When the idea of making soft toys/stuffies/softies/plush toys first caught my imagination, I knew exactly what I wanted to design first. I enjoy watching Japanese animation and loved the character JiJi. I love her exaggerated features and personalty. This is the first softie I designed and sewed about 4 years ago. Up till now I haven't designed toys seriously but enjoy dabbling in it here and there. This year however I do plan on it being my main focus (hopefully). Toys are really fun and satisfying to sew and they can be enjoyed by all ages, that might be the reason I like it most. Everyone had that favorite comfort toy growing up and can relate to the importance of having a special soft something to embrace when things get tough!
If your thinking of getting into doing toy designing it's fun to look around for inspiration. Here are a couple crafty blogs that focus, or have focused on handmade toys, enjoy!
placed in the order in which I discovered each designer:
loobylu (specifically her bunnies)
abby glassenberg design
Want to make a soft toy and don't know where to begin? Here is a simple design you can make to give to others. Check out the giving bunny project and maybe you will get addicted to sewing toys too!