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'Peace at Last' (story by Jill Murphy). I'm a slow knitter it took me 18 months to make Mr Bear's dressing gown, I also made him some stripey pj's and a pillow. The wooden bird whistles make very realistic sounds! 2013 - Myatt Garden Primary School Storysacks Library

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Goose that laid Golden Egg Storysack - game - making photo - manual - Myatt Garden Primary School Storysacks Library - The hen/goose house shaped game bag above is in the Goose that Laid Golden Eggs storysack. It is made of scrap linen fabric and I used a fine paintbrush and brown fabric paint for the detail. A fine 0.3 permanent marker (available from art shops) was used to write the game instructions on a piece of cotton fabric. I really enjoyed making the eggs, they are made from Fimo…

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Shark in the Park Storysack - gameboard - making photo manual - Myatt Garden Primary School Storysack Library - I made this game for the Shark in the Park storysack. I used brightly coloured paper, cut and glued to two base pieces of A4 paper. The pictures were drawn on white paper, coloured with pens, cut out and glued on. The Shark game counters were done in the same way, then laminated. The two A4 boards were laminated and taped down the back so that it would fold neatly in the storysack.

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'So Much' (book by Trish Cooke, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury). I bought the (bald) doll on Ebay and spent weeks embroidering the hair with thread and black knitting yarn, and made his jumpsuit. The baby is perfect for acting out the story passing him around all the 'aunts', 'uncles' and 'cousins'! 2014 -Myatt Garden Primary School Storysacks Library

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Aladdin Storysack - characters - making photo - manual - Myatt Garden Storysacks Library

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Rumplestiltskin Storysack - puppets - making photo - manual - Myatt Garden Storysacks Library - I scanned/photocopied & enlarged the images from the book, traced/re-drew bits - a window makes a great light box for tracing - traced the images onto calico fabric, painted them with fabric paint. (embroidered hair and gold thread, sequins etc. I cut out two 'mitt' shapes and stitched the painted calico characters on - then sewed the glove together

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Swan Princess Storysack - characters - making photo - Myatt Garden Primary School Storysacks Library - Luckily I’ve had quite a lot of soft dolls donated for Storysacks use, these two were used to make characters in The Swan Princess story sack. I snipped off the hair and sewed knitting yarn on instead. I went to town a bit on the King’s clothes, but simple clothes can be made out of scraps, old t-shirts can work well.

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Queens Knickers Storysacks - knickers bag - making photo - manual - Myatt Garden Promary School Storysacks Library - I've started making simple bags to replace broken cardboard game boxes, it's good idea to make them distinctive in some way, as here using fabric paint, so they don't get lost. I also had cotton 'name tags' made which say 'Myatt Garden Storysacks Library' which I sew onto these bags and various other storysack items.

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'Going to Hospital' (an Usborne book) Made way back in 2005 with three other Mums (one of them a nurse at Great Ormond Steet Childrens Hospital). Made for lending to children going to hospital for an operation. I made the doll 'Ben', all his clothes, pj's and hospital gown (inside bag). Notice the now obsolete cassette tape! Myatt Garden Primary School Storysacks Library

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Each Peach Pear Plum Storysack - puppet theatre - making photo - manual - Myatt Garden School Storysack Library - Puppet theatres are very popular with the children and their families, this one was made for Each Peach Pear Plum. I was pleased with this one because it was made entirely from scraps of fabric, ribbon, ric rac and thread I already had!

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