The Seedling Create Your Own Designer Dolly provides a creative and collaborative craft experience in one simple, do-it-yourself kit. The package includes a cotton doll, thread, and fabric--everything kids ages five and up need to bring their own doll design to life. With the help of an adult, kids can use basic materials to make something unique.
This basic doll-making kit offers a wide range of possibilities for all levels of sewers. The cotton doll serves as a blank slate ready to be transformed into a character from your child s imagination. Use the embroidery thread and felt to create the doll s features, fashion the doll s hair with yarn or felt, and use the vibrantly patterned fabric swatches and colorful felt to create the doll s clothing.
You ll need scissors for cutting the material. A pencil for sketching the doll s face and paper for making patterns may also be useful. Younger kids will need supervision and help with sewing and troubleshooting.
The kit is designed to be a tool for kids to explore their creative ideas, though it does provide some basic instructions. The illustrations of basic hand stitches, such as backstitch, over-sewing stitch, and running stitch are helpful for beginners. And tips for creating the doll s hair and clothing offer simple solutions you can build upon. Kids will not only create their own doll, but they will also gain skills they can build upon in future projects.
Each color of embroidery thread comes in a skein composed of individual strands. Care should be taken when separating strands from their skeins, as they tended to bunch up and tangle during testing. Additionally, the needles eyes may be too small to fit more than three or four strands at a time. A needle threader (not included) may be useful for threading thicker strands.
This doll kit is a fresh option among other toy and entertainment choices that only engage kids passively. Because it requires the help of an adult, the kit encourages children to ask questions and collaborate with others.
This doll kit was created by Seedling, a small design company from New Zealand. Like all Seedling kits, this kit features quality components and recycled materials. Each kit is hand assembled, featuring a different collection of patterned fabric and colored thread, felt, and yarn.
11-inch cotton doll, four fabric swatches, three felt pieces, one ball of yarn, three bundles of embroidery thread, sewing needles, and instructions.