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Waldorf-Inspired Hanky Teething Doll


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Pattern Details

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. 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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY machine sewing minimal hand sewing SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Finished size of doll is approximately 10 inches, not including cap.

Recommended with this pattern

  • Un-spun wool batting for stuffing
  • 1-inch wide tubular cotton gauze (7 inches for each head)
  • 1/4 yard cotton interlock knit (tee-shirt knit) in the skin-tone of your choice, cut 4 inches by 5 inches

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Thimble Garden
Thimble Garden
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 can't make it easy for you to sew, it won't become a ThimbleGarden pattern. I'm Margaret Lunn, quilter, dollmaker, puppeteer, and all-around fabric crafter. Sewing has been such a rewarding part of my life, I want to help others enjoy creating with fabric. I'm dedicated to your sewing success!