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How to Make a Time Out Doll

Updated on June 4, 2013

Instructions for Creating a Time Out Doll

Have you ever heard off or seen a Time Out doll. These are dolls that look like real children that stand in a corner hence the name;Time Out doll. These dolls are very easy to make and make great gift ideas.

I have seen a lot of Time Out dolls made in a variety of different ways. I choose to make them sturdy, very durable and changeable. These dolls are interchangeable, if the clothes they are wearing become dusty or dirty or even tiresome to the eye. Simply change the way they look just like you would with a small child. These Time Out dolls are made so that it is as simple to change them as it is a small child. This gives variety.

You can use these dolls as gifts or even sell them at the markets. I started making these dolls when I needed some extra cash when my children were small. I made about 6 different Time Out dolls and took them to the local market and sold them.

1 piece of Rectangle wood 25cm x 9.5cm x 3cm

2 pieces of wood 3.5cm x 3.5cm x 25cm

1mtr of wire from a craft shop

Craft Glue

1 bag of wadding from a craft store

1 pair of baby cotton mittens

Clothes for dressing about size 1

1 hat of your choice (generally a baseball cap)

1 med Styrofoam ball from the craft shop (for the head)

1 pair of stockings or panty hose

1 thick nail

2 screws

an Outfit for a Boy Time Out Doll - Dressing up a Boy Time out Doll

Points To Remember. Depending on how thick you have made your doll but generally a child's size for about 12mths should fit. The mittens for the hands. Remember that you will always need long sleeves and a collar of some sort what ever out fit you choose.

The Large piece of wood is the body of the Time Out doll. This needs to have a hole drilled into the center at the top of wood and a hole drilled all the way through from one side to the other. This is for the attachment of the head and the arms.

If you can find someone close to you that can make the Time Out dolls body for you out of scrap wood. This will make your project a whole lot simpler and also keep the cost down. The wood doesn't need to be perfect scrapes will do fine as they don't get seen anyway.

A Girl's Outfit for a Time Out Doll - Dressing Up a Girl Time Out Doll

For a girl you need to remember if you are going to dress them in a dress then you will need leggens for the legs. The mittens are for the hands. Make sure that you always have long sleeves this is to cover up the arms. A size 1 or about 12mths or age should fit.

Now that you have prepared the wood you need to attach the 2 smaller pieces to the body for the legs. I attach these with the 2 screws so that they have a small amount of give. The wire is placed through the holes at the top of the body. Make sure that you have equal parts on both sides as this is the arms. To get the correct length of the arms just fold the bottom of the wire towards the shoulder leaving a loop at the bottom.

Now that you have the Time Out body together it is time to add the padding by using the wadding. Start with the legs. Cut the wadding into small strips roughly about 10cm wide. Wrap the strips around the wood of the legs all the way to the thigh. You may need to do this a couple of times depending on the thickness. Don't make the legs too thick or you will find that the clothes that you have chosen for your Time Out doll won't fit. Glue the wadding into place with some craft glue. You could even use hot glue just be careful that you don't burn yourself like I have a number of times.

Once the legs are done then cut some wider strips of wadding and wrap it around the body. Again give it a generous amount of padding and glue it in place. Don't be afraid to use a lot of glue.

With the arms make sure that you place a piece or 2 of wadding over the loop before you wind the strips upwards toward the shoulder. The arms don't need to be very thick. If you make the arms too thick you will find that you won't be able to fit them into the clothes that you have chosen for your Time Out doll. Make sure that the padding goes all the way to the top of the shoulder. When this is finished you shouldn't be able to see any wood.

Peek-A-Boo or Time Out Doll Poll - Let me know what you think of these Time Out Dolls

Have you ever heard of or seen Peek-a-boo or Time out dolls.

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Now that you have all the padding in place and the glue is dry it's time to cover the padding. The top part of the stocking is used to cover the body and the legs are used to cover the legs and arms of the doll. Cut the stocking ¾ of the way up the leg. Place the Time Out dolls body inside the stocking and stretch the legs firmly and tie a knot at the end of the feet. Then stretch the top over the body. Make sure that it is tight and firm. With the body section pull the stocking over the back and glue it into place. With the remaining pieces of stocking, use the foot part over the hand of the doll and stretch it tight. Tie the two arms together in a knot at the back of the doll (as per diag). Cut off any excess stocking. Don't forget to cover the head with stocking before attaching it to the body.

Attach the nail to the top of the head in the hole that you drilled earlier. Cover the nail in a generous amount of glue and firmly press the head into position.

All there is to do now is dress your Time Out doll in the chosen outfit and stand it in a corner for all your friends and family to admire.

Let me know what you think of these beautiful Time Out Dolls - Do you have a Time Out Doll?

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      Allison 5 months ago

      Hi Gail! Thanks so much for this article. I'm a writer and I'm looking to interview someone about making these dolls and what it means to them. Any chance I could interview you? If you have just a few minutes please email me at stephieangel1@hotmail.com!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      love these dolls I have one it looks like my daughter from behind.

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      Gail Faulkner 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It only takes a couple of days to make one but the postage can be high depending on where you are.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Cool little doll, great lens! What is the time frame for making one of these? Pretty sure my daughter would absolutely love it!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Cool little doll, great lens! What is the time frame for making one of these? Pretty sure my daughter would absolutely love it!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i really them and i want to buy them

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      hilarious! A new one for me.

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      You have lots of good ideas here!I love all your recommendations!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My mother made a couple of the time out dolls. She has since passed away, I found a body to make one (tiime out doll) the legs bend and there is a piece of wood to secure the head. I will use the instructions that you gave I'm sure it will come.

      thanks

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      Lloyd Pinto 8 years ago from Mumbai

      Lovely lens Gail..5* from me!

