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Can someone tell me where to find good instructions on making bendy dolls. Are they a good for 2 year olds. My DD loves to play with little people so much. I'd like to get rid of the plastic though.
 

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The book felt wee folk is indispensable IMO. We make these little people all the time as gifts. My 3 year old likes to tote one along in a little felt "purse". the purse is open at the top so the doll peeks out and keeps her company on her many adventures. Try your local library for the book.
 

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I remember our Waldorf teacher saying that they just weren't too good for kids that still put things in their mouths. The pipe cleaners will rust.<br><br>
Now, if my ds ever decides to stop putting toys in his mouth, maybe I can make him some. I love them too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I'm sure our teacher had that same book Mamakima suggested.
 

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DBZ, I made a bunch of bendy fairy dolls for the two 6 yo girls on my list. I used <a href="http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=5;action=display;threadid=942" target="_blank">this tutorial</a>. I modified it, using floral wire instead of pipecleaners. I think that if they were simple, heavily wrapped with wool/yarn/thread (or for a small child I would most likely sew felt clothes directly onto the body) the wire would be ok. If you attached the bead heads tightly (i put floss through the top "loop" the wire makes, threaded the bead head over that and then tied a big knot on top of the head before adding more hair) I think that they would be ok for a two year old.
 

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When I make bendy dolls, I use stiff insulated wire. Its stiffer than pipe cleaners. But I just sort of faked my first one without directions, so maybe I'm missing something.
 

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I've never felted before. I hope learning that is easy. Does that book explain how to do the felting?
 

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oh...the title of the book is a bit misleading....wee felt folk might have been better. the body of the doll is made with pipe cleaners and then they are dressed in store bought wool felt. No real "felting" required! you can easily find craft felt but it is generally made of polyester....search out felt that is at the very least 70% wool. if your local waldorf school has a little shop i'm sure they would carry it. good luck and sorry for the miscommunication.
 
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