Soft Toy Creation for Beginners

A course by Maria Mandea , Play Designer

Play Designer. Bucharest, Romania.
Joined August 2020

Design and sew your own playful textile characters using paper, thread, and your imagination

  • 97% positive reviews (238)
  • 3748 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Design and sew your own playful textile characters using paper, thread, and your imagination

A course by Maria Mandea

Maria Mandea has a mission: to create playful objects and characters that help play become a part of our everyday lives. From establishing her own brand, Micul HAOS, to her PhD education in play, Maria specializes in researching and designing how play occurs for all of us, regardless of age or place.

In this course, explore your imagination and learn how to create your own playful textile toy character. Using basic materials like paper, fabric, thread, and buttons, stimulate your creativity by developing a unique concept and turning it into an original character that can be easily shared with the online creative community.

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What will you learn in this online course?

13 lessons & 21 downloads

Materials
4 minutes, 40 seconds
Creating Our Pattern
9 minutes, 50 seconds
Hand Sewing
15 minutes, 56 seconds
  • 97% positive reviews (238)
  • 3748 students
  • 13 lessons (1h 55m)
  • 21 additional resources (11 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Design and create your own unique soft toy character. Learn how to find inspiration and develop your concept before sewing, finishing, and sharing your final project.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone who has an interest in play—from absolute beginners who want to create their own toy, to professionals interested in unlocking new ideas for their characters.

Requirements and materials

No specific skills are needed to take this course, but previous sewing experience and a playful spirit are nice to have.

Necessary materials include colored paper, cotton fabrics, scissors, a pen or a pencil, a fabric marker, a needle and thread, and a sewing machine (optional, but recommended).


Reviews

3748 Students
238 Reviews
97% Positive ratings

Maria Mandea

A course by Maria Mandea

Teacher Plus
Play Designer

Maria Mandea specializes in researching and designing how play happens in our daily lives. She is the founder of Micul HAOS (“little chaos” in her native Romania), a brand focusing on creating playful objects and characters that help develop a culture where play can happen for everyone.

Maria is also the co-founder of Super Serios, a design studio that develops urban games and playful art installations across a range of different mediums, including toys, human-scale board games, and stop-motion animation. You can find out more about Maria’s projects on Instagram and her websites.


Content

  • U1

    Hello Hello!

    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
  • U2

    Generating Ideas through Play

    • Materials
    • How to Create Your Sketch and Choose the Colours
    • Creating Our Pattern
  • U3

    Let’s Do the Sewing

    • Hand Sewing
    • Going Faster with Our Sewing Machine
  • U4

    Adding Details

    • The Head
    • Assembling
    • Plugging All the Pieces Together
  • U5

    Get Your Character Out into the World

    • Creating a Simple Setup to Photograph
    • Sharing the Character with the World
  • FP

    Final project

    • Soft Toy Creation for Beginners

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Certificates
    Plus

    If you're a Plus member, get a custom certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front-row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

  • Watch professionally produced courses

    Domestika curates its teacher roster and produces every course in-house to ensure a high-quality online learning experience.


FAQs

Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

You can redeem the course you received by accessing the redeeming page and entering your gift code.

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Soft Toy Creation for Beginners. Craft course by Maria Mandea

Soft Toy Creation for Beginners

A course by Maria Mandea
Play Designer. Bucharest, Romania.
Joined August 2020
  • 97% positive reviews (238)
  • 3748 students