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maryrose710
« on: August 17, 2011 09:22:18 PM »


http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/292896_2137832777680_1601957057_32066954_5260099_n.jpg

Here's a tutorial on how to make a string doll.

MATERIALS:

* scissors

* super glue

* Styrofoam

* yarn

* pins

* felt

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/7083/stringdoll1.jpg

Credit to the one who made this first image. This is where I first learned how to make a string doll. I just followed up to step 12 coz I had a hard time following steps 13-15. I studied it and created my own version on how to make the head. Once you are done with the step 12, cut the yarn and glue the end to the body to secure.

Here are the steps on how to make the head to designing the doll.

You will need a Styrofoam. Cut a small piece. It doesn't need to be circle.

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Then start wrapping it with the yarn you used for the body. Make it tight.

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/299128_2137899619351_1601957057_32067013_2542050_n.jpg

Keep on winding it with yarn until it forms into a circle. Just spread the yarn evenly so it'll be in good shape.

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Once it's big enough to fit into that loop you left when you created  the body, you may now insert it.

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Don't cut the string yet, you will continue to wrap it around the head to secure it to the body.

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http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/297133_2137905739504_1601957057_32067024_6336328_n.jpg

If you think it's already big enough then proceed to wrapping the yarn to the body.

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Then glue the end to secure. I used a super glue (mighty bond in particular). It's expensive but it's worth it coz it will stick fast and you will only need a small amount of it. You will need to glue the neck part so it won't move. Continue gluing the head to keep the yarn in place.

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/298643_2137907379545_1601957057_32067027_1726695_n.jpg

So here's your finish product.

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/262853_2137908339569_1601957057_32067029_5314029_n.jpg

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/293190_2137909699603_1601957057_32067031_7856523_n.jpg

Now let's proceed to my favorite part - the dressing up. I usually look for pictures to serve as a guide and inspiration. This time i used Nam from my favorite movie Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/228931_2137956020761_1601957057_32067072_3698976_n.jpg

Here's the doll:

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/292701_2137910619626_1601957057_32067034_5517753_n.jpg

After dressing up, we'll now make the hair.

You will use a black yarn this time. Wrap it around your hand or you can use a cardboard. It will depend on your desired length. Because Nam's hair is short, so I'm just using my hand.

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/292882_2137911299643_1601957057_32067035_6925938_n.jpg

Once you feel like it's thick enough, i don't usually count how many rounds i make, take it off your hand but make sure it's still in it's form.

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/291938_2137912379670_1601957057_32067037_3233479_n.jpg

Then tie it at the center. Make it very tight.

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/294852_2137913019686_1601957057_32067038_4371963_n.jpg

Then cut both ends.

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http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/292791_2137914579725_1601957057_32067042_4754707_n.jpg

Put a glue at the center then place it on top of the head.

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/297309_2137915179740_1601957057_32067043_2175671_n.jpg

Place it in front of the string you'll use for hanging the doll.

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/300409_2137915899758_1601957057_32067045_6180193_n.jpg

This will be your front.

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/298788_2137916979785_1601957057_32067047_630831_n.jpg

This will be your back.

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/205893_2137917939809_1601957057_32067049_5133798_n.jpg

You will glue the back hair first then front. You might need to cut it to your desired length then style it. And here's our doll, I copied the style of the hair of Nam in the picture above.

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/298599_2137918939834_1601957057_32067051_4982308_n.jpg

Now we can add the eyes and the glasses to finish it. I used a pin for the eyes and glued it. For the glasses, I used felt.  Here's our finish product.

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/296791_2137897339294_1601957057_32067011_3874689_n.jpg

It won't be complete without P'Shone.

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/296643_2137834977735_1601957057_32066958_4829276_n.jpg

I also made an apple plush.

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/254714_2137835617751_1601957057_32066959_2179391_n.jpg

Here are  P'Shone and Nam. I super love them

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/296441_2137982861432_1601957057_32067085_4128498_n.jpg

Here are more pictures, with me and my string dolls. Enjoy!

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/301340_2137838177815_1601957057_32066963_2902480_n.jpg

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/297017_2137838537824_1601957057_32066964_2045927_n.jpg

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/301159_2137838937834_1601957057_32066966_4198439_n.jpg

If you have any questions, just let me know by commenting below. Hope this tutorial helps. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2011 11:57:18 PM »

The tutorial is very thorough, thank you. I like that yours uses less yarn and it must be easier to get the round shape too. I'm going to have so much fun making these dolls.
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2011 12:34:00 AM »

thank you so much for the comment. i really appreciate it coz i'm was a bit anxious about that tutorial..it's my first tutorial and i would like to know if it was understood very well.
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2011 06:46:17 AM »

Awesome tutorial. Smiley
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maryrose710
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2011 06:04:59 PM »

Awesome tutorial. Smiley

thank you!
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abuckshort
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2011 08:23:55 PM »

Yay!!!!! Thank you so much for this, I've been dying to try them out but had no idea where to start. This looks like it will be really easy to follow  Grin Now I just have to resist starting on them until I'm on holidays  Roll Eyes I'm going to try to make a whole lot for Christmas presents, and I think they'd make awesome ornaments too. I'll be sure to post them up to show you if I make some. Thanks!  Smiley
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maryrose710
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2011 08:28:19 PM »

Yay!!!!! Thank you so much for this, I've been dying to try them out but had no idea where to start. This looks like it will be really easy to follow  Grin Now I just have to resist starting on them until I'm on holidays  Roll Eyes I'm going to try to make a whole lot for Christmas presents, and I think they'd make awesome ornaments too. I'll be sure to post them up to show you if I make some. Thanks!  Smiley

that would be awesome..i'm excited for you..i'm excited to see your dolls Smiley
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idioskosmos
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2011 10:21:32 PM »

Thank you for posting this!  My son loves string dolls, and now I can make some exactly like he wants!
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maryrose710
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2011 03:31:40 AM »

Thank you for posting this!  My son loves string dolls, and now I can make some exactly like he wants!

your welcome  Grin
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Sleonesia
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2011 08:12:47 PM »

I'm sorry but. Um how do I do step three? ^_^"
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