How to Make Waldorf Dolls – Hints & Tips

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How to Make Waldorf Dolls

Learning how to make Waldorf Dolls can be a bit tricky.  They are not made the regular or conventional way.

The face is a little rounder, the features of the doll head are shaped.

Finding the right resources though is the key and can make your finished doll beautiful.  Don’t be afraid to give doll making a try…and the waldorf doll is a perfect beginning.

Material you will need

  • yarn for hair
  • paint
  • needle and thread
  • polyfil stuffing
  • fabric for body


How to make Waldorf Dolls – Hints & Tips~

Making Waldorf Dolls:

Making Waldorf Dolls, by Maricristin Sealey, is the most comprehensive Waldorf doll making book currently available (many people also love her earlier book, Kinder Dolls). Not only is the book a must-read if you want to learn the old-school traditional methods of Waldorf doll construction, but it also includes a wide variety of Waldorf dolls, such as pocket dolls and bunting dolls, all of which are good beginning doll making projects.

Weir Crafts:

If you are not able to find supplies in your local vicinity- Weir Crafts is a great place for  Waldorf doll making supplies.   They even carry a nice knit “dollskin” fabric- perfect for waldorf doll faces and heads.

Magic Cabin:   

If you are looking for a pattern–  Magic Cabin might be the place to look. The  12″ Waldorf doll pattern is a great place to start is you don’t have any doll making experience.  Having the pattern will help a ton.


A Doll for Every Child:

This full walk-through of Waldorf dollmaking from start to finish, from Living Crafts.  The tutorial also includes step-by-step photographs that are super helpful. The tutorial also includes hand-drawn pattern pieces, free to download.

Basic Instructions for a Waldorf Doll:

This particular step-by-step Waldorf doll tutorial from Echoes of a Dream is  a great place to start! The tutorial also contains some good close-up views of that tricky inner head, a photograph of a very attractive embroidered face, and free downloadable pattern pieces.

Waldorf-Style Doll Pattern:

For a younger child, you can find a free pattern and worksheet for a younger looking Waldorf-style doll from Craftsy.

Instructions for making a waldorf doll head

Waldorf Doll Tutorial, Part One:

Creating a Waldorf doll’s detailed head, with its sculpted, realistic form, is one of the more complicated aspects of dollmaking, particularly since the method involved is very different from usual construction methods. Although this Waldorf doll headmaking tutorial, from The Handmaiden, is being used to create a Waldorf doll that’s a little smaller than typical, you can apply the photos and techniques to a doll of any size. Pay special attention to the placement of the eyes here, since it’s clear from the photographs that the distance between the eyes is very important to the overall look of the doll.

Waldorf Doll Hair Tutorial:

There are so many ways to create a Waldorf doll’s hair, but this Waldorf doll hair tutorial  uses a method that does not involve either knitting or crochet, which makes it perfect for those of us who don’t know how!


Doll Clothes:

These free Waldorf doll clothing patterns from The Sitting Tree are designed specifically to be used with upcycled T-shirts.

Doll Diaper:

If you’re making a younger doll, then you’ll want doll diapers! This doll diaper tutorial from Skip to My Lou is quick and easy, and the resulting diapers are VERY cute.

Doll Accessories:

If you are looking for a few doll extras– like a carry case, or sleeping bag or even a quilt, this is a great place to start.

More Waldorf Doll Tutorials here!

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