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.
Need a very special gift for a new baby? Or looking for that perfect retro item for your shelves? Now you can make your very own early 20th century style Retro Clown clutch ball.
The pieces can be hand or machine stitched but the doll must be hand assembled. The face pattern is provided and can be embroidered or painted on. Instructions are given in both metric and imperial measurements.
To make this doll infant-safe, simply omit the buttons and sew on some felt circles instead.
The templates and instructions may be printed on either A4 or US letter paper.
You can use new or repurposed materials. The Retro Clown shown was made from repurposed wool and silk fabrics, linen, repurposed tulle, vintage buttons and vintage ric rac. He is stuffed with wool fleece.
**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 (9 pages)
Templates (2 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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