These soft dolls are for the youngest little ones. They’re crafted from cotton knit and stuffed with sheep’s wool which is traditional for Waldorf-type toys. There are no parts able to be pulled or chewed off. Equal parts machine and hand-sewing. Each doll is approximately 5 to 7 inches high, just right for little hands. These are a good size to tuck in the diaper bag and bring out for church, and they’re quiet too!
The monk dolls have flat, stitched-down arms and a “prayer rope” is embroidered right onto the doll with black wool yarn. They are available in four skin tones and four beard colors (see photos*). The beards are cut from upcycled wool (usually cashmere) sweaters and stitched down onto the face. The cotton knit for the skin is manufactured especially for dolls and resists pilling. The side seams are triple stitched for durability. If you have a preference for the thinner 7 inch dolls or the wider 5-6 inch dolls, let me know when you order. Otherwise I will choose for you.
These make wonderful gifts for new babies and as baptismal gifts. [Monk dolls with ribbons and nun dolls are also available; see separate listing.]
Care: Hand wash with a very small amount of a mild detergent in cool water. Gently squish the doll in the water without rubbing or wringing. Rinse thoroughly in the same way. Gently press out as much water as possible, then roll in a towel and press out additional water. Lay flat to dry. Do not machine wash or use heat as the wool stuffing will felt which will cause the doll to harden and lose shape. Wool has natural antimicrobial properties and will resist mildew and bacteria.
*The colors in the photographs are accurate on my own screen, but colors may vary slightly on different screens. If you have a question about a color, feel free to ask.
Susi Schuchard (verified owner) –
Brandon Jones (verified owner) –
elissa bjeletich (verified owner) –
The dolls are beautifully made and feel so wonderful in your hand! Highly recommended!
Fredrika B. (verified owner) –
It was a gift for my grandson’s first birthday and he LOVES it.
St. Tabitha’s Workshop (verified owner) –
Such a sweet way to become aware of monastics and accustomed to what monks look like.
Jamie S. (verified owner) –
Price is very fair considering it is handmade but I do wish they were a little cheaper so I could order several more!! This is the second one I have ordered.
Jamie (verified owner) –
I love the dolls! Children can take them to church and not make noise. Also, it is a good price and makes a great baby gift.
Laura F. (verified owner) –
He is so soft and cuddly, and his face is so peaceful and happy.