Friday, March 9, 2012

My First Waldorf-style Doll

I love Waldorf-style toys.  However, they get pretty pricey.  So I have decided to try and make them on my own.  I mean, that is kind of the whole point of Waldorf toys, that they are handmade and your children can watch if not help, making them more special.  A Waldorf doll can run anywhere from $55-$150.

 I made one using this tutorial for less than $10.  It did take a few hours, and would have taken longer if I hadn't taken a few shortcuts, made necessary by the fabric I had on hand.

I will not run you through the tutorial, I will just tell you the changes I made.  I did not have an old flesh-colored shirt or any flesh colored fabric.  I didn't want to go out and buy any for a first try either.  So I used panty-hose for the head, hands, and feet, and a receiving blanket for the body.  I just layered a few kneehighs on the head to give it the right color and non-sheerness.  Using the hosiery actually cut down on time and cost, but it will probably have an effect on how long this doll lasts.

Using a receiving blanket for the body means that this doll is permanently in her "jammies".  I have not made any clothes yet, but they will either have to coordinate or cover, but I don't think Jane will mind.

The neck is a little floppy.  I am thinking that will probaby be fixed by using actual cotton fabric with the next one.

For the jand and feet I just sewed a small "bag" of hosiery, stuffed it with fiber-fil, and then sewed it to the end of the arms or legs with a straight line to create a sort of joint.

I can only improve, and this beautiful doll deserves a sequel.

1 comment:

  1. You are the coolest ever, this doll looks amazing!