I may have gotten a little carried away.
But one of Cocobaby’s newest obsessions is a show called Doc McStuffins. Don’t let the name mislead you, it’s a kid’s show. It’s about a little girl who is a stuffed animal doctor. It is freakin adorable.
Anyway, I wanted to make her a doctor set of her very own but found my online resources very limited. I did see a few felt tutorials online, kits that include necessities like aspirin and needles… oy! As a family who is a little, um, against the grain when it comes to the medical system, did it really feel inappropriate to give my daughter toys like that?
So I came up with my own kit. It’s still a work in progress but I’m so excited about it I thought I’d share with you the projects that I’ve currently completed with instructions and tutorials on how you can make your own holistic doctor set.
I’ve included bandaids in two sizes. Just assemble them as shown. Template available below.
I chose to stitch the square pieces on and then hot glue the hearts. I liked the way that the stitches left an imprint on the back of the bandaids, just like real ones. Use a marker to make the dots. If you want to be fancy you can attach velcro to the backsides so that they’ll attach to your furry patients.
Lemons & Apples
Let they food be thy medicine, and all of that jazz. It seemed silly to make a “feel better kit” that didn’t include fresh apple wedges and lemons for your tea. The instructions are very similar no matter what you’re making, so I’ll explain the more complicated one (lemons). For oranges, switch the yellow to orange. For apples, replace the segments with little seeds and use red or green.
First, you need white and orange felt, coordinating thread, stuffing, and the template, below.
Cut out your pieces and attach the segments to the white felt as shown. This kit is supposed to be fun and kiddish so don’t worry about everything being perfect. Do try to leave a clear split across the middle so that when you sew your wedge there will be three yellow pieces on each side.
Next you want to attach your pieces together. It’s super simple, and you can see how to do it just by following the picture.
Begin by lining up the edge of your yellow rind with the split in the middle of the lemon, the one I just mentioned. Begin sewing. Even though the white felt is circular and the yellow is ovalish they’ll still match up without any gaps. Just be sure to adjust them as you move along so that the edges are always lined up.
Once you have the entire length of the rind attached, you’re going to fold the white over and continue stitching back up the other side so that your 2D fruit is now 3D. Stop about halfway down the backside so you can stuff it.
Fill in your stuffing. Continue sewing the rest of the way around so that everything is attached.
For the tea bags, simply cut your felt pieces into the shapes provided on the template below. Want to show off the different flavors? I attached some herbal markings. I just happen to have kits to make my own tea so I used “real” paper and string labels. To make these even more realistic you can add a dab of EO to each bag!
You can use either a sewing machine or needle and thread for this. Personally I prefer the machine, but I do the little details by hand.
First, sew your cutie applique onto one side of the felt tea bags. Then attach both pieces together, sandwiching the string inbetween. Sew almost all of the way around, but be sure to leave an opening for your stuffing. Stuff, then finish sewing.
But wait! There’s more!
I made another goodie for my little lovie bear, and I thought you may enjoy them as well.
An eye chart. It never hurts to squeeze in a little learning while you’re playing.
I asked you…
I started a conversation on Facebook and here were some other recommendations for things to add to your tiny holistic doctor kit. Know anything that wasn’t mentioned yet? Leave us a comment and let me know! If they’re things that I can make I’d be glad to whip up a batch and share the details with you.
- Flower essences
- Essential Oils
- Herbal Sachet
- Hot/cold pack
- Mortar & pestle
- Cotton cloths
- Homeopathic doses
- A watch
- A flashlight
- Paper and crayon (for note taking)