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Designing and Making Your Own Soft Toy

A course by EFI Little things
Toy Maker. Oxford, United Kingdom.
Joined July 2021
, Toy Maker

Learn how to design and make your own soft toy from scratch by creating a pattern, cutting then stitching it, and adding the final touches

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  • 100% positive reviews (6)
  • 1446 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to design and make your own soft toy from scratch by creating a pattern, cutting then stitching it, and adding the final touches



  • 100% positive reviews (6)
  • 1446 students
  • 16 lessons (3h 4m)
  • 23 additional resources (8 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

Teddy bears, stuffed sheep, plush mice—soft toys are often one of the most treasured belongings from a person’s childhood. As an experienced toy maker and the creator of best-selling designs such as Rupert the Hare, Elena Ilyasova is devoted to keeping both the nostalgia and tradition of handmade toys alive. Through her brand, Efi Little Things, she shares her passion for this craft by designing toy patterns for small business and individual makers.

In this online course, Elena teaches how to design and make a soft toy from scratch. Learn how to create a pattern, cut and sew the pieces together, and give your new friend a unique personality with custom clothing. Ready to make memories to cherish for a lifetime?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Designing the Character
  • U3
    U3. Developing the Character
  • U4
    U4. Constructing the Toy
  • U5
    U5. Adding Unique Details
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Elena Ilyasova, toy maker, pattern designer, and your teacher for the course. Hear about her creative journey, from making her first stuffed mouse to founding her brand Efi Little Things, along with the influences that have shaped her ideas.

Dive into your final project by deciding on an animal for your design, looking at modern toy trends, fabric options, and other references for inspiration. Then go over the tools and materials you need to create it before learning how to cut basic shapes and turn them into 3D pieces.

Next, Elena guides you through making a paper pattern. Sketch your character, define the proportions, and cut out each of the body parts. Elena also demonstrates how to use a stencil to help you choose colors and textures.

Time to bring your toy to life! Discover two different ways to make the head, one using darts and the other inserts. Continue with the torso, arms, and legs, followed by the ears and tail. Lastly, learn how to embroider facial features and other details to give your stuffed animal a charming personality.

Elena wraps up the course by teaching you how to accessorize your toy, along with some techniques for a custom look.

What is this course's project?

Design and make a soft toy from scratch.

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to learn how to make their own stuffed animal, as well as craft enthusiasts looking for a new project.

Requirements and materials

Basic sewing skills are required to take this course.

As for materials, you need pattern-making and sewing tools, which your teacher will specify during the course, as well as any fabric of your choice.


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EFI Little things

A course by EFI Little things

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Toy Maker

Elena Ilyasova is a toy maker and pattern designer based in Oxford, England. Raised in a family of creatives, she learned to sew, knit, and crochet from a young age, making her first soft toy when she was just seven, and hasn’t stopped since. Her career took off when she started sharing the stuffed toys she had made for her own children on social media, which quickly led to a stream of orders and the creation of her brand Efi Little Things.

Through her brand, she makes soft toy patterns for companies and individuals. Her designs are inspired by the woodland creatures that populated traditional tales. The aim of her work is to support both small businesses and craft lovers in keeping this tradition alive while promoting sustainable, handmade items over mass-produced toys. When she’s not creating her own designs, she shares her knowledge with others through online classes and tutorials.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Designing the Character

    • Inspiration and Trends
    • Materials and Fabrics
    • Creating Basic Shapes with Fabric
  • U3

    Developing the Character

    • Sketching the Design
    • Creating the Pattern
    • Colors and Textures: Refining the Design
  • U4

    Constructing the Toy

    • Building the Head with Darts
    • Building the Head Using Gussets 1
    • Building the Head Using Gussets 2
    • The Body and Legs
    • Adding Details: The Facial Features 1
    • Adding Details: The Facial Features 2
  • U5

    Adding Unique Details

    • Accessorizing the Toy
    • Adding a Personal Touch
  • FP

    Final project

    • Designing and Making Your Own Soft Toy

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Designing and Making Your Own Soft Toy. Craft course by EFI Little things Best seller

Designing and Making Your Own Soft Toy

A course by EFI Little things
Toy Maker. Oxford, United Kingdom.
Joined July 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (6)
  • 1446 students