Tutorial:: Waldorf-style Pocket Doll

I had a yen to make a pocket-sized dolly for each of my small children.  James is particularly fond of having something to tote around in his hand.  I think he really likes it.

Materials:

  • Pattern
  • Scrap of soft fabric (chenille, flannel, recycled sweater)
  • Wool yarn
  • Wool suffing
  • Flesh coloured knit (scrap)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Thread

Cut 1 on the fold just as it is. This is the back of your dolly.

Now fold the hood part down and cut another piece on the fold. This is the front of your dolly.

Slit both pieces to the marking. This will form your dolly's legs.

With your wool yarn, make a ball. Make sure to wrap tightly and evenly.

Keep on winding until your ball measures 4 inches around.

Cover your yarn ball with a nice layer of wool batting in order to make the finished base smooth.

Just like this.

Tie off the batting with cotton string. Wind it 'round a few times first and you'll get a nice 'neck'.

Cut a 5 inch square of flesh coloured knit fabric.

See how many gorgeous colours it comes in?

Smooth the fabric over the head base and tie tightly in place with cotton string.

Choose the best side for the face. Embroider eyes and a mouth about halfway down the face.

Using some embroidery floss or cord in your desired hair colour, wind several times around two fingers.

Tie 'round the middle with sewing thread.

Fold loops over themselves so that all of them are facing you.

Sew securely to the dolly's head. ETA: For a more secure head of hair, you could sew the floss directly into the head, creating loops around a finger.

Snip loops to create a fringe.

 

Set your dolly head aside and take up your front and back pieces. With right sides together, sew arms and legs, leaving ends open. Fold the hood with right sides together and sew the top seam. Leave the face and neck open. Take small hand stitches and make narrow hems.

Sew up the ends of arms and legs like purse strings.

There's little dolly's body all sewn and turned out. Use a knitting needle to poke out the point of the hood and adjust the hands and feet.

 

Make four balls of wool batting - two slightly larger - for hands and feet.

 

Stuff the balls into hands and feet, gather up tightly with thread and bury your knots.

 

Now place the head into the remaining opening, turning the body fabric under slightly. Pin the center top of the hood to the center top of the head. Sew open portions of the arms, and across the neck edge, adjusting the fabric snugly around the chin area. Tack the hood to the head and bury your knots.

 

You're finished! Now your sweet dolly is ready for his or her first cuddle.

 

{Thanks to my daughter Cat for assisting with some of the photographs when I ran out of hands!}