I wanted to show you how the soft toys and dolls are constructed, don’t worry it’s not a tutorial about how I make the toys, but a short post to show you how they are made with the safety of your little darlings in mind.
I like to make toys and dolls that will last the years of play and cuddles. To achieve this I like to double stitch the seams on each of the soft toys made. This means that I do the first row of stitching and then do a second row of stitching very close to the first row. This makes the seams stronger and less likely to split. The picture below gives you a better idea of how the double stitching looks.
All arms and legs are then stitched onto one side of the body ready to be assembled together. This reduced the arms moving when the toy is stitched together and gives added strength to the toy so you can be assured the arms, legs and ears wont come off at all.
Again the body is double stitched when it is sewn together and the arms and legs have an extra row of stitching added to.
This picture below shows you the construction of the lion, this lion has a ribbon main. It shows you that the ribbons are double stitched on and then a row of zigzag stitching is added to make sure the ribbons wont come off at all. This is done on all toys that have ribbons or lace sewn on them. The small giraffe and elephant rattles are all double stitched and then have an extra row of stitching to secure the ribbons and then a row of zigzag stitching along the edge. So there is no chance of the ribbons coming off the toys.
I hope this helps you get a better idea of how the toys and dolls are made for many years of play.