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« on: July 02, 2007 07:43:30 PM »

I'm a knitter, but i've absolutely LOVED the stuff I've seen you guys make. I've decided to branch out and try making toys. I  want to try making felt stuffed toys, but i don't really know where to start.  I don't really know anything about cutting patterns and stuff.  What supplies do i need?  hand sew oe sewing machine? do i need a certain kind of felt? or just the squares they sell at joanns? What do i need to know? Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2007 03:56:28 PM »

I like to make little felt toys too.
I usually buy the regular felt squares you can get at any craft store.
They might not hold up real well if you intend to give them to a small child or if they're going to get a lot of use though.
But I made this little guy out of regular felt I bought at Walmart

I got the pattern from another topic somewhere on the Toys, Dolls and Playthings board.
To make something like that the materials I used were pins to hold the pattern piece on the felt I was going to cut, a sewing machine for putting the large pieces together, scissors obviously for cutting, a needle and some matching thread which I used for the arms and the other pieces too small for a machine, google eyes, hot glue and stuffing.
A sewing machine is not essential for toy making. You can hand sew just about anything. It just takes a lot longer in some cases.
For your first felt toy you might want to try a simple pattern with only two pieces, a back and a front.
You could go here
and scroll down a little and click on the name "xlilbabydragonx".
That should take you to a website where you can get the pattern for those little bunnies.

Hope this helps
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2007 06:14:30 PM »

     when i started sewing, i used little felt squares and just hand sewed them. patterns are pretty easy, you could start with something like this: http://mollychicken.blogs.com/my_weblog/2005/11/anna_panda.html
just practice with different patterns and you'll soon learn how to make your own original stuffies.
     as for the things you'll need:
and that's pretty much it  Smiley
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2007 06:52:40 PM »

I like making "mascots" which are worked in flat shapes.  I find that I need a pattern if I'm going to do anything dimensional. 

I like to work with felt so that I don't need a seam allowance.  Wool/rayon blended felt is my personal preference, but fleece is a good material, as is the acrylic or polyester felt widely available.

Here's a free chick pattern.  She actually made this adorable chick for me in a swap: http://mariskavos.nl/blog/index.php?op=Default&postCategoryId=4&blogId=1

Here's another cute chick tutorial: http://mollychicken.blogs.com/my_weblog/2007/04/easter_birdy_tu.html

Here's a bunny that you could make out of felt, flannel, fleece, or a felted sweater like she did: http://blog.betzwhite.com/2007/03/cashmere-bunny-tutorial.html

Here's a scotty dog: http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2006/05/softie_scotty_d.html

An oldie but a goodie monster tutorial on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ninacuneo/sets/1089577/

It depends on the pattern you are using if you need to use the sewing machine or hand stitching.  Here is the style I personally prefer to make because I enjoy needlework and embroidery:

You can see in the tree for example that it is just 2 shapes of felt, blanket stitched together with embroidery floss.   Before I get all the way around the shape, I stuff with polyfil and then stitch up the hole.  Mr. Squirrel is 3 flat shapes: the head, tail, and body which are sewn together after all the details are stitched on.  The squirrel and the mushroom were from a pattern I found in a Japanese book.

We are about to start signups for round 5 of a mascot/stuffie swap if you are interested.  Here's the gallery for round 4:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176259.0
You can see that people use a variety of materials with great success. 

Good luck with your stuffie making!  You can do it!   Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2007 06:58:54 PM »

These are so cute, after doing some felt applique to a bag I made recently I have fallen in love with felt too, it always looks so crisp and no freying or hemming required, magic!

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