How to make a Victorian string doll

Written by patricia glaeser
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How to make a Victorian string doll
Make a doll from easily accessible materials. (BrianAJackson/iStock/Getty Images)

A trip back into history shows the popularity of dolls. During the Victorian era, young children enjoyed playing with string dolls, which were more durable than their fragile china counterparts. These dolls, which were typically made from string or yarn bound together to form the shape of a human body, accompanied their young companions everywhere. Today, they are still simple to make. Children of all ages will enjoy making these iconic playthings with some help from an adult.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 10 cm (4 inch) square cardboard
  • Skein of soft yarn
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut three 15 cm (6 inch) lengths of yarn from the skein. Cut four 7.5 cm (3 inch) lengths of yarn from the skein. Place them to the side of the work area.

  2. 2

    Loop the yarn one time around the length of the cardboard.

  3. 3

    Tie a knot to secure the loop to the cardboard.

  4. 4

    Wrap the yarn around the cardboard 150 times to create thickness.

  5. 5

    Cut the yarn and tie it to the last loop to secure it on the cardboard form.

  6. 6

    Slide a 15 cm (6 inch) piece of yarn horizontally between the loops and the cardboard, pulling it to the top of the cardboard with the cast-on loops held vertically.

  7. 7

    Pull the piece of yarn into a tight knot to make the top of the doll's head.

  8. 8

    Slide all loops off of the cardboard form and lay them flat on the table with the loops laying vertically.

  9. 9

    Slide a 15 cm (6 inch) piece of yarn horizontally behind all loops. Tie it 2.5 cm (1 inch) from the top of the doll's head.

  10. 10

    Pull 10 loops on each side of the head to form the doll's arms.

  11. 11

    Tie a 15 cm (6 inch) length of yarn around the middle of the doll to form the waist.

  12. 12

    Tie a 7.5 cm (3 inch) piece of yarn around one arm to form the doll's wrist; do the same to the other arm.

  13. 13

    Separate the bottom part of the doll into two groups with 65 loops in each to make the doll's legs.

  14. 14

    Tie a 7.5 cm (3 inch) piece of yarn around one leg to form the doll's ankle; do the same to the other leg.

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