Tutorial: Easy 8″ Waldorf Snuggle Doll (with PDF pattern)

P1010870(These photographs were taken over a few days- and the body of the doll went from being purple to yellow! But needless to say, the colour is irrelevent; just so the photograph of the materials makes sense with the finished doll)

Here is the Easy 8″ Waldorf Snuggle Doll tutorial, with a PDF Pattern to download.  Should you wish to link, please link back here to this blog, and of course, if you make one, please do post your results here or on our Facebook page! Enjoy :-)

(P.S Make sure to check back tomorrow for a fantastic giveaway for a place on the Creating Magical Days e-course!)

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Materials:

7oz (200gms) Clean Wool Fleece (Sheeps wool. I was recently gifted Alpaca Fleece: haven’t used it yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I do. It feels utterly, deliciously soft and warm)

1 1/2″ (4cm) wide stretch Tubular Bandage/ Stockinette 10″ (25cm) long (this is the tubular bandage that you put on actual injuries: you could try in a pharmacy for some if you don’t have a doll supplier: I got some perfect finger bandage in a pharmacy for the 4″ dolls)

Approx 12″x 7″ (30cms x 18cms) Dollskin/Skintone Jersey (you could dye a white t-shirt/baby vest with tea until the desired colour?)

24″ x 14″ (62cms x 36cms)Jersey/ stretchy fabric for the body and hat (Velour works beautifully, or an old babygro or t-shirt-top. For this doll I used a top witha bit of stretch that Grace had outgrown)

Strong thread (for face indents and under head. I used crochet lace thread: its very strong)

Needle and Thread

Measuring tape

Scissors

Sewing machine (OPTIONAL!! I hand-sewed all of mine)

P1020445-450x600Before you start, get to know the proportions of a Waldorf doll: The head is one quarter/part of the doll, the arms and torso make up another quarter/part and the lower body/legs  take up the last half/two parts.

Start with the head: You need to get a very firm ball as you will be moulding the shape of the head (I needlefelt mine to make it firm, but wrapping it tightly like here (the head moulding/ threading is more complicated, I am using a simpler version for this doll to get you started); or using a tight ball of yarn as the inner core of the head is another ingenious idea I came across recently here)

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Once I have a firm inner core, I wrap more wool around the ball, leaving some  hanging down under the head: this becomes the torso and keeps the head firm on the body. P1010786

Take your stockinette/tubular bandage, and stitch a running stitch around one end, pulling it tight to seal the tube. Turn inside out (Apologies, I know the stockinette looks a tad dodgy)P1010789 Pull the bandage over the wool “head” (I cut off the excess once I was happy it came down far enough)P1010791Tie tightly under the head where the neck would be (Using strong thread/crochet cotton)P1010814 There are many different ways of tying the head in order to make the facial indents to mould to face. I am using a very smple one here, perfect for this doll.

Taking the strong thread, double it over, and then tie halfway down the head. PULL TIGHT! And knot at the back. P1010815 For the nose (you could skip this part and draw/stitch the nose on after): draw a circle under the facial indent as a guide. Take your needle, threaded with a doubled over piece of thread, and imagining a clockface as a guide:

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start at 12, bringing the thread under to 6, catching some of the fleece fibres as you do.

Slipstich to 7, and bring thread to 1;

slipstitch to 2 and bring thread to 8.

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Continue the whole way around, pulling on the thread as you go, catching a wisp of fibres to create a little bulk in the nose…

P1010817 Next, using your skintone jersey fabric/dollskin, wrap a piece around the head, making sure to pull it with the stretch going around the head:P1010818

I pin it in place, then cut off excess, making sure I have enough to fold over each side, then sew it up the back, keeping the fabric pulled firmly:
P1010819 For the top of the head, i fold the fabrib down onto itself making the least bulk, and stitch in place:P1010820 Tie firmly with strong thread/cotton under the chin again. A little person is emerging :-) P1010821For the body: Print out the pattern onto A4 paper, and cut it out. Fold over the fabric, so the wrong side is facing out, and draw the pattern onto it. Pin the two pieces of fabric together so it doesn’t slip while you are stitching it (right sides facing each other)P1010822 Sew on the line, leaving the neck and hand spaces free. Carefully cut around, leaving a generous 1/4″ (1cm) seam allowance.P1010832 Turn the right way out, and you have the little body!P1010834 To make the hands,  cut out the pattern, fold over the fabric or cut four pieces (I find folding the fabric over and sewing on the double keeps the stretch correct) Sew on the line and  thencut out (Keeping the stretch of the fabric going accross the hands)P1010835 Here are all your pieces so far: head, body, hands.P1010839 Turning the body inside out, fold back the seam allowance at the cuff. P1010840 Stuff the hand firmly with wool fleece, then insert it into the cuff:P1010842 Leaving the seam allowance showing.P1010841 Sew around the hand-wrist, attaching firmly.P1010843 Turn it all right way out again.P1010844 Using a knitting or crochet needle, stuff the body with wool fibre, moving and adjusting it with your hands as you go to get a pleasant shape (ours like soft and cuddly, not to firm)P1010845 Put in the head: you will possibly have to re-adjust the wool stuffing when the head goes in, as I had to do here.P1010846 Too bulky and stuffed!:P1010847 Some of the plump removed… Once happy with the shape, sew the head onto the neck. I sew around a couple of times: small, tight stiches to ensure it stays in place.P1010848 [I should have sewn on the face next!! Anyway... moving swiftly on...] Next, I sewed the hat: cut out the pattern, place on the fold of the fabric, draw out, then sew. Cut out, leaving the seam allowance. P1010851 Fit onto the head, moving and adjusting until you are happy with placement…P1010852…then with small stitches, sew on.P1010853 As mentioned above, this next step “should” have been completed before the hat was put on, but at this point I sewed on the face:P1010854 And with a wax crayon, smudged on some pink cheeks:P1010855 And there you have it! Enjoy the joy it brings your Small Ones :-) P1010856 P1010857

PDF PATTERNS:

Snuggle Baby Pattern Part 1 PDF

Snuggle pattern Part 2 PDF

14 thoughts on “Tutorial: Easy 8″ Waldorf Snuggle Doll (with PDF pattern)

  1. Emily, This is gorgeous! I so want to make one… well two of course and if they go well, I have a niece who would love one and a new niece/nephew on the way too whom I’d love to make something special for. One question – where, oh where can I get plain sheeps wool? I was given some coloured wool fleece for needlefelting (which I have yet to attempt) – but I don’t know where to get plain, clean stuff. My brother helps his father-in-law with a little flock of sheep, but they’re out in the field and their fleece is filthy when they are shorn. Where do you get yours?
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  2. Sadhbh, try ansiopabeag.ie. There are loads of places, but an siopa beag have all the materials for Waldorf dolls including the wool. You COULD get “raw” sheeps wool, wash it (hope it doesn’t felt in the process!!!), comb it and clean it etc… but it is just EASIER to buy it :-)

  3. Aedin, my list is exhausting too… But soon the minis won’t be quite as mini and you will find you have **time**!! (I say as I approach having a mini of my own and any hopes of getting anything done will go out the window…)

  4. Lucy, all of mine, apart from the nearly-16 year old, is looking for (another!!) one… This one is gone to bed with Grace tonight :-)

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