Directions on Making Worry Dolls

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Directions on Making Worry Dolls
Worry dolls take away your child's fears. (thoughtful child image by Renata Osinska from

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.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Toothpicks
  • Embroidery thread
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Marker pen
  • Tweezers

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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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