Grade 6 Softie Toy Creations 2016

Last week I finished teaching my Softie Toy Making classes with the Grade 6 kids at school.  I have been teaching this class once a week for the whole term during the Grade 6′s art class.  I love teaching these classes – and this is the 6th year I have been teaching them.  It’s always lots of fun and I love seeing the creations that the kids come up with.  The kids get to draw out ideas of what they would like to create, make them into pattern pieces, select and cut out their fabrics, sew them together on the sewing machines, stuff them and hand sew gaps closed as well as embroider any details.  This year we ended up with 2 foxes, three people (a man, cowboy and Angus from ACDC), a super dog, an elephant, cat, ballet bunny, rocket ship, zebra, deer and a Kung Fu Panda.   They all did a wonderful job!  Well done everyone! (Sorry – there is one photo missing of a cool looking man with a skull & crossbone shirt!).

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Grade 6 Softie Toy Creations 2015

Last week was the last class of the Grade 6′s Softie Toy making classes that I have been teaching this term at school.  Each week during their art session the Grade 6 kids have been designing and creating their own softie toys.


I love teaching this class and this is now the 5th year I have been doing this and it is always great fun!  I look forward to this every week and the kids look forward to it too.  It’s great to see what ideas they come up with, what fabrics and colours they choose and how quickly they pickup the skills of using a sewing machine and hand sewing and embroidery too.  We use fleece and cotton fabrics and this year most of them chose fleece as the main fabric to make their toys nice and soft & cuddly too.


We spend the first two lessons designing their softies and creating the pattern pieces.  They then choose fabrics, cut out the pieces and then start sewing them together on the sewing machines.  They then stuff them, hand sew turning gaps closed and embroider details like the eyes and mouth.  Some also use buttons to attach limbs and we also had some safety eyes used this year too.

It is all great fun and they are all so creative in what they come up with.  This year we had a cricket bat, elephants, horse, monsters, a dog, penguin and owl just to name a few!   I think they have done a fantastic job.  Well done everyone!


Today we made Zokling sock creatures with the Grade 3/4 kids at school.  It was great fun and they all did a wonderful job making up their Zoklings too!  Here’s a photo of two of the Zoklings we made.


This is a great project to do with kids (a good idea for a school holiday project too!).  These Zoklings are a creation by Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World.  So simple but so cute too!  I love them.  There was about 18 kids that all managed to make and finish their Zoklings in class and we had the afternoon session (of around 1.5 hours) to make them.  All you need for this project is a sock, 2 safety eyes, a little felt (for behind the eyes), wool for the hair and then rice to fill them up.  These ones took around 2 cups of rice.  You can find the instructions plus videos on how to make these over at Shiny Happy World.  Thanks Wendi for giving me permission to use your design to teach this class.  It was great fun!