Clara is always wanting to take out her sewing machine and sew. I have a hard time wanting to take it out. She imagines the projects that will come out of it, I know the arguments that will come out of it. She sees the quality time, I see the frustration. I am trying to let go of my need to control her every move, let her lead in a project. We had time during her spring break to take out the machines and sew. She wanted to make a doll, so I found one that she would be able to make. We cut out 2 dolls the first evening, one for her and one for Lindy. The next morning we stitched them together and followed the directions. I will admit, it went a lot smoother than I had anticipated, we only had one argument (I had to rewind her bobbin and let her use my machine, she jammed it good while she was on it). We spent most of the morning working together on it and we had fun.
Of course, I couldn't just make 2 dolls, I have 4 kids and they all needed one, right? Well after I sent them to bed after we cut out the dolls on the first night, I cut one for Elise and made it, I had to test the pattern to see if it was really 7 year old doable.
The only thing I had to purchase to make these was the paint pens for the faces and the stuffing to stuff them. All the rest of the stuff was stuff we had around the house. The hardest part was the hair, I had to do all of it, but other than that it was a pretty doable project for the kids. Here is a link for some other patterns we looked at.
Hopefully this is a video of a song I think of every time I say the words "rag doll"