Softies - Making Soft Toys
You can sew your own special toys!
Need to Make something for Someone Special?
I'm the KnitOwl. Get some cloth, felt, needles and stuffing together and lets make toys!
Here at this lens are links about making soft toys for kids, babies, for gifts or just for fun!Making Baby and Toddler Clothes, burp cloths and blankets.
From a 2D pattern to a 3D toy
When I sit down to design a special toy - I make a lot of drawings to turn the 3D item into a set of 2D panels that will fit together to make a complete toy. Once the drawings are made I can cut the pieces out of paper and then out of cloth and start to work them together into a finished object. In my 'Designing your Own Toys' tutorial I go through splitting out the toy into different 'views' and then working out where seams will go and how they will be shaped. Overall though, it is a trial and error process and using the things that have worked before.
you have to see the pictures in this one!
Japanese Toy Patterns on Ebay
Some good search terms are softies, nuigurumi and chirimen toys. Many toy artists get their inspiration from vintage or Japanese toys!
Find popular craft books
Online Projects to Make - a few ideas at a time
- How to make a Snoogem (Pattern and Tutorial)
Yoonie posts two patterns and a tutorial on how to make a simple pillow rabbit or bear with embroidery, she calls them 'Snoogems.'
- Lizette Greco's Gallery
Have kids? Lizette Greco takes her kids' drawings and makes them into softies unique and unexpected. Take a look at her gallery for great ideas!
- Pink Pocket Owl (pattern and how-to)
My little pattern and tutorial on how to sew a felt 'pocket owl' toy.
- Buyable pattern: Soft stuffed horse or zebra
PDF pattern for a 6 to 8 inch stuffed horse
- Make a Mini-Moopy Toy (PDF download)
Download Nest Studio's mini moopy pattern and make a moopy bunny for your own (or your little one) There are also Flickr groups celebrating mini moopy crafting - go check them out too!
- Sew the Tux Linux Penguin! (pattern)
Download a pattern to sew the Linux Penguin - 'Tux.'
- NEW: Make a Platypus!
Free instructions with pictures and pattern here at Funky Friends Factory Soft Toy Patterns retailer.
- How to Make a Sock Monkey (not red heel)
Great sewing machine instructions for how to make a sock monkey from new funky socks!
- Free Pattern: Chibi Kitty and Rabbit
my little mochi offers a free PDF for some cute and simple rabbits and cats! She also shows some very cute embroidery that can make each one special!
- Sew a Baby Grab Ball
This easy to make toy will help exercise hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Make it bright and colourful for baby!
- Knit a Neat 'Vintage' Teddy
Knit a vintage-looking teddy bear that looks like the one Mr.Bean has in his movies. Very cute bear, simple stitches.
- Soft Scottie Dog pattern
From Allsorts - easy and quick to make! Check out the Flickr groups and join in!
- Mollychicken's Free Panda Bear Pattern
Cute Japanese-style panda bear toy with good sewing instructions.
- Frog Softie Pattern to Make
CraftZine features a fun and easy frog softie to make.
Tips from the KnitOwl
Turning Inside Out
Remember the eraser-end of a pencil, or a capped pen, or a long dowel can help you get those tough areas turned all the way inside-out. Just be careful you don't push too hard for your seams, and don't use a sharp pointed item!
The same tool can help push stuffing into those hard-to reach places!
Places to Sell your Toys - well made toys can find good homes here
My Patterns - KnitOwl toy patterns - some are free
patterns I have made and/or been asked to make and where to find them
- Mother kangaroo and joey (pay)
This is a more advanced sewing pattern than my horse or zebra also for sale in the shop. This pattern was requested to be converted by mayselou.
- Zebra or Horse Pattern (pay)
This is a hand-drawn printable PDF of pattern pieces with minimal instruction. It should be easy to sew for even a beginner. I have had homeschool
- Snake Pattern (free)
A simple PDF pattern of a snake with shaped head and tail to make and enjoy.
- Pink Pocket Owl (free)
A cute simple toy with a pocket. Printable image pattern.
- 5 inch rag doll (pay)
A simple rag doll with yarn hair to make.