One idea seems to lead to another, and suddenly I'm making spool dolls again! Ages ago, I bought a kit from Magic Cabin Dolls (the kit no longer available, sadly) for making a very cute doll from wood spools and beads. I made one, then it got modified slightly, and before I knew it there was a small army of spool dolls all over the house. That was at least two decades ago.
Fast forward to today and Pinterest and the addition of buttons and suddenly, I want to make these dolls again. I found one simple set of free directions at this link:
Cotton Reel Creations
which is very like the Magic Cabin Spool doll. Simple and a bit rustic and quite adorable.
I also worked up my own pattern that incorporates buttons, and different hair:
Spoolie and Button Dolls
Here is a quick peak at what these dolls look like:
Ingredients and beginning stringing
All strung up!
Lots of options!
I like all the dolls I make to be dress-able, so the pattern includes a crochet bodice that you can either continue crocheting a skirt to, or add a fabric skirt to it. If you'd rather, you can gather a fabric skirt to the doll and attach it permanently and put the crochet bodice over this.
You can make these dolls any size, depending on the spools and beads you use. Mine are about 3 3/4 inches tall. You can use buttons, or not, the same with the pony beads. I like the beads and buttons as they add a bit of bling to the doll, but if you prefer a more rustic look you can stay with just the wood beads and spools.
Our Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers probably made simple dolls like these for their girls, from used cotton thread reels and buttons from worn out shirts. I love the idea of walking in these women's footsteps.