Foam is fast becoming one of my favorite mediums to work with. Check out this great technique for melting and sculpting foam to make a mini doll basket from the book Creative Cloth Doll Collection: A Complete Guide to Creating Figures, Faces, Clothing, Accessories, and Embellishments.
Click on this page from Creative Cloth Doll Collection: A Complete Guide to Creating Figures, Faces, Clothing, Accessories, and Embellishments to read the tutorial on how to melt foam, fabric and thread to make a cute decorative mini doll basket. I could see doing all sorts of things with this technique. Another cool foam melting technique is to make stamps with it. Here is the tutorial on how to make your own stamps with foam.
This book is a compilation of the first four of Patti Medaris Culea's bestselling books: Creative Cloth Doll Making, Creative Cloth Doll Faces, Creative Cloth Doll Couture, and Creative Cloth Doll Beading.
This comprehensive book guides you through all the basics of creating cloth figures, with step-by-step fully illustrated instruction. You'll find complete patterns to create several styles of dolls, many with interchangeable parts. The book also provides methods for creating beautiful faces, hair, garments, clothing, and supplies instruction in a wide variety of surface design techniques including dyeing, painting, stamping, beading, applique, hand and machine embroidery, image transfers, using Tyvek, and more. For further inspiration, there is a gallery of doll designs by leading doll artists, all made using the patterns from the book.