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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!