My childhood was filled with dolls and stuffed animals, and I just can't imagine what my childhood would have been like without a doll to hug or a teddy bear to cuddle with. Although most of my dolls were store bought, I didn't know back then how easy it was to make a doll by myself. If I would have known, I would have made some of my own dolls. Dolls can be made out of many items such as stuffing, fabric, buttons, and yarn. But you can also make them out of different materials as well. Some of these crafts are great for teaching your children how to sew and many of these crafts are for no-sew dolls. We have listed some of our favorite doll-making crafts, and I hope you will find them fun with cuddly results.
You can make a beautiful little doll mini figure by using a clothespin as the base (the old fashioned type). You can paint it or simply user permanent markers. You can use a muffin tin to make a beautiful silver dress. Just fold it in fourths and then cut a small hole in the middle. It should be big enough to pull over her head. You can then tie it in place with a ribbon or glue it on. Use yarn for her hair and little pieces of string to braid her hair. Yud can glue her onto a base such as a spool thread or a piece of cardboard so that she will stand.
This is fun for the older children to put together, and it will make a very fun toy for kids to play with. To make it, get one large spool for the body and nine smaller spools of equal size for the head and arms and legs. Use very heavy thread to put the doll together. Elastic thread is even better, as it will make the doll springy. You will also need five large buttons with two holes in the center. Lay the spools in front of you in the position to form the doll, as shown in the picture above. Cut a piece of plain or elastic thread a little more than four times the length of the doll from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet. Start at the top and first run the thread through one hole of one of your buttons, then through the head spool, the body spool, two leg spools, and through one hole in another button. Start back through the other hole in the button and cover the same route back to the head. Then start down again through the second hole in the top button, through the head, body, and the two spools of the other leg. Go back again, as you did with the first leg, and tie the two ends of thread securely at the top. Now cut another piece of elastic thread a little more than twice the distance across the arms and body. Start at one end of an arm and run your thread through one hole of the button, through the two spools for the arm, between the elastic joining head and body, through the spools of the other arm, and through one hole of the last button. Start back through the other hole of the button and cover the same route back to your starting place. Tie the two ends securely. When the doll is assembled, draw a face on the head spool with ink or paints.
Go searching for interesting shaped sticks and twigs. Look for sticks and branches that resemble a person's shape and form. It isn't too tough to accomplish. You will be surprised how easily you can find just the right shape. Look at Fig. 1 to see the sort of shape that we want. When you have the pile of twigs on your design...it is time to get to work on your doll. Maybe use a bead or a ping pong for the head. If you want, use clipart to find a face for your doll...or draw a face with marker or paint. Maybe use beads for the hands and feet as well. Use cloth, fabric, and felt for the clothing ... you will be suprised how well your stick dolls turn out.
These are so easy to make...this is a great starter sock doll to make. Move up from this sock doll to more difficult ones. Stuff the mouse with newspaper or stuffing of some sort. Then tie close with a piece of string or yarn...make it longer if it is for your cats to play with. Use felt to make the ears and sew on or glue on button eyes and nose. You can glue whiskers on with yarn, thread, or string, by pushing them through the button holes.
How to Make Easy No-Sew Sock Dolls Crafts Idea for Kids - This craft will probably take less than 10 minutes for you…it is that easy. These are no-sew dolls…that is right…no sewing necessary at all. If you like sock monkeys, but you were too lazy to make them, then this arts and crafts project is for you. Have fun.
How to Make No-Sew Stuffed Puppy Dog Animal Toy with Socks & Rubber Bands - Today we will show you how to make stuffed puppy dogs out of socks and rubber bands. This craft will probably take less than 10 minutes for you…it is that easy. These are no-sew stuffed animals…that is right…no sewing necessary at all. If you like sock monkeys, but you were too lazy to make them, then this arts and crafts project is for you. Have fun.
How to Make a Recycled Glue Stick Figurine - If you want to make a recycled craft and want to make a mini doll house figure, then this craft is for you.
How to Make Twist Tie Doll Figures with Moving Arms and Legs Crafts Idea for Kids - If you want to make your very own play dolls out of recycled twist ties, then find out how to. They come out really cool, with hug-gable & twist-able arms and legs … especially cool for Mom dolls that hug baby dolls. Find out how to make these from unused items around your house. Have fun.
Hopa Mitica Doll - Push it Down it Pops Back Up - Learn how to make a Romanian Doll, called a Hopa Mitica Doll.
Easy to Make Sock Baby Dolls - This is a great first-time-sewing baby doll project. You will of course need a sock, stuffing, needle & thread, scissors, and a black marker.
Paper - Cardboard Dress Up Doll - With our printable template, you can make a cardboard stand-up doll. Then print out our clothes, hair, and accessories templates, cut them out and stick them on the doll. So much fun.
Easy to Make Kokeshi Dolls - This Dolls was made with a walnut, a wooen bead, some decorative paper, and paints. Make your doll with a lot of love.
Make Doll Pencil Toppers - These are adorable...find out how to make them for your pencils too.
Mini Dollhouse Figures with Cardboard - Learn how to make these really sturdy cardboard figures that look like Little People figures.
Making Yarn Dolls with Faces - Learn how to make this special yarn doll that has a bonnet, a face, a dress and is so nice to hug. This is easy to make but still turns out better than normal yarn dolls turn out usually. And it is tons of fun to make.
How to Make People Figurines with Clothespins - Learn how to use clothespins, yarn, and paint to make your own little people figurines.
Making Easy Yarn Dolls - Learn the basics of making your own yarn dolls.
African Sock Dolls - Make a sock doll that is wearing clothing and jewelry native to some African countries.
Napkin Holder Doll for Thanksgiving Dinner Table Decorations Crafts Idea for Kids - This pretty doll will hold your napkins or cutlery for you at thanksgiving dinner. Today we are going to share an idea for making a ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ Dinner Table Napkins or Silverware Holder to use as a decoration at your Thanksgiving dinner table. Below you will find instructions for this Thanksgiving table decoration.
Making Sock Snowman - Learn how to make this adorable Winter Snowman stuff animal with a sock.
Make Baby Doll Earrings - Learn how to make a pair of baby doll earrings with ribbon, beads, etc.
Making Native American Indian Sock Dolls - Make a sock doll that looks like a native american boy.
Layered Paper Dolls - Cut paper and make layered paper dolls. You can make any character that you want and we will show you how to do this.
Easter Egg Head Dolls - Turn an Egg into the head of a doll - perfect for guests for Easter Breakfast or Dinner. Also great for sleepovers where kids can make an Egg Headed Doll and then eat them later.
Make Vegetable Dolls - Learn how to make vegetable figures with crepe paper and wire...make characters such as carrots, lettuce, spinach, tomoatoes, and other vegetables.
Egg Shell 3 Wise Men or Mary and Joseph - Find out how to make Christmas people such as Mary, Joseph, and the 3 wise men.