With this photo tutorial you will see how easy it is to sew soft toys! You will learn some toy making tips and tricks to make it easy and fun!
You can sew your platypus toy on a sewing machine, serger/over-locker or by hand.
I use my Plattie the Platypus sewing pattern whenever I teach a beginner’s toy-making class because I can guarantee that EVEN a beginner can finish this toy in a few hours!
In this tutorial I am making Plattie from pink fleece and purple, flowery corduroy. I like using fleece as it is nice and CUDDLY especially for making homemade BABY TOYS…
but I also love the colours and patterns of quilting cottons, and textured fabrics like cordurouy.
Choose some fabric for your toy.
You can use ANY fabric for sewing your platypus toy! Look at some of the amazing feedback photos of Plattie I have received over the years for some inspiration! 😀
Let’s get started!
Step 1: GENERAL PREPARATION
Glue the pattern pieces onto card and cut them out to make your templates.
Lay the fabric right side down with the grain/pile running down towards you. Following the layout guide, place your templates onto the wrong side of the fabric.
Trace the templates with a fabric/permanent marker and cut out your pieces on the TRACED line.
* Cut the BODY PIECES from your Main fabric and cut the BILL and FEET PIECES from a contrasting fabric.
Sew two FEET PIECES together and turn right sides out. I like to use a wooden chopstick to turn the feet out nicely! Repeat for the other 3 feet.
Plattie is one of my earliest patterns and over the years I have adapted him to make him easier because I use this patterns for beginner’s toy sewing classes.
* NOTE: If you have a version of my Plattie Pattern without a dart – please just ignore Step 3 in this tutorial!
Fold each of the BODY PIECES with fabric right sides together and sew the dart between the back and front legs.
Sew the BODY PIECES together from C to D.
Step 5a or 5b:
I found out that lots of beginner sewers are scared of darts!!! So I changed the BILL TOP PIECE. Instead of one piece with a dart, I changed it to 2 pieces that you sew together.
If your BILL TOP PIECE has a dart. Fold the fabric right sides together and sew the dart in the BILL TOP PIECE, then sew this to the UPPER BODY PIECES.
If your version of the pattern has got 2 BILL TOP PIECES, sew the BILL TOP ONE PIECE to the BILL TOP TWO PIECE, then sew this to the BODY PIECES.
Sew the BILL BASE PIECE to the TUMMY PIECE from A to B. Place and pin all 4 feet in position (Toes facing towards the middle!).
Pin and sew the BODY PIECES to the TUMMY PIECE, remembering to leave a gap, as indicated on the pattern pieces. Turn Plattie right sides out through the gap.
Pin the BILL PIECES so that the edge seam lies flat then stitch around the edge of the bill using a 5mm/¼inch seam allowance to create the duck-bill-look!
Fill the bill and head area quite firmly with toy stuffing then stuff the rest of the body. For woven (NON-stretch) fabrics like cottons you may need to stuff the body more firmly to hold it’s shape nicely.
TIP: When I sew Plattie from fleece I like to turn him into
a beanbag toy!
Cut a small hole in the TUMMY PIECE and place some plastic pellets in the body cavity to give it a bean bag feel. (do not overfill the body, as it needs to flop like a beanbag!)
Add some eyes to your toy. There are so many ways to make toy eyes. Click the link for ideas for toy eyes (or click on the image below) to see what you can use for Plattie’s eyes.
TIP: It is not safe to use small parts for eyes when you are making a toy for a baby or a child under 3 years old. Use a embroidery thread to sew a French knot for each eye instead. I have a blog post with lots more information about toy safety here.
Use a ladder stitch to sew the opening on the side of the tail closed.
Your Plattie is ready to love!
Now you can see – it’s so EASY to make lovely homemade toys!!!
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Till next time,