Following my previous post on making toys from a 1970s 'golden hands' publication I have now made 3 corduroy chimps! They look great but I forgot how much of a nightmare corduroy is to work with.. it moves about under the presser foot and there is fluff EVERYWHERE!
This is such a great 1960s floral print fabric that I had to use it for one of my quirky little characters.
Having worked on some mermaid toys recently, also with vintage fabrics I thought it might be fun to include some sea creatures to the collection. The texture of this linen along with the bark cloth vintage fabric works perfectly. Stuffing the curly tail was the biggest challenge with this project!
I love collecting bold print fabrics from the 1970s and now have quite a stash! I've recently been using them to make up some quirky toys from a pattern book of the same era.
The Golden Hands series of craft magazines produced a great issue on making childrens toys. Produced in 1973, 'Toy Box: 40 soft toys to sew' was a well used publication in our house when I was little. I realise I owned quite a few of these homemade toys, ranging from a hippo so big you could sit on it, to a rag doll, a chimp and a baby bear that would fit in your pocket!
The patterns are of varying difficulties and each toy has been given a name - here we have Josephine the giraffe and Osimoff the owl! My next one will be a purple corduroy chimp called Charlie.