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.
Although a native Scandinavian girl is more likely to be herding reindeer, Scandi Sandi quite prefers the polar bear she has raised from a cub. Sandi is very outdoorsy and hearty. Sandi's clothing is warm and traditional, but of course, any good northern girl is wearing a layer of long underwear underneath all the layers.
Scandi Sandi was inspired by the northern indigenous Sami people who predate the Vikings and occupy a large portion of Norway, Finland, Sweden, and eastern Russia.
She's a true daughter of the Arctic Circle, brave and hearty, but like any little girl, she just loves to have fun wherever she may be!
The downloadable PDF includes illustrated step-by-step instructions & templates for Scandi Sandi, her clothes, hair and face.
Kids-at-Heart dolls are 16" (42cm). The doll shown in the photo was made from wool knit, cotton velour, wool suiting, fleece, fake fur, and stuffed with wool fleece.
Skill level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
**This listing is for the PDF sewing pattern, NOT the finished toy.
By purchasing this pattern, you agree not to reproduce or resell the pattern, but you may make dolls for personal use or to give as gifts or donate to charities. Australian craft copyright protects SweaterDoll from unapproved sale of dolls made from this pattern.
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