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Gift for newborn: Make a Waldorf-style doll

Pillows, Sewing  |  August 27th 2011  |  0 Comment

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Gift for newborn: Make a Waldorf-style doll


Supplies: Wool batting, pins, 5-inch doll making needle, cotton string, floss in eye and lip color, velour or flannel for the body and cap, matching thread for the skin color and body color, skin fabric, and gauze stockinette. I like Weir Dolls for their supplies.


Your wool batting comes in sheets and has a definite grain to it. Open up the sheet and pull off a strip.

Separate this into two pieces, a narrow piece that will be rolled tightly into a firm ball, and another piece,which will be torn in half making 2 shorter pieces.

Roll your long piece into a ball, using pressure and making it as firm as you can. This will give the doll head structure.

The finished ball, the inside of the head.

Using one of the smaller pieces of batting that you pulled off, cover the ball with them and bring it around to gather at the bottom, kind of like you would put on a mitten. This will become the neck and keep the doll’s head from flopping backwards.

Repeat with the other piece of batting. This isn’t done as firmly as the ball for the inner part of the head.

Using about 18 inches of stockingette (I think I used 1-1/4 inch for these dolls), twist in the middle of it and then slip one end over the other, so it creates a closing at the end. This can also be done by knotting the end, but that makes a lump on the top of the doll’s head so I prefer to do it this way.

Insert the head you made out of wool and bring the stockingette down to the bottom and tie off or sew off so that the wool is all encased in the stockingette (not shown).

Using the string (I have to double it up so it doesn’t break) first tie off where your neck will be, right below the ‘firm ball’ that was made with the batting. You want to do this firmly and may need help tying the knot. I do it by making the knot and holding the whole thing against the table as I make the second knot to ‘lock’ it in.

Repeat half way up for the eye line. I put that in bold because it is important to do it half way up and not any further to make the doll look accurate.

Cut a piece of skin fabric that can go around the head completely,with overlap. Magic Cabin’s patterns will tell you to sew a head shape out of skin fabric, but I prefer to do it this way, I think it looks better. Notice the stretch of the fabric is more in one direction than another- you want the stretch to be going across, not lengthwise. This will allow it to constrict where the eyes and neck are, showing detail.

Sew it up. This isn’t going to show, the cap will be covering it.

Using your floss and 5-inch doll making needle, and starting from the back of the head to anchor, stitch in the mouth and eyes. I like to do 2 lines for the mouth and 3 or 4 each for the eyes, but you can play around and see what you like. Tie the strings together in the back of the head to anchor.

My finished doll face.

I added hair next, but I skipped the directions for this because it’s kind of complicated to explain. I’ll think about it some more and maybe post an update later 🙂

Sew the body and cap out of velour or flannel or even cotton jersey (t-shirt material) is nice. I prefer to use natural fibers because babies chew on these, and natural fibers are just nicer. The balls to the right of the picture are my ‘hair’ yarn, I got them from Magic Cabin a while back.

To make the body, you can just copy the general pattern that mine is, it isn’t anything really specific. When in doubt, make your hat a little big.

Trim the excess away and turn right side out.

Position the head inside of the cap and body. I don’t stuff these, as the ‘floppiness’ makes them easier for little babies to grab and hold onto, and makes them thinner to be used as ‘nursing loveys’

To get the cap to stay where I want it, I generally tack the bottom corners with pins before I start sewing.

Sew around the whole thing, use a blanket stitch or a running stitch, or a whip stitch, whatever seems to work for you. I go around the neck twice for durability.

When attaching the cap, catch not only the skin fabric but also go into the wool a bit to add strength and anchor the whole thing together. I attach the corners of the hat at the chin with a pin and then sew.

Raw edges go to the inside.

Stitch the bottom of the cap (folded under) to the neck of the bodysuit.


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