You Will Need ...
  1. Two kinds of yarn

  2. Scissors

  3. Googly Eyes

  4. Ruler

  5. Glue Gun

  6. Tape

  7. Sharpie

  8. Piece of cardboard precut to 4"x6"

  9. Piece of cardboard precut to 8"x11"

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Step 1: 

Mark the center of the 8x11" piece of cardboard with a pen.

Step 2: 

I am going to start with the yarn doll's hair first. Cut a piece of yarn in the same color as the hair that is slightly longer than your 4'x6" piece of cardboard. Tape one end to the cardboard.  Wrap another piece of yarn around the middle about twenty times.  Snip with scissors and place aside.

Step 3: 

You will create the body of the doll in the same manner.  Begin with your second color yarn and start wrapping around (about 100 times) the center of 8x11" cardboard piece.

Step 4: 

Take another piece of yarn and tie off (very tightly) in the center.

Step 5: 

Now to go back to your smaller cardboard piece (with the hair) and tie off in the center just as you have done in Step 4..

Step 6: 

Depending on whether you want your yarn doll to have long, short or hair with bangs decides how to approach this next step (watch the video thoroughly to see the different cut options). I wanted my doll to have long hair and bangs so I cut down at this point. (see image)

Step 7: 

Feed the two ends of the yarn from your hair under the larger purple yarn bundle. (criss crossing underneath and tieing off at the top so it's nice and secure) 

Step 8: 

Now flip over your 8 x11" piece of cardboard and make a nice clean cut right down the middle of the yarn bundle.

Step 9: 

You now have the start to your yarn doll. To make a head, decide how big you want it to be (pulling hair out of the way).  Take a piece of yarn and tie off a small bundle to create the face.

Step 10: 

To make the arms separate some yarn on either end of the head and braid it like you would hair.  Decide how long you want your arms to be and tie off the braid with another piece of purple yarn. (Tip: keep the cut off yarn strings for tie-offs)

Step 11: 

Repeat Step 10 for each arm.  (I made some nice little yellow bows to distinguish the arms)

Step 12: 

Tie off the body, creating a little dress. (If this was an octopus creature rather than a princess yarn doll, you would simply braid 8 strands like you did in Step 10)

Step 13: 

Last but not least make those eyes.  I used googly eyes that I glued to the head of the yarn doll.

Step 14: 

If you want to make a mouth, I suggest you use another color of yarn.  Pull a small piece of body yarn out and feed your second (mouth) color yarn through.  Tie off and trim excess with scissors.

Step 15: 

All done! As you can see in my variation photos, this project has endless possibilities! 

All Ages
Craft Length: 
15 - 30 minutes
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
1 adult per 10 children

Yarn is very forgiving and very easy to work with. Make a yarn man, yarn babies, or animals. Mix up the colors and create an entire village.

Variation Photos: