I’m not experienced with making toys. I’ve made a number of EPP balls with a bell inside for babies, but that is about it. Until last night!
In the space of about a half hour, I took the paper dolls bakery softie panel produced by Sibling Arts Studio for Penny Rose Fabrics from start to finish. It was really easy, I could hand sew it closed while I watched telly with my husband, and importantly, my little girl loves it.
It really was just a matter of cutting out the panels, putting the front and back sides together (pretty sides inwards) and straight stitching around the edge, leaving a hole for stuffing. I also zig-zagged around the raw edges to prevent fraying – overlocking would be better but I don’t have an overlocker 🙂
Some soft toy fill pressed in, and hand sewing of the hole to close it up, and voila! I might have over-filled her a little but I figure that toys compress a little over time.
I’ll confess my husband doesn’t love it (he thinks dolly has a piggy nose), but I think it has a nice simplicity and a sweet vintage feel. Plus, I want my little girl to love simple, home made toys rather than piles of plastic, disposable junk from stores. The fact that she won’t stop cuddling it has to be a good sign! She was very quickly named Abby by my little one.
Have a great day.