Kiddos with their No-Sew Pioneer Handmade Rag Dolls
Make life more simple and teach the art of making a handmade rag doll.
|Laura Ingalls Wilder|
We are huge Little House on the Prairie fans, and my girls love to dream about being Laura Ingalls. These dolls are what I imagine Caroline would have made with Mary, Laura, and Carrie. They require the materials she might have had on hand.
Simple Materials Make This Handmade Rag Doll
- Handkerchief, or muslin or cotton material cut into 12″x14.”
- cotton balls
- yarn, or string
- fabric swatches cut into:
- 7.75″x5.5″ (cut from the center a square 2.25″x1.75″ and on 1/2″ on each side of this “square hole” a 3″ slice )
1. Fluff up your cotton balls (they will be the head)
2.) Place the large piece of white material (handkerchief), so the longest edge is on top. Place the cotton balls you fluffed in the center of the cloth, about three inches from the edge.
3.) Fold the top edge of the cloth over to cover the cotton, then gather together and tie with a piece of yarn or string. (Note: Make certain the edge of the cloth is securely tied in)
4.) To make the arms: Hold up the two short ends of the handkerchief. One at a time, hold one end and gather the handkerchief ends and tie a know at close to the ends as possible (these will be the hands.
5.) One at a time, hold one end and gather the handkerchief from the knot (hand) down to the head. Tie near head to form arm. Repeat on the other side.’
6.) fold the centerpiece of the printed fabric down and press it with your fingers.
Note: If you are making a boy doll, skip to step ____ of the instructions for completion. If you are continuing to make a girl, continue with step 7 for dressing your doll.
7.) Tuck the OUTSIDE tie under the doll’s arm and tie it over the shoulder. Repeat for the other arm
8.) Add the bonnet by folding the 1.75″x9″ piece of fabric over the doll’s head and tie around her neck with a piece of yarn or like a bandanna. THE DOLL IS NOW FINISHED!
Give her a name and Enjoy!
Completing the boy doll:
9.) After completing the arms, tie a piece of yarn under the arms to form a waist.
10.) Hold the fabric from the body out to the sides (like a snow angel) and find the center of the fabric.
11.) Now make a small cut with a pair of scissors.
12.) Tear the fabric up almost all the way to the waist (no worries, you can’t tear it too far!)
13.) To make legs and trousers, use the printed fabric from Step 6. Tie the two outside ends around the back of the waist and trim off the excess.
Cut a small snip in the center of the fabric and tear up within an inch or so of the waist.
Tuck in the raw edges of the legs and trousers, and use yarn to tie at the ankles. Make one more tie around the knees.
You may choose to cut off any excess fabric at the feet.
14.) Tie the rectangular piece of fabric around his neck to make a neckerchief!
YOU DID IT!