Ouch Babies are gingerbread shaped dolls made of muslin. They are also called Surgi-Dolls and are used in hospitals as a souce of comfort to children, and as a means of identifying sites of pain or medical procedures. The faces are left blank, allowing the children to personalize and decorate their doll.
We start with a bolt of fabric and doll patterns. The fabric is machine sewed prior to our study group meeting. The participants in the study group are clippers, turners and stuffers. After the doll is stuffed, it is hand finished. We then accessorize the dolls by cutting and sewing colorful hospital-type gowns as our fashion statement.
After a number of dolls are completed, they are distributed to various hospitals in the area such as Nassau County Medical Center, Long Island Jewish Hospital, and Winthrop Hospital, as well as some hospitals in New Jersey and Westchester.
If you can hold a needle, cut or stuff, you can make a doll! We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am.