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Yarn Dolls from my Childhood

These are pretty simple and not too time consuming. I’m also sure you could do something to embellish them and make them more precious. My Omi used to make these dolls with me and I’m not sure what happened to them as time went on, but I always made them at her house.

If you made miniature ones, they would make adorable ornaments or broaches. šŸ™‚

You need:

  • yarn
  • a sturdy book whose length in either direction is the height you want your doll
  • scissors

Put the edge of yarn at one end of the book and hold it there wrapping the yarn around. Once you get a couple laps around, overlap the end so it stays put.

Don’t wrap too tightly or you won’t be able to slide the yarn off the book. Continue wrapping until you get a good thickness around the book.

Slide the yarn off the book making sure to hold the top together.

Tie a small piece of yarn at the top keeping all the hoops gathered together. Double knot, then turn the yarn inside out to hide the knot inside.

Tie another small length of yarn around the neck. Again, double knot.

You should have a little ghost looking guy:

Now tie one or two spot to form arms. As I child I did it once, as an adult I discovered I liked the two knots to make elbows. šŸ™‚

Tie another knot around the waist.

If you want a girl doll with a skirt you’re done. Just trim the bottom. To make a boy tie two more yarns, one for each leg.

And there you have it! Cute, simple yarn doll!

This first little boy I made today is a little lopsided with love. Gaia doesn’t care though. He’s currently going on adventures through the jungle that is her room…



  1. how cute I can remember making these in girl schouts and school when I was a kid you can also make these with roll of life savers in the middle come see what I shared at

  2. I haven’t made one of those since I was little. Love it!

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