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From 1 ba­sic shape

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Retro toys from the ’60s

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Chil­dren will adore them and you will love to make them! These de­light­ful, cud­dly toy an­i­mals are all made in felt from the same ba­sic sausage shape. You need no pat­tern – just fol­low our easy in­struc­tions and di­a­grams. We’ve sug­gested five vari­a­tions here – once you get the idea, you’ll be able to think of lots more crea­tures your­self.

To make

For the main body part of each toy, cut a piece of felt 36cm x 46cm. Cut two cir­cles of felt, each with a di­am­e­ter of 16cm. The di­a­grams show all the ex­tra pieces you will need for each an­i­mal, and also in­di­cate the plac­ing of face pieces. De­cide which an­i­mal you are go­ing to make, then trans­fer the ap­pro­pri­ate di­a­grams on to squared or brown pa­per.

Cut out pat­tern pieces, then cut out shapes from the left­overs of felt. You do not need to make a pat­tern for Percy Pig’s eyes and nose or for Olly Owl’s eyes.

For each an­i­mal, ex­cept Olly Owl, be­gin by stitch­ing the two 36cm edges of main piece to­gether, right sides fac­ing, tak­ing 2cm turn­ings; leave an open­ing in the cen­tre of the seam for stuff­ing. Now glue the face pieces in po­si­tion on one felt cir­cle. If ears are used, stitch each pair to­gether and tack in place on the face.

With the wrong side up, tack the face piece in po­si­tion at one end of the body piece; stitch, sewing the ears in at the same time. Sew the sec­ond felt

cir­cle in place at the other end of the body, leav­ing an open­ing to in­sert a tail, if one is be­ing used.

Turn the an­i­mal right side out. Stuff firmly, us­ing a stick or wooden spoon to help push in the stuff­ing. Sew up the open­ing. Now fol­low the in­struc­tions below for the an­i­mal you are mak­ing.

PERCY PIG

PAT­TERN PIECES: Ear, trot­ter. CUT OUT: Main piece in red; eyes – 2 white cir­cles, each with 2.5cm di­am­e­ter, 2 black cir­cles, each 1.5cm di­am­e­ter; nose – black cir­cle, with 4.5cm di­am­e­ter, 2 red cir­cles, each with 1.5cm di­am­e­ter; 4 ears in black; 4 trot­ters in red.

Fol­low the “to make” guide. To make the tail, lay a pipe cleaner on a strip of felt slightly longer than the cleaner and about 1.5cm wide. Glue felt round the cleaner, mak­ing sure the ends are cov­ered. In­sert the tail in the open­ing left for it and stitch firmly in place.

Sew each pair of trot­ters to­gether along three sides, stuff and sew up the fourth side. Sew in po­si­tion on the main body piece. Stick small strips of black felt to mark the toes. Cut out some spots in black and white, and glue onto Percy’s back.

CLARA CAT

PAT­TERN PIECES: Eyes (2 sep­a­rate pieces), mouth, tongue, ears (same as Percy Pig), paw.

CUT OUT: Main piece in black; eyes – 2 white al­monds, 2 green strips for pupils; mouth in white tongue in red; 4 paws in white; 4 ears in black; tail – cut strip of black, 38cm long and 10cm wide.

Fol­low the “to make” in­struc­tions. For the tail, fold the black strip in half length­wise, stitch along the seam. Stuff and stitch across the short end. In­sert the tail in the open­ing, stitch firmly in place. Sew each pair of paws to­gether round the curved edges, stuff and sew across the straight edges. Stitch to the body. Bend two pipe clean­ers in half and stitch to the face to form whiskers. Glue small squares of black felt over the sharp ends of the clean­ers.

DOTTY DOG

PAT­TERN PIECES: Eyes (2 pieces), nose, mouth, ear, paw, leg, tail.

CUT OUT: Main piece in blue; eyes – 2 white half-moons, 2 black pupils; nose in black; mouth in red; ears – 4 in yel­low; paws – 4 in blue; hind legs –

4 in blue; tail – 2 in yel­low.

Fol­low the “to make” di­rec­tions. Sew each pair of paws to­gether round the curved edges; stuff and sew across the straight edge.

Stitch to the front of the main body piece. Sew the tail to­gether, stitch­ing round the curved edges. Stuff and stitch across the end.

Sew the tail in po­si­tion in the open­ing left for it. Sew each pair of hind legs to­gether, leav­ing an open­ing for the stuff­ing. Stuff and sew the open­ing closed. Stitch to ei­ther side of Dotty’s body very firmly. Glue some red, black and yel­low spots to each hind leg.

OLLY OWL

PAT­TERN PIECES: Cowl, beak, ears, feet.

CUT OUT: Main piece in green; cowl in black (cut dou­ble thick­ness, with fold at nar­row­est point); eyes – 2 red cir­cles, each with 10cm di­am­e­ter, 2 white cir­cles, each with 7.5cm di­am­e­ter, 2 black cir­cles, each with 5cm di­am­e­ter; beak in red; ears – 2 in black; feet – 2 in yel­low.

Lay the main body piece flat on a ta­ble, with the right side up, and the 36cm edges down the sides. Lay the cowl flat on top, also right side up, so that the straight edge op­po­site the points lines up with the top edge of the main piece – the cowl is about 9cm shorter than the main piece, so po­si­tion it in the cen­tre, with about 4.5cm to spare on ei­ther side.

Stitch the cowl in po­si­tion round all the edges. Glue the eyes in po­si­tion, fol­low­ing the diagram – glue the red cir­cles first, with white cir­cles on top, and then the black cir­cles.

Glue the beak in po­si­tion, then the feet. Use nar­row strips of black felt to mark the toes.

Sew the body seam to­gether along the 36cm edges, hav­ing the right sides to­gether and tak­ing 2cm turn­ings.

Leave an open­ing in the cen­tre of the seam for stuff­ing. Sew the top and bot­tom cir­cles in po­si­tion. Turn Olly the right side out. Sew each pair of ears to­gether, then sew them on top of Olly’s head. Stuff the body firmly and sew up open­ing.

LOOPY LION

PAT­TERN PIECES: Eyes (2 pieces), mouth, tongue, legs. CUT OUT: Main piece in yel­low; eyes – 2 white al­monds, 2 green pupils; mouth in black; tongue in red; legs – dou­ble thick­ness in yel­low; tail – cut strip of yel­low, 38cm long and 10cm wide.

Fol­low the “to make” guide. To make the tail, fold the felt strip in half length­wise, sew down the long seam, stuff firmly and stitch across the short end. Stick an odd­ment of black felt over the tip.

Sew the tail in po­si­tion in the space left for it.

To make the legs, stitch the dou­ble thick­ness to­gether, leav­ing 10cm in the cen­tre open for the stuff­ing. Stuff both sides of the “tube”, but leave the cen­tre 10cm un­stuffed. Stitch the open­ing closed.

Sew the legs to Loopy’s tummy, stitch­ing at the un­stuffed cen­tre point of the tube.

Very thick, black wool is the best thing to use for the mane. Cut it into strands, each 20.5cm long, and then thread each strand on a darn­ing nee­dle and use a sim­ple un­der-over-an­dun­der-again stitch to se­cure the strands round the edge of the face to form a mane.

From the pages of our May 27, 1968 is­sue.

1968

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