Edibles with Ease: When to Get Growing from Seeds or from Starts? Read more »
In my side yard which is mostly shade, I have tried a variety of perennials that thrive in a woodland setting. Read more »
Make your garden even more welcoming to birds and butterflies: turn it into a certified wildlife habitat. Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Keep your lawn and your shoes clean and free of clippings by adding our innovative, sturdy Grass Catcher to your StaySharp™ Ree... Read more »
The Salsa Rain Barrel System makes it easy to collect up to 58 gallons of water for your garden and lawn. Our rain barrel is ma... Read more »
Make the most of National Craft Month by preparing some craft kits for your children - let them explore color, texture and dif... Read more »
This is the second how-to in a series focused on getting the most out of your basic paper punches. Read more »
Spring brings in the most wonderful colors and here is a fun way to add a touch of color to your gifts! Read more »
Our ProCision™ Rotary Bypass Trimmer features a unique dual-rail system that stabilizes the rotary blade, eliminating wiggle fo... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of crafting and mixed media tasks, our Amplify® Mixed Media Shears sense blade separation and force th... Read more »
Available online and at your local retailer May 2014 Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with... Read more »
My idea is to show everyone that they can make something cute and fashionable without spending a lot of money. Read more »
Embellishing a plain shirt using a reverse appliqué technique is easy - and your kids will love their personalized outfit! Read more »
This year, it seems like spring is way overdue at our house. Read more »
Perfect for tight, precise cuts, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force the blades back togethe... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Perfect for users with larger hands or anyone who needs to make long cuts through multiple layers, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabr... Read more »
I always look forward to school being out for the summer (more so than my children, probably!) and the change of pace means we... Read more »
This fun project is a great way to send a little love note to your child. These lunchbox notes can be slipped into a backpack... Read more »
Here is a fun craft for St. Patrick’s Day that is not only adorable, it makes kids stop and think about how lucky they are. Read more »
Children love our Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the handle that’s shiny, bright and smooth, not “sticky” or “bumpy.” Teachers and... Read more »
Our Big Kids Scissors take the basic design of our teacher-recommended Kids Scissors and enlarge them for kids that are a littl... Read more »
Our Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those older children who ar... Read more »
Introduced to the world as a quality fabric scissors, the Original Orange-Handled Scissors redefined the standard for cutting p... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Super Pruner/Lopper, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear... Read more »
Our Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter with a 45 mm blade makes cutting a wide variety of quilting materials comfortable and easy. A cu... Read more »
I used super soft flannel fabrics that I prewashed in a non-bio laundry detergent and wool felt for the face and hair. I deliberately chose soft fabrics for this toy, because this is going to be given to a baby.
After selecting my fabrics, I hand drew a little doll shape on a piece of paper. I used a ‘keyhole’ design which meant I avoided having to worry about arms and legs! Keeping the shape simple is a great way to make this an easy project, plus I think the finished doll is particularly huggable!
After sketching a keyhole design I was happy with, I pinned the pattern to my fabric and cut it out.
I wanted to embellish my doll but I didn’t want any small parts that could be a danger or choking hazard to an infant. I decided to stitch lengths of bright ric rac to the front of the doll.
I then sketched a little face and hair onto paper which I used as a template for cutting the wool felt.
I stitched the eyes and mouth features by hand with embroidery floss. Using French knots for the eyes is much safer than using buttons. I hand stitched the hair to the face using small stitches, then stitched the whole face to the front of the doll on my machine.
Being more than a little obsessed with bright ric rac, I pinned more around the entire outside of the front of the doll and stitched it down through the center.
I then pinned on the back doll fabric and stitched it to the front, using the stitching line of the ric rac to guide me. I left a 3” hole at the bottom of the doll for turning and stuffing.
After turning the doll right sides out and pressing it with an iron, I stuffed the doll with craft fiberfill. I topstitched the hole closed.
I think this doll is a cute little character and I’m sure it would make a good friend for a little child.
Soft flannel fabric
Small amount of wool felt
Ric ric in various colors
Hand sewing needle and embroidery floss