The Doll Whisperer — How to Make Ornies and Shelf Sitters — Hearts, Stars, and Piggies — Patterns and Instructions Included
by Silver RavenWolf 2013
“Pssst! Hey, Lady!”
I looked around my craft room. Just me, the dog who does not have command of the English language at this time, and inanimate stuff.
“Yeah! You! Ladeeee! Over here! Whoo-hooo!”
I dropped my head. Looked from right to left, and sighed. It was happening again. They just won’t go away. No matter how hard I try? They find me.
I tried to ignore them. Act like they aren’t there. You know, behave all normal like? Hasn’t worked.
You’ve heard of the ghost whisperer? Mediums? People who talk to the dead? Me? Not so lucky. I don’t hear people with unfinished business — of course not! No, no — I’m plagued by something far worse! The spirits of stuffed animals and dolls that want to be born! They pester you! Wake you up at night. Even throw tantrums!
No, I am not on meds.
Maybe I should be.
Sometimes it is just a voice, and other times I see the whole package — regardless, the energy demands to be heard. I have physical responses on occasion — fingers itch, can’t sleep, see a variety of interesting patterns and shapes in nature… it is never exactly the same. It started with my dolls, and it hasn’t stopped. Now, there sat in front of me just as big as you please — a pig.
“Come on, the holidays are over, you have the whole year ahead of you. You know you want to make me. Yes, you do. I should be simple, easy for others to create. The pencils are in the drawer over there and your husband just bought you a new tablet of graph paper. You wanna do it! Create me!”
“I have other things to do.”
“Okay, I have other things I would like to do today.”
“No you don’t. Just think of all the pleasure folks will have if you design me. I want to be primitive. Grunged. I prefer cinnamon and vanilla. Oh! And I want a scarf of some kind. Something simple. Not too pretentious.”
“Make me and I will. By the way, my stuffing should include some magickal herbs. I’m partial to patchouli. I am a good fortune piggy, you know, so chocolate mint would also be a plus. Today is a very good day astrologically. Waxing moon. Moon in Taurus. But, if you don’t get to work, you’ll miss the window.”
“Too bad for you.” I turned away from the piggy and pulled out a book.
“What are you doing?” I asked.
“I am tapping my hoof. I’m waiting. That’s what you are going to do today? Bury your nose in a book?”
I didn’t look up. “I borrowed this book eight months ago from a friend and never got to it. I’m sure he’s not happy I still have it.”
Snorting. “Do you have a tissue?”
I frowned and continued to stare at the book. “Why?”
“It is five below outside. My snout is running.”
I reached over and grabbed a tissue. “Here!”
“Thank you,” he said, as I watched the tissue float across the room. He snatched it out of the air and blew.
“Yuck,” I said, and went back to reading my book. Except, of course, I couldn’t concentrate. I faked it.
“Mortimer,” he said quietly.
Now you’ve done it, I thought. You’ve given me a name. I’ll have no peace, no rest, no sleep until good old Mortimer over there joined his energy with the physical object I create. Things like hearts, stars – basic shapes? They don’t really talk. They are more like colors and feelings. Its the dolls and the animals that pester you.
Like now. “Fine!” I said, slapping the book shut and putting it back on the shelf. This will not make my friend the least bit happy. Mortimer, on the other hand, was jumping for joy.
“I’ll get the pencil!” he said.
“You do that.”
The remainder of this article is a pictorial presentation of how I make the traditional, primitive stuffed ornies and shelf sitters, followed by the patterns for a star, a heart, and a pig like Mortimer (who is currently waiting for his owner on Etsy). I also have patterns for cats, sheep, and bats, which you will see in a later article. Please note that you can also use my patterns for felt ornies, blanket stitch to close. Kids love the felt objects.
To make my primitive objects, you will need standard supplies:
Pencil (to trace pattern)
Instant coffee (four tablespoons), 1 cup of water, 1 ounce of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and cinnamon (blend together in mixing cup) — You will also need pumpkin pie spice to rub on the ornies mixed with nutmeg
An oven — 180 degrees — most are done in 20 minutes
Acrylic Paint (your color choice)
Sand paper (I prefer rough grit, but you need to be careful, you may prefer a lighter grit)
Any embellishments you wish to add
Here are the photos!
