How To Sew A Doll
Traditional African Dolls
4cm Black or Brown Barrel Macrame Bead
7 inch Dowel
2 Black or Brown Chenille Stems
12” x 4” Fabric Piece for Dress
1 ½” x 6” Fabric Piece for Headdress
Small strips of Fabric or Ribbon
Acrylic or Tempera Paint for Facial Features
Optional: Masking Tape
Insert the dowel into the macrame bead. If dowel is too small,
wrap the end with tape until the bead fits snug onto the
Connect the two chenille stems at one end. Twist the
midpoint around the dowel about 1 inch below the bead. Fold in
the chenille stems inward to double the thickness of the
Cut a notch out of the center of the larger fabric piece so
that the bead can perfectly fit through it. Tie small strips of
fabric around the waist and neck of the doll.
Use the remaining fabric piece as a headdress. Attach it to
the head with tacky glue.
Add facial features with paint.
The Legend of the West African Dolls
Dolls are a integral part of black Africa. In the black
culture, dolls have many uses. They are used as toys, teaching
tools, and used in displays. The African Doll Collection
symbolizes the culture and heritage of the people of the West
African Rain Forest.
These beautiful black dolls are dressed in traditional West
African clothing made from the finest materials from Ivory
Coast, Senegal, Nigeria and Ghana. They wear gown sets and head
ties, and traditional feast celebration attire made from
sackcloth and straw.
In addition to their attractive clothing, the dolls are
accessorized with items used in the everyday lives of the West
African people. Some of the dolls carry hand held baskets
filled with fruits, vegetables, straw, fish, and other items.
Others carry baskets on their heads with similar goods. Some
dolls are even decorated with zinc buckets, jugs, beautiful
boxes, lanterns and sacks filled with doll clothing.
Project provided courtesy of:
Tall Mouse ©