First, I had my children come up with an idea for a Kachina and the purpose that Kachina would serve. They could choose someone who would guard them from nightmares, for instance, someone to represent their favorite items from nature or someone to remind them of the way they should behave. Then they sketched a basic drawing of their image of this figure on paper.
We took their sketches and transferred them to felt fabric; I bought the multi-pack of felt from a large retail store, but any type of felt will work for this project. I helped the children draw their figures onto the felt. (In the case of my youngest child we did this for him.)
Tip: Since we are going to cut out, sew and stuff these figures, large lines and areas are better than skinny ones. I had my children focus more on a face or a large body shape to use for their stuffed creations since that would be easier to stuff and sew than a thin body shape.
We cut around the outline of the shapes using scissors; again I helped the younger ones but my eldest was able to do this independently. Afterward I let the kids use markers and other felt pieces and glue to decorate the faces on their Kachinas, then we let them dry.
I used my sewing machine to sew around the edges of the Kachina figures, leaving an opening at the top. (Tip: Older children could sew the dolls by hand using embroidery thread and needles.) The kids stuffed them full of polyester fiberfill and then we added a ribbon loop to the very top and sewed the opening shut. Then they could hang their Kachinas in their rooms to remind them of the spiritual idea represented by the craft.
In the images above, you can see the sketch my daughter made; she wanted a Kachina that would give her nice dreams, so she drew a happy, sleeping face and a cloud floating underneath it. The image beneath that is how we represented her idea in felt for the finished Kachina image.