Thursday, 21 November 2019

See Us at The Salvation Army Halls Southsea This Saturday

We will have stalls at the Salvation Army Christmas Fayre this Saturday 23rd November 2019.


The Fayre is in the Lighthouse Community Rooms, Albert Road, Southsea.

From 10.30am to 12.30 pm.


There will be lots of stalls to visit and great ideas for Christmas presents.

And special guests too.

The Lighthouse cafe will be open for when you want a sit down and a cuppa.

Please do come over to see us at our stalls:

Little Gifts of Southsea


Teddy in a Bag


We'd love the chance to say hello! 🙋

This is our first Christmas Fayre for 2019 and we hope to make it a good one.

So, if you can, do join with us to celebrate the upcoming Christmas season and really get ready for Christmas!

And don't forget to check out our list of Christmas Fairs for 2019.
You can find the list here:
Our Christmas Fairs 2019

Our Christmas Fairs 2019

It would be great to see at one of our fairs! Or more! 😀

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Crochet Patterns: Sleeping Bags and Baskets for Toys to Sleep in

7 Crochet Patterns to help you make lovely gifts for children this Christmas.

With Christmas getting ever closer, many of us are looking urgently for a crochet pattern which will make a lovely gift for a small relative or friend.

Children love to have a something they can put their soft toys and dolls to sleep in after a long day's play. So, a moses basket, a sleeping bag, a cradle, or even a little basket bag will all do the trick.

I have found 7 crochet patterns for you. 2 of them are designed by me, but I have used 6 of the patterns listed here, and the other one is on my to-do list. And I can say that these are all quite easy patterns and they work up quickly too. Always a bonus at this busy time of the year.

Moses Baskets:

Moses Basket for a Toddler to play with by Silvi Veale

I designed this pattern with toddlers in mind. I wanted something that was pretty, but didn't have any 'extra' bits for small children to put in their mouths 🙂.

It is an easy pattern which works up quickly using 2 strands of yarn (I used dk - 8ply), but it works up well in worsted too - it's just a bit bigger.

The Pattern is for a moses basket with separate mattress, plus a blanket to put around the dolly when sleeping inside.

Crochet pattern has full written instructions, plus pictures of each process and diagrams too, plus there is a print friendly version of the pattern if you prefer.

My moses baskets measure 10.5 inches (26.5 cms) length across the bottom and is 5.5 inches (14 cms) wide. They are 4 inches (10 cms) deep around (at the hood end it is 5.5 inches (14 cms) deep maximum). They were made using dk yarn.

You can find the pattern here on Ravelry:

Moses Basket for a Toddler

I hope you like it 🙂

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 Small Moses Basket and Swaddling Blanket by Silvi Veale 


This is my second moses basket pattern.

This one is a crochet pattern to make 2 items: a Small Moses Basket to hold a doll or soft toy measuring between 5 inches and 7 inches (when using double strand DK yarn); and a Swaddling Blanket to wrap around the doll when in the basket.


So, this basket is smaller than the previous basket for a toddler to play with. It is, however, very suitable to give as a special small gift for children of all ages.


There are two versions of the pattern and you will be able to download them both as required:
  1. A full written pattern with pictorial instructions alongside the pattern.
  2. A full written text only pattern which is print friendly.
My Moses Baskets have been made in double strand DK (double knit) yarn, using a 5 mm hook.
They measure approximately 7.5 inches (19 cms) in length by 4.25 inches (10.5 cms) width, measured across and unstretched.
The swaddling blanket is made in single strand dk yarn and a 4.5mm hook. Mine measures approximately 17.5 inches (44.5 cms) in width and 6 inches (15.25 cms) in length (note that these are wraparound so they are much wider than they are long).

This pattern will work up well in worsted/aran yarn. It will, however, produce a larger moses basket.
If using chunky yarn, I recommend using one strand at a time only.

You can find the pattern here on Ravelry:
Small Moses Basket and Blanket

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I'm very pleased with both of my moses basket patterns.

I can also highly recommend the following patterns as great crochet projects which are easy to understand and quick to work up:

Cradle Bags:


Bev's Doll Cradle Purse by Beverly A. Qualheim of Bev's Country Cottage



I love this little pattern!

