How to Make Yarn and Felt Folks

comments (3) November 28th, 2008     

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Sister_Diane Diane Gilleland, contributor
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You can give these charming dolls as gifts, hang them on your tree, use them to decorate a package, or let them inhabit the holiday village on your mantel.
This design starts with a basic yarn doll, and then adds lots of embellishments.
Were offering a free downloadable sheet of clothing patterns to dress up your dolls!
You can give these charming dolls as gifts, hang them on your tree, use them to decorate a package, or let them inhabit the holiday village on your mantel.

You can give these charming dolls as gifts, hang them on your tree, use them to decorate a package, or let them inhabit the holiday village on your mantel.

Photo: Diane Gilleland
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I love making these embellished yarn dolls! They're a great project for using up precious bits of yarn, felt, ribbon, and rickrack. And they're great fun to make with kids as young as 8—as long as an adult helps with the hot-glue gun. (I prefer hot glue for this project because it sets up very quickly. If you like, you can also use white craft glue, but keep in mind that you'll have to wait much longer for the glue to set.)

What you'll need:

  • Ball of worsted-weight wool or acrylic yarn
  • 4-inch x 6-inch postcard
  • Scissors
  • Wool or acrylic felt in assorted colors
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Hand-sewing needle and thread
  • Fine-point Sharpies
  • Craft glue (optional)
  • Embellishments, such as buttons, ribbon, and rickrack

Wrap the yarn around the 6-inch side of the postcard.

Make the Yarn Doll
I like to use a 4-inch x 6-inch postcard to wind the yarn for my yarn dolls. If you don't have one of these handy, just cut a piece of heavyweight cardstock to that size.

Begin by winding yarn around the 6-inch side of the postcard. The end of the yarn should be at the bottom of the postcard, as shown. Wind the yarn around the postcard about 75 times, forming a nice, thick coil. Don’t wrap too tightly—you’ll want to be able to pull this coil off in a moment! Cut the yarn at the end of the last wrap.


Tie the coil of yarn at the top.

Carefully slide this coil of yarn off the cardstock. Cut a 12-inch piece of yarn, and slip it through the middle of the coil. Tie the ends in a tight double knot.


Tie tightly around the coil to form the doll's neck.

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Comments (3)

alibalibee writes: Gorgeous Little dolls, they will make a wonderful 'children of the world' wreath. Thank you for sharing.
AliBB
Posted: 6:06 pm on December 12th
irey writes: My great granddaughters will love these little dolls
Posted: 10:49 am on December 1st
jpattyjack writes: I love your little dolls. My sister loves small things so I am going to make her some for Christmas.

Jackie
Posted: 11:54 am on November 29th
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