This little country dammit doll is a great comfort gift for someone you care about, or an adorable addition to any room in your home. You may remember dammit dolls from your grandmother’s time period and they are still around today.
How to Make a Dammit Doll
Several years ago, I made this for a friend who was living in Germany. Her husband was in the military and away quite a lot. She missed him dearly and seemed so sad. She loved the gift and still cherishes it today.
Some people are offended by the word dammit. You can substitute “dang it” or “darn it” if you like.
NOTE: many people have asked me about the tall cylindrical paper mache box. I made this doll in probably 1998 or 1999. At the time, I found the cylinder at Michaels. While it’s a cool box, if you can’t find one, you can just as easily use a regular paper mache box or even a Pringles container, or no box at all. Just print out the poem on card stock and tie it to the doll. :)
If you prefer to buy a dammit doll, you can find one here.
Below is the poem:
When you want to climb the wall,
And stand right up and shout.
There’s a little Dammit doll
You cannot do without.
Just grasp it firmly by the legs,
And find a place to slam it.
And as you whack the stuffing out
Yell Dammit, Dammit, Dammit!
If Dammit’s not a word you say
Then twist its little neck
And grumble out repeatedly
Oh Heck, Oh Heck, Oh Heck!
And once your done abusing it
Just sit it on the shelf.
But hug it first, as I’d hug you
If I were there myself.
- country floral fabric (half of a yard should do it!)
- doll pattern
- white yarn
- darning needle
- curled jute
- sewing needle
- thread to match fabric
- 6 buttons to coordinate with the fabric
- 2 flat backed black eyes
- fabric glue
- large unpainted wood button
- scrap of blue gingham fabric for neck bow
- 12″ cylindrical papier mache container
- acrylic paint in antique white, light brown, and country blue
- crackle medium
- household sponge or sponge scrap
- curled jute
- rusty tin button
- blue gingham fabric scrap
- white tacky glue
- black fine tip craft pen
- scrap piece of paper
- pen or pencil
- To begin, print out the doll pattern and cut two pieces from country floral fabric, RIGHT side of fabric facing out. This doll is sewn on the outside, rather than sewn and turned inside out. This gives it a more primitive country look. Using a darning needle and white yarn, begin at the top/center of the head and sew downward, all the way around the doll until you get to the other side of the neck. Pause here to stuff the doll with Fiberfil, using the eraser end of a pencil to gently push the stuffing into the arms and legs. Complete the stuffing of the doll’s head and sew shut, knot off.
- Using a length of curled jute (can be purchased in the craft store where doll hair is sold), cut into 1½″ pieces. For each piece, fray the ends halfway, leaving the other half curled. Use a sewing needle and thread to sew the curled end of the jute pieces to the top of the head, frayed end should be pointing upward for the hair. You will need around 6 or 7 pieces of jute to complete the hair. Sew 3 buttons to the front of the hair, in the center, and 3 to the back, running thread through two buttons at once (one in back, one in front). Cut a strip of blue gingham fabric and fray the ends. Tie around doll’s neck and secure with a couple of threads. Use fabric glue to adhere eyes to the doll’s face. Sew wood button to the front of the doll’s body.
- Paint the papier mache cylinder and lid with a coat of antique white acrylic paint and allow to dry completely. Following the directions on the crackle medium, apply a coat of crackle medium over the antique white, and allow to dry according to the manufacturer’s directions (usually 15-45 minutes, or until tacky but not completely dry). Finish with a coat of light brown, again, follow the directions on the crackle medium! Use single brush strokes, DO NOT brush over and over, you will lose the crackle effect. Allow to dry completely.
- For the lid, cut a piece of blue gingham fabric long enough to fit around the lid, fray and tie. Trim and fray the ends. Use tacky glue to secure the fabric to the lid. Tie a piece of curled jute around the lid over the fabric, tie in place, secure with tacky glue. Gently thread a rusty tin button with the jute, and tie, ends should hang downward.
- When the light brown coat is dry, use the household sponge to apply an oval shape to the front of your cylinder using antique white. The oval should cover most of the length of the container, leaving about an inch at the bottom and the top (below the lid). Sponge a light border of country blue around the outer edge of your oval.
- Using a piece of scrap paper and a pen or pencil, sketch out the poem listed below to ensure that you can fit it all on your oval. You can use a ruler to approximate how much area you have to work with. Use a craft pen to write on the poem when you are comfortable with it.
Originally published on: Mar 4, 2010