Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Waldorf Knotty Doll Tutorial

These are quick and easy dolls to make.  You can whip one out in approximately 30 minutes. They are great for baby shower gifts.  My little one loves to suck on her clothes and blankets, so I decided to make one for her out of some leftover minkee.  She chose purple.

Click here for the pattern

** To get the entire pattern on a 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper, I had to overlap pieces, so make sure you trace it and do not just cut it out after you print it. 




1/3 yd of knit material - fleece, hemp fleece, sherpa, velour, minkee, etc - any soft thick knit

handful of stuffing - I prefer wool stuffing

needle and matching thread

Step 1:  Cut out pattern pieces.  Cut 2 of the body, 1 hat, and 1 head.

Step 2:  Right sides together, sew the hat, head tube, and body together.  Make sure to leave a small opening (about 1.5 inches wide) for the head to fit in the middle of the body. Turn all pieces right side out.
Step 3:  For the arms and legs there are two options.
  • Option 1:  Knot each hand and foot (as shown).
  • Option 2:  Put a little fluff of stuffing in each hand  and foot and sew a running stitch around each hand and foot and pull the threads tight and tie off.  
    Step 4:   Approximately 1 inch from top of head tube, wrap a piece of yarn or thread around it several times, pull tight, and tie off.  Make a ball of stuffing and insert it into the open end of the head tube.  As close to the stuffing as you can get, tie off the bottom end of the head tube just like the top.

    Step 5:  Attach the hat to the head.  Fold under the raw edges of the hat, pull on head (it should be snug), and sew around the edge, hiding the thread ends under the hat when you tie it off.  Next, knot the end of the cap.

    Step 6:Insert the head into the body.  Fold raw edges of the body inward, and sew the bottom of the head to the body.  I realize I didn't get a good picture of this...To describe it better, sew the head to the body like it would look if it's shoulders were shrugged, lol, if that makes sense.  Hide thread ends in the body. 

    Now you're done!


    Lindsey said...

    So cute! I've seen these and have been amazed at the prices! That is more than comparable and much softer, I'm sure. :)

    Anonymous said...

    Simple and sweet. I’m thinking of starting another blog or five pretty soon, and I’ll definitely consider this theme. Keep ‘em coming!.

    Anonymous said...

    Great post. Can’t wait to read the next ones :)

    Anonymous said...

    Thank you for posting the pattern! I have been wanting to make one and figured I could just "wing" it but I'd rather have a basic pattern to go from. Happy Holidays!