of salt, leave overnight. Items should be rusty and brown.

Primitive dolls are a great way to use up scrap fabric too, try using upcycled denim and other clothing items.


Calico Cat Doorstop 

Cat Cuddlers

Primitive Pumpkins 

happy cats : a free sewing pattern – ann wood handmade 

Wool Patchwork Cat | Purl Soho 

Tweed Cat Doll – Free sewing patterns

Halloween Crow

Country Angel

A Simple Rag Doll Tutorial

How to Make a Fall Primitive Pumpkin on a Stick 

‘Primitive Heart Template’ – Free PDF Sewing Pattern 

Bunny Hugs 


 Miss Liberty Shelf Sitter Stitchery 9 1/2″ Tall

Free sewing pattern, primitive rabbit – The Dragon Charmer

Tutorial: Primitive fabric hearts in bed spring stands

Primitive Snowman 

Primitive Halloween Man 

Doll and matching Pillow set 

Primitive Mermaid Doll Patterns

Black Cat Rag Doll 

Primitive Ghost Pattern

Angel Doll

Primitive Doll Pattern  


Looking for more ideas? Check out our favorite Primitive dolls book,

Purely Primitive Dolls: How to Make Simple, Old-Fashioned Dolls

Create one-of-a-kind dolls in a primitive folk-art style for unique gifts and home décor. These primitive weathered and worn character dolls will inspire you to make your own.


Our names are Fareedah and Kamilah Amoo. We are seven and five year’s old sisters and live in Ontario, Canada, with our parents and little brother, Awad. We love writing stories, painting on canva, coding, reading books, and enjoying arts and crafts. Our goal is to motivate every child worldwide to read more books.

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