The history of modern stuffed toys begins just over two centuries ago, but historical records indicate that ancient Egyptians invented stuffed animals. They did not use them as toys but as part of special ceremonies in which they worshipped animals. The stuffed animals then fell into oblivion at least until the early 19th century. The first versions of stuffed toys were introduced in the 1830s and were handmade stuffed animals. Those were not the soft stuffed toys that we have today. They were more like the stuffed sock puppets we used to make at home. It might surprise you, but the original idea for making the first stuffed animals actually came about because of the popularity of preparing real animals back then, whose production was too expensive.
With this sewing pattern, has designed a vintage-style toy but using modern sewing methods. The Bunny Rabbit and Bear Stuffed Animal Doll patterns is a simple sewing pattern/tutorial for making a bunny rabbit and bear stuffed animal doll / soft toy.
This vintage-style bunny or bear stuffed toy is the ideal gift for a baby or a toddler. The designer made so it can be carried around constantly and to look so nice nestled amongst a child’s pillows.
This sewing pattern is also great to use up that piece of fabric you’ve saved for something special, like an old baby blanket or a fluffy flannelette cover. You can make it in any color or fabric pattern that you want.
The designer of this toy pattern has packed it full of handy tips and instructional photos, making it ideal for the advanced beginner sewer wanting to tackle a slightly more complicated soft toy project that includes gussets. The designer says – some hand and machine sewing experience is recommended.
The dimensions of the finished bunny or bear are approximately 10″ (25cm) tall depending on the fabric and amount of stuffing you use. If you want a larger or smaller toy, just reduce or enlarge your pattern pieces.
The designer has received excellent 5-star reviews with the last two reviews being:
Charlii Brough says “Easy to follow and I did it with some scrap fabric. My niece loves it!”
And Catherine Lpnt says “This pattern is perfect, very easy to follow instructions. I made it for my niece that was just born and when my sister (her mom) saw it she bawled because it was so sweet. I was a bit lazy when it came to assembling the pattern and against recommendation I used a stretchy fabric, which is why it is bulbous compared to the others. But I love it!”
The pattern includes:
A materials list
Full-size pattern pieces/templates (to make a toy around 25cm long)
Detailed step-by-step instructions with color photographs.
It's so much fun to sew toys and they make the perfect handmade gifts. We've saved lots of our favorite toy sewing patterns here to our Pinterest board. You can follow the board below, and don't forget to save some of the ideas to your own boards for later. Happy sewing.