Simple Knot Doll


My little boys really do love their dolls! My middle one especially loves taking care of his little babies, taking great care as if he was really the daddy of a live, little, wee one.  It is very sweet to watch the nurturing unfold as they both have experienced being nurtured first hand by their parents.



There is nothing more important to a child’s developing senses than a traditional doll in the simplest form. With a doll, important childhood work can emerge as the child learns the act of love, responsibility and caregiving at it’s finest. Giving a doll to a child is an amazing gift— and ironically doesn’t have to be expensive or even store bought.


(Okay this is not a knot doll, but my middle will wrap up any *baby* in this case it’s his kitty)

I usually start my littles with a simple knot doll.  The knot doll serves two purposes: one is that it’s simple for the littlest child, as a younger one doesn’t need a doll with a distinct face, clothing or even pose able limbs.  Secondly, is the knot’s serve as a teething function and as a tactile piece that often occupies a little one for hours.



I make my knot dolls out of soft cotton flannel, but I have also made them out of quilter’s fabric, and recycled cotton knit, all said fabrics work good, each with their own pluses and minuses. I also stuff them with warm un-carded wool and use silk embroidery floss for tying off the head.



When I present them to my little children they adore them as they have seen mama busy with the handwork creating, these simple dollies out of love.

Materials needed:

  • 12×12 inch cotton flannel, soft quilter’s fabric, or silk
  • silk or cotton embroidery floss
  • clean un-carded sheep’s wool
  • Scissors



Gather some wool and ball with your hands in the middle of the piece of fabric to create the head.

Tie off with floss and knot tightly.

gather hands on opposite sides and tie small knots creating hands.

Cut bottom evening to create body.



Allow your children to see you making these, even ask older children to help create these dollies and the end result will sure to be a lovey your littles will treasure!



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