Cloth Dolls and Beds

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.

Plainlycanvas cloth dolls. The four lighter coloured ones are made from organic bamboo/cotton fabric. The darker fabric is polar fleece.

Plainlycanvas cloth dolls. The four lighter coloured ones are made from organic bamboo/cotton fabric. The darker fabric is polar fleece.

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.

The 6 different cloth dolls with a range of vintage sheets

The 6 different cloth dolls and beds, with a range of sheets made from vintage linen.

 

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 ……….

The whole collection of sheets and blankets, carefully layered one on top of the other!

Our collection of sheets and blankets, carefully layered one by one!

Cloth dolls with sheets + vintage linen

Cloth dolls arranged with sheets + vintage linen.

Careful layering of sheets and blankets on one of the dolls

Careful layering of sheets and blankets on one of the dolls.

making use of a rag to cover one of the dolls so delicately

Delicately making use of a towelling rag.

Very carefully covering a doll with rags and blankets

Such beautiful fine motor skills.

 

……. 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.

http://plainlycanvas.co.nz/sewing-patterns

green bed linen set

A bed linen set.

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!

Some of our doll + dolls linen collection from work.

Some of our doll + dolls linen collection from work.

A collection of sheets and blankets in a huge range of colours, textures and patterns for children to experiment with. A fabric lovers dream come true! =)

A collection of sheets and blankets in a huge range of colours, textures and patterns for children to experiment with. A fabric lovers dream come true! =)

Dolls sheets and blankets - a great way to use up fabric scraps.

More dolls sheets and blankets.

Storage options for dolls linen

A few storage options for dolls linen – floor storage bags, a rectangular shelf storage bag and a large carry bag. (see ‘children’s bags’ on my website for the large carry bag, and ‘storage options’ for the other bags. Scroll down the pages a little)        http://plainlycanvas.co.nz/childrens-bags   http://plainlycanvas.co.nz/storage-options

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 ……..

http://plainlycanvas.co.nz/cloth-dolls

http://plainlycanvas.co.nz/dolls-beds-and-linen

http://plainlycanvas.co.nz/doll-and-bed-sets

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.

green cloth doll set

green cloth doll set

Please feel free to contact me with any questions and thoughts,

Kind regards,

Ali.

 

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