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Making a Waldorf-style Doll Worksheet

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Making a Waldorf-style Doll Worksheet
Making a Waldorf-style Doll Worksheet
Making a Waldorf-style Doll Worksheet

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • basic sewing machine skill
  • basic cloth dollmaking skill

Pattern Description:

Included in this free project worksheet are tips and directions for creating a Waldorf-style doll, although any dollmaker will find the suggestions helpful. The origin of the Waldorf doll is believed to come from Germany in the 1920's. The distinct features of a Waldorf-style doll are that it is handmade with love from natural materials, such as cotton and wool and warms to your child's touch. The doll's facial features are minimal, so your child can imagine the mood or feelings of the doll depending on the situation.

This project worksheet was written by Kathryn Sheehan, a skilled dollmaker with over 15 years experience. She has made countless dolls in her career and each one was created with love from the heart. She hopes this worksheet will offer inspiration and guidance to anyone wishing to sew a special gift for their own precious little one.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished doll measures 11" tall (or adjust pattern to desired size)


  • tubular gauze (2" wide)
  • cleaned and carded wool fleece for stuffing
  • cotton string
  • cotton knit skintone fabric
  • heavy-duty craft or button thread (or dental floss)
  • embroidery floss for eyes and mouth
  • 4 two-eyed buttons
  • dollmaking needle (5" or 7" long)
  • mohair or other yarn for hair

You Will Also Need:

  • sewing machine
  • stuffing tool or chopstick
  • hand sewing needle