Farmer & Friends
The doors of this tote-along barn open wide to house the animals, farmer and tractor!
Designed by Sandra Miller-Maxfield.
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March 31, 2019
I got this pattern book before it was out of print. I have made this set twice. I had to make the tractor green, though. The only problem I found with this, is that the door is really wide. It hinges on one side, so the whole width of the door opens up. I can't figure out a good way for Velcro to stay stuck on the stitched items, so I try to sew it when I can, but on a toy where it gets pulled a lot, it still doesn't seem to stay very long. What I ended up doing the second time I made this was hinge the door at both sides, and cut it down the middle so it opens from the middle out. I then made 2 loop latches on the door, which looked like handles, then made a 2 hole wide by 8 hole straight 'pin' attached with yarn that would slide through both the handles to keep it closed. That way the velcro isn't repeatedly pulled with each pull contributing to the velcro being pulled away from the side. Both of the little kids I made this for just loved it.