Toy Making

Ref: C2525143

You will learn how to make simple soft toys using a range of techniques, to include “sock dolls”, using a minimal amount of hand sewing to create a very effective toy with a “sculpted” face. You can make “felt/fabric” toys, which can be hand or machine sewn, “fake fur” animals, whether hand or machine sewn. This fabric is technically more challenging to work with. There will also be chance to learn about knitted, crocheted, and Amigurumi techniques for making toys. You will learn different ways to add hair and/or clothing to your creation. You will discover how good techniques for stuffing your toy and creating its facial features (including use of safety eyes) can make all the difference between an average toy and a professional looking toy. The second half of the course will concentrate more on a Christmas/Seasonal theme for your toys using the techniques covered in the first half. These skills can be used to become self-employed or gain employment within the craft industry.

Additional information about this course

This course is funded by Tees Valley Combined Authority. This course is at TS3 Community Church, 2 Admirals Avenue, Middlesbrough TS3 8ET. It is a safe and welcome environment for all members of the community.

Course aim

To provide a brief introduction to a range of simple methods of soft toy making and use a selection of them to create soft toys of your own. The second half of the course will concentrate more on Christmas themed toys and/or decorations.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • If you have difficulty using conventional equipment such as needles, scissors, etc, please discuss this with the tutor before you decide this course is not for you. It is often possible to use adapted equipment, or techniques that have been specifically altered to accommodate your condition.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Choose suitable materials from which to make soft toys, considering safety factors according to the age of the recipient.
  • Make soft toys, using a selection of the techniques taught.
  • Make facial features using “sculpting”, embroidery, felt, buttons/beads, and safety eyes.
  • Attach limbs, where appropriate, so that toys sit “naturally”.
  • Use techniques for stuffing toys so they hold their shape.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • The first session will be "sock dolls" so you could bring any old (but not too worn) or odd clean socks to use. Materials for future sessions will be discussed at each class. There will be a small charge to cover the costs of any new materials provided by the tutor.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • If you have any ideas/patterns you would like to use, please feel free to bring them for discussion with the tutor, with regard to including them in the course.

What can I do next?

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Toy Making

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This course is funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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