Making plush toys is not as difficult as you may think. All you need are some knitting needles, yarn, stuffing, and a little creativity to create your own toy!
Toys are classic items that can be made to sell in order to earn some extra cash. There are several ways to make these toys, but the most popular is making them with plush materials like felt and fabric. This blog post will show you how!
The first thing you need for this project is a sewing machine or needle and thread if you don’t have one already. You’ll also want scissors, foam beads, stuffing material (natural fiber), yarn scraps, safety pins, embroidery needles (optional), and an ironing board.
What Are Plush Toys?
Plush Toys are stuffed toys that are very soft and cuddly. They’re great for kids, but also make cute gifts for friends, family members, or even special occasions like birthdays. There are many different types of plush toys depending on what they’ll be used for or who will receive them.
For example, there are teddy bears, bunnies, puppies, kitties, elephants, and bugs among others. Plush toys can also range in size from quite small to larger than a person which makes them fun to play with and display in children’s rooms. The price of plush toys varies too depending on where and how you buy them and the skill needed to make these cute little creatures!
Why Would Someone Want to Make Plush Toys?
- You can sell them and make some extra cash! There are many kids and collectors that would love to own a unique, handmade toy from your store.
- They’re so cuddly and cute looking. Everyone loves plush toys because they have a different look than what you’ll find in stores with the added touch of being handmade.
How Do I Start Making Plush Toys?
Just follow these steps:
- Make six copies of pattern pieces 2-6 on felt using graph paper or drawing shapes freehand on the back side of your paper. You will need one set of each piece for each toy you plan to make.
- Cut out all pieces using sharp scissors, making sure you cut through both layers at once.
- Lay flat pattern pieces on the wrong side of your fabric. Pin in place with safety pins or t-pins and use a hot iron to press on firmly. If you are using felt you can just skip this step since it is self-adhesive!
- Using embroidery thread, stitch each seam with a simple whipstitch around outer edges matching colors as shown below. Sew all 4 legs together at the top then sew both sides of the body closed. Then you’re done! After making one plush toy, go ahead and make many more so that you have plenty for sale.
How Much Would I Sell Plus Toys For?
Here are some price suggestions: -Small to Medium-sized toy up to 7 inches: $10 -Medium-sized toy up to 9 inches: $12 -Use good quality, vivid colors and add embroidery or other detailing for a higher price.
These plush toys are quite simple to make even if you’re just starting out. They can be sewn together in about an hour depending on how fast you work! Plus they’re so cute that you’ll want to make plenty of them sell for this holiday season or any other time of year!
Where Should I Sell My Handmade Goods?
Craigslist is a great place to sell your items. Craigslist usually has the largest audience and it will be easier for people to find you through there than somewhere like Facebook or Instagram. You can also look into selling your goods at local events such as craft fairs, flea markets, and so on. Set up a table with all of your handmade items displayed nicely and wait till someone decides they’d like to buy something!
Selling online is another option, but it does take more work. You’ll need a website or page where customers can leave reviews for other customers to see before purchasing from you.
Etsy is a good website that offers this service for free although there are some very small fees associated with using this platform as well. You can also set up your own website but you’ll need to build everything from scratch. There are plenty of tutorials online that will teach you how to do this though.
People’s living rooms are another place where you can sell your items if they like them enough. This option is definitely the most fun, in my opinion! Depending on how much your plush toys cost you could make a decent profit selling them in people’s homes. Plus it’s more personable than selling them online or at an event where customers don’t get to meet you personally.
First, you’ll need to decide where the seams of your toy will go and what method of stuffing you’ll use. The simplest design is just two pieces of fabric sewn together, wrapped around a small amount of stuffing material, and then sewn shut with a few stitches by hand or machine.
This simple design is quick but not very cuddly – the seam lines are usually quite obvious if they’re not hidden somewhere out of sight on the plush toy.
If you want something with more fill inside it’s time for some math! You’ll need to calculate how many cubic inches/centimeters/etc your toy will be in order to determine how much stuffing material you will need. A good way to estimate this is to measure the circumference of your toy and multiply it by its length and width.
Another thing to take into account is how big you want your seams to be. The smaller the seam lines, the better but they will require more sewing time than larger ones. These seams can also be hidden inside the toy as it’s being made if desired! After measuring all of these things you’re ready to create a prototype!
Take some graph paper or a pencil and ruler and sketch out your design. Label each section with measurements that correspond with those on your graph paper so there won’t be any confusion as you begin working on it. If anything looks really off about your design now’s the time to fix it before you waste materials.
Once you’re happy with the design your next step is cutting out the pieces of fabric which will be used to create your plush toy. Make sure they both have their right side facing in towards each other and sew them together with a straight stitch.
You can also use a zigzag stitch if you’d like, but it’s generally not recommended for beginners because the fabric might shift around when you’re sewing. After this step simply follows along with whatever pattern or tutorial you chose to make your plush toy!
Honestly, just try your best. If you have the ability to learn how to sew or knit, then do that. It is an art form in itself and it takes time to get good at it. The point of making plush toys for sale is not about being able to make them quickly but rather with quality workmanship so people can buy with confidence knowing they are getting a product made by someone who cares deeply about their craftsmanship.
But even if you don’t know how to do any sewing/knitting yourself there are plenty of tutorials out there on youtube showing step-by-step instructions on how to create these goods!