Toy making

In a September post, Needle and thread, I talked about our household tendency to dabble in hobbies. I mentioned the instance of “PJ Birdy”, a stuffed bird we made that rolls into a ball. From the name, you can probably guess what the ostensible use of the bird is: to store a kid’s (small) pyjamas.

In lieu of a full text post, this week I’m offering a pictorial record of PJ Birdy, to assist Oanh with her visualisation (so important) and to remember a time when we made toys for fun.

As mentioned previously, it was the first time we’d made this particular pattern, so we bought really cheap and somewhat ugly material.

Our reasoning was that if it turned out badly, at least we didn’t spend too much money on it. Because it turned out relatively well, though, we thought we wouldn’t tempt fate and try to make it again…

PJ Birdy as a ball


PJ Birdy unfurling


PJ Birdy unfurled


PJ Birdy – Hello!


PJ Birdy in all his glory

The PJ Birdy pattern was from Soft Toys to Sew by Sheila McGraw (more info HERE).


6 thoughts on “Toy making

  1. oanh 21/11/2012 / 10:32 am

    Oh Em Gee. That is so many kinds of awesome I’ve lost count. I am totally going to make one in the near(ish) future. I have so many babies to gift things to, that I’ve lost count of them as well. (They are also many kinds of awesome).

    You should make more! You should make more!

    • Tseen Khoo 21/11/2012 / 9:22 pm

      Hah! We still have the book, actually, so give me a shout if you’d like the pattern. You, in all your sewing wisdom, would pick much more aesthetically pleasing fabric, I’m sure. We have got a new sewing machine. Our first project(s) will be new quilt covers for the kids. Poor little G. has an inherited one from my mum that is rather threadbare (with faded flowery pattern and not a funsterish little boy pattern). So much fab material when browsing the fabric shops – very dangerous (as you know!).

  2. Noojies 21/11/2012 / 11:19 am

    Okay, so that is just too cute for words! How creative and innovative!!

    • Tseen Khoo 21/11/2012 / 9:19 pm

      It was one of the hardest things we made at that time. Other stuff we did was mostly straight lines and hemming. This one actually involved tricky sewing and pattern-alignment skills!

  3. popsiclesandpinatas 21/11/2012 / 1:06 pm

    It’s like a popple! popples were toys from the 80’s, I loved them 🙂


    • Tseen Khoo 21/11/2012 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks for dropping by, Michelle! Much appreciated. And, yes, PJ Birdy is a bit like the Popples! I’ve seen examples of it around where the bird’s all furry (which would be a good way to go…).

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