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    hospital dolls

    Has anyone ever made dolls for sick children? I just found out about these today. I know it is just the body so the children can color on them but I am not sure of the size or material. Thank you!

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    http://www.musckids.org/volunteers/B...structions.pdf

    I found this link. It might be a place to start. I know a great many children's hospital use these.

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    Our quilting group makes these for the Children's Hospital locally. I'm told the doctors draw on them to depict the location of their illness.

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    The Kiwanis have a program like this. http://www.kiwanis-poupee.be/home.php?lg=en
    I promise not to buy any more fabric until I see something I really like. Or it's on sale. Or I think it might match something.

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    I volunteer in the sewing room of our local Children's Hospital, and we make hundreds of these each year. They remind me of a gingerbread boy. I'd say they are about 16" tall. We use a range of skin tones for fabric. The fabric reminds me of a poly/cotton lining fabric. I think that's the only thing we can find with a range of colors from light beige to dark tan. Both links above give good information, although we do not stuff ours that hard.

    We dress each doll in a gown that is open in the back and ties at the neck.

    We also make a preemie version, which is only about 8 inches tall. I think these are used to talk to older siblings about their new tiny brother or sister.

    I can measure a pattern on Monday if you would like. Let me know.

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    riley's cheer guild used to have a pattern .............like quilt 1950 said they look like'' ginger bread men''i used the cardboard from a metal sign for a pattern [to give you an idea of the size ] we do a print on one side and a light color on the other

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    Sounds like something I could do. Will contact my Kiwanis locally. If they do not do them, does anyone out there need some help? Message me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marigold View Post
    Has anyone ever made dolls for sick children? I just found out about these today. I know it is just the body so the children can color on them but I am not sure of the size or material. Thank you!
    We have been making ME dolls for at least 7 years. We have shared the pattern all over the county. We started out making them for Shriners' Hospital in Tampa -- Now we give them to any hospital that requests them During our quilt show in Sept we usually make about 350-400.

    If you would like the pattern, let me know.

    ]Nancy Parrish

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    Our local Children's Hospital guild makes them for Seattle Children's Hospital. They sent us the directions and a template. They also sent us a pattern for little hospital gowns. I think you can find the info on their website.

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    Hi, there Marigold
    Yes last year at my NeedleArts Adventure retreat they was a lady their constructing the dolls and making the clothes. From the information I could get from her you picked which group you wanted make the doll or makes the clothes it was so cute. I have no idea where you get the pattern from for the doll it self, but she did share the pattern for the clothes.

    Vontina

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    Hi, Nancy
    Yes, I would like a the pattern, we are doing a project for our quilt guild called project night night which includes story book, small plush toy, and kid blanket this is for children that are taken from a home of violence.

    -Vontina

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    What a loving Idea...! ! !
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    Nancy, Would you be willing and able to share the pattern with everyone? Thanks.


    Quote Originally Posted by nancytp12 View Post
    We have been making ME dolls for at least 7 years. We have shared the pattern all over the county. We started out making them for Shriners' Hospital in Tampa -- Now we give them to any hospital that requests them During our quilt show in Sept we usually make about 350-400.

    If you would like the pattern, let me know.

    ]Nancy Parrish

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    I would really like to have the pattern for the ME dolls. Love the fact that they don't have faces. Thank you for your time.
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    Nancy,
    I would like the pattern also. I make rag dolls only 12" and she is a girl as are her clothes. But would like to make some larger for use in the local Pediatric ward at local hospital.
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    Nancy, I would also like the pattern. Thanks and what a great thing for the sick children. Thank you.

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    Please may I have a pattern also, I have lots of time and scraps and I save all my batting leftovers.. thanks so very much
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    I made my first doll. Head is lopsided, over stuffed and if I were a child I would laugh when I saw it. Where is the belly button? I used the Kiwanis pattern and really it is fun.

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    I clicked on the Kiwanis web site and could not find the pattern for these dolls. So I really would like the pattern. Thank you for your time!
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    If you go under Kiwanis hospital dolls you should be fine.

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