How to Make a Yarn Doll

By Contributor ; Updated September 15, 2017

How to Make a Yarn Doll. Dolls come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and materials. In this project you will learn how to make a doll from yarn. Various sizes of this doll can be made but this one will be a small yarn doll. These dolls can be made into Christmas ornaments by attaching a loop to hang it from the tree. Yarn dolls make great teacher and children's gifts too.

Start with a large ball of yarn for the body. You can use another color for the hair such as yellow, brown or red. Find a book or piece of cardboard 7"x7" and wrap yarn for body around once and tie a knot. Continue wrapping the yarn around itself about 100 times. Cut a 6" piece of yarn and slide it between the bunch of yarn and the book to tie it off.

Remove the yarn from the book and section enough on the top to make a head. Tie it off. Glue felt eyes or googly eyes and a strand of yarn for a mouth. Wrap hair color yarn about 20 times (or until proportionate to head) around your 4 fingers and tie a knot in the middle.

Separate the yarn into two sections for pony tails, cut loops and tie ribbons to each side. Pull a piece of yarn through the inside of the head and wrap it around the hair. Attach it to the top of the head.

Make your doll into a Christmas ornament at this point. Pull another piece of yarn through the hair, make a loop and tie a knot at the top to hang it from the tree.

Divide the body into three sections. Pull apart two sections for the arms. They should be shorter, thinner and in proportion to the middle. Tie arms at wrist about 1/2" from the ends. Cut the loops for hands.

Cut the loops at the end of body to make it look like a tassel. For pants just separate the yarn into two sections like the arms. Then tie off both the ankles about 3/4" from the ends.

Dress your yarn doll. Glue a piece of fabric or lace around the waist to look like a skirt. Wrap floss above the top of the skirt once and glue. Then bring it up across the chest to one side and across the back of the neck. Bring it across and down the other side of the body to make a shirt and glue it again with fabric glue.


Make the doll thicker by wrapping 250 times and braid the arms, legs and hair. The fuller the yarn doll the easier it is to work with.

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