This little doll is a very old technique which may be used with fabrics and even corn husks, leaves, etc.
It is a general method for which I give general instructions along with
the photos so you can make your own little healing doll. These
also make great ornaments when done in fancy fabric. Add a bought
or crafted wings.. even a butterfly from the craft store.. a ribbon and
you have a one of a kind healing doll ornament.
First decide which fabrics you will use for the doll and the
body. These can be any color or type of material that you choose.
I cut a 14 x 4 inch piece of fabric for the body. I used
eyelet. Next cut a piece for the arms 9 inches long by 1 inch
Now take a small amount of fiberfill or other stuffing fabric and place in the middle of the body section.
Next you will use string to tie this tightly, or you have use a needle and thread to make sure it is secure.
This forms your head. Make sure it is tied tightly.
Now fold your arms in half. You may sew them if you wish but it
isn't necessary. Place them between the fabric close to the head..
Tie under the arms so they are secure. Fold under a bit of the arm at the end and tie off for a hand.
I show only one hand done here, but you do need to repeat the step with the other arm.
Next take one section of the lower fabric, tuck or sew the raw edges
inside. I just placed them in a fold. Tie towards the
bottom to form feet.
This is what you have at this point. I left the ties in place to
show where I tied the hands and feet. Trim the string close and
you have a doll.
Next we do some very basic clothing. This may be done with any
fabric you desire.. just make sure it will drape a bit, since we are
For the dress I used a 10x4 inch piece of Christmas print.. use
whatever you have on hand. Old clothes are a wonderful source of
fabric for dolls. Since you are making a Healing Doll, you might
want to use fabric that has special meaning to you and your situation.
Fold in half and cut a small slit as shown. Don't make the slit
too large.. you can squeeze the head through and if necessary cut a tad
more at the time. This can be sewn if you get it too large.. even
a dab of glue will correct a too large hole..
Slip over dolls head as shown in picture.
tied a small ribbon under the arms all way around the dress. Tie
tightly so that the arms will stay in place. You can arrange the
dress so that the seams don't show or sew them down before slipping it
on the doll.
you want a little head covering cut a large triangle and tie as shown
here. You could also add yarn or doll hair, dried grass..
whatever you want for hair or a store bought hat.
I used my fingers to hold the triangle in place, but you could tack it with thread or add a dab of glue.
is the back of the triangle, the back of the head. I held it in
place for these steps, but feel free to use glue or sew into place or
get someone to help as you tie the long ends over the tip of the
triangle to form a scarf.
Here is how it looks when tied into place. If you tie tighly it will hold.. but feel free to tack or glue if you desire.
Here she is all dressed and ready for you to add jewelry, buttons, little pieces of odds and ends to make her yours.
sewed a small piece of holiday trim to her hand, wrapping a bit of the
hand over the stem. You could use glue or even tie it with
string. Now comes the exciting part.. adding items that make her
YOURS. Let your imagination flow, add items that mean something
to you. You can use ink pens or colored pencils, even paint and
add a face. You could glue or sew a picture cut from a
magazine or even your picture for her face.
If you have children help them to create these and hang them to a tree with ribbon.
Have fun ..