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.
Make an easy grip clutch ball/ tag toy for a special baby in your world. This is a good size ball for baby or toddler. Make it without the tags for a soft indoor ball for your toddler.
Babies grip by closing their fists. Using knots instead of tabs makes it easier for baby to hold the ball. The knots can also serve as natural teethers.
Choose you own color scheme or follow the one provided to make the ball you see. Great scrap fabric craft!
The finished ball is 17 3/4" (45cm) in circumference/ 5 1/2" (14cm) in diameter not including tags.
NOTE: This pattern also comes with the Patchwork Zakka variation and all instructions for making it. This is the SAME download as "Patchwork Zakka-Style Baby Ball PDF Sewing Pattern".
The templates and instructions may be printed on either A4 or US letter paper.
**This listing is for the PDF sewing pattern, NOT the finished ball.
When you download these two PDF files, you get:
Illustrated step-by-step instructions (10 pages)
Templates (3 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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