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.
This is a super easy to make sewing pattern. Sew a Rag Dolly tag blanket for baby or toddler.
Babies grip by closing their fists. Using knots instead of tabs makes it easier for baby to hold the blanket. The knots can also serve as natural teethers. Baby has teething pain? Wet a knot and freeze the whole blanket. Baby can hold the blankie while soothing gums on the frozen knot. NO toxic plastics!
This toy can also be weighted for autistic children or other children who may benefit from weighted toys. Just insert a square cotton bag of natural dry beans inside the body before you sew it shut.
Make your tag blanket from new or repurposed materials. The Linen blanket shown was made from repurposed linen shirts, girls floral dress, vintage gingham apron, and remnants of new fabrics.
NOTE: This pattern can be made to match the Colorball or Patchwork/ Zakka Style Tag Ball pattern available here: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/toy/zakka-baby-ball-clutch-ball-tag-toy/83955?_ct=iuqhsx-kdyluhiqb-huikbj-fqjjuhd&_ctp=83955
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 toy.
When you download these two PDF files, you get:
Illustrated step-by-step instructions (5 pages)
Templates (4 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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