During the Civil War (and at other times when supplies were scarce), dolls were made from handkerchiefs for little girls. These "handkerchief dolls" were carried to church and did not make noise if they were dropped. Some mothers would put sugar cubes or candy in the head of the handkerchief doll for a youngster to suck on to keep the child quiet during the long church service. Other names for the handkerchief doll are: "church doll," "church babies," "pew doll," "pew babies," and "prayer doll.
easy to make
You will need One handkerchief or table napkin, or scrap of fabric
Tie the head, I use a rubber band but you can use string, cotton, etc
make the arms by tying the fabric near the neck or if you want hands tie near the outer edge
I like to fold my dolls arms so I tie the ends so I can make it look like my doll has hands
I like to make a skirt for my dolls so I add old doilies, scraps of fabric, lace or even another handkerchief or serviette (napkin) and stitch it to the under arms of my doll before I decorate her
Now decorate and enjoy your church doll