Member since 5/10/10
Date: 7/2/12 10:50 AM
I love the look of these dolls I'd love to have a couple for my kiddos! I've found quite a few on Etsy & they are quite expensive, which leads me to believe they may be more complicated to make than I originally thought. Any insight??
Member since 1/20/10
Date: 7/2/12 11:24 AM
I've not made a doll myself, but I'm surrounded by Waldorf teachers & kids in my life, including a former crafts teacher, so I have a lot of second-hand experience with these dolls.
I would say that they are not that hard to make, but they are time-consuming, so that's probably where the price comes in.
I say go for it! These dolls are special :)
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Date: 7/2/12 12:31 PM
Clothdollconnection.com has a free pattern for them.
Dollmakers Journey is another site.
Silly Girl from littlemissyprimitives is
cute. I made one up for my Ethiopian GD to look like her using
brown suede fabric and poufs for hair.
Celeste from My Sister Kate Cloth Confections
is a fun wall doll. You can clip hair bows on her long legs.
There are many freebies online from blogs or tutorials. If you have boys, look for "free softie patterns" where you get monsters and
even trucks that boys love, or get ideas from Etsy.
When your kids draw, have them draw a big favorite character, then trace it for a simple pattern.
One for boys I use for gifts is simply a large hourglass shape-- Draw 10" or more across for head, taper to 8" waist, then out again to make the torso. Add a rectangle below that for the pants (legs can be in one with the pants.) Make a front and back base for the body, then layer the face and clothes colors on top. Make sure it's big enough to turn easily, which can be stuffed thru the open head top.
Add funny or long arms/legs separately. Do a silly face adding big doll eyes with secure backings, found in JA's or embroider.
Use a boy print for the shirt, another for the pants, legs, arms. I like to add a belt or suspenders, you can do just the front.
Finish with stand-up yarn, leather strips, or braid just on the flat top of his head for a crew-cut before closing there. I made a couple for little relatives with soccer pants that matched their PJ pants--they sleep with them every nite.
Member since 11/7/10
Date: 7/2/12 1:05 PM
Thank you for the great information. I wanted to make one after seeing the posts on Pinterest.
I particularly like the post “Making a Waldorf Doll” by toureasy47201 which goes step by step.
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Member since 9/12/07
Date: 7/3/12 2:06 AM
My kids went through 14 years of Waldorf school so, yes, I am very familiar with Waldorf dolls and toys. I made *one* Waldorf doll and that was sufficient. There is a lot of technique involved. And at the time I was recovering from tendonitis and had great difficulty stuffing the heads and bodies properly.
There are a few small companies who specialize in instructions and supplies for Waldorf dolls and you might want to look into that.
In the end, I had a good friend who loved to make the dolls - she made many of them. But she didn't enjoy making the clothing, so I would make the clothes for her dolls. It was a great arrangement and some of our collaborative efforts were auctioned off in the range of $150.
My kids, now 19 and 17, still talk fondly about their Waldorf dolls from back when they were in kindergarten and first grade. :)
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