Country chic mop dolls have made it into a mystery story and a children's book, establishing their place in the rag doll family. They are easy to make and even easier to decorate, so they are also a simple project to share with children. Because the supplies are inexpensive, you can easily turn these lovable dolls into a group craft project, as well.
Things You'll Need
24-inch mop head
Yarn or string
Craft glue (optional)
Remove any stitching or seam tape on the mop, but keep the strings together.
Tie a piece of yarn or string around the middle of the mop strings, pulling it as tight as possible. Fold the mop over the yarn.
Make the head and neck by tying another piece of yarn about 3 inches below the fold or at the spot where you want the neck. Again, pull the yarn as tight as you can without snapping it.
Section six to nine strands out from either side of the mop and braid them to make the arms. Tie a piece of yarn tightly at the end of each to make the wrists.
About 3 to 4 inches below the neck, make the waist with another piece of yarn tied tightly.
If you want your doll to have legs, divide the strands below the waist in half and tie the ends to make the ankles. If you are going to add a skirt to the doll, you can skip this step, if you prefer.
Trim the ends below the wrists and ankles to make them look neat and even.
Add a drop of craft glue to each knot to help secure them, if you choose.
Embellish your doll with a hat or bonnet; painted, embroidered or glued-on face; and whatever clothing you like.
You can also make a head from muslin or other cotton fabric by cutting two circles of fabric, stitching them together with a small opening and stuffing them with polyester doll stuffing. Insert a craft stick for stability and glue the head to the mop body. If you make this kind of head, you will only need to tie the waist, arms and legs.