Let’s pretend! Role-playing toys to sew for kids (+ giveaway!)

“Let me try!”

It’s an often-heard phrase from the mouths of curious kids.

Whether you’re at work or at play, if you’re doing something, they want to do it too!

Now you can use your sewing skills to let the little girls and boys in your life “try” on for size what grown-ups do. The six fun collections of role-playing toys in the new book Little Big Stuff make it easy and fun.

From Little Big Stuff
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Gardening, cooking, camping, and more—each themed play set includes several simply sewn items that will provide hours of hands-on, imaginative play.

Ready to stitch some battery-free fun for the little ones you love? Little Big Stuff author Michelle Lee Jensen is our guest writer today, here to tell you more about her new book. Welcome, Michelle!

Michelle Lee JensenHi there! I’m Michelle Jensen of MixiHeart.com and the author of Little Big Stuff. I’m so excited to share what an amazing job Martingale did in helping me bring these projects to you!

To start, who sews for KIDS? Have you ever wanted to make a sweet handmade gift for a child? I have two little ones, a girl and a boy. I feel such joy when I sew for my two crazy kids and their friends and I wanted to help others have that same experience.

Little Big Stuff includes many projects, all organized into pint-sized play sets. I’ll let you in on a secret though…I’ve thrown in some projects that can be sewn for both children and adults (don’t tell the kids). Let’s check out a few of those projects:

Doll Diaper Bag
“Diaper Doll Bag” from the “Baby Love” play set

My very first pattern I created for Little Big Stuff was a precious “Doll Diaper Bag” for the “Baby Love” play set. With it, a child practicing to be a caring parent can carry all the essentials needed. This would be a wonderful project to whip up for a birthday-party present.

Baby Love play set
The “Baby Love” play set includes a diaper bag, changing pad, receiving blanket, burp cloth, and sling.
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Pet Practice play set
“Pet Practice” play set

The “Pet Practice” play set includes a pet carrier, leash, and cozy pet bed. How fun would it be to create a collection of treasures for a little one who loves animals?
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Sleeping bag
“Sleeping Bag” from the “Campout Fun” play set

A handmade sleeping bag makes camping out—or camping inside—pretty special! Use flannel to make sleeping extra cozy and warm. Similar to many projects in Little Big Stuff, this project has an easy-to-sew design that’s great for beginners.
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Campout Fun
The “Campout Fun” play set also includes a tent, duffle bag, pillow, and bindle.

So much fun to be had! These are just a few of the projects you’ll find in Little Big Stuff. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little sneak peek. Please pick up a copy and share your projects through Instagram using #LittleBigStuffSewn. I can’t wait to see what you create!

What will they be when they grow up? See more “little big stuff” >

Little Big StuffDo you know a little girl or boy who would love a handmade play set from Little Big Stuff? Tell us about him or her in the comments and you could win a copy of the Little Big Stuff eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Want to start stitching a play set from Little Big Stuff right now? Buy the book and instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Melanie, who says:

“My daughter would love the baby care set and the tent! She loves her baby dolls!”

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