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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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited

in this issue

1 min

Sewing your own toys is so much fun, and we’re thrilled to bring together a fabulous collection of patterns designed and made by Jo Carter. From cuddly bears, raccoons and frogs to classic rag dolls and smiley pencils, you’re sure to find plenty to inspire your next project. All the templates you need for each toy are included at the back of this magazine for you to copy. As well as a fantastic selection of patterns, we’ve also covered all the basics that you’ll need to make your toys – check out the workshop section to learn about different sewing stitches, adding facial features and stuffing your finished toy. Jo talks about her favourite makes in this collection below, and you can also find out more about her on page 6. My…

4 min
my sewing world

Most days, you'll find me working in my sewing room at home, with a radio drama playing in the background and a cup of tea within easy reach. I spent the first part of my sewing career designing for factory production, then I started working on designs for magazines such as Simply Sewing and Love Patchwork & Quilting. When TV channel Sewing Quarter launched in 2016, I was also offered the chance to demonstrate, so I keep myself pretty busy! A JOY TO DESIGN The first step in the design process is always a front and side drawing to scale of how the finished toy should look. The pattern templates are then worked out from the drawing. Whether the toy works out first time is often down to luck, but a general…

4 min
get started with toy making

All of the toys in this collection include the pattern templates to photocopy at 200%, cut out and sew together, by hand or by machine. For more details and to see all the templates, head to page 133. As well as joining the template pieces, another key element of toy making lies in how you finish the features and add detail. Creating a cute facial expression often relies on internal stitches within the head of the toy that manipulate the features into position, which are made by hand after the toy is assembled. These face-shaping stitches are often worked between the eyes to bring them inwards. They can also be worked between the corners of the mouth up to the eye above to pull the mouth into more of a smile…

3 min
make an easy glove puppet

YOU WILL NEED Fleece fabric: 45x45cm (18x18in), mid-brown, for the main body Lining fabric: 50x25cm (20x10in) Black fleece or felt fabric: 5x5cm (2x2in), for the nose Polyester toy filling Stranded cotton: black Matching thread Water erasable pen or pencil Basic sewing kit FINISHED SIZE Approx 21cm (8¼in) tall. NOTES You'll find the templates for this on page 133. Use a 5mm (¼in) seam allowance unless otherwise stated. As the ears are sewn directly into the seams it is advisable to sew over the joins twice to make sure they are well-secured. CUTTING OUT Step one Copy and cut out all the template pieces. The templates include seam allowances and the arrows indicate the print or pile direction. The notches are used to match the pieces, so mark them on the fabric. When the pattern specifies…

4 min
sewing and stuffing shapes

Sewing a three-dimensional filled shape, be it a plushie toy, handy pincushion or something decorative for the home, requires many of the same skills and techniques as other craft projects – taking measurements accurately, careful cutting out and neat sewing both on your machine and by hand will ensure you achieve a quality finish. When stuffing, there are many different types of fillings you can use to stuff your shape depending on what kind of project you are making – often adding a combination of filling varieties is the best way to create a firmly stuffed shape. CUTTING PATTERN PIECES Cut out all your pattern pieces accurately before you begin. Always check your pattern first to see if it includes a seam allowance. In most cases it will be included, but if not…

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…