This lovely cloth book is tri-fold ~ the Front features a pretty little cottage, and the back has a lovely back garden so the little dollies can play all day. Fold out the leaves of the book, and you have first a bathroom for Dollies to use at the end of a long day's play in the garden. After BathTime of course, it's Dinner Time, so Dollies can sit at the kitchen table and eat their dinner. After Dinner, of course, it's Bed Time, and Dolly can snuggle up under the patchwork quilt lovingly made by her Grand-ma. The six dollies can then be safely stored inside their Heart Pockets, until tomorrow, when a whole new day of fun and play awaits them. This book is the perfect bed-time ritual for a little girl, and the stories that evolve are only limited by the imagination. A great addition to Grandma's toy box, or a book that will become a favourite of your little girl, especially as she shares special bed-time rituals with the grown-ups in her life who love her so much!
Construction of the book is quite simple. It features naive applique (which can be worked on the machine or by hand), simple embroidery, enhanced by water-colour pencil painting if desired (but not essential). The book is stiffened with bag wadding, and piped with strips cut on the bias to allow for the smooth rounding of curves.
The dollies are made from a panel fabric. The panel is backed with stiff fusible interfacing, after which the dolls are cut out carefully. You can then work very fine blanket stitch around each one, or, as we have done, just leave them unstitched, as the fusible interfacing protects the raw edges. If desired, they could be backed with felt.
The pattern includes the panel for the six dollies. The kit includes the pattern and all the fabric to make the book, including the doll panel. Extras such as threads are available for an extra $12. Please write in the Comments Column if you would like to order the threads. Extra dolly panels are available for an extra $6 per panel, if you would like to make a second book using the same dolls but with different fabrics.
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