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.
Plucky Penguin softie doll can be made from many types of new and upcycled fabrics including fleece, felted wool, twills, and flannels - you choose! This is an easy to make and quick DIY sewing pattern. Instructions are fully illustrated.
Pattern may be made larger or smaller. You can adjust the size to create a pillow or to populate your own 'march of the penguins' or for Christmas tree ornaments.
You need only basic sewing supplies, fabrics, and stuffing to make this doll. Although you may machine sew the doll, hand sewing is required to attach beak, wings, and feet.
The Plucky Penguin shown was made from all repurposed materials: wool suiting, felted wool blanket, and wool sweater.
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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