Here is a list of 5 free websites to learn to make stuffed toys. These websites offer you step by step instructions along with free PDF’s to make your favorite toys at home.
I would like to begin this article with a quote from Michael Keaton, which says “To This day, I have the most fond memories of some of my old toys”. I am sure a lot of us will agree with that quote. Toys are definitely an indispensable part of one’s childhood, and some of you may say that I am stretching but, as a child it is almost as if we think of toys as living beings. We play with them, we share with them, and we bond with them. However, as much close as we are to our toys, it does not change the fact that toys don’t come cheap; an innocent looking toy can burn a hole in your pocket. But, money is not the only reason why we should start learning to make toys on our own. The process enables us to expand our imagination. After all, sometimes, a thing will only exist if we make them ourselves.
The 5 websites reviewed in this article are Make Baby Stuff, Doll Maker, ALLFREESEWING, martha stewart.com , and funky friends factory.
The first website to learn to make stuffed toys is Make Baby Stuff. Before providing you with free PDF’s of how to make different stuffed toys for your kids, the website makes you read an introduction on the importance of learning this art. The purpose is to make you put your heart in this activity so that you can really create something good for your baby. The PDF’s available on the website are free for personal use only, and not for the purpose of selling. They include step by step instructions along with pictures at every step. In case, you are done with stuffing & sewing, there are also free PDF’s available for Wooden toys. Check out the link above.
The second website to learn to make stuffed toys is Doll Maker. This website comes up with tutorials for a lot of stuffed toys and cloth dolls. The website is mainly a blog run by the author of these tutorials who aims to teach you the technique of making stuffed toys by distributing his knowledge for free. You will find different categories lined up on the home along with images of tutorials contained in each category. You can pick up from the multiple options available under stuffed toys category and start making one for yourself. Apart from the instructions & material you need to make it, the tutorial tells you the exact dimensions of the stuffed toys in the tutorial, and also lets you know where that particular tutorial stands on the ladder of difficulty level.
Next up to learn to make stuffed toys is AllFREESEWING. In terms of quantity, this website has got the most number of tutorials for you to learn from, until now. Since this website is about learning the art of sewing, you will find a lot more things than just stuffed toys tutorials. But, once you do find these tutorials, you will find lots of them. Some of the tutorials on the website are in written format with step by step instructions & pictures whereas, some of them contain videos for you to look at. Other than just learning from them, you can also share them of Facebook, Pinterest, etc. and also comment on them, which of course requires you to sign up for a free account. Check out the link above.
The fourth website listed here is martha stewart.com. Run by Martha Stewart, the author of the tutorials, the website has got a lot of stuffed toys projects for you to complete. These projects include an introduction to it, list of material required, and step by step instructions to complete it. You can share the project on different social networking platforms, email it to your friends, print it or just stop at commenting. Just by reading the introduction you will know whether you are experienced enough to go for it or not. If not, there projects for beginners that you can look at. All you need to do is type the keywords in the search bar. You can also sign up for the free newsletter from the website whereby, you get new projects in your mail along with free tips to complete them. All you have to do is hit the link above and get going.
The fifth and final platform listed here to learn to make stuffed toys online is funky friends factory. The reason it is listed at this position is not the quality of tutorials it provides, but the quantity of free tutorials it provides. The website is a mix of free and paid video tutorials to learn to make stuffed toys, and the paid ones outnumber the free ones by a huge number. The free video tutorials are listed on the page for which the link has been given above, and the paid ones are all over the website. The reason I still listed the website in this article is because the few free video tutorials available are worth watching. They not only teach you to make stuffed toys but, also teach you how to read a soft toy pattern & a couple of other different techniques you don’t get to learn anywhere else. So, go check it out.
Learning to make stuffed toys not only saves you a lot of money, it also lets you explore your creative side and brings out the emotions in you. After all, watching your kids play with the toys you made for them is surely extra special.
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