Clothespin Dolls- Guest Blogger Post

I am so thankful to have had a week of fun guest bloggers while I’m vacationing with my family over Spring break!

This darling tutorial is by the very creative Hope Meeks of Going Sew Crazy. I found her blog and dolls while surfing Flickr. I had just found a bag of craft clothespins in some of my old sewing stuff out in our barn and I was looking around for inspiration. And, WOW, did I find it! Please visit her blog and Flickr photos for even more sweet inspiration and be sure to say “hi!”

Enjoy this tutorial and just imagine the possibilities! Thank you Hope!


Supplies Needed:
-wooden clothespins
-wooden doll pin stands
-wooden dowel cap with 5/8″ hole
-6 in. square of fabric
-small ribbon
-acrylic paint
-glue gun
-gloss varnish
-small piece of flesh colored pipe cleaner

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-Draw face shape onto face with pencil.
-Paint face and top of pin in your choice of flesh color. Let dry. Repeat.


-Paint pin stand and pin “legs”. Let dry. Repeat.
-Paint hair onto dowel cap. Let dry. Repeat.
-Gloss varnish all parts. Let dry.

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-Cut a 5″ circle out of fabric. Cut a small hole in the middle and 2 small slits for the arms a bit down from the middle hole.

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-Cut a small piece of flesh colored pipe cleaner and gluse to center back of clothespin.


-Slip fabric over the “neck” of the pin. Slip “arms” into slits.
-Tie a small piece of ribbon around the waist and tie in a bow in the center back.


-Glue head on doll and tilt to give it a sweet look.
-Glue doll pin into doll stand.

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Some tips and tricks:
-Use tape or paper reinforcements on “legs” to make stripes or polka dots.
-You can leave the arms free or twist them together and glue something into the doll’s hand. I used a mushroom in the pic above.
-You can also buy wooden spools and paint them and attach just the heads for fun trim and ribbon holders.

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31 Responses to Clothespin Dolls- Guest Blogger Post

  1. #1 - Princess Of Pink says:

    Oh My Gosh, these are SO sweet!! Thank you for posting and I am going to visit the website you mentioned.

  2. #2 - My name is PJ. says:

    Cuuuuuuuuuuuute! Wonderful post! Have pointed others in its direction. 🙂

  3. #3 - La Table De Nana says:

    The possibilities seem endlessy cute..Thanks!

  4. #4 - Sandy Toes says:

    My girls would fall in love with these…they are darling~
    sandy toe

  5. #5 - Mrs. Jones says:

    Those are adorable! Thanks for the tutorial.


  6. #6 - Julie Bouésso says:

    Cute idea! Might consider making some for my three year old niece to play with… Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Julie

  7. #7 - SueLovesCherries says:

    They are just darling!!! And so pretty in their Spring frocks!

  8. #8 - LindaSonia says:

    If you want to see some pin dolls extraordinaire, check out the etsy shop called ‘dollproject’. I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like it. Jessica also has a blog called ‘’. (sorry don’t know how to create a link-maybe someone could do a tutorial on that – lol)

  9. #9 - Junie Moon says:

    This is an adorable project. I like the one with the doll heads sitting on the spools, too.

  10. #10 - Desires of the Heart says:

    Thanks for sharing such a cute idea!! This is something that would be fun to do with my grands or girl friends. I love all you ideas. Have a wonderful weekend, Linda

  11. #11 - Bette's Bags says:

    Oh Dear Lordy these are just the sweetest things I have ever seen!

  12. #12 - karlee says:

    I love these!!

  13. #13 - Rednoserunpet says:

    what a wonderfull idee.. i love it

  14. #14 - Tanya says:

    I just love these. I mentioned your site at my blog 🙂

  15. #15 - Pfeiffer Photos says:

    For a holiday tree these would be too cute!!

  16. #16 - TidyMom says:

    Oh now if those aren’t just TOO SWEET!! I love this post!!


  17. #17 - faerie enchantment says:

    I love love love these dolls, I now have to make some, thank you for sharing this!

    Drop on by the blog and enter the mermaid giveaway as well!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  18. #18 - Kara says:

    These are just the cutest! Found you over at Sunday Baker and can’t wait to explore!

  19. #19 - LittleLovables says:

    This is soooo wonderful!

  20. #20 - madfolly says:

    I’m dropping out of lurker status (really like your site) as I think you’d be interested in TV Turnoff Week. Unplug Your Kids ( has issued a blog challenge, and I’ve linked to it on my blogs, too.

  21. #21 - Kel says:

    Oh how SWEET

  22. #22 - Lindsay Black says:

    Your article was really well written and easy to follow. I think that a lot of other people would find this article super useful. You should look at reposting it on They have a lot of awesome articles on the website and they help you get your article read because you can post your link and drive traffic back to your website. They have a good search engine and it is perfect for getting your stuff read. Wacanai also matches your article with other articles that use the same material so it could give you some new ideas!!!

  23. #23 - PussDaddy says:

    Those are just too adorable!


  24. #24 - Jen says:

    Those are crazy cute!!!

  25. #25 - Sarah says:

    Ok those are really really cute!

  26. #26 - Greek Goddess says:

    Thanks! My daughter and I just finished making our first set. We had a lot of fun.

  27. #27 - serendipityRox says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! By the way, where did you find the darling mushroom? I'm wondering where I can find other little things like that to add to mine. Thanks in advance!

  28. #28 - Corie says:

    This is such a fun and cute idea!
    Can you please tell me where you got the heads? I went to Michaels and They had 1 package of them and it was the wrong size. I would love to make several. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    if you could respond to my email that would be great.

  29. #29 - Helen Bloodsaw says:

    Thank you for sharing such a cute and inexpensive way for me to make gifts for some little girls (ages 8-12) tea party. Wish me luck!

  30. #30 - Marla says:

    Cathe may I post this tutorial on my blog? They are so cute.