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Beginner's Guide to Toy Making

Beginner's Guide to Toy Making

Beginner's Guide to Toy Making

Sew your own gorgeous toys with The Beginner's Guide to Toy Making Make your own toys for yourself or as gifts for loved ones big and small with The Beginner's Guide to Toy Making, a fabulous collection of projects by designer and maker, Jo Carter. From the makers of Simply Sewing and Love Quilting & Patchwork magazines, this gorgeous 160-page collection is the perfect place to start your toy making adventures! Inside you'll find 11 pages of expert guides to sewing your own toys, 29 step-by-step projects and all the pattern templates you'll need to make them. Each project includes step-by-step photography or sketches of how the toy joins together, as well as help with adding eyes, stuffing and finishing touches such as stitches and embroidery. The Beginner's Guide to Toy Making is ideal for sewing beginners or experienced sewists looking for some wonderful projects to get stuck into.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Frequency:
One-off
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6 min
baa-rilliant!

YOU WILL NEED Textured plush fabric: yellow, 50x50cm (20x20in) (to include back ears and limbs) or 50x35cm (20x14in) (to exclude back ears and limbs) Smooth plush fabric: ivory, 20x20cm (8x8in) (for face only) or 25x45cm (10x18in) (to include back ears and limbs) Printed cotton fabric: 26x20cm (11x8in) 2 safety eyes: black, 1cm (⅜ in) diameter Polyester toy filling Stranded cotton: black Water erasable pen or pencil Basic sewing kit FINISHED SIZE Approx 34cm (13½in) tall. NOTES You’ll find the templates for this toy on page 136. Use a 5mm (¼in) seam allowance unless otherwise stated. CUTTING OUT Step one Copy and cut out all of the pattern pieces. The templates include seam allowances where necessary and the arrows indicate the pile or print direction for marking and cutting out. The notches are used to…

6 min
the leading lady

YOU WILL NEED Fabric A: 50x50cm (20x20in), for main body Fabric B: pink, 35x35cm (14x14in), for leotard and shoes Felt: 20x28cm (8x11in), for hair Tulle: 28x60cm (11x24in) Stranded cotton: black and pink Polyester toy filling Matching thread Water erasable pen or pencil Basic sewing kit FINISHED SIZE Approx 40cm (16in) tall. NOTES You’ll find the templates for this toy on pages 140-141. Use a 5mm (¼in) seam allowance unless otherwise stated. As the legs, arms and ears are sewn directly into seams, sew over the joins twice so they are wellsecured to reduce the likelihood of them being pulled out. CUTTING OUT Step one Copy and cut out all the template pieces. The templates include seam allowances where necessary and the arrows indicate the print direction for marking and cutting out. The notches are…

2 min
more about stuffing

Here are some more tricks and tips you can use to make your stuffed toys and other filled shapes beautifully smooth and even. CHOOSING THE RIGHT FABRIC Curved edges, sharp corners and narrow shapes can be a challenge, not only for machine sewing but for evenly padding the shape, too. Choosing the most appropriate fabric for your project is key to an even finish. A gorgeous, lightweight cotton or cotton lawn is the perfect fabric for smaller shapes. Finer fabrics turn right sides out more smoothly, with little bulk, which is ideal for narrow areas and tricky corners. MAKING YOUR FABRIC SHAPE One of the simplest tips is to take your time at every stage, from tracing the templates and machine sewing, to finally filling with stuffing and adding the finishing touches by hand. Use…

5 min
in a flutter

YOU WILL NEED Plush fabric: 20x20cm (8x8in) Cotton print fabric A: 20x20cm (8x8in) Cotton print fabric B: 20x20cm (8x8in) Cotton print fabric C: 15x25cm (6x10in) Cotton print fabric D: 40x25cm (16x10in) Pair of 6mm black plastic safety eyes Wadding: 2 pieces 18x23cm (7x9in) Polyester toy filling Stranded cotton: black Water erasable pen or pencil Basic sewing kit FINISHED SIZE Approx 28cm (11in) wide. NOTES You’ll find the templates for this toy on page 139. Use a 5mm (¼in) seam allowance unless otherwise stated. CUTTING OUT Step one Copy and cut out all the template pieces. The templates include seam allowances, where necessary, and the arrows indicate the print direction for marking and cutting out. When the pattern specifies to cut two, after marking out half of the pieces required, the template needs to be…

1 min
top 10 tips for padding fabric shapes

1 The finished padded shape will end up being smaller than you think once sewn, so bear this in mind if you're designing your own. 2 Trim the seam allowance down around the stitched edge to help to reduce bulky seams. 3 Choose a straight edge or a smooth, curved side to position the turning gap. This will make it a lot simpler to slip stitch together after stuffing. 4 The opening for turning the fabric right side out should measure at least 5-7cm (2-3in). A small opening will definitely make the task a lot trickier than necessary. 5 Clipping and making V-shaped notches around any curved edges will help to keep them smooth and lump-free. 6 A tapestry needle is perfect for teasing out tricky corners and shapes. The blunt tip means it won't…

6 min
digital love

YOU WILL NEED Fleece fabric: silvery grey, 50x90cm (20x35in) Fleece fabric: yellow, 35x45cm (14x18in) Felt: white, 20x12cm (8x5in) Cotton fabric A: 7x10cm (2¾x4in), colour 1 for keypad Cotton Fabric B: 7x10cm (2¾x4in), colour 2 for keypad Cotton Fabric C: 6x9cm (3x4in), for side control panel Cotton Fabric D: 11x6cm (5x3in), for bottom control panel Safety eyes: black, 12mm (½in) x 2 Metal teeth zip: white 15cm (6in) Polyester toy filling Stranded cotton: black and extra colours for detailing Water erasable pen or pencil Basic sewing kit FINISHED SIZE Approx 35cm (14in) from bottom of body to tip of aerial. NOTES You’ll find the templates for this toy on pages 146-147. Use a seam allowance of 5mm (¼in) unless otherwise stated. CUTTING OUT Step one Copy and cut out the template pieces. They all include…