I've used it to make quite a few cradle baskets of different colours and put teddy bears inside them 🙂
I chose this cradle bag pattern above others, because it is very well-explained, which also means that it is quick and easy to do. Its not a complete beginner pattern as such, but experienced beginners should manage it just fine.

This crochet pattern makes a cradle/bassinet purse and a small blanket to go inside.
(I actually used another blanket style for mine - but the blanket pattern is great too).

Bev says that this pattern takes about 5 hours, but once you get into the swing of it, I think it takes less time than that. It is quick and easy.

To quote Bev again: "This is an old fashioned toy that has never lost it's appeal. Little girls love purses and they love baby dolls! What could be better than a purse that opens up into a little bassinet for her dolly?"
And she's correct. Children do love the uniqueness of these little cradle bags.



Any 5" - 6" doll or soft toy will fit in the cradle (or a teddy bear in a cradle like in mine 🙂 ).
This is a great pattern to make for a Christmas present for a very lucky child.

You can find this sweet little pattern on Etsy here:
Doll Bassinet-Purse PDF pattern

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 Sleeping Bags:


 Baby Pod Photo Prop by Lorene Haythorn Eppolite- Cre8tion Crochet


This crochet pattern was actually designed as a papoose or photo prop for a newborn baby.
And when made up in the chunky or super bulky yarn used originally in the pattern, it does just that.

However, I wanted a smaller sleeping bag/papoose to fit a teddy bear, so I used dk yarn (double-stranded) and a 6mm hook to make most of mine and they fit 10 inch length teddy bears just fine with room to spare.
But I also made one using a 4.5mm hook and single strand dk and it was ideal for a 4 inch teddy bear 🙂

That's why I recommend this pattern.
If you want a quick and easy to make papoose/sleeping bag to put a soft toy in for a Christmas present, with very little tweaking, this definitely fits the bill!


I used the paid pattern to make my sleeping bags for teddies (because I think it's only fair to pay for a pattern you are using to make items to sell yourself). But of course you don't have to.

The paid version is here:
Baby Pod Photo Prop 

This pattern is also available for free on the Cre8tion Crochet blog.

Enjoy 🙂

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Mermaid Tails:


Mermaid Tail for 18 inch Doll - from Granny's Crochet Shoppe & More

No pictures yet for this one, as it is still on my to-do list. Sorry!

There are many mermaid tail crochet patterns out there, but what I like about this one is that it was designed to be higher, almost like a sleeping bag.

In fact, I have seen a couple of these made into mermaid sleeping bags for dolls which are a little smaller than 18 inches high.

I love the shell stitch pattern by the way. It looks great!

This pattern was designed originally using Red Heart super Saver, which is worsted weight (10 ply) yarn. So do bear this in mind if you are working in dk yarn - the mermaid tail will be quite a bit shorter. But that may be just right if you are making this for a smaller doll or soft toy.

I also chose this pattern over other mermaid ones, because it is very well-explained and has pictures to show you every stage of the process.

When I first began crochet, I found some free crochet mermaid patterns, but the instructions weren't exactly clear and I gave up. But this pattern is great! And for a free crochet pattern, it really is excellent.

I will add a picture to this section when I've completed a mermaid tail. But please don't let that stop you getting on and making one yourself 🙂

You can find the full pattern on the Granny's Crochet Shoppe & More blog here:
 Mermaid Tail for 18 inch Doll - from Granny's Crochet Shoppe & More

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Hanging Nests/Baskets:


Newborn Hanging Nest by Chelsea Hathaway

I was looking for something a little 'different' to put soft toys in, when I found this lovely free crochet pattern.
Like the Baby Pod pattern, this pattern for a crochet hanging nest was also designed with newborn babies in mind.

When I looked at some of the projects for this pattern, it turned out that many people were finding it a little small for a baby.
Well that suited me fine, lol!

The original pattern is for super bulky yarn and a large size hook, but I used single strand dk yarn and a 4.5 mm hook.
I changed the stitch count just a little and...
Result - small hanging baskets for little teddy bears!

