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New Hampshire, United States

In designing sewing projects, the biggest kick for me is figuring out how to get fabulous finished products with really simple construction techniques. I'm VERY particular about my designs. If I ...

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Waldorf-Inspired Hanky Teething Doll

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Waldorf-Inspired Hanky Teething Doll
Waldorf-Inspired Hanky Teething Doll

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • machine sewing
  • minimal hand sewing

Pattern Description:

When I was a very little girl, my grandmother used to twist and knot her handkerchief into a little doll for me to play with in church.

My "HANKY" doll is a more sophisticated rendition of that primitive doll, but it retains its simple charm. The knotted corners that form the hands and feet are wonderful to soothe a teething baby. The long, narrow point of the cap can easily be tied around the ring of a pacifier.

This simple doll is a great first project for those new to Waldorf doll making. The un-sculpted, round head is very easy to make, and the body requires minimal sewing.

Simply constructed of soft, natural materials, Waldorf dolls are ideal as baby's first toys. When choosing toys for infants, safety is top priority! Soft stuffed toys or pillows should never be placed in the crib, to avoid danger of suffocation. For that reason, the Waldorf-inspired handkerchief teething doll is a flat, un-stuffed shape. It is designed to encourage grabbing to develop motor skills. Bright colors and soft textures will stimulate baby's senses. The head is finished with a neat cap instead of a wig. A few strands of heavy cotton thread suggest hair, while keeping "fuzzies" out of baby's mouth.

Best fabric choices will be relatively thin woven cotton or cotton interlock knit, nothing bulky or stiff.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished size of doll is approximately 10 inches, not including cap.


  • Un-spun wool batting for stuffing
  • 1-inch wide tubular cotton gauze (7 inches for each head)
  • 1/4 yard cotton interlock knit in the skin-tone of your choice, cut 4 inches by 5 inches
  • Embroidery floss - red plus your choice of eye color
  • Strong cotton craft thread to match doll skin fabric
  • For cap, 1/4 yard cotton fabric, cut 7 inches by 10 inches
  • For body, two 18-inch squares of soft fabric, such as woven cotton or cotton interlock (tee-shirt knit). Minimum cut is 1/2 yard, or a quilter's fat quarter.
  • Optional: 1/2 yard of cotton yarn for hair

You Will Also Need:

  • sewing machine
  • hand sewing needle