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Stuff Toy Making – a Fun Way to Make Your Christmas Gifts

A simple guide to make your own stuff toy.

It’s the time of the year where everyone is rushing to find the perfect gift  to give most especially for kids. Instead of going around shopping for toys, why not make one that will surely make you feel worthy of your efforts.

For those who have enough time in their hands, here is a simple guide on how to make stuff toys which you can give as gifts  for the Christmas season or as a hobby business.  This was a project my  wife used to demonstrate as an alternative livelihood source for out-of-school youths and adults.

There are three patterns included for you to choose from. A dog, baby mouse elephant, and a giraffe. Keep in mind that your first attempt may not exactly be the perfect shape but as you keep practicing it will look better and you will be surprised how easy it is. 

The materials needed are simply available at any sewing material shops.

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Step 1

First step is to draw and cut out your pattern from a manila paper which you will use as a guide to cut your fabric. But to make things easier, below are three patterns which you can print and just simply cut eliminating the need to draw a pattern. However, if you wish to have a different design, you can create your own.

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Step 2

 As you are done with cutting out your pattern, pin your pattern to your fabric that you will use and cut the fabric using the pattern as your guide.  For the body, make two pieces of these as they will be sewn together later on. For the body underside and ears,  just make one cut-out.

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Step 3

After cutting your fabric to the desired animal shape, you can now proceed in stitching the edges together. For the body there should be two pieces of fabric. Stitch the edges together and also for the under part. You can use yarn for your stitching.

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Step 4

Do not totally seal the fabric. Stitch to a point that there would remain an opening  for the polyfiber or cotton fillings to be inserted.  It would be best for the opening to be just behind the neck of the stuff toy.  Begin filling your stuff toy with the filing materials until you get the desired shape.  Afterwards you can now seal your stuff toy by stitching again.

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Step 5

As you are done with sealing your stuff toy, you can now proceed in stitching the ears to its location. In creating the eyes, you can use those ready made moveable plastic eyes and glue them  on or just stitch a single thread to create the effect of an eye.

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And so now you are done with your first attempt in making your own stuff toy. Please remember again that you may not get your desired shape in your first attempt but as you keep practicing, your stuff toys will look better.  The important part is to have fun and get your kids or your neighbor’s kids involved.  This surely will bring smiles.  Merry Christmas Everyone! Ho Ho Ho!

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  1. Brewed Coffee

    On December 2, 2010 at 11:03 pm


    I wish I had the time to do this. It’s really fun and brings out one’s creativity. This is a good one Brye! Really nice! Cute nung pink elephant :-)

  2. crisdiwata

    On December 3, 2010 at 12:12 am


    Wonderful gift ideas for Christmas. Surely, it’s fun doing them especially with your kids. It’s good for business too. I wish I would have time to learn this. Thanks.

  3. PSingh1990

    On December 3, 2010 at 7:49 am


    Nice Share.

    :-)

  4. culprit pontiff

    On December 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm


    wow,,I can recall when I was elementary we were ask to make a rabbit stuffed toy..

  5. John Cornor

    On December 3, 2010 at 4:21 pm


    Galing itry ko ito hehehe

  6. dino renaldo

    On December 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm


    nice share.thanks

  7. The Soul Explorer

    On December 4, 2010 at 12:08 am


    Thanks for sharing this stuff!

  8. papaleng

    On December 4, 2010 at 3:36 am


    Bor, gandang idea nito.. share ko sa coop dito sa amin.

  9. Likha

    On December 4, 2010 at 6:03 am


    I tried to make one but wasn’t pleased with the outcome. This is a useful guide so I can make a better one. Good to see you, Brye.

  10. Patricksia

    On December 6, 2010 at 4:03 am


    Great ideas…. and thanks for the sharing…

  11. sandcastle

    On December 10, 2010 at 3:40 am


    Great share!

  12. bryeunade

    On December 12, 2010 at 5:13 am


    Thanks for all your comments. I know Likha I’ve been a little busy these days. Nice to see your too..

  13. Rhodora Bande

    On December 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm


    I like the idea of making my own gifts. Unfortunately, I don’t have the patience to do things like these. I have a niece who does well in this area. Naalala ko tuloy at na-miss yung batang yun. Nice article. Oh, I like those pictures.

  14. crisdiwata

    On December 22, 2010 at 3:17 am


    :)

  15. Dee Gold

    On December 22, 2010 at 3:36 am


    cute,I’ll make one

  16. arunkumar25

    On December 30, 2010 at 5:37 am


    nice work

  17. Likha

    On November 1, 2011 at 9:51 pm


    Re-visiting. Very timely for Christmas. :)

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