These simple craft projects were the start of our felt doll/statue fun! We got a lot more adventurous after making these first few. But these are still just as cute.  

St Anne with baby Mary would be a fun craft to make on Mary’s birthday (Sept 8), Holy Name of Mary (Sept 12), or the feast day of Sts. Anne and Joachim (July 26).

Mother Mary with baby Jesus doll/statue would be good for the month of May, Christmas, or other Marian feast days. 

These cute little craft doll/statues can be used as a doll for young children, or as a statue. This craft requires the use of hot glue, so if you plan to make these with small children they will need help. Older children may be able to do these on their own if they are accustomed to using hot glue.

  • blue felt dress *(see felt cutting instructions)
  • felt head covering * we used white for St Anne and light blue for Mary
  • wooden old fashioned clothespin
  • 4-inch piece of string
  • mini old fashioned clothespin or a craft stick
  • Scrap piece of white felt  (about 1/2 the size of the head covering)
  • wooden ring (to help the doll stand, if it needs help)
  • Hot glue
Felt Cutting instructions:
After cutting out your felt pieces, push the round clothespin head into the small head hole in the dress. You may need to add a drop of hot glue at the upper chest and upper back of the doll clothespin to keep the dress from sliding down the clothespin. 

Pull all the dress parts down against the clothespin and tightly knot a string around its waist. You may need an extra hand to hold the dress down while you knot the waist string. Now, cut off the extra string ends. If the dress is too long, cut it to the correct length. If the opening on the sides of the dress are showing, hot glue it together.  

Add hot glue to the top and sides of the doll’s head and cover the top of her head with the head covering. Note: You may have to cut a slit in the back of the veil, (from the bottom of the veil up to the head)  so it will lay down properly. Then hot glue the back of the veil down in a way so you don’t see the cut.
Now for the baby:
Cut or break the bottom of the mini clothespin off so it is the correct size. OR if you don’t have a mini old-fashioned clothespin you can use a craft stick. Break the craft stick in half and hot glue them one on top of the other.
Now add some hot glue to the top and side of the baby’s head, wrap the edge of the felt piece around the top of the baby’s head. Then wrap the rest of the felt around the baby, covering it completely. Hot glue the blanket in place.
Then hot glue it to the doll of Mary or St. Anne. If possible, try to use the wrinkles in her dress and vial as arms so it can look like she is holding the baby.
 If the doll has a hard time standing on its own you may need to buy a wooden ring to help it stand. If you can’t find wooden rings, you may be able to hot glue the doll to a small wooden flat shape. 
I hope you enjoy making this little doll/statue as much as we did!!  
Take care and God bless.
Mother Mary and St. Anne, pray for us!


  1. Oh, these are cute! This would be a great Christmas project for Michaela and I to do together. Thanks for putting up the instructions.

  2. I hope you both enjoy it! 😉 God Bless.

  3. Hi Jennifer, thanks for stopping by and following me. I think this is my first visit to your blog and it certainly is lovely. you have a beautiful family and Rachel's bug drawings are delightful! I like your dolls and St. therese is the sweetest!! I'm grabbing your blog button. Nice to meet you!

  4. Love these!!! They are on my \”must make\” list. 🙂

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