How to Make Yarn and Felt Folkscomments (3) November 28th, 2008
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
- 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
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.
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.
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