Yarn dolls has always been a classic craft for both girls and women. Yarn dolls are easy to make and also makes the perfect child friendly project for the family (even boys too). Sometimes these dolls can be passed down from generation to generation.
When making a yarn doll it is much more easier to use a piece of cardboard. Artist Helping Children will help you by showing you the basics for making these dolls and you can add your own touch to it.
One little girl or boy can make a whole family of these wool yarn dolls. You can keep a box of odds and ends of wool and makes these dolls in all colors and sizes. They are easy to do and the finished dolls provide the ingredients for imaginative play. To make a yarn doll, cut lengths of yarn that are twice as long as the finished size of the doll. For example, if the doll is to be 4 inches, cut the wool in 8-inch lengths. Tie a piece of yarn around the middle, as shown above. Double the yarn over at this point and tie another piece of yarn around the neck—to form the head of the doll. Then separate and cut a few strands on each side for arms and tie pieces of yarn around the wrists. Tie another piece around the waist. For a boy doll, divide the wool below the waist and tie a piece of yarn around each ankle. Faces can be put on these dolls. Use a sewing needle and contrasting wool and sew a few stitches for eyes, nose, and mouth.
This yarn doll is so sweet and pretty! And she is also the easiest wool doll to make that you've ever seen! Rule a piece of cardboard to 3 inches long and 2 inches wide, and cut the cardboard to this size. Wind your wool around it about thirty times, as shown in Picture One. Then slip a piece of wool under the strands which are wound at one end of the cardboard and tie the wool together securely. This is shown by the colored lines in Picture Two. Cut the loops of wool at the other end of the cardboard with your scissors. Now, using a small piece of wool, tie off a little part of the top to form the head. Tie off two small clusters of wool to form the arms, about half as long as the body. Then cut off the extra wool. You don't form legs. To give the effect of a dress, wind some wool around the waist. The places where you tie are shown by the colored lines in Picture Three. You can trace and copy this doll's sweet little face right on to a piece of paper or thin cardboard directly from Picture Four. Color her face pink, her mouth red, and her downcast eyes, blue. Now paste the little face on to the wool head. Picture Five shows the pattern for her bonnet. Trace this on to a piece of paper, Picture Two and then cut it out. Now lay the pattern on a piece of material, and cut the material to shape. With your needle and thread, make simple running stitches about one-half an inch in from the edge of the material, as shown by the broken colored lines in Picture Five. Then gather the material so that it forms a ruffle. Now put on the doll's bonnet with the ruffle framing her face. Secure the bonnet by tying a piece of narrow ribbon over the bonnet and around her neck.
Yarn Octopus - The craft is an easy one, but it is sure to be a lot of fun. This Octopus toy would make a great gift to give to somebody this Holiday Season. Or, if you like…. keep the toy for yourself.