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Old 02-13-2004, 03:05 PM
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Crafts--Girl Scout Worry Dolls

Scouting Activities: Girl Scout Worry Dolls

Guatemalan children tell their worries to dolls and place them under their pillows. According to legend, the dolls take their worries away.

You Need:
Flat Slotted Clothespin
Two Wooden Kitchen Matches
Embroidery Floss
Craft Knife
Fine Point Marker
Tacky Glue or Low Temp Glue Gun


Cut the heads off two kitchen matches with a craft knife. Use a glue gun to attach one to each side of the clothespin for arms. Use a tiny bit of glue to attach the end of white floss to the back "neck" of the doll. Wrap floss snugly around the neck and down over the top of the match sticks for shoulders. Continue wrapping under the matchsticks and down to the "waist". Trim floss and secure with a tiny bit of glue to the back of the doll. Wrap both arms in white floss from the shoulders to the "wrists" in the same manner.

Use a tiny bit of glue to attach the end of green floss to the back "waist" of the doll. Wrap floss snugly around the hips and down one "leg". Trim and secure floss to "ankle". Wrap the other leg in the same fashion.

Wrap a sash on an angle. Secure with a dab of glue at the back of the doll.

Choose a hair color. Wrap floss about 10 times around two of your fingers. Tie off with a piece of matching floss. Remove from your fingers and cut loops of floss at the bottom. Glue to the head of the doll spreading out the pieces. Style as desired.

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Old 02-14-2004, 06:20 AM
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These sound so cute!! I'm going to print these directions and give them to my daughter's Brownie leader.
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Old 02-23-2004, 01:14 PM
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another cute one but this is called a Burden bear

it about 5 half inches long, you find a patter for a bear, and using fabric you cut the pattern out using left over fabric .... then you put a ribbon around neck and tie a note to it that reads. then you take a very tiny tiny piece of fabric and attach it to the hand of the bear. this would become the blanket the poems talks about
you could even put the word mom instead of granny.
make sure the blanket looks different from the fabric of the bear.

I'm not a very fancy bear
Im plain and rather smaill
Even so, someone who likes you
Said that I should come to call.

Hide me underneath your pillow
or set me on a nearby shelf,
and when you feel discouraged,
I will domy best to help.

I brought my favorite blanket
That I snuggle when I'm sad
its a present from my granny
for days when things seem bad.

My franny always told me
"Life is a like this patchwork quilt.
Just give me Jesus alll the pieces
and He'll make a pretty quilt

thought I don't have all the answers
for I'm just a burden Bear
I've been send here on a mission
from someone who really cares.

you could even make some of these up and give to a nurseing home as a good deed.
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Old 02-25-2005, 07:04 AM
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Sounds like a great craft project. Can't wait to try this with the girls.
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Old 02-25-2005, 07:05 AM
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I also love the bruden bear. What a great use of leftover fabric.
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Old 02-27-2005, 09:57 PM
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We just did Guatemala for our Thinking Day. Our church is also going to Guatemala in May for a mission trip.

We made the worry dolls to sell at Thinking Day. We used a different pattern. We took a round wooden circle with a hole in the middle, then glue a v shaped approximatly 5" pipe cleaner in the hole, then took a 2" piece of pipe cleaner and wrapped it around the v part just below the head for the arms. The the pipe cleaner was wrapped in yarn starting at the neck down to arm and crossed over to the other yard then the legs and glued in the middle. We used felt to make clothes and scarfs. The hair was made out of yard or embroidery thread. I also croheted some clothes and hair as we had to make quite a few.
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