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.
For summer days and tea parties in the garden, your little doll's clothes should be practical yet stylish.
This PDF provides illustrated step-by-step instructions & templates for a sundress and bloomers.
These clothes will fit all Kids-at-Heart dolls and the Cloth Doll Base made to your own design.
Skill level: Beginner
The clothing shown in the above photos were made from denim, cotton velour, quilting cotton, merino knit. All but the bloomers were made from repurposed clothing.
**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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