From 1 basic shape
Retro toys from the ’60s
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.