A Waldorf doll for the birthday girl

As promised yesterday, here is my first Waldorf doll just in time for Olivia’s birthday.  Here is my tutorial so you don’t have to search for it.

 I wish all my readers could feel and carry this baby.  Words cannot explain how sweet, soft, comforting and cuddly this baby doll is.  The wool really absorbs body heat and is so soothing.  Before I stuffed her, I scented it with lavender and chamomile essential oils. She is so perfect to play or take a nap with.

I made her a wool felt diaper with velcro tabs so they can come off and on. 
 Her hair came out a bit fuller than I wanted but the kids love it because the real Olivia has a head FULL of hair.  I added a sweet little bow to keep it manageable.
 My little pixie blowing out her candle.  She got a cupcake because the cake will be saved for her birthday party.
 and she loved her doll.  What relief after so much work.  It was totally worth it though and I am ready to make another. Maybe you will too with my tutorial or the many others that you can find online.

36 Responses to A Waldorf doll for the birthday girl

  1. SUELY January 17, 2019 at 4:41 am #


  2. Viva H. December 6, 2017 at 4:13 am #

    I stumbled across your tutorial searching for ways to make a Waldorf doll for my lil one for Christmas. Want sure about some prices for the PDFs offered.
    Thank you for your kind generosity sharing this with us all. 🙂

    • farmishmomma December 30, 2017 at 12:21 am #

      You are so welcome! I hope your dolly came our great

  3. christine hunter June 22, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

    You are so clever ,so happy to get your tutorial will be my next project. Hope to get the rest of the pattern for the bode,legs and arms. Thanks again.x

  4. Pauline October 17, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    Can i just say that your instructions where awesome ans so easy to follow the pictures so good I'm dyslexic and have a right old time working off written instructions but yours where just awesome.
    So thank you for taking the time to make your instruction page {{{{HUGS}}}} Pauline 😀

  5. Kathy March 8, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    Wow!!!! Your tutorial was so easy to follow!!!! now I want to make my own Waldorf doll, I got the pattern but was a little bit sacred to make her. I've been sewing cloths for her, but not body yet, Now I can, you maded it so easy!!! YAHOOOOO!!!! I'm going to make about 4 dolls all for my great neices!! and YES one for me too!!! Again THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

    • farmishmomma March 8, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

      Kathy, you are very welcome and I hope to see your creations 🙂

  6. Kathy January 24, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    I cannot believe this is your first doll. looks like you have done it for years. Just made my first doll guess what my family named "it", alien cloth thing. lol. havnt given up yet though.

    • farmishmomma January 25, 2014 at 12:30 am #

      thank you for the chuckle Kathy and definitely don't give up… Did you use my head making technique?

  7. april thompson October 11, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    I loved your tutorial….so easily explained and I am going to attempt one for my grand daughter for Christmas. What did you use for the body fabric. thanks so much…..April

    • farmishmomma October 11, 2013 at 3:31 am #

      Stockinette fabric which is a stretchy cotton fabric. You might be able to get away with looking for white mens polo shirts that are made of thick cotton stretchy fabric and just dye it the right color 🙂

  8. nancy d July 29, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    I found your Waldorf doll directions on pinterest. Just want to say thanks for posting such clear directions and using items you already had at home to create this special doll. I have looked at the kits and they are not cheap! This is on my "to do" list for my grand-daughter. Your doll is adorable! And so is your little girl 🙂

    • farmishmomma July 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

      Thank you so very much Nancy! That doll, Molly, is now an old girl by doll standards haha. She needs a cleaning but still looks great for the amount of love she receives everyday. I hope you get to make one for your grand-daughter.

  9. delfina.mary June 9, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    Thank you is so cute, and so Olivia

  10. Lindsay-Lou December 4, 2012 at 5:02 am #

    Please tell me the process you used for scenting your doll (and how long the scent lasted!) I would love to get my daughters doll finished by Christmas, but want to scent it first and have been unable to locate any information on how to do so. Thank you! I LOVE the tutorial that you put together!

  11. Bessie November 28, 2012 at 5:15 am #

    Did you use millet for the filling or wool?

    • Crunchy Momma November 29, 2012 at 4:43 am #

      Bessie, My little girl does not like the weighted dolls so I only used wool : )

  12. Anonymous November 14, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    I know this is a comment way past the post date, but I just found this and I really thank you for the tutorial. I agree, it makes it seem doable (for a pretty good sewer if I say so myself). I have been intimidated to try this because of the "head making" but not anymore. Thanks a bunch!

  13. Mrs.Andrews October 4, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    This is fantastic!!! I made a doll with waldorf hair and eyes out of a doll kit (not a waldorf doll kit) for my kiddo a few months ago and she liked it ok…. but it wasn't "IT" for either of us. I am now about to start one for her birthday, a true soft sculpted waldorf doll (hmmm like yours 🙂 ) and I was making my shopping list when I came across this blog. YOU ARE GREAT!! First off you just made it seem so much more do-able than I was making it in my head, and secondly she looks amazing and WITHOUT the crazy pricey materials. The yarn ball rather than the pulled wool for the head cut out about $15 I think right? THANK YOU!!!

  14. Kara June 8, 2012 at 2:33 am #

    How is the hair done? Thank you!

    • Crunchy Momma June 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

      Kara, The hair is done the traditional Waldorf way. I crocheted a cap and then hooked the hair through each space. Google making a hair for a Waldorf doll and I am sure you will find lots of info.

  15. rogerandkatie May 23, 2012 at 12:58 am #

    Did you make a tutorial for this?? I can't find it, but would love to check it out!!

  16. hanne November 27, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    so cute!!

  17. sarah October 12, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    ps The head is a different technique from my patterns, though; that is probably a from 60s pattern.Sarah 🙂

  18. Crunchy Momma October 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Sarah, I always think that when I see the doll but it comes from an old rag doll book from the 60's. Your pattern is a good one though and has great instructions to go with it.

  19. Sarah October 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    It looks like it is made with my Dreamtime Baby downloadable pattern, that you can get here: http://sarahs-dolls.com/joomla/index.php?page=shop.browse&category_id=2&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=30&vmcchk=1&Itemid=30Cheers, Sarah from sarahs-dolls.com

  20. Maya March 5, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    Wow! What a beautiful doll! I am about to make one for my daughter and I've been searching the Internet for just the right Waldorf doll pattern. Could you please share the pattern that you used with me? I would really appreciate it.

  21. molly February 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    I want you to make these too! We LOVE our rosaries:)

  22. Anonymous February 4, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    I seldom leave comments on blog, but I have been to this post which was recommended by my friend, lots of valuable details, thanks again.

  23. Kate Wicker @ Momopo February 2, 2011 at 12:51 am #

    So lovely! Will you please start making them and sharing them on Etsy for all of us not-so-craft mamas? :-)God bless!

  24. Annette February 1, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    The doll turned out lovely and your beautiful little birthday girl looks quite happy with her. Great job!

  25. Christina February 1, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    Wonderful! I was so excited to see the final product, and she's lovely! You must be thrilled…it certainly looked as though your little girl was. Bravo.

  26. Josette February 1, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    This is the sweetest doll!!! I sooo need to make one too.

  27. Mum2eight February 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    what a gorgeous doll. I will have to have a go. I haven't made many dolls before but this is so gorgeous I think I have to have a go.


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