I started making cloth dolls around 2013. The children at the Early Childhood Centre where I was working, have been making use of them ever since! I wanted to share some of their ideas, and their favourite ways for making use of the dolls and their beds.
All the dolls are available with a range of skin colours. The organic bamboo/cotton dolls can be filled with wool or polyester. The polar fleece ones are normally filled with polyester.
By far the most popular use of the dolls and beds by the children where I worked, was layering the sheets and blankets on top of each other ……….
……. we built up a large collection of sheets and blankets over the years, and it has been a fabulous addition to the children’s play. Children who love fabric, love making use of the small dolls sheets and blankets.
There are sewing patterns for these, and for the cloth dolls, pillows, mattresses on my website.
The sheets are very easy to make. A big set of sheets to go with a cloth doll and bed, would make a beautiful present for a fabric loving child.
Knitted blankets are also fabulous for the dolls beds. For 8 ply wool and size 4 needles, cast on 40 stitches and knit until the blanket measures around 18cm. There are great utube videos which teach you how to knit (and crochet!), and these blankets are perfect first projects!
Storing the sheets and blankets as a collection, makes them so much easier to keep track of, and to look after. I will add lots more ideas for storage containers in another article. Op shops often have great options for interesting and eclectic storage, and pinterest is full of awesome ideas.
Op shops may also have beautiful embroidered table mats. We had a collection of these as well. The children sometimes liked to combine the vintage linen table mats with their dolls sheets and blankets.
The website links to the dolls and beds are below – you will need to scroll down the pages a little ……..
If you are thinking of buying a cloth doll and bed, there is a wide range of colour options available for the sheets. I am happy to make up orders to suit.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions and thoughts,