Last month I made mop head dolls for my kids for Christmas. I promised that I would write up a tutorial for making them. So here it is as I promised.
I bought three mop heads at Sam's Club for about $8.00. I used yarn that I already had. The eyes are buttons that I had in my stash as well. I do not have a tutorial for the clothes, but I used the left over bags from the kids bedding, so that didn't cost either.
On to the tutorial.
Step 1: take out the stitches and mesh that binds the mop strings together. Do this carefully, so that the strings stay even and untangled.
Step 2: tie yarn around the middle of the group of strings. Do this as tightly as possible with out breaking the yarn.
Step 3: fold the bundle in half at the yarn and tie more yarn around the bundle to form a neck. You just have to estimate how far down you want the neck.
Step 4: divide off part of the strings on each side, for the arms. You can just estimate and tie yarn where you want the wrists to be, I braided mine to make them a bit stronger. You can cut them to length now, I chose to wait so that they were more proportionate.
Step 5: tie a section of yarn around what will be the waist. Again, all ties need to be very tight.
Step 6: divide the part below the waist into two sections. These of course will be the legs.
Step 7: tie some yarn at the base of the sections to form to form the legs. You may also braid these, I chose not to because I thought that it made them to stiff to sit nicely. For girl dolls you can also leave the strings free - if the doll is to wear a dress.
Step 8: trim the ends of the arms and legs to be somewhat even - it looks better if it is not perfect. At this point you may hot glue the ties for a bit more strength, if you feel the need.
Step 9: Embellish. I only did eyes, because I didn't like any other facial features. You may embellish any way you want. I have seen them with fake hair or straw hats. I knew my kids would just ruin them.
So there you have it, Mop Head Dolls. Not to hard.