Going back to a project I started years ago, I’ve been playing around with beautiful fabrics and dolls this weekend to come up with a kit that you can do at home. Used for decades in Japanese schools to teach children how to sew, these doll-sized kimono make wonderfully portable projects you can take with you just about anywhere and will teach you a little about actual kimono construction. I am considering offering this kit in two different options:
- a basic pre-cut, ready to assemble fabric kit with instructions
- a full kit including paper pattern, fabric panel, matching thread, needle, instructions (everything but scissors!)
Having previously offered these as part of a hands-on workshop, I am having fun putting these together but want to make sure I include everything a crafter would need or want in a kit. You can help by giving me your input on what you consider necessary in a kit, what you would like to see, as well as what you don’t need. This will help me custom tailor the kits to be more user-friendly and enjoyable.
Which would you prefer? A Basic, or Full kit? Or do you have a suggestion to improve either of them? Reply here to let me know and I will choose one poster at random to receive a free Doll Kimono kit. Drawing will be on Sunday, August 23 and I will post the winner on Monday, August 24, 2009.
The pattern in these kits will make a kimono that will fit many TY Beanie Baby toys. I designed them this way because the prototypes I had to work with were roughly the right size, and as a parent of small children, I had plenty of Beanie Babies around the house to work with. I can adapt the pattern to fit other dolls, please inquire if you are interested.