Since the invention of the stuffed teddy bear in the early 1900s, manufacturers have been developing new designs for stuffed toys for children. While you can purchase a variety of stuffed animals in stores, you can also create your own versions using old and unpaired socks and mittens. Creating your own stuffed animal is an ideal project to do with children, and makes the perfect rainy day activity.
Bend the plastic circle in half and apply a thin line of glue, using a glue gun, to its inside fold. Insert the circle in the sock, meeting the toe line of the sock with the line of glue. Hold it down until the glue dries thoroughly.
Cut a piece of foam to equal half the size of the circle you cut in Step 1. Insert it into the sock and place it on top of the plastic circle. This foam "stuffing" will make the face of your sock animal.
Use scissors to cut a tongue and ears from felt. Attach them to your stuffed animal using a glue gun. Pink felt will work best for the tongue, and you may choose a colour of felt that matches the colour of your sock for the ears.
Use a glue gun to apply the plastic eyes and hair to your stuffed animal.
Stuff the bottom portion of the sock with poly-fibre filling until it is rounded out. Glue the bottom opening of the sock closed using a glue gun.
Stuff the mitten with polyfiber fill until it is firm, making sure to leave the thumb hole empty. Apply a line of glue to the mitten opening, close the opening and hold it in place until the glue has dried thoroughly.
Draw the face you would like for your stuffed animal to have on the wooden ball. Glue a pom-pom on either side of the wooden ball for the ears of your stuffed animal. Glue the hair to the top of the ball to finish constructing the head.
Apply a nickel-sized amount of glue to the bottom of the wooden head, and place it in the centre of the top side of the mitten. Hold the wooden head in place until completely dry.
Cut a 1-inch-by-4-inch rectangle out of a piece of scrap fabric. Glue it in place around the base of the wooden ball to act as a scarf. This will hide the seam and any glue that seeped out from under the head when you glued it in place.
Bring the empty thumb down and glue it into position at what would be waist level for your stuffed animal. This will create the illusion of your stuffed animal putting its hand on its waist.
Decorate your stuffed animal with buttons and other pieces of scrap fabric to finish it off.
Allow any glue to completely cool before allowing children to play with either of these stuffed animals.
Tips and warnings
- Allow any glue to completely cool before allowing children to play with either of these stuffed animals.