Yarn dolls, rising to popularity in North America during the colonial era using homespun yarn have a long and eventful history. These dolls were a part of most American households, holding a special place in the life of little girls, who treated these inanimate objects as real beings, involving them in each sphere of their everyday lives. If you desire to try your hands at these overly cute dolls, then glance through these informative tutorials mentioned below.
Give your kiddo the absolute liberty to decorate her favorite dolls with beads and ribbons.
If you are finding the easiest way out to teach your preschooler the doll making craft, then wrap yarns around craft sticks and embellish them with beads as well as sparkles to give it a doll-like appearance.
Stick pieces of applique on the apron to make it look bright and decorative.
Try making a host of beautiful dresses using printed fabric for a personalized touch.
The wiggle eyes give the octopus a scary look. Choose black yarn if you plan to keep the octopus doll as a part of your Halloween craft.
You would perhaps leave behind the age-old tradition of making Voodoo dolls to cast spells on your worst enemy. They would rather make for lovely souvenirs or centerpieces. To make it look less eerie remove the pin and dress it in a beautiful fabric for a pleasing look.
Attach a clasp to it for a funky little Voodoo keychain.
While reading out the struggle of brave Esperanza and her urge to fight against all the odds to your kids, join her at the end of the story for a fun activity given at the back of the book “Making Mama’s Yarn Dolls.” To make it resemble the valiant Esperanza, design a frock similar to the one shown on the cover page.
To give your yarn doll a traditional touch, dress it in the outfit of the culture that you follow or that charms you the most. For a Mexican look, the female doll may adorn a printed tunic, while the males may deck up in vibrant colored pants. Design a large headdress for both as shown in the image below. You may even opt for beaded jewelry to give an authentic look.
Though not an easy task, you can make an African couple as shown in the given image by knitting and crocheting. If you do not want to opt the tedious way, just make a doll using yarn following the tutorials as mentioned above and choose a red and black fabric for their attire. You can stitch or crochet a hat separately and attach it on your dolls.
The satin ribbons give the heavenly angels a serene and pristine look. You can add showy buttons in the middle and use green or red satin ribbons for the wings to bring in the Christmas fervor.
The fringes in the hair give it a human touch. You can also try other creative hairstyles like a bun or braids.
If you are a pro at crocheting, then adopt this Japanese style of knitting toys and stuffing them with yarn. The following tutorial would help you make a playful cow like the one given in the picture below.
You can make it in white yarn and deck it up in red pants and shirt to create a Santa-like appearance.
The above tutorial link would assist you in modeling your doll after any Disney princess of your choice. Design gorgeous gowns, choosing appropriate colors for the princess you make like a blue one Cinderella, lavender for Rapunzel as well as a combination of yellow and blue for snow white.
Adding strands of hair on your doll would give it a realistic touch. If you are a curly hair freak, then design those enticing curls for your cuddly doll too.
Choose a black-orange combination and hang these scary zombies on your wall alongside other decorations on the eve of Halloween to compel the guests to shudder in fright.
Make a host of these worry dolls for your child and ask him to pick one doll for sharing one trouble. In this way, he would have confided all his worries to each one of them feeling relieved from within.
Following the amigurumi pattern, you can make this famous dinosaur and enthrall your kid.
Dress the dolls in costumes typical to each family member and place the full team near the family photograph.
Get set to be engrossed into the fun-filled process of making these wonderful dolls and gift them to your little girl or nearest kith and kin.
Published on June 1st 2017 by Miranda Gibbs