(I call them 'teddy swings' 🧸 ).
To give you an idea on size, the sitting teddies inside the hanging nests I have made measure 4 inches high sitting down. But you could easily make hanging nests larger or smaller than this just by varying the yarn and hook used or the number of starting stitches.

So I would say that this lovely little pattern is very worth a look!
And importantly, if you read Chelsea's updated notes, it works for a newborn as well.

This one is a Free Ravelry Download too. You can download it here:
Newborn Hanging Nest

Have fun 🙂

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Little Basket Bags for Dolls to Sleep in:

 Easy Peasy Little Bag by Britta Graham (bubnutPatterns on Etsy)


As you may know... 🙂 I make bags for teddy bears. And I'm always looking for new ideas, especially to fit certain sizes of teddy bear.
And this sweet little basket -style bag was just the fit for a 12 cm teddy bear to sleep in.

Usually I have to tweak patterns to make them fit, but this one worked straight out of the box.
In double-stranded dk yarn, the bag I made was smaller than the one in the pattern ( which is 9 inches wide by 7 inches high approximately), but it made an ideal place for a teddy to sleep!

The pattern shows you how to use different yarns (or in my case, 2 yarns together) to get the size bag required. It also gives very useful advice on how to keep the bag in shape and placing of handles, etc.

And, as I wanted to ensure that the teddy bears I put inside would feel comfortable... 🧸
I made a matching, large scarf to wrap around each one.


This is a handbag bag, rather than a moses basket, but, with a small doll or soft toy inside, wrapped in a blanket or a thick scarf, it makes somewhere to sleep very well.

You can find this lovely little pattern on Etsy here:
Handbag Crochet Pattern - Easy Peasy Little Kids Bag Crochet Pattern No.504 Digital Download English

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Well there you have it - 7 crochet patterns for moses baskets, sleeping bags, cradles, bags and even mermaid's tails. 
All easy to tweak, if necessary, to make a lovely sleeping space for a doll or soft toy.

I hope they are as useful to you as they have been to me.
Have fun making them this Christmas!

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Buy A Craft Present Which Can Last the Whole Year


Do you know someone who loves their craft?

Or perhaps you know someone who is thinking about taking up a craft?

And I bet you know someone who loves reading about craft and can hardly wait to try out new craft ideas each month.

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Buying a subscription for a friend, or family member, to get up to date knowledge and new ideas on their favourite craft will make a fantastic Christmas gift!

It's a great idea to be able to give something where the recipient receives a magazine every month, rather than just a one off item. It shows you want them to enjoy themselves all the year.

And now, many subscriptions are at reduced prices too.


For example:

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And those are just a few examples of the great craft magazines you can buy at reduced rates when you order them from Buy Subscriptions!

Check out the offers on this page!

But let's not to forget anyone.....😀

Once you have seen what a great idea it is to Buy Subscriptions to Magazines for Christmas presents, you may be interested in these:

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These are just a few of the best selling magazines which you can choose from.


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And for you, your Christmas present buying just got more inventive and a whole lot easier! 😀

Monday, 28 October 2019

Sale of Handmade Cotton Bags

Sale in Our Etsy Shop of all Handmade Cotton Bags

 We are getting our stock ready for Christmas and some of our Children's Cotton Bags have all been reduced while we update.
All our cotton bags are made with good quality, 100 percent cotton fabric, are double-sided, plus have interfacing to ensure they keep their shape. Some are fully reversible too, so you get two bags in one 😀
Oh yes, and each bag comes with a little teddy bear either in the front pocket, or inside the bag. 🧸

So why not have a look. It will be very difficult to find  any handmade cotton bags at a better price! Links lead to their Etsy page which has a longer description and more pictures.


Childs Teddy Print Cotton Shopper Tote With Teddy In Front Pocket

Teddy print outside and pretty polka dots inside.
All in 100 percent cotton.

Pockets back and front and little 7.5cm brown jointed  teddy in the front pocket. Price Reduced.

For sale here on Etsy at £9.50.

Price includes postage and packing. UK only.




Childs Blue Stars Reversible Cotton Bag With Teddy In A Crochet Blanket

Reversible small shoulder in 100 percent cotton fabrics - blue polka dot outside and pretty white and beige flowers inside.

