Welcome back to the Waldorf doll making tutorial and pattern! Since we have already gone through step one: making a waldorf head, you will need a supply list so that you know what you need to have on hand to make your doll! This post will explain the supplies you will need and where to get them (for the best deals!)
Doll Skin (1/4 yard)
You will need 100% cotton interlock knit. You can order it online, and it comes in a variety of shades. It is nice and thick and easy to work with!
This knit is from my absolute favorite doll making shop, Bear Dance Crafts. Natalie’s shop is Canadian, and I love supporting fellow Canadian businesses.
To make the doll in my tutorial, you would only require a quarter of a yard (and you will still have tons extra!)
If you live in the USA, another good supply shop for doll skin (though not as high quality as Natalie’s) is Weir Crafts.
You can also re purpose a white t-shirt and dye it coffee/tea to make it close to skin color. Here is an easy video tutorial (you just won’t need to tie dye it, simply dye it as a whole).
Wool (one half pound)
The wool is the most important part of the doll! A lot of people ask if they can use use polyfill. The answer is technically yes, but very much no. Wool gives the doll a warmth, weight and forms the perfect doll. It is natural and retains smell, so it will retain the smells of your child and bring comfort where ever they go. Polyester stuffing is very difficult to work with (it doesn’t stuff well) and changes the entire feel of the doll. You can find wool at Bear Dance Crafts, Weir Crafts and wool processing places such as Custom Woolen Mills. You can choose either batting or roving, it is only a matter of personal preference. A beginner would probably enjoy using the batting alone. You will be able to get multiple dolls (3-4) out of a single pound!
Tubular Gauze/ Stockinette (1.5, 12″ length) or a small white cotton sock
You will need this to use as an inner layer before the “skin” layer on your doll head.
You can also use a small white sock! I get white cotton socks (3 pairs) in the children’s department at Walmart for only $3, which will make 6 dolls!
Cotton Craft String
You will need craft string (you can find this anywhere, including Walmart, craft stores and online at Weir Crafts) to tie your doll’s head. Some people swear by using unflavored dental floss! You can find out which of the two is your preference!
Needles (one embroidery and one long doll making needle)
You will need one embroidery needle (you can find these absolutely anywhere!) and one long doll making needle (at least 3″). The long needle can be found at some fabric stores and online (they can be found at Weir or even on Amazon here).
Thread (matching your choice of skin tone)
I use Gutermann Thread, which is a beautiful thread to work with and readily available at places such as Fabricland (in Canada), Walmart and other sewing/fabric stores! You can also get it online at Weir Crafts!
Beeswax Block or Crayon (for the blush on the face!)
The absolute best wax to use is Stockmar! It has beautiful color and goes on very smoothly. You can use a regular wax crayon if needed, but it doesn’t work the same and it smells yucky! Bear Dance Crafts carries these, as does Weir Crafts.
You will want to have a chopstick or a unsharpened pencil to stuff your doll (you can use anything as long as it is not sharp!)
Embroidery Floss (for the eyes and mouth, and securing the hair)
You can get embroidery floss absolutely anywhere crafting stuff is sold! You will need one skein for your eye color and one for your mouth color as well as one that matches the coloring of the hair you chose.
Yarn for hair!
You can use any kind of yarn for your doll hair, I personally love using handspun art yarns, especially from some of my favorite shops like Cricket Thicket and Rainbow Twist shop but yarns such as thick n quick work very well and can be found anywhere (Michaels, walmart, etc)!
Sewing Machine (optional but highly recommended)
I use a Baby Lock Lyric and she is my baby. I adore her. But any sewing machine will do as long as it can make a tight short zig zag or a stretch stitch (depicted as a lightning bolt). Ideally you will have one that has a triple stretch stitch on it (depicted using three vertical lines like this: ||| )
You don’t require a sewing machine however, and can just do all your sewing by hand too!
And that is all you will need for this tutorial! (you will also want some clothing material, but that will be explained in the doll clothes tutorial that will come after the doll tutorial!)
Here is the master list for you!
Do you know of any other place that has wonderful supplies? Feel free to link them in the comments! As always, feel free to ask questions! Also you can contact me through my facebook page here!