Today's tutorial is all about doll making - old school. When I was a little girl I was briefly in the Brownies. My most favourite part of being in Brownies was the craft sessions. I probably would have stayed in Brownies if that was all we did. One thing I remember making was a yarn doll. And I decided to recreate this doll, loosely based on my recollections of this childhood project.
What will you need?
- Scrap felt
|1. Tie yarn around a book and continue winding 100 times.|
|2. After 100 winds tie the yarn up near one end of the book,|
with a spare piece of yarn, pulling it tight.
|3. Slide the yarn off the book and tie another piece of yarn a little|
further down from the first tie. This makes the head of the doll.
|4. Cut the looping yarn on the lower edge.|
|5. Separate the hanging yarn into three sections. The side pieces must be|
thinner than the middle because these will be the arms.
|6. Plait one of the side sections and tie off the end with a spare piece of yarn.|
|7. Plait the second arm, tie off, as per step 6.|
Trim the edges [hands] to make them neat and tidy.
|8. Tie a spare piece of yarn a bit further down from the arms.|
This creates a waist for body.
|9. Just as was done with the arms we now plait legs. To do so|
split the remainder yarn in two and begin plaiting one half,
and tie off the end with a spare piece of yarn.
|10. Repeat step 9 with the second leg, by plaiting and tying it|
off at the end.
|11. Trim the ends of the legs to make neat and tidy feet.|
|12. As a final measure cut out and glue mouth and eyes onto the face.|
You can use some scrap felt to make the facial features.