Sewing Design




Flip Dolls and Other Toys that Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab, and Go


My book Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go, Lark Crafts, 2013:

Why make an ordinary stuffed toy when you can sew irresistible creations that flip, zip, snap, stack, and move? Filled with wit, humor, and inventiveness, these delightful interactive playthings sometimes literally turn your expectations inside out. Page after page of clever projects include a caterpillar that changes into a butterfly, a vampire who becomes a bat, and ordinary dolls that transform into superheroes! Or stitch a pretty bird that perches on your shoulder, bunnies that bounce, a car with spinning wheels, and other amazing toys. 

After the introduction, Getting Started introduces all the materials and skills you'll need for basic sewing and to make the projects in this book. The projects are divided into four chapters: Zip & StackHide, Grab & GoShow & Tell; and Flip & Turn. Each project is loaded with gorgeous color photos, hand drawn illustrations, step by step instructions, and ideas for making each toy your own. I'm really happy to share the full size templates available for printing so that you don't have to worry with enlarging. You can find the pdf here.

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Kids' Crafternoon Sewing: 25 Projects for a Crafty Afternoon
Edited by Kathreen Ricketson, Hardee Grant, 2012. 

I contributed the Pencil Pouch project to Kid's Crafternoon Sewing, part of the Kids Crafternoon series. Each book is full of craft projects that kids can do mostly unassisted in an afternoon, hence Kid's Crafternoon!  The sewing book is full of such clever ideas, perfect for kids in the 7-12 range. My pencil pouch is shown, beautifully styled below.




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You can find more of my design work at WeWilsons.blogspot.com and patterns available Wilsons.Etsy.com.