Christmas was fast approaching and I still needed gifts for my cousin's three kids. So I turned to the Internet for quick toy patterns.
The tutorials list in this section of Craftster brought me the Silly Girl doll, which seemed perfect for Lauren, who is four. Here's the tutorial.http://missyballance.typepad.com/crafty_carnival/2007/02/free_doll_patte.html
Only, yeah, that silly girl is not wearing a shirt! Here's my non-topless version:
She was actually a big hit, which was gratifying. Not as big a hit as the animatronic cats that mew and purr, but significantly less creepy, so there's that.
Then I looked for a dinosaur pattern, and did not find one to my liking. So I made one up -- drew a dinosaur onto a manila folder, cut it out of fabric, sewed the tops together from where the leg starts in the front to where the leg starts in the back, then put a folded square against the leg parts and sewed the leg parts onto the other fabric so it had four legs, not just two. Had to re-sew the front and back where the legs met the body after I stuffed it, so there's probably a better technique, but it all worked out. I embroidered the eyes when it was all done, actually, so they're kind of indented. If I'd left myself more time I would have given him spots! But not so much.
Finally, for the baby, I just drew the shape of this bunny directly onto the fabric, embroidered a face, sewed, stuffed, and closed, and ta-da! Little Bunny No-Mouth!
Baby Madeline was very cranky Christmas night. Overtired, or horrified by the no-mouth situation on her toy?