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.
With this tutorial sewing pattern, you can make your own vintage style Knee Hugger Elf. Great as a stocking stuffer, ornament, decoration, or tree topper. You can even give it as a Christmas doll.
Using velvet, velour, felt, blanketing, felted wool or many other types of fabrics you have around the house, your own handmade traditional vintage elf ornament will be treasured for years.
The Knee Hugger Elf shown was made from repurposed materials: white wool blanket and red wool sweater. She was stuffed with wool fleece.
**This listing is for the PDF sewing pattern, NOT the finished doll.
When you download this PDF file, you get:
Illustrated step-by-step instructions (11 pages)
By purchasing this pattern, you agree not to reproduce or resell the pattern, but you may make dolls 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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