I am really excited to continue with the making of these beautiful lovey dolls! This ballerina is my new favorite! With a wider fleece coverage than the mermaid, she really makes a great snuggle buddy.
The Bella Ballerina Lovey Doll pattern will come with detailed written instructions, explaining each step carefully, pictures detailing the more difficult steps, and the printable form for cutting the fleece to the right shape. This pattern will be available for a promotional price of only $1, through this weekend ONLY, no coupon code needed!
*Sale ends 11:59PM EST July 16, 2017
FAQs about the lovey dolls
Aren't they too floppy? How are they played with?
They ARE indeed floppy, and the truth is that they definitely get more cuddles than play. My kids have enjoyed combining their play with their cuddles. Sometimes this is in helping them calm down for sleep at bed time, and sometimes this means playing quietly in their car seat, with a blankie. But they can be as creative as they want to be any other time!
What age range of children would enjoy these?
I'm not sure my own children are a fair depiction, as they do not own their own electronics or play with them much. They all still very much enjoy their stuffed animals (ages now 2 to almost 10)! But I can tell you that these have been enjoyed from about 3 months to 8 years here! At 3 months, they enjoy the varying textures of the fleece and yarn combination. They are easy to grab with small fingers. As the baby becomes more mobile, they enjoy twirling them around. My almost 5 year old still spins around with his loveys! My now 8 year old no longer plays with hers, but she sleeps with her every night, and she actually didn't even get one until she asked for her 7th birthday! Your experience may vary, but I do believe a wide variety of ages can enjoy these lovey dolls!
Are they machine washable?
That may depend upon the yarn you use. I typically use all acrylic yarns, so YES, they are machine washable AND dryer safe! Ours have been washed (gentle cycle) and dried (on low heat) several times. As with any toys you wash, they will show wear, and the yarn might fuzz a little, but they are still in tact, and very loved!
What is the finished size of the doll?
This may vary as well, depending on which lovey doll you're making, and how tightly you crochet (I do recommend more loosely on these patterns to avoid puckering the fleece), but mine have all been around 32 inches tall.
Bonus! If you already have the mermaid fleece lovey, the hair patterns are interchangeable! So you can make 4 different dolls with just 2 patterns!
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