With al the recent scary news of the toy recall ( list here), now more than ever is the time to take back our children’s safety in our own hands and have fun in the process by crafting our own toys!
To get you started, here’s a roundup of some great toy projects you can make.
The art of making cute Japanese style is a popular way to crochet toys. Here you can make your own Harry Potter dolls with these crochet patterns. – Link.
Narumi Ogawa’s super freaking cute craft book, Mr. Funky’s Super Crochet Wonderful, features lots of adorable amigurumi softies you can crochet, as well as other cutie-patootie things you can make for yourself like hats, scarves, and accessories. We featured recently a pattern featuring these fun little elephants that are easy to crochet up in no time! Link.
Amigurumi Candy – Link.
Amigurumi Totoro – Link.
Amigurumi Panda, Pig, and Penguin – Link.
Amigurumi Doll Pattern – Link.
Wicket, the Ewok Crochet Pattern – Link.
Knitting Daily features lots of animals and make believe toys such as these knit crowns, knit kitties, and even a knit tea set! Link.
More Knit Toys:
Berroco Knit Pattern: Harry Bear – Link.
Knit Fruit – Link.
Knit Froggy – Link.
Mochimochi Land’s Bob – Link.
Sleepy Snake & Mischievous Mouse Knit Pattern – Link.
Knit Toy Block – Link.
Mr. Dangly Knit Monkey – Link.
Knitted Monster Pattern – Link.
Plushies and Softies
You can also sew yourself up some fun dolls and toys like this plush Space Boy made by our Managing Editor Shawn’s mom from Hillary Lang’s Wee Wonderful Put Together Book #2. Check out Put Together Book #1 and the the cute hand sewing pattern cards. All are available at the Wee Wonderfuls online store. Link.
More Softie Toys:
Designing a Softie – Link.
Yoonie’s Wabbit Tutorial – Link.
Bunnies Pattern – Link.
Stripe-y Patchwork Cat Pattern – Link.
Frog Softie Pattern – Link.
Make a Bunny from an old T-Shirt – Link.
Matryoshka Doll Pattern – Link.
Make Your Own Komaneko Doll – Link.
Felt Mouse and Bed – Link.
Amigurumi!: Super Happy Crochet Cute by Elisabeth Doherty – Link.
Softies: Simple Instructions for 25 Plush Pals by Therese Laskey- Link.
Plush You! Lovable Misfit Toys to Sew and Stuff by Kristen Rask – Link.
Paper Mache Doll
Maize of Maize’s Diary made this beautiful paper mache doll using vintage paper pattern tissue! Link.
Bonnie points us to this fun little Batman toy car craft project that you can make yourself. See more finished pictures here. Link.
Enter the fun world of clothespin dolls with this mini-roundup and find out how to make one yourself. Link.