Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Clothes Pin Dolls

Assalam alykom:

A few years ago, I bought a huge bag of craft sticks at a yard sale. Well, we dug them out to make a covered wagon for my daughters 4th grade project. In the bag we found a whole bunch of wooden clothes pins. I had seen some projects about how to make dolls from them so, my daughters and I attempted to make some of our own. Here is how we did it:

We took the clothes pin and wrapped a pipe cleaner around the middle to form the hands. We used a hot glue to make it stay. Then, we picked our clothes from scraps of fabric and trimmings. We also glued them with the gun. We glued beads to the ends of the arms. I thought this made them safer. we glued yarn to the head for hair. The last thing we did was paint the face and paint shoes on some of them. The Praying ones, I did not put any hair or arms.

This first doll in blue, I used an old piece of linen that had some nice embroidery on it. My 9 year old daughter picked out the outfit.

My 3 year old daughter picked this wild hair!

This is my favorite. She is made with vintage fabric and an old piece of embroidered linen.

Another wild hair by my youngest daughter.

This one is made from an old vintage pillow case that had the trim that was unusable. Part of the trim was still good and made a lovely skirt for her.

My 5 year old picked this one's outfit. I love it she looks so elegant.


Anonymous said...


Assalamu wa alaikum.

These are soooooo cute! My five year old would love to make them.

I was wondering what the sunnah is regarding dolls etc... My husband gives me such a hard time about buying any dolls what so ever. Any thoughts?

umelbanat said...

Masha Allah sister...I just love what you do with your kids....they're so artsy ....masha Allah...You inspire me to continue doing crafts with my kids...jazaky Allah khayran.

umm musa said...

assalamoalekom i love your dolls i even wont to make dolls like your dolls. jazakAllhu khayran. im homeschooling. 7 years old.

Nadia said...

mashaallah! CUTE!!!!

Umm Salihah said...

These look like such great fun, something I'd love to try with my little girl. My hubby is also not comfortable with dolls in the house but seems to have given in.

I think there is a story that says Ummul-Momineen Aisha (RA) used to play with dolls.

Um Nour/Hollie Moore said...

Assalm alykom to all:

Thanks for the lovely comments. These are so much fun. We are planning to make more and send them as gifts to our friends.

As far as the questions about if dolls are okay to have as Muslims, I will leave that up to the scholars. There are many debates on this issue and many differences of opinion. For my family, I love to have dolls that reflect us. Therefore, I wanted to make these dolls to look like us as Muslims. My favorites are the ones in the prayer hijabs.

nasty_wench, AKA sharon-lizette said...

I love the wild hair!! Very cute.

I think dolls are very good for kids. They help reflect their own family and environment. Wouldn't this be a good way for children to learn?


Sketched Soul said...

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sister,

Oooh, these are very lovely!! Tabarak'Allah.

Wa'alaykum as-salaam
Love Farhana