Brief Description: These kinds of rag dolls were made by American settlers. They have an old-fashioned charm. My daughter took this one as soon as it was photographed.
- One skein of yarn if it is bulky and soft
- small piece of cardboard
- scrap fabrics and lace trims
- needle and thread that matches the yarn
|Twist the yarn around a notched piece|
cardboard, first one way, then another.
|Soon you will have made a tight ball|
the size of my doll's head, approximately
one inch in diameter. This solid
ball will add weight and substance to
the doll. I want this doll to stand
up to a three to five year old's rough play.
|Use a large book to twist the yarn around|
repetitively (about 35 times) until
there is enough yarn to create a full
body with. My book measured
approximately eleven inches long.
|Run your fingers through the yarn body and|
clip the looped bottom apart. Gather up the
yarn ends and trim these ends off evenly.
|Wrap more yarn around the doll body|
to create a waste just below the doll's arms.
Thread a needle and sew in and out of the
waste, the wrist joints, and arms of the doll.
Sewing ensures these ties are firm and will
stand up to rough play.
|Now you are ready to dress your prairie doll.|
I gathered and sewed onto the body a skirt.
I added a lace shawl and mop cap.
Additional Suggestions: Yarn dolls are dressed in a variety of ways. Scarecrows and clowns are popular costume choices. Some crafts people prefer just to leave them without clothing as well.
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