Beginner’s Guide to Toy Making

Beginners Guide to Toymaking

Make your own toys for yourself or as gifts for loved ones big and small with the Beginner’s Guide to Toy Making, a fabulous collection of projects by designer and maker, Jo Carter.

Exciting times! We’ve been busy putting together this gorgeous 160-page collection of some of our all-time favourite toy making projects from our archive – it’s the perfect place to start your toy making adventures!

In case you haven’t yet discovered her rather awesome work, Jo Carter has been one of our most popular designers since we first launched Simply Sewing magazine. Her super cute toy projects found extra fame last year when she launched her range of kits on Sewing Quarter TV and her designs have been making us smile for years!

Inside this bumper collection of Jo’s toy patterns, you’ll find 11 pages of expert guides to sewing your own toys, 28 step-by-step projects and all the pattern templates you’ll need to make them.

“These toy designs are fun and fast to sew once you get the hang of it!” says Jo. “They’re also easy to personalise with embroidered initials or names, and will make wonderful gifts.”

Each project includes step-by-step photography or sketches of how the toy joins together, as well as help with adding eyes, stuffing and finishing touches such as stitches and embroidery.

“Picking my favourite is tricky as it’s often the little details that hold a special place in my memory, such as the simple way that our cover star rag doll’s shoes are made, or how the butterfly’s wings are joined to give it a more realistic shape. But if I had to chose, it would have to be the mermaid with her long wavy hair, shell bikini top and belly button!

 The Beginner’s Guide to Toy Making is ideal for sewing beginners or experienced sewists looking for some wonderful projects to get stuck into.

Here’s a few of the toys you can learn to sew inside…

How to sew a softie doll

Forever Friend: sew a classic rag doll

Jo Carter frog softies

Hop to it! Sew a pond-dwelling froggie duo

Jo Carter lamb softies

Baa-rilliant: sew this sweet pair of spring sheep plushies


Jo Carter mermaid softie

Mermaid magic: make Jo’s favourite design in the book, complete with seashell swimming cosies!

Totally magical: Who doesn’t need a home-made unicorn in their lives? We do!

Let’s make a snowman softie!

Stitch yourself a pair of seahorse softies

Hello dolly! How cute is this pair of Russian dolls?

Go retro with these zippy robots

Run run Rudolph! We’ve got the perfect make for Christmas 2019

Penguin pals: sew some arctic cuties that little ones in the family will adore