Let’s Make Simple Yarn Dolls

The other day I was thinking about the yarn dolls that we used to make. I can’t quite remember who taught me to make them but I think it might have been a family thing that was passed down to me.

At any rate, making yarn dolls can be fun and all you need is yarn, a piece of cardboard and a pair of scissors.

The size of your yarn doll will be determined by the size of your piece of cardboard. My cardboard piece was about 6″ long. Begin by wrapping the yarn around the piece of cardboard.

Wrap it around at least 50 times. Then cut the yarn.

There is a step that I forgot to do while I was making the pink doll, so I will be showing that step with the orange yarn I used for a second doll. While the yarn is still on the cardboard, cut another piece of yarn about 5-6″ long and slide it under the yarn on the cardboard. (I added the yarn to the pink doll but at a later time which made it harder to do. Ooops!)

Pull it up toward the top and tie a knot. This piece of yarn will help keep the doll’s head in a nice shape and can be used to add hair or to hang the doll.

Slide the yarn off the cardboard.

Back to the pink doll! Ha! Using your scissors, cut the yarn on the opposite end from where it’s tied.

Keep the yarn bent in half.

Cut another piece of yarn to be used to make the dolls head and lay it out on your work surface. Lay the folded yarn on top of it.

Tie a knot with the additional piece of yarn and that makes the head.

Separate a section on each side of the body. I did approximately 15-18 pieces of yarn in each side section.

Using a small piece of yarn, tie the 2 side sections close to the ends. Trim and there are your doll’s arms. 🙂

Cut another piece of yarn and lay under your doll, just a little past the arms. Tie a knot. This will make the doll’s waist.

I made this doll to be a girl wearing a dress. So all I did to finish her was trim the bottom yarn to look neater. She’s ready for playing!

Now, what if you want your doll to be a boy? There are just a couple more steps for that! We’ll pick up with the orange yarn doll at the point where we’ve already made his arms and waist.

Divide the bottom yarn into 2 sections.

Using 2 more pieces of yarn, tie around each leg in the same way you did the arms. Trim, and your boy doll is now finished too! 🙂

The dolls are ready to be played with now and this is how I remember them. But if you are feeling ambitious, I’ll show you a way to add hair to your doll. Get some more yarn…can be the same color or different. Wrap the yarn around your hand 20 times or so.

Slide it off your hand, keeping the loops together. Cut one end of the loops like we did for the doll.

This time you will lay the hair pieces out flat.

Lay the yarn bundle up at the top of the doll’s head. Using the yarn that is tied to the top of the doll’s head, put one yarn string on top of the bundle and the other yarn string under it. This is so you can tie the hair to the doll.

Tie the knot.

Now you can arrange the hair as you would like. I put it into 2 pony tails and tied each with a piece of yarn tied in a bow.

One more extra detail you can add is to give the dolls some eyes. Simply glue on a pair of wiggly eyes. (I actually prefer the dolls without the eyes, but that’s your choice.)

You can leave the string on the top in case you want to hang the doll up or you can trim it close and get rid of it. I’ve show you one doll done each way.

Yarn dolls are fun and easy to make! I hope you will try a few! 🙂

Off the Hook Magic Yarn

Hello again! (Sorry I didn’t get a post up yesterday but I wasn’t feeling too well.) Have you seen the loopy yarn in the stores and wondered what in the world you do with them? Take a look here! This project today is done using the Off The Hook Magic Yarn (Emoji). I found it on clearance at Joann Fabrics store for only $3.97.

If you “knit” (using just your fingers) in the right way, you will have an emoji face when you are finished. Super cute! Let’s begin! Remove the paper wrapper from the yarn and look for the “start here loop” which is a different color from the rest of the yarn.

Count out 26 loops, not counting the “start here loop”.

Take a hold of the 26th loop…

…then take the 27th loop and pull it through the 26th loop.

Keeping the long line of loops in front of the row you counted out, continue following the line and pulling a loop through each loop in your first set of 26 loops.

In this next picture, you can see that 2 loops are done.

Continue pulling loops through as you work your way back across the row.

Stop pulling the loops through when you have done 21 loops. The extra 6 loops will be used at the end.

Now it’s time to work on the second row. Place the yarn back across in front of your work. This will make it easier to keep track of which loop is the next one in line. It’s important not to miss any loops. Your picture will start to take shape as you work…if you keep the loops in the correct order.

Another row is done! At the end of each row, count and make sure you have 21 loops in that row. (I had 22 loops one time so I had to go back and gently pull the loops back out until I found my mistake and corrected it.)