Here are the patterns!
Thank you so much for visiting! Mortimer is asking for a cup of hot tea. Gotta go!
Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature
61 thoughts on “Free How to Make Ornies and Shelf Sitters — Hearts, Stars, and Piggies — Patterns and Instructions Included #silverravenwolf”
this looks like a fun fall craft to prepare ahead! …or Christmas tree ornaments! Thank you for the ideas!!
Welcome! Thank you for posting!
Make the crafting book for all these fun crafts! I love your crafts!
I’m so glad you like them. I’ll have the other patterns up soon.
Can you please tell me what colors you used to make your ornies, i love the colors of the hearts and stars.
For most of my projects I used muslin, then painted and grunged it. Thank you for asking.
Thanks for sharing this Silver. LOVE The Stars 🙂 Keep up the great craft/work.
I’m so glad you like them!
Omg, cant wait to sstart on these! So cute!..ty Raven. Blessed Be
Take a pic when you’re finished and share with us!
OMG Silver I love all of these, but I just adore the piggie! He looks like a perfectly rusted wrought iron treasure you’d find in some small town flea market!
Thank you for sharing these!
I’m glad you like him! He was fun to make. (Smells yummy, too, lol).
Where is the pattern for the pig.?m
I could smell the spices while reading this….. 😀
Rich, huh! Yup. Smells divine! Thanks for posting! How is your mother-in-law?
She’s doing OK under the circumstances.
Lol! You make me feel so normal! I have the same arguments with energies who want me to draw them. It is so funny how no matter how much I resist, the energy always wins.
We are the normal ones — they are the abnormal folk. lol
Oh I love this post and thanks for the tutorial. You hear dolls — I hear quilts. So I understand perfectly.
I totally understand!
Thank you, I love working with the things you post. I feel your love and energy in your post. Blessings, Pat
Ever so welcome!
Thank-you for the patterns. Your instructions are great…clear and easy. Now I need to make a bunch!!!!
Thank you so much for your beautiful patterns! I can see you have a beautiful soul through your crafts!
Where are the directions for piggy? So adorable, “itching” to get started…hmmmm maybe it’s contagious! Thank u!!
Do you use a solid black acrylic for some of your ornies then cover with the grunge and if so which color black and brand paint? Thank you for your patterns
Yes, I use a solid color. Some brands are thicker than others. Try a few different ones to see which consistency you like.
Thank you so much for sharing, I would like to me a cat. Can you help me with that? I’m not sure about the tail. Glued? Stitched in one piece. Stitched on later?
Make the tail separate and place inside the cat body before you stitch it with edges matching outer edges of cat. That way, when you stitch the body of the cat you will stitching right over the tail to hold it in place. Remember to leave opening in the cat body. Turn right side out and you will see the tail stitched in place.
With all those herbs and spices I’d bet they SMELL nice…… 😀
..but wont the poly stuffing melt ? I adore them by the way : )
No, I’ve made over a hundred of these — pigs, bats, cats — the heat isn’t high enough to melt the stuffing. Good question! Thank you for posting.
Goodness now I don’t feel so alone . I thought the dolls only talked to me whew what a relief!! Love this site , and the banter 🙂
What a great blog, I happened to be drawn here by a pin on pinterest, this is the first blog I have joined and it’s great, what drew me to join most was the piggie story, it had me really tickled, I loved the creative thought put into it and all the other beautiful things you create and bring life are truly scrumptious, glad I found you, Regards Wendi 😀
Oh and Thankyou for sharing how to make and the stencils 😀
Love your story, you are a very talented writer. Thank you for sharing your pattern, it’s had to find people who are willing to share. Mortimer will be happy to know he will have many offspring lol.
Thank you! Getting back into primitive things.
wonderful freebie and very informative! thanks a lot for the time you spend making this blog post.
Ever so welcome!
I find that sewing the shapes before cutting them out is a lot easier for me.
Thank you so much for this my Lady. I have asked how do you make them look the way they do and the universe answered my question. I can’t wait till I make my first bat.
Thank you love it x
What is the size of the pig?