Teacher Knitted 23 Dolls of Her Students

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While school is out, teachers are really missing their students, and I’m sure some students miss school and their teachers as well. One teacher, missed her students so much she knitted dolls of all her students to have with her during this time. How sweet is that!

Miss Ingeborg

Miss Ingeborg is a teacher of the Bavinck school in Haarlem. The school had to close due to COVID-19 like all schools around the world.

She shared, “It was all up and running that the school closed. It all hit me like this. The children were no longer in school. And I miss them so much.”

She started missing her students like crazy. One day on Pinterest, she saw a knitted doll from Pinterest. Without any lessons, she decided she was going to knit every one of her students a doll.

So, she did just that! She went to work and made 23 dolls, one of each of her students.

Knitted Dolls of Classroom Students
photo via Ingeborg Meinster-Van der Duin

Knitted Doll Students

Each doll took her about 3-4 hours to complete. The girls who wore cardigans to school, she made cardigans for on their doll. The boys that wore sweaters, had sweaters.

She made sure every student who wore glasses or had freckles had them on the dolls she made. This teacher did not forget any detail when it came to her students and their dolls.

When she finished, she showed a picture of her completed dolls to her students and their parents. Without putting names by the dolls, each student could easily recognize their own doll. It didn’t take long for them to point out their doll from the picture.

Then, the students asked, “Where is Miss Ingeborg?”

So, Miss Ingeborg spent a couple of hours and created herself for her class of dolls.

For the Future

Miss Ingeborg and her students loved the dolls so much, she will continue to make them each year for her students. Other teachers in her school wanted her to make their class dolls, but she said, “no there’s no time for that.”

Soon, Miss Ingeborg will be able to see her students again. Students will be able to go and collect their belongings from the school. Miss Ingeborg will once again be able to at least see her students and bring the dolls to them. The students are so excited to see the dolls in person.

We all knew teachers were all so amazing with their daily efforts, especially during these times. However, this teacher knit 23 dolls of each of her students to bring a smile to their faces. That is simply incredible.

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26 comments on “Teacher Knitted 23 Dolls of Her Students”

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    Janis Campbell

    Adorable! Would Miss Ingeborg be willing to share her pattern? I would live to make them for my daughters 1st grade students!

  2. Love these little dolls. My mom used to knit a similar doll but as she aged she could not remember the pattern. Is there a pattern for these? I would love it.

  3. What devotion to “her” children..these favoured children will carry this fondness and caring into their lives..Teachers are the most devoted and effective influencers, after parents.

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    Linda Hammond

    I’m a retired USA Montessori teacher. I was so touched by this incredible, loving teacher. My assistant for many years is Dutch. She would also love this story, which I’ll share.
    Such a lovely teacher to create these unique gifts for her students. Very special!

  5. I have been knitting most of my life. I Love your knitted students!!  So sweet of you to do, and very nice work!
    I shared your post and have 23 ❤️ back. 
    Thanks for making so many smile, and for sharing your talent!  ❤️❤️

  6. What a wonderful lady to complete those dolls for her class, all the time and effort, just shows how must she treasured her school pupils, a beautiful kind gesture:)

  7. This is so awesome!! This is how a teacher should be, loving her students. Those kids will have a lifelong memory of her to cherish.


    1. Why should there be black dolls if there are no black children in her class? I wish folk would stop pulling out the race card at everything. That in itself creates divisions..

    2. These are students in her class. If there are no black dolls then that means there were no black kids in her class.

    3. So stupid to say.  Seriously? This is Sweden and the teacher does not have any black students in her class. Get over yourself!  Pathetic