Workday After a Long Holiday Weekend Craft

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(Yes, Carol cleaned her desk especially to take this photo.)

This little doll appeared on my assistant Carol’s desk a few years back and made her laugh. As you know when you laugh, your stress level goes down.

Here is the poem that goes with it:

When you think you want to climb the walls
or stand right up and shout
here’s a little “Dammit” Doll
you cannot do without.
Just grasp it firmly by the legs
and find a place to slam it.
You’ll feel better as you yell…

You will need:
scrap fabric
needle and thread or sewing machine
ribbon or yarn for hair


dammit doll pattern


  1. Right click the pattern and download it, and then print it on regular paper the size doll you want to make (maybe you are only a little bit stressed and want to make a tiny doll).
  2. Cut a length yarn for the hair—maybe 24 inches or so.
  3. Cut out the two sides of your doll from fabric.
  4. Place fabric design sides together and sew, adding hair looped in at the top. Be sure to leave and opening to stuff your doll.
  5. Turn the fabric right side out and stuff.
  6. Sew up.
  7. Attach poem with ribbon to neck of doll. (Hmmm… I wonder if the tighter you tie indicates the amount of stress you feel?)
  8. Try out your doll.
  9. There! You feel more relazed don’t you? I am so realzed I can’t spell relaXed.
  10. Share the joy of de-stressing!