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 want to sew a mid-century retro decoration or a soft, cuddly infant gift, an Ice Cream Baby is the right choice!
Ice Cream Babies are a soft serve of the fabric variety. They can be made by an advanced beginner. Parts can be machine sewn but some hand assembly is required. Both metric and imperial measurements are used in the instructions.
You can use new or repurposed materials. The Ice Cream Babies shown were made with waffle weave, cotton jersey, and minky dot fabrics.
**This listing is for the PDF sewing pattern, NOT the finished doll.
When you download these two PDF files, you get:
Illustrated step-by-step instructions (11 pages)
Templates (3 pages)
The templates should be printed on A4 paper and may not print completely on US letter.
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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