What are "Child Proof Eyes"?
|Non-Child safe nose with washer|
|Child proof nose with hole|
What fabrics are suitable for a soft toy?
When people think of soft toys their first thought tends to be fuzzy teddy bears. There is a wide selection of teddy bear fur available and most of it is suitable for soft toys. However there a few things to think about.
Make sure the fur does not pull away from the backing fabric easily.
For toys for younger kids it's best to avoid very long pile fur as this can become a chocking hazard.
Of course you don't HAVE to use fun fur. Soft natural velvet makes a very soft and cuddly teddy. I have also seen some very cute toys in cotton.
How do I pick a design?
Chocking hazards. When children put things in their mouths they may not just be tasting them. It's how babies and young children feel different shapes and textures. So avoid making toys with long limbs as these will end up in the little ones mouths and present a choking hazard.
You don't have to make a teddy at all. One of our customers made her child a cuddly book! Each page was a different colour with an animal appliquéd on top it. The cover was padded and very cuddly.
As well as sewing patterns we do sell some sewing kits and crocheting kits for stuffed toys.
We recommend Hollow Fill stuffing. It conforms with safety regulations as well as being much easier to use than any alternative. Avoid using scraps of fabric. If a seam bursts then the strips of fabric you use to stuff the toy become chocking hazards. Using scraps also gives the toy a lump feel and makes it harder to wash and dry.
We hope this blog helps you with what has to be one of the most rewarding projects you can undertake. I know a few of the teddies I've made have been well loved and have been handed down through families which always give me a warm sense of satisfaction.