How to Attach a Plastic Doll Joint

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How to Attach a Plastic Doll Joint
Plastic joints can also be used on stuffed animals. (Teddy Bear image by Alexandra Stukkey from

Plastic joints allow stuffed animals and dolls to have arms, legs and heads that will move and stay in place. They are most frequently used to attach the arms of stuffed dolls and the arms and legs of teddy bears. Use plastic joints to create a stuffed doll with movable arms that can be positioned so that it appears to be reaching out toward you, as if it would like to be picked up.

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Things you need

  • Unstuffed doll
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Plastic joints
  • Glass soft drink bottle
  • Stuffing
  • Needle

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  1. 1

    Sew up the side and shoulder seams of the doll leaving a small hole in the top of the side seam. This hole should be the same size as the shank of the joint. The joint has two round disks, one with a screw attached. Insert this screw into the hole in the side seam. It it fits loosely, remove it and sew the seam slightly longer so that the screw fits snugly in the hole. Remove it from the doll.

  2. 2

    Sew up the arm, leaving an opening large enough to easily fit the whole screw side of the joint through. Make a hole on the inside of the arm at the shoulder. This hole should be the same size as the hole in the side seam. Stick the screw through this hole from the inside of the arm.

  3. 3

    Stick the screw into the hole in the side seam to attach the arm to the body. Reach inside the body and place the other side of the joint on the screw.

  4. 4

    Place the lock washer on the screw with the flat side toward the joint. Press the lock and the joint together firmly.You may use the opening in the top of a glass soft drink bottle as a tool to press it firmly into place.

  5. 5

    Attach the other arm. Stuff the arms and slipstitch the opening closed. If adding legs, attach them in the same way before you stuff the body and sew it closed.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are using faux fur, trim the fur around the holes before you insert the joints.

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