Rag doll making is great arts and crafts for the family. Block printing your own fabric for these rag dolls will make them extra special and unique. Personalise your fabric using our Colouricious wooden blocks. Our Colouricious fabric paints can also make the fabric bright and colourful! They are easy to use with a simple iron and can be washed at a 40 degrees wash!
Rather than buy your own sewing patterns just design your own pattern!
Check out the history of rag dolls!
Easter chickens are a great and fun way to get the children involved in easy/ beginner sewing projects. They can have fun printing on lots of different coloured fabrics. Which then lead to you making the easter chickens which can go on to make home decor accessories such as door stops or easter egg holders for the easter egg hunt!
Here is a new gift idea for you – have fun making these as a gift – you fill your soft toy with weights to make it into a door stop, you could stuff it to make into a teddy bear- the list goes on with different ideas you could do with these sewing patterns. As well as having this pattern available on our website, we also have got the most wonderful selection of owl wooden printing blocks that you can buy.
Whole piece quilt making is a great tool for you to use up recycled fabric! Block printing over the top of old fabric can create wonderful effects. First start by taking a whole piece of fabric, it can be commercial fabric, hand dyed or even some recycled fabric (such as an old duvet cover or old curtains perhaps!) Lay the whole cloth on the table, remembering to place a foam mat under the area that you are block printing. You can either start your printing in the middle or start with the border. Create patterns as you go along. Think too about the orientation of your designs and that will help you with either your pattern theory or your random printing. We find it easiest to start block printing from the outside inwards. You can combine different printing techniques too with rubbing plates & markal sticks, with stencils and with dry sponging. The more you combine these skills, the more creative your whole piece quilt will be. Once you have finished printing the front you can then stitch that to the back with some piping to make your whole piece quilt. No piecing together, this quilting technique is relatively quick and easy.
We recommend that you use Colouricious Fabric Paintsas they are easily fixed to be permanent by ironing the fabric both sides. If you have a tumble dryer you can heat fix your fabric by tumble drying it for 10 minutes on a hot setting.