Rag Doll Tutorial Guest Post with Megan from the Darling Ewe

While I am off enjoying my anniversary I still have something really fun in store for you guys. Megan from the Darling Ewe has written up an awesome tutorial to share on the Handmake my Life blog today, which I am so excited to share with you! I’ll let Megan introduce her self and get us started.>>>>

Greetings Handmake My Life readers!

My name is Megan and I blog over at The Darling Ewe.  Hillery kindly asked me to do a guest post with a DIY or tutorial of some sort.  I was so very excited as this is officially my first guest post, and my first step by step DIY on the good old internet machine.  I was so excited that I had to get started right away, and didn’t let my one-handed-ness stop me.  (Yep, I am sporting a cast.  Basically what I am saying is that you can do this craftivity with one arm tied behind your back!)

 The DIY craft is a good old fashioned yarn doll, and is a great way to use up some scrap yarn.  I’ve made these at summer camp, while babysitting, as cat toys, and sometimes I make them just out of sheer boredom.

Ready to get started?

 Materials needed for this project include a medium or large hardcover book (or sturdy cardboard), yarn(s), scissors, and crochet hook (optional)

 Step 1: Wrap your yarn around your book.  I wrapped the yarn 75 times for this tutorial.  More yarn will result in stockier dolls.  The book used was fairly small for this project – taller books will result in longer dolls.

 Step 2: Slide yarn off book and use three smaller pieces of yarn as ties to block off doll sections.  A contrasting yarn color is used to illustrate the various tutorial steps.  Ordinarily I use a matching color so that the ties are undetectable.  (Though I do like the contrasting colors this time around!)

 Step 3:  Tie the top two pieces to block off the doll hair and head.  Before you fasten the bottom tie, separate two side sections.  These will be the arms.

 Step 4:  Cut the ends of the yarn loops of each arm.

 Step 5:  Separate each arm into thirds.  Arms will be braided.

 Step 6:  Braid arms and use a yarn tie to fasten the ends.  I only braided mine about halfway so that the arms would be shorter than the rest of the body.

 Step 7:  Trim the extra yarn ends to form the hand.  Make sure not to cut too close to the tie so that the yarn doesn’t slip out of the ties.

 Step 8:  To start the legs, cut the loops at the bottom of the doll.

Step 9:  Separate section in half.  Legs will be braided just like the arms.  Or, skip this step and the next if you want your doll to be sporting a yarn fringe skirt!

 Step 10:  Braid and tie legs.  Trim feet.

 Step 11:  The hair is whatever you want it to be!  For this tutorial I simply separated the hair into pigtails and fastened the ‘do with yarn ties tied in a bow.

 Step 12:  If you want to give your doll some personality you can easily add a face with a few scraps of yarn.  I used a crochet hook to weave yarn and tie a few strands in a double knot and then trimmed the ends to make the eyes.

 Step 13:  For the smile I used one tie to fasten to each side of the face and left some extra slack in between the two knots.

Step 14:  Trim the ends of your smile, and ta da!  You’ve got yourself a dolly.

This project is a great easy project to do with anyone!  There are SO many possibilities and variations with a yarn doll.  Change up the body sections, braid different sections, play with yarn colors and textures, make a multi-colored doll with scrap yarn, make clothes for your dolls with scrap fabric, slide in wire or pipe cleaners to be able to bend and manipulate different doll poses… So many options!

Hope you enjoy!
Warmest wishes,
Megan
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<<<This is the perfect tutorial for when my little nieces and nephews visit! Be sure to stop by Megan’s blog and don’t forget to check out her Etsy shop with all her cute knits. Thanks again Megan!
I hope you all have a lovely Monday,
Hillery
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