Making toys for and with children is a great way to inspire them with the love of making stuff. This site is devoted to providing you with ideas for doing just that.
Art begins at home.
This is my book, published by Martingale. It has a pattern for a 9" sewn doll with hair made from novelty yarn, and patterns for knitting the doll's clothes. Many of the knitting patterns are for animal costumes.
To see an excerpt from the book, featured in the blog "Stitch This!" click here.
To buy the book from Amazon, click here. You can also purchase the book from Martingale's website. If you buy the printed book from Martingale, you also get the ebook version free. To buy from Martingale, click here.
More doll costumes are available on this site. Check out the free projects tab at the top of the page. Additional designs can be purchased below. The Whimsy doll pattern is only available in the book.
Presenting Her Royal Highness. The Whimsy doll is now royalty. You can make these dresses from leftover yarn and embellish them with whatever bling you like. A little surprise for your own little princes. Pattern includes instructions for tights and shoes, and, of course, a crown. Made with fingering weight yarn and 2.75 mm needles. The pattern includes three dresses shown below.
The pattern download is $4.99 and payment is through PayPal. Click Here to purchase the pattern.
The Whimsy doll can be a magical fairy dressed in her winged costume, waving her wand.
The fairy costume pattern has three
versions of the dress and instructions for the wings and magic wand.
Sadly, no magic spells are included. You will have to add your own
magic, which you probably have more of than you think. The pattern
download is $4.99 and payment is through PayPal. Click here to buy the pattern.
is coming eventually. The angel costume transforms the Whimsy doll into
a Christmas tree topper. It is inspired by the children's book "The
Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree" by Gloria Houston. In this beautiful
story about a poor family in Appalachia, a little girl is given the
angel doll from the top of the tree as her Christmas present. The angel
adorns the family Christmas tree for decades to come. You can give the
same gift to a lucky little girl, along with the book and some doll
clothes. The elf would be perfect sticking out of the top of a Christmas
These projects are made from fingering
weight yarn, using size 2.75 mm DPNs. The angel wings are made from
stiff felt (available at crafts stores) and glitter glue. Ribbons,
beads, and metallic embroidery floss add sparkle.
You can buy the pattern download for "Christmas Ange and Elf" for $4.99 using PayPal. Click here
I found a new doll hair technique on Pinterest. I have a blog post with instructions for it.