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How to Attach a Plastic Doll Joint

By Camela Bryan ; Updated April 18, 2017
Plastic joints can also be used on stuffed animals.

Plastic joints allow stuffed animals and dolls to have arms, legs and heads that will move and stay in place. They are most frequently used to attach the arms of stuffed dolls and the arms and legs of teddy bears. Use plastic joints to create a stuffed doll with movable arms that can be positioned so that it appears to be reaching out toward you, as if it would like to be picked up.

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Sew up the side and shoulder seams of the doll leaving a small hole in the top of the side seam. This hole should be the same size as the shank of the joint. The joint has two round disks, one with a screw attached. Insert this screw into the hole in the side seam. It it fits loosely, remove it and sew the seam slightly longer so that the screw fits snugly in the hole. Remove it from the doll.

Sew up the arm, leaving an opening large enough to easily fit the whole screw side of the joint through. Make a hole on the inside of the arm at the shoulder. This hole should be the same size as the hole in the side seam. Stick the screw through this hole from the inside of the arm.

Stick the screw into the hole in the side seam to attach the arm to the body. Reach inside the body and place the other side of the joint on the screw.

Place the lock washer on the screw with the flat side toward the joint. Press the lock and the joint together firmly.You may use the opening in the top of a glass soft drink bottle as a tool to press it firmly into place.

Attach the other arm. Stuff the arms and slipstitch the opening closed. If adding legs, attach them in the same way before you stuff the body and sew it closed.

Things You Will Need

  • Unstuffed doll
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Plastic joints
  • Glass soft drink bottle
  • Stuffing
  • Needle


If you are using faux fur, trim the fur around the holes before you insert the joints.

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About the Author

Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.

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