Introduction: Yarn Dolls
This is a quick way to make little yarn dolls.
I learned to make these in 1st grade from a friend's mom but I was never happy with the arms (or lack of hair) so I am also including a second version.
This is an inexpensive, fun and easy project for little kids to make with very little clean up.
I will add a quick reference PDF for each version. Version 1 requires two loops of yarn. Version 2 has easier hair options.
- Yarn Needle
Step 1: Prep Cardstock
Cut a piece of cardstock 3.5 x 5.5 in for version 1
Cut a piece of cardstock 3.5 x 9 in for version 2
Step 2: Wrap Yarn for the Body
Wrap the yarn about 25-30 x around the length of the 3.5 x 5.5 in cardstock
Step 3: Remove Yarn
Separate the yarn from the cardstock
Step 4: Form the Head
Use a bit of yarn to tie a knot ~1 inch from the top of the loops
Set aside for now. We need to make the arm loops next
Step 5: Wrap Yarn for the Arms
Wrap the yarn 20 times around the width of the 3.5 x 5.5 in cardstock
Step 6: Remove Yarn
Remove loops of yarn from the cardstock
Step 7: Split the Body
Open up the loops of the body into two equal parts.
Step 8: Wrap Body Around Arms
Place the arm loops between the loops of the body.
Step 9: Form the Waist
Take a small piece of yarn and tie a know around the body just under the arms.
Optional: Use a yarn needle and secure the arms to the body. I have never needed to do this, but you can if you want to.
Step 10: Form the Elbows
Take 2 small pieces of yarn and tie them about ~ 0.5 in from the body to form the elbows of both arms.
Step 11: Form the Wrists
Tie a piece of yarn just under ~ 0.5 in from the elbows to form the wrists
Step 12: Cut the Loops
Cut the loops at the ends of the arms
Oops, I cut the bottom loops too. This is optional for a free-flowing dress or if you want to form legs
Step 13: Trim the Bottom
Sometimes I want a nice clean edge, sometimes I want something a little messy, other times, I don't cut it at all
Step 14: Form the Legs
If you want to give the doll legs, separate the loose yarn below the waist into two equal parts
Step 15: Secure the Legs
Tie a knot about 0.5 inch from the bottom to hold the legs together.
Step 16: Trim the Ends
Trim the bottom of the legs as needed
Step 17: Decorate
Decorate the dolls as you wish or consider making smaller versions using the same method.
Step 18: Version 2
This is my favourite way to make these. The arms are less stiff and hair is built in
Step 19: Wrap Yarn
Take the 3.5 x 9 in cardstock and wrap 20-30 loops of yarn around it
Step 20: Separate the Yarn
Like in the first version, separate the yarn from the cardstock
Step 21: Tie Off the Hair
Take a small piece of yarn and tie it around the loops ~ 5 to 5.5 inches from and bottom. This will be the top of the head.
Step 22: Form the Head
Tie a small piece of yarn ~ 1 in below the last tie. This will shape the head
Step 23: Separate the Arms
Take about 5 loops of yarn from each side of the body to form the arms
Sometimes, the loops get tangles. It will be easier if you cut the loops of yarn at the bottom before separating the arms
Step 24: Form the Arms
Take two pieces of yarn and tie around the arm as close to the body as possible.
This will be the shoulders.
Form the elbows and wrists in the same way as version 1
Step 25: Tie the Waist
Tie a piece of yarn around the waist and you are done.
If the hair is misbehaving, simply spray it with a bit of water, shape it and allow it to air dry
Step 26: Have Fun
Now that you have the basics down, get creative and decorate or modify you doll.
- Try different kinds of yarn
- Bulky thick yarn is my favourite
- Twine makes creepy little dolls
- Wrap yarn around thin bamboo skewers (or pencil)
- Tie it at both ends to prevent it from slipping
- Soak in water for a minute
- Remove from water and allow to dry
- Remove yarn from bamboo
- Use as hair
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