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.
Who needs an endless parade of zippered and buttoned up clothes when you are already fashionably perfect?
Betsy and Billie are perfect fashion doll friends for that little girl in your life who isn't ready for a doll with removable clothing. Their skirts are already attached; part and parcel of the entire finished doll.
They love to play dollhouse, throw tea parties, and star-gaze during overnights.
But you can make this doll without the skirt and all the Kids-at-Heart clothing outfits will fit this Fashion Girl.
The downloadable PDF includes illustrated step-by-step instructions & templates for the Fashion Girl body, ruffled skirt, hair and face.
Kids-at-Heart dolls are 16" (42cm). The dolls shown in the above photos were made from cotton velour, cotton quilting fabrics, cotton knit, a little tulle, and stretch velvet (blue hair) and stuffed with wool fleece.
Skill level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
**This listing is for the PDF sewing pattern, NOT the finished toy.
By purchasing this pattern, you agree not to reproduce or resell the pattern, but you may make dolls for personal use or to give as gifts or donate to charities. Australian craft copyright protects SweaterDoll from unapproved sale of dolls made from this pattern.
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