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.
Whether you are on the hunt for storybook animals or a modern touch to your rustic decor, these Forest Friends are perfect for you.
You can use them as pillows or dolls. If you want smaller dolls, just reduce the pattern templates by 25-35%. You can even make wool felt Christmas ornaments from them, by reducing the pattern 70% and using strips of felt for legs and tails instead of sewn pieces.
Choose a favorite fabric with little or no stretch or use any of the following:
wool felt or repurposed blanket
The pattern includes illustrated pattern instructions and templates and, as always, my email in case you have any questions or are new to sewing and need help.
When you've finished your dolls, don't forget to post them in "Projects" here on Craftsy or on the www.facebook.com/SweaterDoll page.