Handmade Dolls with Loom Knit Hair

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I wanted to make handmade dolls for my little girl, and when I saw these plain muslin dolls, I knew I wanted to try to use them as a base.

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-UnleashedSupplies needed to make your own handmade dolls:supply-list

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-2The first thing you want to do is get your handmade dolls dressed! I decided to make my doll a little pleated ruffle skirt out of tulle.

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-3I simply folded the tulle over several times so I had 4 layers then sewed a straight line about 1/2 inch from the top with a long stitch setting and super loose tension.

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-4This allowed me to pull the thread to make a little ruffle. You simply hold one string and gently pull on the other and the fabric will bunch up to form your ruffle.

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-5I ended up pulling just a little bit in from each side so that there were two little bunches of pleats and a flat front.  I sewed my ribbon directly onto the same seam to secure it and add some more cuteness to the skirt. :)

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-6Next is a shirt for your handmade dolls — also very simple for beginner sewers.  Cut two square pieces of cloth and lay them on your handmade dolls to “fit.”  Cut out a little curve for the neck, sew up the two side seams and two shoulder seams (across the top) and tuck the unfinished bottom into the skirt.  You can certainly hem all the edges if you so choose! (I did not.)

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-7Now we move on to (arguably) the most charming part of these handmade dolls — the hair.  Ever since Adrienne did her tutorial on using the Loom Kit, I have been wanting to try it out.  I decided to start off small with the green sized loom for my doll’s hair.  You are going to follow the instructions included with the loom to a T.  Wrap around each peg counter clockwise, then use your hook to pull the yarn up and over — essentially knitting.

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-7Once you have about 15-20 rows, you can start closing off the circle with the enclosed plastic needle.

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-8Make sure you pull the yarn tight as you release the thread, creating a little circle like this:

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-9Flip it inside out (or right-side out actually) and…

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-10You now have a little circle of yarn ready to “fit” onto your handmade dolls’ head. Feel free to simply leave the hair as is, but I styled her a bit using rainbow loom bands for pigtails. :)

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-11Chop off the knit ends for poofier pigtails.

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-12To attach the hair, take a basic needle and thread and secure it in several places.


Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-14If your daughter is anything like mine, you need to REALLY secure the yarn onto the doll head, so use a few more stitches.

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-15To finish off the doll, I added button eyes, a heart shaped mouth and some watercolor “rouge.”  My daughter’s cheeks get really rosy when she sleeps so I wanted her doll to mimic her.

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-16A little goes a long way, so start small!

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-17If you are feeling really ambitious, you can keep the loom and yarn out, add a few more rows than you did for the doll hair and…

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-17Flip that puppy over and you have a baby hat!

Perfect for matchy-matchy day…

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-18Update:  I decided I kind of disliked the heart shaped mouth and went ahead and ripped it out and added a little smile instead.  She seems happier, don’t you think?

Muslin-handmade-dolls-Crafts-Unleashed-1I hope you enjoyed this muslin handmade dolls tutorial and you will try it for yourself! They’re too cute not to.

About Amy Renea

Hey y'all! I'm Amy Renea, a freelance photographer and writer based out of Hershey, PA. I spend my days chasing children and chickens around the back yard, sipping on dandelion tea and munching on sweet potato chips. Come visit the Nest for All Seasons to learn more about my food, photography, DIY designs and modern garden living! www.anestforallseasons.com


  1. Elic says

    I’ve been told that we shouldn’t use buttons for eyes anymore because its a choking hazard. I agree, the stitched mouth is WAY better than the heart shaped one! I don’t have any little girls, but this is cute. Heck, I was barely a little girl myself, my favorite friends were animals, cats, horses and giraffes especially.

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