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A Pew Baby is a simple doll made from a handkerchief that could be pulled from your purse in an instant to distract a fussy child in church or anywhere.  I don’t know when I first heard of this sweet creature, but right now, I have a hanky doll resting on either end of Martha Bear’s pew that sits beside the dining room table where she likes to work as our Senior Ursine* Editor.  You see, the pew is close to the kitchen, her favorite room. 

A companion for Martha, an entertainment for your little ones, an innocent and appealing addition to any room in your home — that’s why Pew Babies are a part of my gracious way of living.

     Enjoy,
     Jane Marie

PS  This is a great project for older children to make for younger ones.

*Ursine = Bear.  Martha Bear® likes to think of herself as an ursine because she uses Bear as her last name.

 

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PEW BABY

 

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You'll Need:

  • 1 man’s plain white handkerchief  (a lady’s hanky will do as well but will be a tish smaller.  If it has a pattern, then your Pew Baby will have an instant dress.  Of course, her face will have the same pattern as the dress, but that will work, too.)

  • Tea or coffee (optional) for staining your hanky to make it look older/antique.

  • Fiberfill or three cotton balls for stuffing the head - a very small amount - about the size of a golf ball

  • Powder blush (optional) for rosy cheeks.

  • Narrow lace (optional) stitched around her face for the brim of her bonnet

  • Narrow ribbon (optional) 1/4” or less in width to be tied around her neck as bonnet ribbons

  • Embroidery floss and needle (optional) - multiple colors for eyes, hair, nose, mouth and trim on the dress

     

Plain Pew Baby

First, decide if you want your Pew Baby to look brand new or antique.  If antique, make a strong solution of tea or coffee and immerse the hankie in it for several hours or over night, depending upon how tan/dark brown you want it.  When you’re happy with the shading, wash your handkerchief in soap and water and let dry.  If you’re impatient to make her, iron her dry.  I like mine starched when they’re brand new, but that is unnecessary.  Besides, a wrinkled dress will add character.

Turn one side of the handkerchief about 1/3 of the way down.  This will be the top.  Tie a simple knot at the right and left top corner for her hands. 

Take the round fluff of fiberfill and place it beneath the fold in the center for her head.  Tie the ribbon around her to form a neck and you’re done!

 

Fancy Pew Baby

Complete all the easy steps above.

Stitch a short length of lace around the doll’s face to frame it so it appears she’s wearing a bonnet.

Sew a few loops of floss at her hairline just beneath the edge of the lace for hair.

Sew French knots or several stitches together to form eyes and a nose.

PLUS

  • If you want your doll to have a mouth, do a small running stitch for a smile.

  • Trim her skirt with embroidery stitches by hand, a crosshatch pattern is good.  You can use colored thread, if you choose, or white or tan (for the coffee or tea dyed dress) to achieve a tone-on-tone look. 

  • Lace across the hem of her skirt may also be added.

Finally, when she’s as fanciful as you want her, carefully apply soft blush to her tiny checks, testing your technique on a paper towel to see how much is required.  You want your pew baby to look sweet, not like a clown.  You might want to use a cotton swab as an applicator.

Present the new doll to a small child or a good friend.  Your Pew Baby will be well received and well loved.  Guaranteed.  But then that’s the whole idea. 

 

 

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