Worry dolls originated in Guatemala. The dolls are kept in a small cloth bag or box and are made with small pieces of wood and thread. Their purpose is take away worries from frightened children. The child puts a worry doll under the pillow before she goes to sleep. In the morning the worry doll has gone and taken away the worry.
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Things you need
- Embroidery thread
- Hot glue gun
- Marker pen
Cut toothpicks into five pieces for one doll. The head and body is one piece and should be approximately 1 inch to 1.5 inches long. The other pieces are for the legs and arms.
Glue the legs to the head/body stick about halfway up and leave it to dry. Wrap embroidery thread around the body and legs, starting halfway down the head/body stick. If you are making a boy, wrap the legs separately to make trousers.
Wrap different colours of thread around each arm and glue them to the body. Wrap the thread around the top of the body and "shoulders" of the doll to create a shirt. Use tweezers or another toothpick to push in thread under the arms.
Wrap pink or white embroidery thread around the "head," creating the round head shape with the thread. Dot in eyes and a mouth with the marker pen or sew small buttons on as a face. You can also leave the face blank.
Repeat five times to make six worry dolls. Put the dolls in a small cloth bag or box.
Tips and warnings
- Use a toothpick to spread the glue and tweezers to help edge in the thread. Instead of toothpicks, garbage ties can be used for the limbs, body and head.
- When working with glue, work over waxed paper to avoid mess.
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