Llama Llama Returns

Long time Folk Haven readers may remember this post  from almost two years ago where I shared a llama rag doll I was inspired to make for Eli. I created the pattern based on illustrations in Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama series of books. The main character in the stories has as little rag doll llama that is seen on nearly every page, but never mentioned. Eli has always loved his llama doll and Zoe now loves it as well.

llama rag dolls 2

Recently, on a whim, I posted a photo of it on a local Mom-to-Mom sales page on Facebook to see if there would be any other mothers interested in buying a llama doll for their kids. I posted my question at 10 pm and when I checked Facebook again at 6 the next morning I had 14 people wanting to place orders!

llama rag dolls


So, lately any free time I can get has been dedicated to llama creation! As is almost always the case with my sewing, I use repurposed materials for these little llamas. I love the thought of pieces of fabric from well-loved clothing finding a new life as part of a snuggly children’s toy. I also am enjoying how each of the little llamas has a very distinct personality… truly there are no two alike! I can make only about 1 a week so it is taking a while to fill the existing orders. In addition people have contacted me about creating other sorts of critters and literary lovies for them. My next pattern to draft will be a pig inspired by Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a Pig a Pancake. I also will be designing a horse (not so very different from a llama), an owl and an elephant.


IMG_1458If I can ever catch up with local orders I plan to put some of these in my Etsy shop, which has been sitting empty and gathering dust for a very long time. I have also created a Facebook page for Folk Haven Creations to have a place to post llamas as they are created and available for sale.

corduroy rag doll

I haven’t done much sewing at all since well before Zoe was born, so I am enjoying this return to a bit of a creative outlet.




  1. Susan Sellers said,

    April 24, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Way to go girl !!!

  2. daisy said,

    April 24, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Karen, you are amazing!!! Wow. So very talented. I am super impressed. I would love to buy a llama for my son — he loves those books too. I am not on Facebook, but I did check out your page. I can’t see how to let you know which one I’d like to place an order for. Are they up on your Etsy shop? What’s the link? Keep up the GREAT work!

  3. Inder said,

    April 25, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    They are so cute!!! I love these! And the Llama Llama books are adorable – my kids love them as well.

  4. Maysem said,

    April 28, 2014 at 10:44 am

    That’s great Karen that you are getting orders for this adorable creation! I loved the original llama you made Eli. It’s no surprise that others would want their own too!

  5. Linne said,

    April 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Karen, these are wonderful! I’ll watch for your Etsy store to have them.
    ~ Linne

    • April 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks, Linne! You might have to watch for a long while as I don’t see how I’m ever going to catch up the waiting list of customers I already have! It’s a good “problem” to have, no?

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