Baby Soft Toy – Seahorse Rattle

Baby soft toy - seahorse rattle

Baby soft toy – seahorse rattle

I thought that this baby soft toy – seahorse rattle – was truly gorgeous, but it also made a logical step in my progression of basic soft toy making articles.  The seahorse is made with the same basic principles as the two previous soft toys that I have looked at.  The extra steps are the addition of fins on the outside and something to make a noise on the inside.

Cut out the seahorse rattle templates

Cut out the seahorse rattle templates

Where to find the seahorse pattern

You can find the full pattern on the Hobbycraft site:

http://blog.hobbycraft.co.uk/how-to-make-a-little-seahorse-rattle/

They have a great range of projects for you to make in all crafts, not just sewing.

Preparing the seahorse

Cut out two templates of the sea horse and four of the fins.  Sew the four fins together in pairs with right sides together, leaving a gap to turn them right side out.  I found this bit quite fiddly because they were so small – and do remember to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam.  I forgot on one of the fins and almost all of one side came undone when I was struggling to turn the fin right side out.

Sew the fins to the seahorse

Sew the fins to the seahorse

Sew one fin to each seahorse piece.  I did this by hand.  Then sew the two seahorse sections right sides together, leaving a gap.  Clip all the seam allowances where there’s a curve and turn right side out – I really struggled here with the tail as it was so thin.  I ended up pulling the fabric out with tweezers rather than pushing it out from the inside.

Filling the baby soft toy – seahorse rattle

Put rice in a container for the rattle

Put rice in a container for the rattle

For the rattle they have used a tic tac container in the Hobbycraft pattern.  I found a small round plastic container – the sort that you get when you buy plastic see through bottles to take liquids on a plane.  I used rice to make the noise – don’t put too much in or it won’t make much noise when it is shaken.

Begin filling the seahorse with toy stuffing and add the container to make the rattle.  Pack more stuffing around it so that you can’t feel the rattle and sew up the gap.  Now you just need to embroider eyes and mouth to complete the baby soft toy – seahorse rattle.

Thanks, Hobbycraft for a great toy pattern.

Baby Soft Toy – Teddy Bear – Simple Toy

Baby soft toy - teddy

Baby soft toy – teddy

I’m continuing my hunt for baby patterns on other websites.  After my rabbit, the obvious next choice was going to be a baby soft toy – teddy, but a simple one first.  The one that I have chosen is delightfully simple – it is made in the same way as the rabbit, but this time I have added a face.

My plan is to start with the most simple toys and then gradually move on to more complex patterns step by step.

Where to find the teddy pattern

This particular teddy pattern is from the website of the magazine Prima:

http://www.prima.co.uk/craft/sewing/news/a22006/teddy-sewing-pattern/

Their patterns cover a wide range of crafts – very interesting.

Print the teddy template

Print the teddy template

In order to print the template, I simply right clicked on the image of the template, then copy and pasted it to my photos.  From there I could print it.

Making the baby soft toy – teddy

Clip into the seam allowance

Clip into the seam allowance

Once again I would recommend a lot more clipping in to the seam allowances than most patterns seem to show.  That’s just my personal preference, but I think that it gives you more rounded curves when you turn the project right side out.

Adding the teddy face

Embroider the eyes and nose

Embroider the eyes and nose

I have embroidered the face with just two circles for the eyes and a triangle for the nose.  This takes no time at all and definitely adds something to the toy.  It’s also safer for baby than using buttons or something like that for the face.

Teddy’s right eye is nearly lost in the fabric design, but I didn’t notice that until after I had finished embroidering the face.

It would probably have been easier to do the embroidery if I had chosen to make the face before I sewed the pattern pieces together, but I prefer to add them last of all.  Again that’s just personal preference – I feel that I can better judge where I want the eyes when everything is sewn together.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

Baby Soft Toys to Make – Rabbit

Baby soft toy - rabbit

Baby soft toy – rabbit

I made this baby soft toy – rabbit when I visited my grand daughter last week.  Time had been short and I hadn’t had time to make her anything but I didn’t want to turn up empty handed so I looked for a simple soft toy pattern.  I found a wonderful simple pattern with template for a rabbit soft toy.

I’ve made it in a teddy bear wincyette which is really soft to the touch.  Obviously I should have made a teddy bear, but I had left myself too short of time to manage that:  another thing to add to my to do list!




Tips for making soft toy patterns

When you are making soft toys the simplest ones to make are those that just have a front and a back – it gets more complicated once you start making toys that are three dimensional and have gussets and legs and things.  The beauty of these toys is that you can use your imagination and draw any shape – just make sure that you don’t have any parts of the shape (like legs)  that are very thin as they are more difficult to turn right side out once you’ve sewn the pattern pieces together.

Clip the seam allowances

Clip the seam allowances

Always clip the seam allowance

So in broad principle you need to cut two shapes of whatever toy pattern you’re making.  Cut them out together from folded fabric so that you have a front and a back – as opposed to two fronts or two backs.  With right sides together sew around most of the edge, leaving a gap of several inches so that you can turn the toy right side out.  There are bound to be lots of curves in your animal shape, so make sure that you clip into the seam allowance – I tend to make snips about every 1/4″ or so.  This will make the curves more natural looking when you turn the shape right side out.

Once you have the toy right side out, fill it with stuffing and slip stitch across the gap.  This really is a terribly simple toy to make.  You could also make it with lavender mixed in the stuffing as a gift for an adult.

 

 

Cut the template in paper

Cut the template in paper

The pattern that I used came from

http://craftycupboard.net/2013/03/bunny-softies-with-free-template/

She has an interesting blog with plenty of other tutorials for baby sewing on it.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

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