Wednesday, February 15, 2017
As much as I like making my own patterns and dreaming up designs with my imagination, sometimes it's relaxing to just start sewing. And sometimes there are great ideas already created & ready to sew up, like this Free Pattern Find: The Snapazoo® Soft Toy.
Like all my Free Pattern Finds, this is a pattern that doesn't cost a thing, so you can go grab it yourself for FREE!
The Snapazoo toy is clever design from Ross Miller Studio, Inc. that involves a two sided fabric shape and a boatload of snaps that can be folded and snapped into all sort of things. Like this teddy bear:
or a little fox:
or a sting ray:
Or some sort of bird/duck:
I think that's what I love most about this idea - the infinite play options. It's been around for a while and was even sold as a finished toy years ago, as you can see from some of retro videos on the Snapazoo site. There are links to different templates and how-to's for making it here. For personal use only though - commercial selling is prohibited.
This pattern is best suited for fabrics with some weight & a bit of stretch like heavy knits, minky, felt or fleece. I used anti-pill fleece for mine. It's a great way to use up scraps, since it's not very big.
It's an easy sew, so a good project for a beginner. Literally, just cut & mark based on the downloadable template:
Turn right side out and set the snaps according to the instructions:
Plastic snaps are ideal because they are strong and you can get fun with the snap colors if you want. I just used boring grey for our first one, but I feel like some of the shaped snaps in my stash, like stars or flowers, would look fun too.
There are handy instructions here on how to make various animals with it. Including this elephant and most of the critters shown earlier in my post:
We had fun just making weird & wonderful creatures too, like this....well, I-don't-know-what:
Definitely a fun Free Pattern Find for us. My kids love the Snapazoo, what about you??
Got a freebie pattern find you love? Share it in the comments so we can all try it out!