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      Teacher Adez7 8 years ago

      I love crafts, and I love this lens. :)

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      Teacher Adez7 8 years ago

      I love crafts, and I love this lens. :)

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      These dolls are so cute! Thanks for your detailed instructions on how to make them.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      These are such cute dolls! Nice work on this lens.

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Thank you so much for all this great information on how to make a Time Out Doll.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      We have to make one for our school project. We have to make the bodies and also the clothes. I am doing textiles at school.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I go to yard sale's and get sleeper's 3t's and stuff them. To make my dolls. Also use scraps of wood. The dolls are so cute.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love making this dolls. I'm wanting to make some that are Native American. But Im having a problem trying to put hair on them because the hair is shown a lot more. If you can help I would apprcate it very much. Thank Cheryle

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thank you! Just what I was looking for.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Gail, thanks for the instructions I have been on a mission to find them. I use to make the peek-a-boo dolls years ago. I made one of each of my niece and nephews with their favorite outfits. They were my mothers prize possessions and my siblings fought over them when our Mother passed. I am happy to see them coming around again.

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      Gail Faulkner 9 years ago

      jenny3lf congratulations on making your first doll. I am glad that my instructions were easy to follow. I really enjoyed making these little people and am happy to share my idea. Improvisation is always a good thing. Well done. I would love to see the photo when you have it online.

      Gail

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      j3nny3lf lm 9 years ago

      Gail! I made one! I've got to get my camera sorted out so that I can make another and upload a pic of it, with a review of this fantastic lens. It was so EASY, cost me almost nothing (I got the clothes at a garage sale for 25 and 50 cents or so per piece, and used scrap wood and an old pair of nylons and padded it using a piece of discarded foam rubber instead of wadding), and he is CUTE! I gave him to my Aunt for Christmas.

      Thanks for giving me a new crafting addiction!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thank-You Gail !!! Bless you for the easy detailed info on how to make these cute little people.I have been looking everywhere for how to make these as gifts using my granddaughters clothes.I didn't realize how many different names they have,you have been very generous and helpful.wish me luck thanks

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      j3nny3lf lm 9 years ago

      This is a great project, and one that I would really like to link from my Frugal Crafter lens, since it looks like it would be easy to do with stuff you have around the house, too. :) Sound okay to you? :)

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      Gail Faulkner 9 years ago

      Hi Donna, Yes I guess that you could call it that. I guess it depends on what part of the world you live in. If you go to your local craft store I am sure they will understand what your talking about. Hope it helps. Gail

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks for the great directions. When you say wadding, do you mean quilt batting? I guess I am confused.

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      marasco2001 9 years ago

      What a fun lens! These dolls are so unique!!

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      catch-cheating 9 years ago

      great and very interesting concept, high five

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      Debmarie 10 years ago

      Hi Gail! Thanks for visiting my site. I see you are a crafter. I love watching the craft shows on DIY and I do a bit myself and would like to do more in the future.

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      Great lens! I would like to invite you to become a member of Who Has the Most Lenses?! See if you have what it takes to be #1!

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      Fantastic lens! 5 stars and I have lensrolled you to my Alpha Omega Homeschool Curriculum Review lens.

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      megara1 10 years ago

      What a cute craft! Super job on your step-by-step guide. Two Thumbs up!

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      AlisonMeacham 10 years ago

      Great idea. I will share this with my daughter.

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      surfsusan 10 years ago

      I will aways have a girl inside that love dolls :-) Menu Planning for a Healthy Family

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Guys and Dolls. Gonna make one 5*

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      Great lens! I voted 5 stars - I invite you to check out mine too, and rate it for me!Live Streaming Video

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      LeslieM LM 10 years ago

      Awesome craft! Have you ever thought about doing a "How-To" video and posting it?

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      kathysart 10 years ago

      OMG.. I am such a doll freak.. too old for dolls I know but who cares? I love them. This is great!

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      Robin S 10 years ago from USA

      Cool idea, thanks!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Nice!!

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      Sweeppicker 10 years ago

      Great lens.

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      Susan Deppner 10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Gail,

      Terrific instructions! My mom has one of these that she bought. I never even thought about making one myself. Great idea!

      Susan

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      Lady Gotrocks 10 years ago

      Neat! I always thought they were "time out" dolls.

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      Susan1 LM 10 years ago

      This is so cool I am excited to make the doll! Good job!

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      Johann The Dog 10 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      I wouldn't mind having one of those! I'll talk to Mom about it, thanks, great info.

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      the777group lm 10 years ago

      Excellent lens, Gail. I'm all thumbs when it comes to that sort of stuff but you even tempt me...and that's saying something.

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      Gail Faulkner 10 years ago

      Hi Susan, Yes it really is that easy. Have some fun.

      Gail

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      surfsusan 10 years ago

      Is it really that easy? Clear instructions.

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      Chele 10 years ago

      Gail, you make this look so easy....great instructions, very well written!

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      sbrownfield 10 years ago

      Gail these are great! You make it seem easy even for a non-crafter like myself!

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      flaminglacer 10 years ago

      I can see hours of fun here - glad to have you as a member of the Crafts and Hobbies Group - drop by the Group HQ sometime and see what is there for you. Great Lens!

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      wenfri 10 years ago

      Gail that is like ever so cool Way to go Now to pop over and see the other one

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      gods_grace_notes 10 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this terrific pattern, Gail! These guys are so versatile...the decorating possibilities are endless, thanks for making it so easy to create our own!

      Connie