Showing posts with label hand made toys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hand made toys. Show all posts

Monday, 12 March 2012

Easy Travel Doll & Bed to Make for a Little Girl


This project was really easy (even for basic sewers like me!), and the doll and bed is great for car travel and nights away. It can also be used as a pillow if required! My daughter actually has it on her bed at the moment as a decorative cushion.

First of all, choose your materials. You’ll also need a small section of felt for the doll’s face. I chose fabrics that were modern and funky, especially for a child’s toy.

Then I traced a simple babushka doll outline (you can find these online) onto my piece of material. The material is doubled over in the photo, right sides together. Don’t forget to allow room for the seams.

Then you need to make the doll’s face. I traced out my felt using a cup. Then I hand-sewed a little face onto it with black thread. You will need to sew this felt face onto the right side of your material before you sew your doll together.

Once you’ve then sewed your doll, turn it the right way out and stuff the doll with toy filler.

I then hand-sewed the bottom of the doll to finish.

To make the bed, lay your doll over your material and cut it to whatever size you think. I always just judge the size by eye, allowing for some seams too of course!

Then I sewed the top of my ‘top blanket’ for the bed. I allowed a bit of give each side of the ‘top blanket’ so that the doll would easily be able to fit into the bed once the doll was stuffed.

Then I put the right sides together of the bed and sewed it (one piece has the ‘top blanket’ already sewed to it, and the other is just the material). Your layers of the bed will look like this (below). I ironed up the bottom so that it would be easier to sew.

And that’s it!

Happy making!


Thursday, 4 August 2011

Fleur Play Mat & Soft Baby Toy Flower


Close up of the petals
The first part of this post goes way back, to 2009 to be exact, when I was eagerly awaiting my first bub! Being a life long sewer and lover and maker of quilts, not to mention loving pretty things I guess I naturally assumed this meant I would have a little girl.

(oops - got that totally wrong - as I have 1 very boisterous and totally lovable 2 year old BOY who loves trucks, football and trains, but wouldn't change it for the world!)

So I was flicking through the Homespun magazine at the time and found this pattern for a beautiful little playmate which I instantly I envisaged would look so sweet in my little girl’s room.

Long story short - I made it and it was insanely simple to do and lots of fun to see all the scrappy colours come together.

The Fleur Play Mat!

I have even used it (although I admit it is currently positioned under a Thomas the Tank Engine play tent in my little boy’s room!).

However the second, and current part of this post relates to the
mini Fleur version which you can see here that I saw with it. A cute little soft toy flower which would be another great way to use up scraps and make something for all my girlfriends who WERE having GIRLS!

So this weekend I decided to have a go using up more scraps from my ever growing scrap box.

I embroidered the face and cheeks on the little flower by hand and coloured them in with crayon.

I’m really happy with the result and think I better make a few more as I now have 3 good friends expecting bubs in the next 6 months!  

Little mini Fleur- enjoying the winter sun

Back of mini Fleur - just as pretty as the front!
x Caity