Spool Dolls

This sweet little girl will sit at your desk or on your monitor.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes



  • fabric, choice of color
  • small mesh hat
  • 1 round wood bead - 3/4 inch, with face or draw your own
  • 2 round wood beads - 1/2 inch
  • 2 round wood beads - 3/8 inch
  • 7 wood spools - 5/8 inch
  • 1 wood spool - 1.25 inch
  • jute cord
  • thin ribbon
  • small animal for her to hold
  • doll hair
  • hot glue


  1. Cut a 6 inch circle from fabric, gather in center so it fans out as a dress. You can glue half of a small doily to the front as an apron if you'd like as I did in picture.
  2. Hot glue a 5/8 inch spool to the underside of dress at center. Glue the large spool to this spool, off centered a bit. She will sit on this spool.
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  4. Cut an 8 inch length of jute and fold to form legs. Glue to top of large spool at the fold.
  5. String 2 small spools and a 1/2 inch round wood bead on each piece of jute. Tie at ends as shown in picture.
  6. Cut another piece of jute 8 inches and glue to top of dress at center forming arms. String 1 small spool and a 3/8 inch wood bead to each side, tie the ends of the jute.
  7. Glue hair then the hat. Yarn can be used for hair if needed. Make a small bow and glue to her neck.
  8. Glue the animal to the tip of each of her hands. A small book can be used also. If you'd like you can add wings and make her an angel.
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    By Myst from Muncie, IN

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December 28, 20100 found this helpful

She's so cute. Thanks for great detailed photos for making her.

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December 29, 20100 found this helpful

Cute, I wanted a "puter" friend. Thanks , GG Vi

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December 29, 20100 found this helpful

Great job and super photos! I feel a crafty moment coming on!

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December 30, 20100 found this helpful

What a super project! Really clear instructions and photos. I will be using this in my craft club with my students. Thanks very much.

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January 14, 20110 found this helpful

Cute as a button Myst. I can remembr my granny making things like this with all her wooden spools. Don't see many wooden spools anymore unless they are at a craft store. Not quite the same as the ones we grew up with though. Some of the ones I grew up with were very deep, had lots of room for many,many yards of thread on them.


Thanks for the nice crafty idea.


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