This past Sunday I awoke to the sight of two pioneer girls giggling at my bedside. They had put together full pioneer costumes and were ready to start a day filled with pioneer crafts and projects and no conveniences of the 21st century. Surprise! But… but… the US Open is on TV. Alas when your kids are inspired to power down and do something creative, you can’t pass up the opportunity. I quickly pulled together my own pioneer wear, we churned some butter and ate breakfast, and then we made these cute and easy yarn dolls. They were so simple that the girls could even make them themselves. Here’s how…
1. Use a 5″x8″(approx) book as a template and wrap yarn around the width 30-50 times depending on yarn thickness. This will be the body of your doll. Cut off end.
2. Cut lengths of hair. It can be longer and or have more strands depending on your desired result. Tie them at the center to the body yarn with a double knot.
3. Turn the book over and cut the yarn through all strands at the center.
4. Fold the body yarn in half with hair at the top.
5. About 1″ down tie yarn around the body to create a head.
6. Separate yarn out from either side to create arms.
7. Tie off arms about 2-3″ down from neck.
8. Cut arm yarn just below ties.
9. Trim all yarn ends and the bottom of the skirt and your doll can be complete. If you would like pants instead of a dress, split the leg yarn in half and tie off each foot.
10. We loved our creations but we were having so much fun that Clare was inspired to make her doll an apron. Plus she looks for any excuse to use the forbidden Gingher fabric scissors.
11. She cut a freestyle triangle shaped apron with straps at the top.
12. Tie the apron around the dolls neck and then tie with yarn around the waist.
Now this girl looks ready to take on her pioneer chores.