How to Make Soft Toys

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Your baby's skin is tender and soft, so rather than give your child a hard plastic toy or a toy that could hurt their skin, make them a soft toy instead. Fleece is an affordable fabric which, combined with some Polyfil stuffing and felt, can create a sweet little toy for your little one. By choosing a fun pastel coloured fabric, you can make a little monster or plush animal.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Fleece fabric
  • A few pieces of felt
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Polyfil fabric
  • Marker or pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Thread
  • Needle

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Mark and cut out a rectangle with rounded edges. A good size for your rectangle is about 11 inches tall by 9 inches wide.

  2. 2

    Draw some hands and feet on a sheet of paper. Make sure to make them about 5/8-inch wider all around. Cut out the two pairs of hands and two pairs of feet, and pin them to the fabric. Cut out the hands and feet.

  3. 3

    Pin a set of arms and a set of legs to each side of the rectangle with right sides together, and sew them on at 5/8-inch. Do this for both sides, making sure the hands and legs are on the same place so they match up when sewn.

  4. 4

    Pin the right sides of the fabric together with a 5/8-inch seam allowance, and sew, leaving a 5-inch piece open.

  5. 5

    Stuff the fiberfill in the open hole and adjust it. When it is filled to your satisfaction, sew the opening closed.

  6. 6

    Cut out felt to create your plush animal's features, and hand sew them on.

Tips and warnings

  • You can make all kinds of animals using just a rectangle; depending on your colour scheme you can make all kinds of bears or birds with just a rounded rectangle and some pieces of felt.
  • Make sure to use soft fabrics like felt and fleece. Jersey is also a good soft fabric.

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