The pattern is starting to show up as we keep doing rows of loops! 🙂

A couple more rows finished…

Another way to help make sure you are staying on track is to look at the backside of your work and make sure there aren’t any loops sticking out the back. If there are, just back up to the loop and find where you went wrong and fix it.

Backside of work

Making more progress! You can see the mouth now.

Looks like the eyes are forming!

There! You can see the emoji! This point is after 16 rows are done.

Now it’s time to start binding off with this row. To start, pull 2 loops through just as you have been doing.

Take loop #2 and pull it through loop #1.

Make a 3rd loop in this row like you were doing.

And then pull loop #3 through loop #2. See how you are making a finished edge with no more loops sticking up?

Continue working in this manner until you have gone completely across your work and have just 1 loop left.

Now looking at the extra 5 loops at the top of your work, carefully cut at the bottom of each of the 5 loops so the yarn will open up into one longer string.

Do the same thing with the extra 6 loops at the bottom of your work.

Back to the top string…flip your work over and then feed the string through the 1 remaining loop.

Pull it snug and then weave the extra yarn into the backside of your work to anchor the string. Repeat the weaving in step with the bottom string.

After you have woven the ending strings in through several places, you can cut off the extra.

And there is your finished project!! Great job! Now you have a fun smiling emoji to hang up, maybe in your bedroom.

I hope you’ll give this project a try! Happy “knitting”! 🙂

Yarn Buddies

Let’s do an activity today to make some cute little buddies that the kids can sit in their bedroom to keep them company. 🙂 We’ll call them Yarn Buddies.

You will need some yarn (or pre-made pom poms), scissors, a small piece of cardboard, some construction paper, a marker, wiggly eyes, glue and a pencil. To begin, cut a piece of cardboard approximately 2 inches wide and 3-4 inches long.

Wrap yarn around the piece of cardboard on the 2″ side.

The more times you wrap it, the nicer and thicker your buddy will be. Wrap at least 50 times, but 100 times or more is great. Don’t wrap it too tightly or the next step will be hard to do.

After you have finished wrapping, cut the yarn and slide the yarn off one end of the cardboard, being careful to keep it all close together.

Now cut a piece of yarn around 8″ long. Lay it down and place the wrapped yarn on top of it.

Make a knot with that piece of yarn, tying it very tight in the middle of the wrapped yarn.

Are we making sense so far? Ok, next take your scissors and cut the loops of yarn on one side of the knot.

Once there are no more loops on that side, go to the second side of loops and cut them too.

Now fluff the cut yarn up so it begins to look like a ball or a pom pom.

You can keep the pom pom looking a bit raggedy or you can trim it nicely into a smoother ball.

It’s time to turn your pom pom into a buddy! Let’s start with some eyes…you can add whatever size of eyes you like. There’s small…

Medium…

Or extra-large!

I added a yarn bow to the top of mine and I decided to use the medium sized eyes.

You can stop here but perhaps you would like to give your buddy some feet or some shoes. To make some shoes, I took a small piece of construction paper and folded it in half.

Draw half of a heart shape on the paper, putting the middle of the heart on the fold.

Cut the shape out with your scissors and open it up to find you cut out a heart! Neat trick, huh?

You can leave the feet plain…

Or color some of it in to look like shoes. Put glue on the shoes and sit your yarn buddy on top. Hold it in place for a little bit.

And there you have yarn buddy #1 finished!

For yarn buddy #2, I decided to make a one-eyed monster. To make his feet, I used an orange piece of paper and I made it very similar to the first yarn buddy’s feet. Fold a piece of paper in half and draw on what you want one foot to look like. Cut it out with your scissors. But be careful to leave a big enough piece of the fold to hold the feet together.

Unfold the feet and put glue on them and sit your buddy on top. Remember to hold it in place for a little bit while the glue starts to set up.

I drew on some toenails for this yarn buddy.

And then I colored the toenails in. Yarn buddy #2 is done!

The last yarn buddy for today is made a bit differently, but is still very similar to the other two. Begin by wrapping yarn around the piece of cardboard like before. Slide the wrapped yarn off the end and tie a piece of yarn in the middle like we already did for the other buddies.

This time cut only one side of the yarn loops to make some hair and leave one side of loops uncut to be his head.

Glue 2 eyes on the head side.

Make another set of feet and glue your yarn buddy to the feet like before.

You can decorate him in whatever way you want to. 🙂 And now you’ve made 3 yarn buddies! Will they all be your buddies or will you share them with someone else who might need a buddy? (They are very good at keeping secrets!) 😉

I hope you had fun making yarn buddies with me! Thanks for stopping by!