Making a Waldorf Doll


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My daughter turned 2 in October. For a long time, really since I was pregnant, I had my eye on those neat Waldorf dolls. I saw them talked about and featured on so many different blogs, talking about the natural fibers and beautiful simplicity.

The ones that struck me the most were people talking about making their own dolls and the process of crafting something so special for children. Think about the love little girls (and many boys!) have for their baby dolls, cuddling and playing with them. What could be more awesome that to handcraft something your child cherishes so much?

It was settled – I was going to make a doll for my daugther’s 2nd birthday. I was so excited as she started to show interest in playing mommy to her toys months before. I gathered cotton flannel for the skin, soft wool yarn for hair and fluffy wool roving to stuff the insides.

I searched for the best tutorials and patterns, but strangely found that despite all of these blogs talking about crafting Waldorf dolls, there isn’t very much in the way of free patterns. What I did find is this one for the body, this one for the head, and this one for hair. I winged it with the facial features.

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Cassandra has been a fan of M+BL since 2010 and in 2012, she was hired on as Stephanie's assistant. Since then her role has grown into advertising management and Nutrition Editor for the blog. Living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter, Cassandra is currently pregnant with her second child and has started a blogging services business, specializing in virtual assistant placement.

Comments

  1. Very cool, I may just have to give it a try.

  2. A dear friend made one for my daughter’s 1st birthday and it is such a treasure! She loves it and sleeps with it every night. And I love it’s soft simplicity. Great post.

  3. Aunt Louise says:

    What a beautiful doll. Also, I love reading your stuff~you have such insight!

  4. Kids really do love anything created for hem with love! For others reading this who want to attempt one, I just made it using he little amigo doll pattern from meg mcelwees book growing up sew liberated. You obviously have to pay for the book, but it has tons of other cute projects and full-sized patterns. The Sew Liberated blog also has a braided hair tutorial free for all that I found really helpful and seemingly easier than any other one I’d seen. I am a complete and total sewing novice, and it turned out great! Not perfect, mind you, but my daughter and I are pleased with it :). Good job with yours! I truly believe handmade things carry all the live and good energy of their creators!!

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