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.
In honor of Beanies for Brain Cancer, I am offering this eBook as freely as I can on Etsy. I have to list at 20 cents to list at all.
Wear your beanie or make something from it. This 52 page eBook will show you how to make 18 upcycled beanie projects.
Each project is clear about what types of beanies to use and other materials needed. Some templates are provided which can be enlarged or reduced as needed to match the size of the beanie you are using. The book is filled with photographs to help you imagine your own creations and provide colorful inspiration.
Projects include -
Topsy Turvy Doll
Kitschy TP cover
Humpty Dumpty Doll
Soft Sculpture Bowls
Folk Art Mushrooms
Once you purchase your eBook, you will be provided a download link. If you have any problems, just let me know. The file is 4.4MB.
**This listing is for the PDF eBook, NOT a hard copy print book.
By purchasing this pattern, you agree not to reproduce or resell the patterns, but you may make items for personal use, as gifts, or to sell. If you do sell, you agree to note "SweaterDoll/ Allison Dey Malacaria Design" on your tags.
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