Step One: Take any square or rectangular piece of cloth. Paper napkins and paper towels work, as do bandanas, cloth napkins, old fashioned handkerchieves.
Roll the left and right outside edges in toward the center, sort of like a double scroll.
Step Two- fold in half backwards, so that both sides show the 'scroll' fold (i.e. if you turn your handkerchief over it will still look like the above picture).
Step Three (here you can see that one of the smaller Progeny once used my linen napkins for paint clean up): Begin unrolling the 'scrolls' that face you- unroll them carefully (you don't want to unroll the back half) - the picture above isn't quite finished yet.
Step four- bring the unfolded hem up to the top edge of the folded handkercheif, bring the unfolded corners around to the back and tie in a knot. This step requires a bit of tweaking, as usually it first looks like one of the dolls arms is up over her head and one is dangling uselessly limp at her side, but if you fiddle with the knot a bit, pull at the 'head' and arms of the dolly you'll get it in reasonable shape.
She's not a fancy dolly, and she is not particularly pretty. But there are many things to like about her:
1. She can be made in a moment with things you usually have on hand or can find.
2. The process of making her is itself a distraction for fractious kidlets.
3. She's quiet- she makes no noise if dropped, flung, or banged on a restaurant table or a church pew.
4. Teaching the kidlets how to make her is also entertaining for them.
5. A handkerchief takes up almost no space in your purse and it doesn't weigh much.
6. If you make her with a napkin or paper towel you can draw faces on her.
7. Fold and knot her arms the other way and he's wearing long pants.