I am a self-professed rag hound and thrift store queen. I learned how to sew and make toys and other household textiles at the feet of Cajun and farm women of the American South and Midwest in the ...
I am a self-professed rag hound and thrift store queen. I learned how to sew and make toys and other household textiles at the feet of Cajun and farm women of the American South and Midwest in the 1960s and 70s.
With an unexpected switch to single motherhood and limited funds, I started making most of my own two young children's toys, dolls, and games. I drew from a deep well of women's wisdom and traditional needlework skills and the depth of my children's imaginations to create original designs that filled their playroom with open-ended play opportunities.
Limiting their TV time helped the children develop the capacity to play in their own safe worlds for hours on end, allowing me to work, study, and do housework without worry. Joining them in their play was easy as their stories came from our own imagination, not prescripted from TV or video games. The best part was that their play was filled with love and relationship.
That's what motivates me to help parents and friends of children to move away from toys that have limited playability and predetermined personalities.
This free pattern provides 1) directions to make square paper out of any sheets of paper you have; 2) directions to make the snowflake base needed for cutting; 3) twenty foolproof templates for 6-pointed snowflakes.
Make your snowflakes from used or new papers! Once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to easily cut your own designs.
Use newspaper, book pages, color catalogs, white drawing or printer paper. You can also fold and iron linen or cotton quilting fabric for some really beautiful designs.
Just remember to use only fabric scissors on fabric and paper scissors for paper. You don't want to dull your sewing shears!
Merry Christmas from SweaterDoll!
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