Teddy is approximately 12.5 cms (5 inches) in height and has jonted arms and legs.

For sale here on Etsy at £9.00.

Price includes postage and packing. UK only.




Childs Elephant Print Cotton Shopper Tote With Teddy In Front Pocket

Child's 'shopper style' double-sided 100 percent cotton bag. Lots of room inside, plus outside pockets frolnt and back for little extras.

Small, 7.3cm teddy bear is in the front pocket. Price Reduced.

For sale here on Etsy for £9.50

Price includes postage and packing. UK Only.



Childs Teddy Cotton Print Shoulder Bag With Teddy In Front Pocket 

Child's 'puff style' shoulder bag, with teddy print outside and pink and white inside. 100 percent cotton.

Front pocket has a 7.5cm brown jointed teddy bear.  Reduced Price.

For sale here on Etsy for £9.50.

Price includes postage and packing. UK only.



Childs Floral Cotton Shopper Tote With Teddy In Front Pocket 

Very pretty, 100 percent cotton child's 'shopper' bag, in navy 'roses' floral print on one side and pink and white small floral print inside.

Pockets front and back and inside front pocket is a small, 7.5cms jointed teddy bear.
Reduced Price.

For sale here on Etsy for £9.50

Price includes postage and packing. UK only.



Childs Small Reversible Cotton Bag With Teddy In A Crochet Blanket

Fully reversible small shoulder bag in 100 percent cotton. One side has pink and white flowers and the other side has pink flamingos.

Inside the bag is a 12.5cm (5 inch) teddy bear with fully jointed arms and legs.

For sale here on Etsy at £9.00.

Price includes postage and packing. UK only.



Childs Teddy Print Cotton Tote Bag With Teddy In Front Pocket

Child's two-tone tote/shoulder bag in 100 percent cotton. Outside is a teddy print with floral 'band' at the top plus large front pocket.

Inside the pocket is a 7.5cm brown, jointed teddy bear.

For sale here on Etsy at £9.00.

Price includes postage and packing. UK only.



Most items are one only, so once they are gone, they are gone, as we are making room for new items in the run up to Christmas.
So do check out our Elephant Sun Dog Etsy Shop for these bargains while they are still there 😀

Friday, 25 October 2019

Introduction To Our Sister Site ESD Crafts

And A Look at a Great Papercraft Site Too

You may have noticed that Elephant Sun Dog has a sister site. It is called ESD Crafts (which of course is based upon the initials for Elephant Sun Dog 😀).

Whereas Elephant Sun Dog at the moment looks mainly at crochet, sewing and jewellery making, with links to useful CALS, patterns, and YouTube videos, plus offers free and paid patterns; ESD Crafts looks at these, but also looks at and writes about other crafts as we try them out.

Photo courtesy Estee Janssens on Unsplash
 Recently I have ventured into the world of Scrapbooking and Journaling, and was totally amazed at the creativity involved in these hobbies, and how useful they are to many crafters to use in their work.
So, I have written a full article here: called Scrapbooking, Journaling and Bullet Journaling.

The article is fairly long, because I wanted to cover many of the things I am discovering about these three overlapping crafts. And I think I've provided lots of information which will help you as well as me.

Here on Elephant Sun Dog, we like to keep you updated about our latest projects, craft makes, fairs and news of other's work too. But having ESD Crafts as our sister blog allows us to search and experiment with different crafts and to pass on what we find.

It also gives us the capability to upload larger files we want to share with you, like the Free Downloadable Tutorial On How To Line A Crochet Or Knitted Bag which we posted about here earlier this month.

So we think it's a win, win! 😀

You can see the ESD Crafts RSS feed in the sidebar on this site, so you can check out new posts you may be interested in.
Photo courtesy Victoria Bilsborough on unsplash


And if you are interested in finding out more about Scrapbooking and Journaling mentioned in the ESD Crafts post above, or about Papercrafts in general, I highly recommend you check out CraftStash.
Not only are they authorities on these crafts, but they have lots of special offers too, like this one:

Save On 1000s Of Arts & Crafts Supplies At CraftStash

Plus UK Customers also get:


With free delivery offers in Europe, Canada and the US too. So it's a offer which I think is well worth checking out!

~ Silvi