Storybook wool felt toys are one of my favourite handwork projects. I like to have everything read in a sewing basket where I can work on it whenever I have a few minutes to sit still. Not only does toy-making spark an interest in children to learn to sew, but they’re just really fun to make.
I’ll show you recommended resources for making characters like Beatrix Potter’s Appley Dapply (pictured here).
Books and Patterns
There is an out-of-print book, Toys from the Tales of Beatrix Potter which is filled with instructions and patterns for making many of the characters in Beatrix Potter books. I found my copy through a used book seller via Amazon.com. I would rate this book as suitable for anyone with some sewing experience or good perseverance. They are not quick projects by any means but instead something that you would work on carefully over time for great results. There are plenty of other books with simpler, quicker projects as well.
What I’d suggest is, browse the toy-making books online and pick something that appeals to you. There’s many good ones but it’s best, obviously, if you are rather enchanted by what you’re making. In our case, we just happen to love the Beatrix Potter ones. Once you know which ones you like, check your local library or used book sellers. Personally, I like to browse a book before buying it to make sure the instructions are written in a manner that I find easy to understand.
You may also find patterns online—either free or for sale. Some online shops also offer kits with everything you need to get started.
Materials You’ll Need and Recommended Resources
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- Pattern Book | Toys from the Tales of Beatrix Potter.
- Wool Felt | Magic Cabin. Also check other Waldorf-inspired shops and Etsy sellers. You might also find it at Michaels craft stores where they sell felting supplies.
- Cotton Embroidery Floss | Multi-colour pack.
- Cotton or poly-cotton sewing thread.
- Sewing and embroidery needles, scissors, pins.
- Wool fleece for stuffing (or you could use acrylic or reuse stuffing from an unwanted toy).
- Fabric for clothes and accessories. I cut up old clothing that has seen better days.
Why Wool Felt?
- Wool felt is really lovely to work with. It’s soft, comes in gorgeous colours, and does not fray the way acrylic felt does.
- Acrylic felt (not recommended) is the stuff you see in most fabric and dollar stores for $1 per piece.
- You can find nice wool felt through online shops that sell Waldorf toys or toy-making supplies.
New project: Make a wool felt mobile phone case.