Step 1: Supplies
Scraps of cotton fabric and felt
yarn or felt for hair
ball point pen
school glue or tacky glue
needle and thread (optional)
Once your supplies are gathered, use a small drill bit to drill a hole through the pin just below the neck (as shown). This is for the arms.
Step 2: Draw face and insert arms
For the arms, center an approximately 4 inch long piece of pipecleaner in the doll and bend the arms forward. Fold back a bit at the ends to cover the sharp point and make hands. Bend at elbow into desired position.
Step 3: Put on the skirt
For a straight skirt, use pinking shears to trim a rectangle of fabric to desired length and run a bead of glue along the top edge. Wrap around clothespin just below arms.
For a gathered skirt, use a needle and thread to make a running stitch along the top edge of the skirt. Gather along thread and then glue as above.
Step 4: Put on the top
For a more detailed top, cut fabric to appropriate height and cut a small "x" at the approximate location of the arms then put on the shirt and glue in place. Felt makes a nice jacket and the front edges can be folded back to make a lapel. Or you can wrap with fabric.
For younger children, you may want to skip the arms and have a very rustic, armless doll.
Once the shirt is on, you can still add a sash--see photo.